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PROTECT YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM LITIGATION

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / September 10, 2020 /

Even the smallest company has potential legal considerations. Shielding yourself from a lawsuit can help protect your investment in your work. Review these strategies for preventing litigation that can threaten your small business endeavor. AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Make sure you turn down opportunities that could unfairly benefit your business. For example, if one of your employees…

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HOW DOES PROBATE WORK IN ARKANSAS?

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / June 8, 2020 /

If you are planning your estate in Arkansas, you likely have questions about whether your family members will eventually need to manage the probate process. In Arkansas, probate generally applies to estates worth at least $100,000.  Learn more about the state’s probate process so you can plan accordingly when developing your will and other important…

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WILLS, TRUSTS, AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / April 20, 2020 /

COVID 19 doesn’t stop the need to plan. In fact, it should motivate us to do so. That includes arranging for who will make decisions for us if we become incapacitated and directing how our money and property will be managed and distributed when we die. This is especially true for those who are Baby…

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VIRTUAL WITNESSING AND NOTARIZATION OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / April 2, 2020 /

On March 30, 2020, the governor signed a proclamation that allows certain notaries public to notarize signatures virtually through real-time audio and visual means and allowing witnessing of wills and other documents by real-time audio and visual means. Before this proclamation, Arkansas law permitted a notary public to notarize a signature only when the person…

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WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING NOW TO GET YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER?

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / March 23, 2020 /

In these uncertain times, it is important for all of us to get our affairs in order. We want to be sure that if we become incapacitated, someone can make decisions for us, and we all want to see that our assets are distributed upon our deaths as we wish. Four documents are essential. Each…

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NOTICE TO OUR CLIENTS AND OTHERS

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / March 18, 2020 /

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we ask that you not personally visit our office. This is for your safety and for the safety of our staff. If you must make a delivery, please leave the item in the receptacle provided for that purpose at the front door. U.S. Mail should be left in the mailbox. If…

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CAN YOU BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A DECEASED PARENT’S DEBTS?

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / March 6, 2020 /

Losing a parent is almost always difficult, and the aftermath of a parent’s passing often proves stressful and emotionally taxing. Chances are, you are going to need to work through several financial and other matters in the wake of your mother or father’s death, and you may find that you develop questions along the way…

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR IN A TITLE INSURANCE COMMITMENT?

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / March 3, 2020 /

If you are buying a house or other real estate, you will probably receive a document called a “Title Commitment.” This is a commitment by a title insurance company to issue a policy of title insurance. The commitment will include requirements that must  be satisfied before the policy is issued. These usually include matters such…

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WHY SHOULD YOU START ESTATE PLANNING EARLY?

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / January 24, 2020 /

If you are still young, you likely haven’t thought much about an estate plan. You haven’t had much time to accumulate assets. And you don’t expect to pass away anytime soon. However, if you have started a family, you may want to take steps to protect your loved ones. If an illness or accident takes you…

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WELCOME TO OUR BLOG

By Crow Durbin & Speights Attorneys at Law / August 9, 2019 /

We established this blog to share stories and information about topics relevant to our practice. Our intent is to regularly provide posts highlighting legal issues of local, state and national interest that we think you will find interesting. Check back later for updates.

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