Bruce Law Firm June 2017

Summer Reading for Busy Families Audiobooks Inspire a Love of Stories in All Ages

DIVIDING YOUR ASSETS The math behind divorce In an ideal world, you and your spouse both receive half of your “marital net worth” in a divorce. You’d add up your money and property and other assets, subtract your debts and liabilities, and each get half of what’s left. Property owned before the marriage, liabilities incurred outside the marriage, and assets kept separate from the marriage don’t count. Usually the best way to accomplish this is to have an appraiser come and value all your assets; obviously, it’s easy to divvy up a bank account. But it’s harder to put a price tag on other assets, and an appraiser is a neutral third party who will do a good job. That takes care of one issue — determining value. Another issue is determining whether an asset was acquired within a specific date range and is thus a “marital” asset or not. If not, it’s not subject to the divorce proceedings. If so, it’s added to the list and will be divided equally — or at least, its value will. And another issue is figuring out whether an asset exists outside the marriage or not. Under Florida law, all assets are marital unless proven otherwise. This is where it helps to have an attorney! Divorce can be one of the hardest experiences of in life. Don’t go into it blind, alone, or without a plan. Head to to download our firm’s free divorce strategy book. Then, give us a call at (561) 810-0170 for help. We’re here for you.

Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer.

FOR THE LONG ROAD TRIP “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family?

Does a friend or client have divorce questions? our divorce strategy book can help!

FOR FAMILY BONDING “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing

A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish- granting coin. They soon realize the coin only grants half of what they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together.

The book can be downloaded for FREE at divorce-book If your friend or client lives in the South Florida area we will send them a hard copy of the book in the mail upon request.

FOR SOMETHING ENTIRELY NEW “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater

When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand-new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive.

These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

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