Read Family Law updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
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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
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The person designated in the terms of a trust as its settlor (creator) may not necessarily be its true settlor (creator). Appearances are often deceiving in the world of the trust. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in §8.43 of...more
On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more
The Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) section defining marriage as between a man and woman is unconstitutional because it violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection...more
Ever since the passage of the JOBS Act (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act), there’s been a lot of hype about crowdfunding. A lot of startups have built their entire business model on the assumed ability to use...more
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guaranty for persons of...more
On November 29, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) released a blanket No-Action Letter providing relief from registration as a Commodity Pool Operator (“CPO”) to family offices that qualify for the...more
Originally published in The New York Law Journal, October 19, 2012.
“I wear my reversals like badges of honor,” a trial judge once remarked when discussing his (largely positive) record on appeal. Based on our review of...more
From time to time, a question will arise about the necessity of obtaining spousal consent in connection with the purchase or sale of a security. Interestingly, California declares it unlawful for any agent or broker-dealer...more
On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) into law. The JOBS Act encompasses several significant changes to the federal securities laws, providing a proverbial facelift...more
Small and medium sized businesses are the engines which drive the North American economy. Increasingly, people go in to their own business. Often spouses and other family members are in business together. Because of...more
On February 15, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released its final rule regarding Investment Adviser Performance Compensation (the “Rule”) pursuant to Section 418 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more
Recent publication of the Discount for Lack of Marketability(DLOM) Job aid for IRS Valuation
Professionals has brought fresh scrutiny to the various methods used by valuation practitioners for determining discount for lack of...more
In our June 2011 client memorandum, we discussed H.R. 2167, the proposed bill introduced by Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) to increase the threshold for mandatory registration for all companies under the Securities...more
Following the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression which followed, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 democratic campaign platform called for regulation of the securities exchanges “to the full extent of federal...more
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed Rule 202(a)(11)(G)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (Advisers Act), to define “family offices” that would be excluded from the definition of...more
In The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “„The very rich are different from you and me.? And how someone had said to Julian, „Yes, they have more money.?” That is certainly true in the case of the families...more
A case study of how the Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC, leverages technology to effectively manage their cases in securities and commodities litigation, family law, wills and trusts....more