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
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
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 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
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 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
A recent Florida appellate court decision bears review by practitioners drafting post-nuptial agreements.
The case involved a husband who provided for assets to pass to his wife in his Last Will. After the Will was...more
In This Presentation:
Typical Documents To Be Reviewed: Deed; Mineral Deed; Mineral Reservation; Royalty; Lease; Seismic Permit; and, Pipeline Right-of-way.
Who owns the minerals: Title Opinion; Title Insurance;...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
As business revenues and values have declined over the past number of years, many owners delayed the possible departure from their business through retirement or sale, either waiting for things to get better, or as result of...more
A useful strategy for protecting assets during a down economy and minimizing estate tax liability is starting a family investment company (FIC).
Who can use this plan? Families who want to lessen their estate tax burden,...more
Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the “Civil Union Act”). ...more
The Florida Constitution prohibits a decedent from devising his or her homestead to third parties if the decedent is surviving by a spouse at death. When there are no surviving lineal descendants of the decedent, the...more
What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we continue
doing? If you and your team periodically answer these three questions, your firm
could perform with the efficiency of a Silicon Valley software...more
Discusses the basics of the types and uses of Powers of Attorney in Florida...more
Death and divorce are understandably unromantic topics for any couple to approach when they are planning on spending the rest of their lives together, but planning for these events, one certain and the other increasingly...more
There are few certainties in life. However, one of life’s certainties is that all marriages will end, whether by death or divorce.
At the end of marriage, whether by divorce or death, disputes over money and the...more
A spouse may not sue an insurer for individual tort claims under a health insurance policy issued to his deceased wife. Refusing to create a new tort under California law, California’s Fourth Appellate District in The Mega...more