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Is your retirement at risk from your divorce?

Once you get past the emotional heartache, divorce is all about the finances. If you have any retirement funds built up during the marriage, those can take a big hit during a divorce.

Here's some solid advice to use when you're going through a divorce that will help keep your future secure -- despite your rocky present:

Can a homeowner refuse to complete a home sale?

When a homeowner goes to the trouble of putting a house up for sale, you probably expect that he or she is serious about making the sale. After all, putting your house on the market means making needed repairs and cosmetic upgrades, hiring a real estate agent and enduring the tedious process of opening your house to prospective buyers.

If you found a house you would love to buy, you trust that the owner is ready to sell because he has done all of these things. So, when the seller backs out of the sale, do you have any recourse?

Handle your tax return carefully if you plan to file bankruptcy

For many Americans, their tax return is the biggest single check they see all year.

If you plan to file bankruptcy, however, your tax return can be a big headache -- depending on how much it is and when you receive it.

Mexican food franchise employees allege wage thefts

The Mexican fast-food franchise famous for being open until the wee hours of the morning, Taco Bell, has been hit with a lawsuit in Michigan. Over 500 employees of the franchise claim they never received overtime they were due.

The local franchise is owned by a company called Sundance, out of Brighton, and has over 150 of the restaurants. They're accused of fixing their books to skimp on employee overtime pay from 2013 on.

The benefits of a private divorce judge

If your divorce is particularly messy and involves things that could embarrass either you, your spouse or both or you -- it might be worth your while to consider hiring a private judge.

The notion isn't new, but it is getting a little more attention these days -- thanks to the sordid scandals of the Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner divorce. The former political "power couple" have withdrawn their divorce case from public court and will be ending things privately in order to keep anything else that isn't already the object of public ridicule out of the news.

Can you learn from the estate mistakes of the rich and famous?

Being rich and famous doesn't make you immune to being human and making very ordinary mistakes with your estate.

A quick glance at some of the biggest icons of the last few decades who have died and left behind messy estate problems is enough to show anyone why a good will and estate plan is a must.

How do you choose the executor of your estate?

The odds are high that no matter who you choose to be the executor of your estate after you die, someone else in your family is likely to object. The issue can be so touchy that many people don't tell anyone whom they've chosen as their executor -- including the person chosen!

That's actually a big mistake.

Did you know you don't have to take field sobriety tests?

Flashing lights and noisy sirens behind you often cause a great deal of anxiety. What did you do? Why did the officer stop you? You may begin to take mental inventory of the last few miles to figure it out. When the officer approaches and begins talking to you, you may be surprised to find out that he or she suspects you of drunk driving.

You may be like many other Michigan drivers who believe that when a police officer asks you to submit to field sobriety tests, you have no choice but to comply. Few things could be farther from the truth. Did you know that taking those tests is completely voluntary? Keep in mind, however, that you may still incur administrative penalties if you refuse to take a breath test.

Take care when changing the name of your business

Way back when you first started your small business, did you pick a name that no longer seems to fit?

If so, you aren't alone. A lot of people don't realize the direction their business is going to take until it suddenly takes off — and, by then, the old name may no longer fit your brand's needs.

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