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Choosing the Right Attorney to do your Estate Planning

This week, I encountered a disheartening case.   An elderly couple scheduled an appointment to review their estate planning documents.  Typically, these cases involve clients who have completed their estate plan years earlier and would like it rev…
Categories: Estate Planning

Prenuptial Agreements

            Planning to be married is an exciting time.  Many people focus on the romance and the excitement of the wedding.  When one partner wants to inject finance and relationship discussion into the many tasks to be completed, there…

Is it Wise to Add Children to Your Real Estate Titles

 For centuries, people have added their children to the titles of their real estate before their deaths in order to avoid probate and pass their real estate to their children after their deaths.  Does this remain a wise choice? It can be.  It will…

What if I Cannot Tolerate Being Away from My Children

            When you are considering a divorce or learn that your spouse wants a divorce, one of the most difficult aspects is dealing with knowing that your time with your children, whom you may be used to seeing and caring for daily, wil…
Categories: Parenting

Do I Really Need a Will or a Trust?

            You are not required to have a will or a trust, and there are many people who die without having either one.   However, there is often a hefty price to pay, typically falling on the shoulders of your loved ones, for not having a w…
Categories: Estate Planning

Already Separated? Do I Need a Divorce

            I have recently conferred with a number of people who have been separated from their spouse for many years, but remained married to them.  They have many and diverse reasons for staying married.  However, they are at a point…

Fantasy vs. reality in a divorce

I recently tried a case where both parents, prominent members of the community, wanted to portray their family to the public as the “All American Family.” They wanted people to believe that as a couple, they loved and respected each other and tha…

Think you want a “shark” as your lawyer?

When you call our office for an appointment, you will speak with a staff member who will check for conflicts (to determine if we have advised your spouse or someone close to your case in the past and cannot represent you) and the jurisdiction (can we…

Meeting your child’s needs in parenting time

Setting up specific parenting time gives your children and spouse the stability and predictability that everyone needs to assure a strong relationship. Recently, some groups have advocated for 50/50 parenting time, often scheduled as one week with on…
Categories: Parenting

When you need to get a second opinion

When we face a major medical procedure, we accept the fact that it’s wise to get a second opinion. The same is true in divorce. If you are unsure that the advice you are receiving from your lawyer is correct, it’s wise to get a second opinion. T…