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Apple Payne Law is excited to announce a few changes that have come to our website to help make it easier for clients to access and hire a lawyer, especially for simple matters!   First, we have integrated new online booking links through Calendly that will allow new clients to book appointments online with the [...]
It is no secret that separation and divorce are stressful events, and that stress only increases when there are children involved. Kids add an extra, complicated layer of custody and child support. That extra layer requires negotiations and agreements, examining your schedules, possibly hiring child care assistance, and wrestling with how your family is going [...]

The First Steps After Divorce

  • By: Bill Apple
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Finally, after months (or in some cases, years!) of working your way through the process of separation, dividing your property and debt, and divorce, you take a deep breath, and sigh. But for many, that sigh is not one of relief, but rather one that arises out of a sense of loneliness and uncertainty.  You [...]

Practicing Gratitude

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
  • Family
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During my divorce, I read a lot of books about maintaining your mental health through the divorce process. Many suggested practicing gratitude, recognizing things in your life for which you are grateful.  While it isn’t a cure all for the roller coaster of emotions one goes through while ending a marriage, it brings to light [...]
If you’ve ever received a traffic ticket (and maybe if you haven’t) you probably know the term “improper equipment.” When I got my first speeding ticket everyone seemed to know that “improper equipment” was the outcome you wanted, but no one knew how to get it – thankfully, the attorney I hired did! So, what [...]

Great Family Weekend Getaway

Warmer weather is finally here and that means it is a great time to plan a spring family getaway! The one place that has remained in my mind after our visit was Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia.  Cass was founded in 1901 as company town for the workers of West Virginia Pulp and Paper [...]

Adoption Tax Credits

April – ah, the joy of finally having spring flowers, a touch of snow, and temperature swings so wild you think you are on a grand roller coaster. The joys of living in North Carolina! Ah, but the one big drawback of April it seems – the dreaded TAX DAY! However, it seems like the [...]

Home Made Instant Pot Yogurt

Years ago when the kids were little and I stayed at home with them I tried all kinds of things to save some money.  One of those things was making my own yogurt.  I had to get the milk up to boiling on the stove, then let it cool down to about 120°. After that, [...]
Prenuptial or premarital agreements (also knowns as “prenups”) have been given a bad rap. They are seen as something that only people with a ton of money should get or, even worse, as an omen for divorce. It’s time to bust those two myths! Basically, a prenup is an agreement that a couple makes before [...]

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

When I was 10 ½ years old, my family moved from the Baltimore, Maryland area to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Going through middle school, high school and college (WVU - Let’s Go Mountaineers!) in West Virginia, the almighty pepperoni roll was everywhere to be seen. They offer them at restaurants, gas stations, at [...]