Easter is a good time to talk about Estate Planning

Easter is this Sunday, April 1, 2018. Easter is a special sacred religious holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a time where many families attend church together and have family gatherings. For the children, there are plenty of egg hunts happening in Sussex County, Delaware. Certainly estate planning is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Easter.  However, having final affairs in order before it is needed can be the most loving thing a person can do for their family Deciding how to handle assets and healthcare issues for individuals facing death or […]

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware

Memorial Day weekend is a little more than a month away. The boardwalk, the beach, the smell of the ocean and Thrasher’s French fries, crowds, sunburns are what many love about Southern Delaware.   However, if you love the beach but want to avoid the enormous summer crowds there are 8 Delaware beaches that tend to stay quiet, even in the middle of tourist season. Read this article from “Only In Your State” by clicking here. Unfortunately, along with all the pleasant experiences, there are also some things we hope to avoid on Memorial day weekend at the beach; traffic tickets, […]

Alcohol and Drug Use on Prom Night

Vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for young people aged 12 to 19. Prom night can be a dangerous time with so many teens on the road late at night. Approximately 1,000 youth under age 21 die each year in preventable tragedies while celebrating their high school proms and graduations (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While spring is the hallmark of many teen celebrations (graduation and prom), it can also be a very dangerous time in a teen’s life. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the months of April through June are some of […]

Delaware High School Proms and DUI’s

The High School Prom season has started in Delaware. Statistics show roughly a third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June, which is considered the peak of prom season. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, over 35,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. Teen drivers and passengers account for 25 percent of those deaths every year.  If you have a teenager that has been arrested for driving under the influence, it can be a life-changing event. We at the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay strive to keep the consequences from making a negative […]

Felony Crimes in Delaware

Some crimes are more serious than others, particularly in the eyes of the law. In Delaware, a felony is the most serious type of criminal charge. It is for activity that is considered especially harmful or violent. However if someone is not properly defended by a Felony Lawyer from Georgetown, DE he or she may end up charged with a more serious crime than they deserve. What is a felony in Delaware? In Delaware, a felony offense is considered more serious than a misdemeanor offense and carries a harsher sentence, typically a minimum of one year to be served in […]

Advanced Health Care Directives ~ it’s about your family.

Recently I was at a game catching up with friends.  A friend recently died and invariably the subject of advanced health care directives (also called living wills) came up and I shared my “pitch” about how important a living will is. I was talking to 4 people, ranging in age from 30-60, all of whom said that they don’t want extraordinary measures taken, and not one of them has executed a living will.  So I asked them why.  Answers ranged from “just haven’t had time” to “I don’t have an attorney” to “Isn’t it complicated?” I told them that it […]

Delaware DUI Explained

The holiday season brings a crackdown by Delaware State Police and local law enforcement that is aimed at fighting impaired driving and the dreaded Delaware DUI. Find out more from Delaware DUI lawyers at MurrayPhillips, P.A. We have lawyers in Georgetown, DE as well as Camden and Wilmington. Drinking and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a very serious criminal offense that is completely avoidable in Delaware. Yet, people do it all the time. Why? Because they overestimate their ability to drive and underestimate the possibility of impairment. Too often we hear, “I thought I was fine to drive,” but they are […]

What Family Lawyers Do in Delaware

Family law proceedings concern legal matters between individuals in which a domestic connection is the common thread. Attorneys who practice family law frequently represent individuals in divorce, child custody, adoption, guardianship, and other domestic issues. When a person needs legal representation or must go to court regarding a family law concern, it is important that the person retain a family law attorney to gain knowledge about the legal process and get a thorough understanding of the individual’s rights.

What is Title Insurance?

As a refresher, a title search is completed to show that each previous owner properly conveyed the property, free of encumbrances to the next owner. When the title search is completed it is typically reviewed by an attorney to make sure everything looks in order and there were no accidental oversights. In a perfect world, you would have nothing to worry about, meaning no one could come along and challenge your ownership to the property. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Records are not perfect and sometimes surprises crop up that weren’t picked up in the title search. […]

What is a Title search?

When a piece of property is bought, the current owner (the seller) signs a document called a deed that transfers the ownership of that piece of property to the new owner (the buyer). Deeds are indexed so that a person can research the history of a piece of property – and find the previous deeds that have been executed over time. These deeds create what is called a chain of title. The “chain” runs from the present owner back to the original owner of the property. When you buy a piece of property a title search is completed to show […]

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