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
The October § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.4%. This is up from September's 2.0% rate. The applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more
During marriage, a very typical scenario is for spouses to name each other as the beneficiary to each person’s individual life insurance policy. Once a divorce is commenced, a beneficiary designation cannot be changed until...more
The Spring/Summer edition of Damon Key's Legal Alert, with articles on the Hawaii Supreme Court's latest construction law decision, Estate Planning, the duty to defend claims arising from faulty workmanship, and the...more
Recently, in Hillman v. Maretta, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed a Virginia Supreme Court ruling that held that federal law preempts a state law that allowed a deceased federal employee’s spouse to sue a...more
Many states, including Florida, automatically terminate former spouses as beneficiaries under life insurance policies, annuities, and other beneficiary-designated accounts upon divorce....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
When you got divorced, did you remember to update your life insurance beneficiary? If not, and if you are a federal employee, your ex-spouse may have a claim to that money if you were to die without changing it, even if your...more
Never before has collaboration become so important in meeting the needs of high net worth clients. Faced with so much uncertainty, the most important role of the advising team is to focus on what they can help the client...more
As a general rule, one assumes no personal liability when one becomes a trust beneficiary. There are some exceptions, however. Charles E. Rounds, Jr. explains in Section 5.6 of Loring and Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook (2012)....more
Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court published its Oral Argument Calendar [pdf] for the May term, and the Court will hear oral argument in eight civil cases. The cases, with the issue or issues presented in each, are...
If you are like most people who are getting divorced, or who have just gone through divorce, you no longer want your ex-spouse to be the beneficiary of your estate or to put your child(ren)in a position to be disinherited if...more
Now is the time to assess your financial and family fitness for 2011. Plan to make forward progress in all areas by conducting a fitness checkup in five key areas. Take the time to review your credit report, set a budget,...more
Long Term Care Insurance... What is it and how does it work?...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
Whether in Tennessee, children born-out-of-wedlock are entitled to recover all, some or none of the proceeds of a life insurance policy for a deceased parent. Must the child be listed as an intended beneficiary or may the...more