How to Help Your Child Through Divorce Proceedings

Divorce is an unfortunate fact of life which takes place on a daily basis and it can be a very upsetting and emotional time for everyone involved. Most at risk throughout these proceedings are children and the separation of their parents can leave scars which can stay with children forever. The damage of a divorce on children can manifest itself in many different ways and it can very easily alter the course of your child’s life, if not managed in the right way.

If you are going through a divorce at the moment, here is how you can best help your child to come out of the process as unscathed as possible.

Everyone on Board

In order to manage your child’s emotions in the best possible way, you must ensure that everyone who is involved in these proceedings, has the child’s interests at heart. Regardless of what your relationship is with your partner, or soon to be ex partner, you must make sure that you are both on the same page regarding your child’s wellbeing. It is also important that you hire excellent family lawyers who have a wealth of experience in divorces and can offer you excellent advice and support throughout the process.

Create an Open Environment

Children are not stupid and you should never treat them as such, they will know that something is going on and you should not hide the facts from them. This is not to say that you should expose your child to all that is going on but they should be aware of the reality of the situation. It is your responsibility as a parent that you create an open environment with your child that will make them feel comfortable asking the questions which they have in their heads. If a child feels as though they cannot talk about what is going on, they will have many unanswered questions, draw conclusions which may not be true and they could even push emotions down, something which will not be helpful for them.

Maintain Normality

Whilst a divorce is a completely abnormal situation, you need to do your best that your child is living as normal a life as you possibly can. Make sure that the school run remains the same, they still do the things that they normally would and general create as little upheaval as you can when it comes to your child’s home life. This is not always easy but if you want to best protect your child, you must try to aim for the most normal life for them as possible.

Don’t Air Your Laundry

Whether your relationship with your child’s other parent is amicable or aggressive, you must never speak badly about them in front of your child. Doing this not only sets a bad example but it also puts your child in the middle of both parents, something which can never end well. If you have ill-feelings towards your ex-partner then either keep it to yourself, or make sure that your child is not around when you are discussing it.

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4 Things To Know Before Traveling To Barcelona

 

Words will never be enough to describe the beautiful streets, delicious food, interesting smells and amazing art in Barcelona. Here are four travel tips for Barcelona which will come in handy for your next visit.

Planning Ahead

If you decide to rent an AirBnb, hostel, hotel or just crash at a friend’s house; try to get familiar with the area a couple of days before your arrival. If arriving by plane, one of the best ways to get to and from the Barcelona airport is to use a car service called Blacklane.

Transportation

Barcelona and the metropolitan area have several options for public transport; buses, taxis, metros and more. One more thing to note is that Barcelona is a very pedestrian friendly city so don’t be afraid to use your feet to move from point a to point b.

Another unique transportation option is the Barcelona Bici system. If you get the chance to ride a bicycle in the city, do so! Not only is it a beautiful way to see the city but it’s also great exercise as well.

Eating

The food in Barcelona is simply amazing. Barcelona has a very rich culture in every way. In the culinary aspect, you get all this delicious food in one place and it is full of diversity.

Be sure to visit Mercat de Sant Josep to stimulate all of your senses. It is the oldest, most complete market in Barcelona with history and architectural value that are really incomparable. Vegetables, meat, fish and a thousand other products will enchant your soul.

Delicious options wait for you in every neighborhood; Passeig de Gracia, the Rambla, Barceloneta, the Raval and many more. In every barrio you’ll find very cool, intimate restaurants with the most amazing food.

Nearby Barcelona

Once you’ve hit all the touristic spots in Barcelona and you’ve cycled from the beach to the

Tibidabo and from Montjuïc to Parc Güell; rent a car and visit the nearby towns. Some recommended places to visit are:

  • Casteldefels
  • Sitges
  • Montserrat
  • Sant Cugat

Fortunately there are a wide variety of activities and things to do in Barcelona for all types of visitors. The recommendations above are just a small sample of what you can experience during a trip to one of Spain’s most popular cities.

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Studying online: why it’s beneficial for you

If you are thinking about going into full-time or part-time study, then one of the options that you might want to consider is studying online. Thanks to technology, you are now able to study from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. Millions of people are now gaining their degrees through online education. Perhaps you are thinking that you would like to take your career in a different direction. Maybe you never got to earn that degree that you always wanted. Whatever the reason, online education could open up a world of new opportunities. Here are just a few of the ways in which studying online could be beneficial for you.

A bigger variety of options

One of the great things about studying online is that you are able to choose from a much wider scope of courses. There are so many different areas of study to consider – you can study virtually anything you wish. If you are not interested in any of the university courses available to you, then online education might be able to offer what you are looking for. You could start taking your career in a completely different direction altogether, if this is what you want.

More comfort and less pressure

One of the problems that many people face when it comes to learning is that they don’t feel comfortable in the classroom environment. This is especially true for those with confidence issues. If this rings true for you, then you may well find that online education is perfect for you. There is less pressure, and you are able to learn in an environment that is comfortable for you, whether this is your local library or your own living room. You may find that this reduction in pressure is just what you need to be able to successfully gain your degree. Pressure is often what causes students to struggle, and ultimately fail. If this is something that you find difficult to deal with, then online education could possibly be better suited to you than standard university education.

Far more flexibility

One of the things that puts many people off studying is that there is very little flexibility. Papers need to be in on time, and you need to attend classes that are scheduled for all students. However, with online education, you are able to work on your papers when you have the time, and you study when it is convenient for you. This means that you are able to arrange your study around your job and your life in general. Again, this can often remove a lot of pressure from students. If you lead a busy lifestyle, then you might find that online education works better for you and allows you to carry on doing things the way that you usually would.

No need for commuting

For a lot of people, one of the biggest drawbacks of going to university to study is the fact that you generally have to move to a different location away from friends and family, or you face a long commute every day. Whilst this may not sound problematic to some, for a lot of people it can be a huge inconvenience. If you don’t want to relocate, and you don’t have the time to commute on a daily basis, then online education may be just what you are looking for. You can then earn your degree without having to worry about altering your life too drastically.

When it comes to studying online, one of the first things that you need to do is decide on the course that you want to study, and figure out what your end goal is. For example, you might want to study Northeastern’s online MBA program. This is just one example; there are so many courses available these days that you really can do anything that you want to do.

Once you have decided on what it is that you want to study, you can start taking a look at some of the different online education providers. See which ones can offer you the best courses, and which ones will work best for you.

Online education has become more and more popular in recent years, and when you consider how busy modern life is, this is no surprise. If you think that now is the time to start taking your career in a different direction, then learning online is definitely something that is worth keeping in mind.

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5 Things a Groom Shouldn’t Forget on His Wedding Day

It doesn’t seem likely to forget the important things on your wedding day, but it’s surprising just how many things you can forget when things are getting stressful and there are many things to remember. Here are some simple (and not so simple) things, which you should remember in the run up to the big day.

  1. Set an alarm!

You might have been out drinking the night before in celebration of your last night as an unmarried man, but don’t forget to set your alarm for the morning. Many grooms have accidentally slept in a little too long, and while it might not mean missing the entire ceremony, not giving yourself enough time to get ready for your wedding will cause you unnecessary stress and worries.

  1. Be prepared to look your best

This might seem very obvious, but you should be ready to look your best when you get married. This means buying new clothes and accessories that you can wear with pride. Remember that you’ll be having photographs taken by your own professional photographer and also friends and family who are attending the wedding. Whatever you wear will be in everybody’s photographs to remember for a long time after you’ve tied the knot. You can buy men’s formal suits in many different styles and colours, so it won’t be difficult to find something you feel comfortable and look great in.

  1. Eat breakfast

It’s easy to forget to eat breakfast on the best of days, so your wedding day can become so stressful that you don’t remember to get some food. However, if you’re prone to feeling nervous, anxious or getting stressed in those kinds of situations, it’s definitely a good idea to get some food down you. You probably wont eat for a good few hours until well after the ceremony and photographs have been taken, so you’ll be glad you took the time to have some food.

  1. Don’t drink too much in the morning

Both the bride and groom might have a few glasses of champagne on the go in the morning to calm their nerves or help them celebrate the fact they’re finally becoming husband and wife, but don’t get too carried away. Being tipsy or, even worse, drunk on your wedding day can be an absolute disaster, so if you’re desperate to start knocking back the pints, save it for the reception afterwards when you can finally let loose and enjoy yourself.

  1. The rings!

While this is more of a job for the best man, the rings are definitely not to be forgotten on your wedding day. Just imagine the embarrassment and horror of getting down the aisle, saying the vows and then not having a fashion ring to put on your bride’s finger. Check with the best man beforehand that he definitely has the rings, since it could turn out to be a disaster if they’ve been misplaced or lost.

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How Being in a Sorority Changed the Way I Think About Friendship

Being in a Sorority means more than just attending parties...

Friendship – in college, it’s a major issue, as you will be separated from many, if not all of those that were in your inner circle in high school.

Sororities are a wonderful solution to this problem, as they supply an environment where dozens of like-minded individuals will be living in close proximity to you.

This closeness produces more than just friendship – it is an incubator for sisterhood. This is more than just a meaningless platitude, as normal friend relationships just don’t have the benefits that sisterhood offers.

Not just friends, but sisters

Going into college, I thought that joining a sorority was just a great way to meet new friends. To be certain, affiliating with a Greek letter organization is a wonderful way to achieve those ends, but my pledge period and my first semester as a newly initiated sister awakened me to a new reality.

I wasn’t just making new friends by joining a sorority – I was being initiated to a family beyond my biological one.

This fact was hammered home the second I was introduced to the tradition of giving and receiving sorority big little shirts and gifts.

The first moment my Big made it clear she thought of me as a sister rather than as just a friend, I was able to differentiate between various levels of female-female companionship.

Being a guiding light to those around us

Being in a sorority introduced me to the concept of being a leader. Rather than just being content with going with the flow, I started to look for ways to lift up the people around me rather than just seeking out ways to further my own ends.

Once you learn to embrace total strangers not as just friends, but as sisters that you would do anything to help, you can’t help but view other human beings in the same light.

In the workplace, on the street, at the gym – I view any woman willing to engage with me not as a stranger, but as a potential sister with whom I can build a strong friendship with.

Using my past experience, I can help them with aspects of their life with which they are struggling, and I can open my mind to learn from their example as well.

In a sorority, you learn the value of selflessness, as without the consensus of the group, you can do little and therefore, you are little.

Together, however, we can achieve great things and we can be perceived as great.

Not just during college, but for life

When I was first considering joining a sorority, someone in my dorm told me, you might have a good time with these girls, but just like us in the dorms, these relationships will fade away as you pursue your career.

To a degree, she may be have been accurate, but comparing unaffiliated women I knew next to the sisters I spent my undergraduate career with, I can honestly say I have spent more time with them post-graduation than my independent friends did with each other.

Lunch meetings quarterly with local sisters, annual get-togethers with those further afield, numerous weddings spent as a bridesmaid (and my wedding? What a time that was!) – my time after college has been made richer thanks to my sisters.

Without them, my life would have been so gray.

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How Did I Miss That Trade?

Are you a Forex trader? Are you “in it to win it?  Are you looking for profits wherever possible? That means you will be examining the results of the trades that you take and learning from both your successes and your failures. But what about “the ones that got away”, the trades that for one reason or another never happened and nearly always would have turned up trumps.

Why do we miss out on trades, especially the ones that will cause us so much heartache subsequently? There are of course loads of different reasons. You could have chosen to “sit this one out” having had a couple of losing trades just previously.  You could have been too preoccupied with another trade or considered that it just didn’t fit into your preconceived trading pattern. You may have had enough for the day having met your daily target or you might not have had enough balance to proceed.

Now these are all good reasons, but the fact remains that a missed opportunity is a missed opportunity which will cost you in the fullness of time.  You might not realise how much money you are actually losing by not taking up those missing trades and all the potential profits that have vanished unless you are honest enough to track everything in a journal.

If you are a mechanical trader, you can well find that your performance will be down and you will not get a full idea of whether the system is working for you.

If you get into the habit of missing trades, especially after a losing streak, you must treat that as a really bad one.  You have to accept losses as an integral part of trading and you shouldn’t have the baggage of previous failure over-influencing your decisions.

Perhaps the most hazardous result of when you miss out on a trade is that your psyche says “hey we made a big error there, let’s make up for it”. This is what is called “looking for revenge” – you go into something that’s a long way short of ideal and trade it aggressively. You lose control of your emotions and at the same time, lose a good deal of money as well.

Missing trades therefore is a bad place to be in. So what can you do to avoid all that?  Firstly you could log all your missing trades which would be an incentive to sticking to your trading plan.  Secondly set your trading style alarm clock – you could fix price alerts or use entry orders; perhaps even design a mechanical system for your platform. We know you can’t be everywhere but you can help yourself!

Are you missing trades through lack of confidence, worried about the dangers that could affect your funds? If you decrease your position size, you will ease up on a great deal of pressure.

Finally if you focus on the process you will accept loss, take care of it but have the courage to carry on trading sensibly and methodically and in the end you will make a lot of money.

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Recruit the Best Talent with a Virtual Office Setup

Generally, talk about the virtual office set-up focuses on practical and logistical perks. While these benefits shouldn’t be underestimated, more information is needed about its impact on recruitment, particularly in Southeast Asia. With countries like Singapore now becoming magnets for entrepreneurs, it’s useful for businesses to know how to grab great talent.

Virtual offices and coworking spaces tend to a real draw for creative types and forward thinkers, as they provide plenty of opportunities for collaboration. Here, you’ll find copywriters, graphic designers, accountants, marketers, website developers, and more. Plus, you’ll benefit from a prestigious address and that, in itself, is a big attraction for professionals.

Keep reading to learn more about how virtual offices can help you connect with top level talent.

Dynamic Personalities

In a place like Singapore, where people from all walks of life meet and interact, it’s actually easier than you think to scout top-level talent. Servcorp virtual offices are full of diverse personalities, with a broad range of skills.

The tenants here come from all kinds of different industries, so hanging out at a virtual workspace is a chance to rub shoulders with artists, photographers, product designers, advertisers, app creators, and much more.

More Support, Less Cash

Plus, if you outsource, instead of recruiting full-time employees, you can save yourself a substantial amount of money. Obviously, if you need a job constantly doing, it’s best to hire a permanent employee. If it’s just a one off or finite run of tasks though, consider a freelancer.

Virtual vendors can put you in contact with a wide variety of contractors and freelancers. Alternatively, in some cases, they have in-house teams of their own. For instance, you might be able to outsource the design of a new website to the qualified staff at your virtual office.

Sitting In Top Position

Even something as simple as operating from a well-known location can make it easier to attract high-level recruits. Graduates and advanced job seekers have discerning tastes too. If they know they have valuable skills, they’ll prioritise brands which look highly successful.

To make sure that you’re one of them, claim the address of a virtual facility, particularly if you are yet to start renting a private office. It’s okay to be working flexibly, from home or other informal spaces, but you need that professional address to build up your brand.

Creating a Global Team

Perhaps the best thing about virtual offices is that they place no limits on the nature of your employees. It is entirely possible to build up a workforce of individuals who are spread out across the globe. In fact, this is an effective way to grow a business and infiltrate new markets.

This kind of setup requires careful management, but entrepreneurs make it work all the time. The right virtual vendor will provide all the support you need, in the form of premium communications software, receptionist services, secure mailboxes, and low monthly rates.

Where to Find the Best Virtual Vendors in Singapore

There are six highly respected virtual facilities in central Singapore. They all have impressive corporate addresses, with places like the Metropolis Tower and the PSA Building coming top of the list for most business owners. If you’re interested in becoming a tenant, all you have to do is find your local office and request an onsite tour.

This is a great opportunity to meet current users, check out the tools and resources on offer, and ask any questions you might have. Virtual vendors are committed to serving the needs of their clients. Unlike traditional landlords, they allow tenants to make changes to their corporate packages and access schedules if it suits.

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Why Human Hair Wigs Are Best

If you are new to the world of wigs, and are choosing your very first hairpiece, then you may well be wondering which type of wig will suit you best.

There are many different types of wigs on the market, which can make choosing your first wig a difficult and overwhelming decision. The first choice you have to make is whether a synthetic wig or a human hair wig is the right choice for you. Whilst each kind of wig has its pros and cons, there are many more benefits of choosing a human hair wig; here are just some of them!

Human Hair Wigs Look More Natural

If you want your wig to blend naturally with your existing hair, or replicate your natural hair colour and texture, then a human hair wig should be your first choice. Wigs made from human hair are glossier, have more natural bounce and shine, and generally look and feel much more like natural hair than their synthetic equivalents (because that’s what they are!).

Because they look and behave just like your own hair, human hair wigs can also be styled and changed, just like you would with your natural hair.

Human Hair Wigs are Easier to Maintain

Whilst it is not recommended that you subject your human hair wigs to extensive heat styling, or style it at a high heat, for risk of damaging the delicate fibres, human hair wigs are much easier to maintain than synthetic ones. Human hair wigs behave in a very similar way to natural human hair, meaning they can be curled, brushed and styled with ease. Styling synthetic hair is more difficult, because any heat could melt or warp the structure of the synthetic fibres.

Human Hair Wigs Feel Fantastic

If you’re new to wearing a wig, have a sensitive scalp, or live in a particularly warm or humid environment then a human hair wig would be the best choice for you. This is because human hair wigs feel much better on the scalp: they are softer, come with different scalp options to fit the shape of your heat, and won’t itch or become too warm like a cheaper synthetic wig. Wearing a human wig can feel so light and natural, that it’s easy to forget you even have it on!

Human Hair Wigs  Last a Long Time

Let’s face it, a good wig can be expensive, and choosing to wear one is an important investment. Whilst the financial outlay of buying a human hair wig is slightly higher than that of a synthetic wig, if maintained properly then they can last a long time (more than a year in many cases) meaning that you won’t have to reinvest in a new wig so regularly.

 

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Hairstyle: Guide for Bridesmaids

Nearly every girl dreams of the day her prince charming will sweep her off her feet so that together, they can begin a real-life “happily ever after.” Perhaps, you too were that girl, and now the day that you’ve always dreamed of is closer than ever before. You’ve worked hard to reach this point, going through that wedding checklist. Venue, menu, invitations, guest list, and more are ready to go. Fashion, however, might take some extra effort—especially when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding hairstyles for bridesmaids. But fear not: read on to find out all that you need to know about choosing the styles that best suit each bridesmaid—and yourself!

Any Hair Length Looks Lovely

Bridesmaids, of course, are unique and come in many shapes and sizes. They may differ in hair length as well. If you want their styles to match, it’s ideal for them to all have roughly the same hair length. Extensions are always an idea, of course, but that could add to the cost of your professional stylist bill. If the bridesmaids do not showcase the same hairstyles, don’t worry! They will still appear in flawless harmony as they wear your wedding colors. Below is a helpful guide to find the right hairstyle for short, medium, or long hair.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Short Hair

Contrary to popular belief, short hair pairs well with several styling options. A short bob with soft curls that curtain the chin makes for a bridesmaid style both classy and cute. This hair length allows for many other cute bridesmaid hairstyles. Bridesmaids with short hair can also wear wavy curls, tight curls (also cute!), or hair down with a side part that spells stunning! Short hairstyles are often simpler than those of medium- or long-length hair, but try adding accessories such as flowered pins. In short, the right style and accessories will help short hair look stellar! (To view more bridesmaid hair ideas for this length, please visit weddingforward.com).

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Medium Hair

Not too long, not too short—for many ladies, medium-length hair feels just right. It’s long enough to work with many styles without being cumbersome. For an elegant look, try a waterfall braid that flows into a perfect bun just above the shoulders. Half-and-half styles can look magical too, especially with waves or loose curls. Looking for an edgier medium-length look? Consider a messy updo, which features a blend of flowing strands, braids, and loose curls.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Long Hair

You already know: long length abounds in style possibilities. With long hair, curls and waves can appear incredibly glamorous—in fact, glam Hollywood waves are a great option at this length. Take long, flowing curls beyond typical by swooping all the hair to one side (especially gorgeous with oval-shaped faces), or adding hair accessories like a boho flower crown. Long hair also looks great in an elegant bun because the buns have enough hair for maximum body and fullness. This style is also quite elegant and easy to manage because it stays in place.

Top Five Factors to Consider

So now that we’ve explored every hair length, let’s talk about some critical factors to consider when choosing bridesmaid hairstyles.

Dress

The most important factor to consider is the dress. Much like the bride and groom, the dress and hairstyle must look good together! They must function well together. Bridesmaid updos work well if the dress has an ornate design along the back. Is the dress flowy and elegant? Loose, flowy waves or curls compliment such dresses perfectly.

Budget

Weddings are expensive—surprise! In addition to all the other expenses (like musicians, cake, and dresses to name a few), professional stylists also cost a pretty penny. If you want your bridesmaids to have matching hairstyles, then proper etiquette is to pay for their hairstyles. This could turn into a huge additional expense, but there is a way to take the same-style route without leaving your wallet starved: choose student stylists or those still training. Excellent students will produce excellent work. Expect to save about 75% in price!

Weather

This factor is especially important for outdoor weddings. On a bright, sunny day with low humidity, curls will dance along to wind’s song. On the other hand, extreme humidity will hastily hurl curls out of hair and paste the hair to sweaty backs. In general, hair-down styles work well if the weather is fair or better; updos work well in precipitation situations. The season is also important to think about. For a winter wedding, hair-down styles will help keep the body warmer. If it’s hot outside, updos could be helpful.

Face Shape

Round, oval, heart, square, or long? Identifying face shape makes choosing a hairstyle much easier. An oval face looks lovely with hair down and a part in the middle. A square face (prominent jaw bones), on the other hand, looks great in a low bun with hair around the face to help soften the chin edges.

Venue

Will the wedding take place outside in a flowery garden or inside a gorgeous cathedral? Consider the formality of the venue. Updos often appear more elegant and work well with churches and cathedrals, for example.

Which style or styles will you choose? The special day awaits, and you have the information you need—so print your guide and prepare to decide!

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Know your rights: what you should do when faced with an eminent domain order

Faced with an eminent domain order? Here's what you need to do...

If you own property, getting served with an eminent domain order is something that will definitely ruin your day.

As hard as it is to believe, the forced expropriation of private property for public use is an action that is protected by the Constitution.

Worse yet, most cases where individuals fight to retain their land end in failure for the owner. This might sound unfair, but it is best to negotiate with the government than try to defeat them on this issue.

This article will lay out what you need to do to protect the rights you do have when the government moves to evict you from your land.

Hire an attorney who specializes in eminent domain

Don’t make the mistake of trying to take on the government yourself. Eminent domain orders are full of hard to understand terms that are designed to give governmental bodies the best deal possible. As such, you’ll want an attorney who can help protect your rights to the fullest extent.

If you live in Southern California, there are plenty of capable eminent domain lawyers in LA who can take on your case, as they have helped past clients get a level of compensation far above what they would have gotten if they had just settled for what the government was going to give them.

Know what your home is truly worth

A crucial aspect of getting the most from your eminent domain case is to have an appraiser tell you exactly what your land or property is worth.

The government has this data already, but don’t think for a second they are going to give you a fair deal. Instead, their first offer will often be laughably low, as they are eager to show voters how financially responsible they are with public funds.

Once the appraiser on your team tells you how much you should get for your property, you and your attorney can proceed with confidence in your eminent domain case.

Should you settle or try to get more?

Now you should you have an accurate representation of the value of your home – should you try to settle for a price not far from what the government is offering, or should you dig in your heels and try to get more?

If the compensation offered is over and above what your valuation is, or if the housing market in your area is terrible, you should be inclined to settle close to what the government is offering.

However, if they are trying to fleece you with an offer only suckers would take, the local housing market is on fire, or if your home/land will play host to a development that will have a significantly higher value than your property currently has, hold your ground and ask for more – a lot more.

Don’t be too greedy, though: follow all advice given to you by your attorney, or you might wake up one day to find you have had a settlement imposed on you, along with a 30-day notice to vacate.

Resisting eminent domain: a risky play to make

Think you can achieve total victory over the government? To be fair, some people have, as there are many examples over time where roads have been built around property lines after the owners fought a pitched political battle against local authorities.

For every success story, though, many get crushed, with only a pitiful compensation check to show for their struggle.

Don’t martyr yourself over a piece of land – hire a smart eminent domain lawyer, and you’ll be able to get a settlement that will give you all the cash you’ll need to reboot your life in a better neighborhood.

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