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Circle of Life

-  Family Matters -

 International and national family- and inheritance law.

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Gazing Out to Sea

Estate Planning

“Morning will come, it has no choice”
Marty Rubin

Estate planning is for everyone, regardless if  you have just purchased your first home or thinking about starting a fund for your grandchildren.  

 

The plan does not have to cover all areas at once. It is possible to start with just a prenuptial agreement and a will. As your situation changes, I will help you with e.g. gifts or other donations, change of generation and living wills. Planning your estate will spare your family of many unnecessary problems and feuds upon your disability and/or death.

The demand for estate planning is rapidly growing. If you have property in more than one country, it is of outmost importance to have a plan in place.

 

The best time to start planning is today - so please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line and let's make a plan.

Couple Looking Down

Couples

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
― William Shakespeare

You might be planning to get married, divorced, or perhaps you live in a blended family.

 

Regardless of your family situation, it lies in both your own and in the interest of the ones dependent on you to familiarize yourself with the factors that affect your legal status  prior to making important decisions.

 

The importance of being aware of rights and obligations related to your family situation and legal status, is further emphasized in international relationships.

 

Before making any decisions it's a good idea to discuss your situation from a legal point of view. 

 

Give me a call and come and see me alone or together with your partner.

Going Over Data

Elder law

"Youth is wasted on the young"

-George Bernard Shaw

How do you want to spend your old age? Many dream of a second home in a warmer climate, being able to travel or to relax with family and friends -finally having the time to do so.

 

Regardless of what the future holds, your wellbeing is inherently linked with financial freedom and the possibility to choose.

It is important to start planning for your days as a senior citizen at an early stage.

Through powers of attorney, living wills and health care directives you can ensure that issues concerning yourself, are taken care of by the person you have designated and in accordance with your instructions. This also gives you the possibility to be a part of the decision making to the extent possible.

Regardless if you are taking care of a loved one, or planning for your own old age - there is no time like the present. So give me a call and let's get things started.

Person Rolling Suitcase in Airport

International moves

"Why do you go away? - So that you can come back"

-Terry Pratchett

Are you planning to move to Finland? The reasons for moving here varies, but usually it's for love or work.

 

Moving requires a lot of work, both in sorting out legal matters but also dealing with practical issues.

 

Familja will take care of all applications, registrations, lease-/purchase agreements and other practical issues related to the move.

 

Let's make your move a positive and smooth experience together.

Aspiring Pilot

Children

"A person's a person, no matter how small"
  — Dr. Seuss

Child custody, visitation and living arrangements are often the most contentious issues when two parents decide that they will no longer parent together.

 

Adding an international aspect to these discussions makes it even more difficult.

My starting point is always to try and settle the issue outside the courts. And to find solutions in the best interest of the child is my number one priority in every case.

 

I have years of experience in handling custody cases both nationally and internationally. 

Let me help you find a solution that is in the best interest of the child, and works in practice.

 

Legal Representation

Probate

" I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it"

-Mark Twain

When a person in your family passes away, according to Finnish law You have a few months' time to submit an estate inventory to the tax authorities.

 

In this particular situation this can seem overwhelming as well as questions in relation to distribution, selling of property and taxation issues. 

 

If your family is capable of communicating and the estate is straight forward, perhaps all you need is legal advice.

 

In cases of disputes regarding the administration and/or division of the estate or complex international issues, an administrator and/or distributor is often needed. I function as  an administrator and/or distributor when needed.

Give me a call in order to discuss how I can assist you and your family.