Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
What is an appeal and how do I know if I should appeal?
What is a petition for dissolution of marriage and what does it mean to serve the petition?
How long will it take for my divorce to be final and how much will it cost?
What is spousal maintenance and how is it determined in Arizona?
Protecting Separate Property in Arizona: Basic Principles
How Can I Make the Most Out of the First Meeting?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
Yours, Mine and Ours (not yet!): An Update on the Patentability of Human Genes
Same-Sex Marriage Cases in 90 Seconds
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Allen Matkins Sponsors CASA Hispanic Advisory Council Art Workshop for Kids
Many universities have standard patent assignment agreements that assign inventions of a university employee to the university. But what if the inventor is married? Or, what if the inventor marries during his or her...more
While most couples have heard of the importance of creating and signing a premarital agreement, not everyone does it. Once a couple has entered into the marriage, a post marital agreement can still be created. Discussing the...more
June and July, 2013 have born a number of new developments relating to tax related matters. This article is designed to provide a synopsis of those that might be of interest to PK Law readers...more
Arizona is a community property state which means all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is, by statute, presumed to be community property. ...more
Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill that amends both N.J.S.A § 37:2-38 and N.J.S.A § 37:2-32 to strengthen the enforceability of premarital agreements....more
In Hillman v. Maretta (--- S.Ct. ----, U.S.Va., June 3, 2013), the United States Supreme Court considered whether a state law that provides death benefits from an insurance policy be paid to a current spouse, even if a prior...more
A prenuptial agreement is a binding legal document between a prospective husband and wife, which addresses the financial consequences of their marriage ending....more
How Your Business or Company Can Benefit From an Asset Search
It has become increasingly important over the past few years for businesses and companies to collect debts that are owed to them. The economy has been in poor...more
12 THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IN PRIVATE/INDEPENDENT UTAH ADOPTIONS:
1. Finding a birth mother: Paid facilitators are illegal in Utah. Only licensed agencies may be paid for matching services under Utah law. Even...more
While the words prenuptial agreement can kill that pre-marriage romance, a prenup is smart financial planning. It is perhaps better thought of as a safety belt — when you ride in a car you don’t expect to get into an...more
It has become increasingly important for both businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Debtors are often delinquent in paying for goods, services or other financial obligations. When a debtor...more
This past Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth, found that almost 50% of unmarried women are living...more
Earlier this week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Earlywine v. Earlywine. In a fascinating, albeit one-sided argument (there was no appearance for the appellee), the Justices actively debated a wide...more
A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is contract between prospective spouses outlining the terms of a subsequent divorce settlement. Prenups usually involve the division of assets and spousal support. They cannot, however,...more
Lenders commonly rely upon form documentation when making a loan, often assuming that the form complies with the ever-changing law governing the deal. As we all know, a mistake in documentation can result in serious...more
As reported in the news, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren might be reconciling. In 2009, the relationship made headlines when the National Enquirer reported that Tiger was cheating. Two days later, the police were called to...more
A recent Florida appellate court decision provides a drafting lesson in prenuptial agreements - if a spouse is to receive an interest in appreciation in an asset, the agreement should be specific on that....more
One segment of the senior care market will face more competition, although according to the national “9073” strategy, it may cover potentially 90% of the Chinese seniors. You know what I’ m talking about—yes—it’s in-home care...more
A recent case, the Estate of Wilson, 2012 WL 6216869 (1st Dist. 2012), illustrates generally why escrow holders should avoid giving advice to parties to an escrow on how to take title to real property...more
The Illinois Supreme Court has posted its docket for the impending January term, and the Court will hear argument in five civil cases.
In This Issue:
Court of Appeals Reverses Appellate Division, Holds that EchoStar’s Equipment Purchases Qualified as Sales for Resale; Appellate Court Holds Electronic Messaging Services Subject to Sales Tax; ALJ Finds...more
In Estate of Wilson ( --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 1 Dist., December 13, 2012), a California court of appeal considered whether the marriage of a same-sex couple, during the period when same-sex marriages were allowed in...more
In divorces, a business is often an asset of the marriage. One spouse typically is the “operating spouse” and he or she is in partnership with another person or persons. Assuming the spouse’s interest in the business has a...more
Buying auto insurance does not mean you plan to be in an accident. Installing a smoke alarm in your house does not mean you expect it to burn down. Getting an annual check-up does not mean you are convinced that cancer is...more
In This Issue:
- The spousal lifetime access trust: A safety net in uncertain times
- Be prepared for a triggering event: If you own interests in a closely held business, consider a buy-sell agreement
- Is your...more