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Partitioning property divides family (access required)

Partition is a matter of right throughout this country, although different states have different rules and procedures. When two or more people own property, and someone wants out of the transaction, they either have to reach a friendly (out-of-court) agreement, or file suit in court for what is called “partition.”

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Lower consumer earnings means lower retail revenues (access required)

Why is it that Macy's, which used to be my favorite department store, and now Wal-Mart and other retailers, are reporting lower earnings and slowdowns in revenues? The financial data report low interest rates, better employment and good home sales, and that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are selling cars and making huge profits. What's wrong here?

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Life estate requires maintenance (access required)

Mother died April 9, and her will provides a life estate for me. My sister is the executor of the estate, which isn't large. If I move – or don't maintain the house – the proceeds are to be divided three ways, between me, my sister and my deceased brother's family.

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