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Presumed Parentage for Same-Sex Couples

In the ever-evolving law regarding the appropriate standard to use when evaluating who qualifies as a “presumed parent,” the subject is particularly confusing with regard to evaluating the presumption among same-sex couples…more

| Family Law

Will Kobe Bryant Lose Millions?

Premarital agreements are not only for the wealthy. Kobe Bryant was not wealthy when he got married. Even if he had been, it may have been that the topic of premarital agreements was pretty low on the priority list of fun…more

| Family Law

UPDATE IN THE LAW ON ANULMENTS

Court of Appeal in California recently held that a bigamous marriage is void from its inception, even if it has not been declared void by a court of law. Because the second marriage to the man in Las Vegas was void from the…more

| Family Law

CAPACITY TO MARRY - WHICH STANDARD APPLIES?

The development of the law with regard to standards for determining capacity has been of special interest of late to Cooper-Gordon LLP. Our firm is handling several interesting nullity cases with unique fact patterns supporting…more

| Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Can a Person With Capacity Still Be Unduly Influenced?

The possibility of undue influence opens an estate to extensive and costly litigation if the testamentary document was executed when the Testator was dependent on others. Most often, elderly clients, as a result of their age and…more

| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

RECENT CASE MODIFIES CURRENT LAW ON ENFORCEMENT OF PRENUPS

The very recent case of Marriage of Cadwell-Faso and Faso (2011) 2011 WL 72179 was decided by the First Appellate District on January 11, 2011. This decision reversed the trial court’s ruling. Now, Family Code §1615(c)’s…more

| Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Special Needs Trusts

What do you do if you have been receiving benefits from your State and suddenly receive a small inheritance? How do you get to keep your assets and not lose the benefits? What happens if you want to leave your assets to…more

| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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