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Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Against Non-Signatory Spouse Because Community Property

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You know how the vows go: “for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, in district court or in arbitration…” Wait a minute. Last Wednesday, a federal district court in Arizona held that a TCPA plaintiff was...more

The Supreme Court - May 15, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348: Respondent Aleida Johnson filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in the Southern District of Alabama. Petitioner Midland Funding then filed a “proof of claim” in the Bankruptcy Court,...more

How to protect your family-owned business from your child’s spouse

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

For most people, a child’s wedding is one of those great life moments that is filled with months of planning and excitement. However, for people who own a family-owned business, the old myth that 50 percent of marriages end...more

Separate Property and Arizona Marital Community Equitable Lien Rights

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Weeks v Weeks, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the marital community’s equitable lien against separate property of one spouse. The opinion is a memorandum decision and it is therefore not...more

Louisiana Partition Agreement: You Can’t Trade What You Don’t Own

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Square Mile Energy LLC v. Pommier considered this language in a Louisiana partition agreement: “N.B: Included in this transfer are any and all mineral rights, when available, to Roxanne and all surface rights.” Did this...more

Wealth Management Update - September 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

September Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The September § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Court Reverses Decision On The Fair Market Value Of A Residence Due To The Surviving Spouse’s Interest

by Winstead PC on

In Estate of Sloan, a wife died leaving her home, and her husband was the executor of her estate. No. 02-15-00198-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 6465 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth June 16, 2016, no pet. history). The wife’s will left all...more

Court Upholds Foreclosure on Taxpayer’s Primary Residence in Satisfaction of Federal Tax Lien

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In United States v. Smith, 117 AFTR 2d 2016-XXXX (February 8, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington allowed the Federal government to foreclose on the taxpayers’ primary residence in...more

When One Spouse Files for Bankruptcy, But Not the Other

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a Chapter 7, 11, or 13 case is filed, a new entity is created called the bankruptcy estate. A bankruptcy estate is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in property as of the time of...more

How to Avoid Needlessly Exposing a Client's Assets to Creditors in an Estate Plan or Trust

Estate planners often recommend that their clients hold title in community property or in a trust in which the real property interests are held as community property. They do this primarily to give the client the benefit of...more

Marriage of Davis: A Shared Roof = Shared (Community) Property

by Lewitt Hackman on

During the recession, we occasionally heard of couples who were divorcing, but still cohabitating. For economic reasons, neither spouse moved out of the house – they continued to share or divide financial responsibilities as...more

Premarital planning - Protecting your assets without a prenup

Protecting family assets in the event of a divorce is particularly significant for family business owners, who typically want to avoid sharing ownership with their ex-spouses or their children’s ex-spouses. A prenuptial...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Same-Sex Marriage To Be a Fundamental Right

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015) on June 26, 2015. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage...more

Supreme Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage: Tax and Legal Implications for Same-Sex Spouses

by Jackson Walker on

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution requires all states to license a...more

What is Community Property?

by Jaburg Wilk on

Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk Family Law attorney Jason B. Castle discusses what community property is and what qualifies as community property. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com. ...more

Frequently Forgotten Divorce Asset: Loss Carry-Forwards

by Jaburg Wilk on

Loss carry-forward is a frequently forgotten asset in divorces. Whether the loss arises from the operation of a business (Net Operating Loss) or sale of stocks (capital loss), it is a valuable asset which may be used to...more

Insight on Estate Planning - August/September 2014

In This Issue: - Unintended consequences: After divorce, review your estate plan to avoid surprises - Protecting your real estate assets - How will the GST tax affect your estate plan? - Estate...more

You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me…and My Copyright?

Seems that someone’s always thinking of you, especially if you’re Smokey Robinson and you’re about to reclaim ownership of popular songs you wrote back in the day, like “I Second that Emotion,” “The Tears of a Clown,” “The...more

But What About The Company?

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

For many married couples in California and other community property states, a closely-held business is the most valuable community asset. And whether or not they’re in a community property state, both spouses may be active...more

Sale of Clippers Will Cost Sterlings Significant Income Taxes

People who do not think that Donald Sterling is being impacted sufficiently by the NBA fine and being forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers are not taking into account the significant federal and California income taxes...more

My Life for Your Love: California Supreme Court to Decide Whether Frankie Valli’s Life Insurance Policy is Community Property

On April 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the matter In re Marriage of Valli, S193990. The major legal question presented to the Court is whether a life insurance policy purchased with community...more

Distributions From A Texas Trust Deemed Separate Property

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Conventional wisdom is that a spouse’s earnings from separate property are community property. But it’s not that simple. In Benavides v. Mathis a Texas court denied wife Leticia’s claim to one-half of the income derived from...more

Monthly Disability Payments Not Considered Marital Property

In 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided the case of Focht v. Focht, 32 A.3d 668 (Pa. 2011), which resolved prior conflicting case law on the issue of whether an award or settlement proceeds from a personal injury...more

Family Law: Corporate And Trust Challenges To Service Of Process And Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s...more

Community Property Income Not Shared For Self-Employment Tax Purposes

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A recent Tax Court case illustrates a trap for the unwary in regard to the computation of self-employment taxes. Spouses subject to community property laws obtain an interest in the assets and income of their spouses. ...more

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