Is a trial my only option during a divorce?
Who pays attorney fees in a divorce proceeding?
Should I Get a Job While Going Through My Divorce? Can I Quit My Job?
Can my ex-spouse see our children if he/she does not pay the court ordered child support?
What do we do with the children once the divorce action is filed?
Can I complete my divorce without a trial?
Can I appeal a dissolution?
What is a Resolution Management Conference?
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?
Can I appeal my divorce case?
Civilized Divorce through Mediation
The CFPB issued an interpretive rule to clarify that when a borrower dies, the name of the borrower’s heir generally may be added to the mortgage without triggering the Bureau’s Ability-to-Repay rule. This clarification will...more
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
In your experience, what’s the most costly mistake people make when preparing estate plans, and what can they do to fix them? That’s the question we recently put to attorneys writing on JD Supra....more
A good estate plan should be flexible and structured to account for foreseeable life events. However, even the best estate plan cannot accommodate every turn your life may take. Periodic review and tweaking of an estate plan...more
In this issue:
- Estate Planning In Divorce: Don’t Put It Off
- Prepare Your Estate Plan For Postmortem Flexibility
- The U.S. Supreme Court DOMA Ruling - How It Affects Estate Planning for Same-Sex...more
Following a divorce, you should carefully review your estate plan to ensure that your former spouse will not receive any unintended distributions from your estate. Unless otherwise required by the terms of the divorce, you...more
Attorneys often encounter situations in which someone makes a will or designates a beneficiary naming their spouse as the heir or beneficiary, separates from their spouse, fails to make changes to their will or beneficiary...more
In this issue:
- Creating an Effective Corporate Strategic Venture Capital Program
- "Amazing Clients: Victor Del Regno, Producer and Director of "Till Then - A Journey Through WWII Love Letters"
Christine Fletcher is back to provide more of her knowledgeable estate planning advice....more
If your divorce has just ended, you probably feel like you NEVER want to talk to a lawyer again. However, there are a number of financial steps you should take after you divorce, and one requires a lawyer: You need to change...more
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor1 overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.2 As a result, married...more
DIVIDING RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS -
There are important differences associated with dividing retirement plans that are already in pay status and those that are not. Some people divorcing later in life are already retired,...more
The scenario is not difficult to imagine: An employee designates her spouse as the primary beneficiary under her employer’s life insurance and retirement benefit plans. Years later, the couple divorces, and in the marital...more
You don’t need a lawyer for everything, but there are a few times in life when hiring a lawyer is a necessity....more
In This Issue:
- How to Protect Your Assets as a Business Owner
- Separated But Not Divorced: Don’t Wait to Update Your Estate Plan
- Tales from the Cliff: Estate Planning Policy for 2013 and Beyond
Many people have the misconception that they cannot update their estate plan or even prepare a new Will if they are separated but not yet divorced from their spouse. This is not true. An estate plan can be updated at any...more
Estate Planning: Lessons Learned From Hugh Hefner's Third Marriage
Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Crystal Harris got married for a third time on New Years Eve 2012. Hugh Hefner is best known for his Playboy empire And Harris is...more
Tax planning and divorce sound like two unlikely partners, but they are not. This week’s blog post is written by Selwyn Gerber, CPA, who explains why tax planning is critical during and after a divorce....more
Last week’s blog discussed three questions Baby Boomers going through divorce should ask their lawyer. As promised, here are three more questions.
1. Should I keep the house?
The financial risks of keeping the...more
Earlier this year, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the “Civil Union Act”). ...more
A revocable living trust is a wonderful tool, but it’s just an empty vessel until you fund it by re-titling your assets in the name of your trust. Michael Jackson created what is most likely a wonderful living trust, but his...more
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