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Receiverships: Not Just for Lenders

by Jaburg Wilk on

A receivership is an invaluable tool for managing, accounting for, marshaling, and preserving assets of whatever nature or kind. Although most often utilized by lenders, a receiver can be beneficial in any number of...more

Will U.S. Supreme Court Decision In Life Insurance Case Affect California's Limited Liability Company Law?

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sveen v. Melin (Case No. No. 16-1432). The case involved a dispute over life insurance proceeds between a decedent's former spouse and his children by a former...more

Why Do We Need A Collaborative Team?

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

Most individuals would like to resolve their divorce or family law case outside of court. The problem is that many do not agree on all issues in play in their divorce. When individuals think about how to get to an...more

How Does A Divorce Trial or Hearing Work?

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

When individuals are going through a divorce, most want to settle their case amicable short of a trial. Practically, this does not happen in every circumstance. In some cases, parties are just not able to settle their case....more

Divorcing and Worried About Your Finances? A Promising Perspective

by Jaburg Wilk on

When women divorce, or contemplate divorce, they report being worried about their finances and how they will meet their financial obligations as a newly single woman. With gender pay disparity and potentially not knowing...more

Football Injuries Give Rise To Legal Custody Questions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

My colleague, Mark Ashton, was recently quoted in Mr. Ken Belson’s New York Times article addressing a Pittsburgh custody case grappling with whether a child should play football after having had three concussions before his...more

Are High School Sports Dangerous Enough to Become a Custody Issue?

Recently the New York Times highlighted a Pennsylvania child custody case focusing on whether or not a child who has sustained multiple concussions should continue to play football. The court has allowed the child to play...more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce in Arizona?

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Arizona, a large percentage of divorces proceed without either party hiring a lawyer. As Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, couples do not need a specific reason to file for divorce – it is sufficient that the parties...more

Do Parties Trust A Family Court Judge More Than Each Other?

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

When an individual is going through a divorce, it can feel like their whole life is hanging in the balance. Many spend a lot of time worried about the future and what will happen with their life....more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Spousal Support: Dividing a Smaller Pie

by Sands Anderson PC on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97 (“the Act”). Among the changes to the tax code made by the Act were significant changes to the deductions available to taxpayers. For...more

Think Twice Before Posting On Social Media

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

In a divorce or family law matter, emotions can often run high. It can cause parties to want to speak out or vent on social media. To some, posting online can have a therapeutic impact. When others like or comment positively...more

Changes in Alimony for Payer Spouse and Recipient Spouse under Tax Reform

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Since the early 1940’s, alimony payments have been tax deductible for the Payer Spouse. The recipient of the alimony (Recipient Spouse) paid the income tax on the alimony payments. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) puts an...more

Decoding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Part VII: Family Matters and Major Events in the Lives of Individuals

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) creates the need for tax planning with respect to several major life-changing activities individuals may encounter, including marriage, divorce, home ownership, casualty losses, medical...more

Can You "Win" A Divorce Or Family Law Case?

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

When many are looking for representation in a divorce or family law matter, many are looking for a lawyer who can “win” their case. The term “win” is commonly used and very important to many....more

Is Collaborative Divorce Worth The Cost

by Stange Law Firm, PC on

Some wonder whether collaborative divorce is worth the cost. In other words, when they contemplate collaborative practice and the enlistment of a collaborative team, they see the potential for having to pay various...more

Families Find Free Legal Help With LIFT

by Proskauer For Good on

The fast pace of technological change has left the poor and unrepresented behind in many parts of America. But in New York State family courts, Proskauer lawyers are part of an exciting new pilot project spearheaded by the...more

Are Alternative Fee Arrangements the Future of Attorney’s Fees Arrangements in Orphans’ Court Litigation?

The 2016 amendments to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Orphan’s Court Rules brought a slight shift in Orphan’s Court litigation. Aiming to provide a uniform standard of practice, the new Rules closely align with the...more

Executor Can Swing Away at an Omitted Spouse Petition

by Downey Brand LLP on

Born in Fresno, Kirk Kerkorian was an Armenian-American who went on to become a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, known for his role in shaping development in Las Vegas. After Kerkorian died in June 2015 at the age of...more

Resolving Parenting Time Conflicts

by Jaburg Wilk on

In Arizona, when parents are no longer married or not living together in paternity matters, they may have an agreement for parenting their children (legal decision making) and parenting time for when each parent will be with...more

Parsing "to my issue in equal shares per stirpes" in trust instruments

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

The phrase “to my issue per stirpes” in a trust instrument, at least in the typical fact pattern, will call for the creation of a constellation of shares not all of which are of equal value. Thus, the phrase “to my issue in...more

Read This Before You Press “Record”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Technology is making it easier and easier to satisfy our curiosity about just what the heck the people in our lives are up to. Are you curious about your husband’s whereabouts? You could plant a GPS device on his car. Do...more

Navigating Pennsylvania’s New Public Access Policy For Family Law Matters

by Cozen O'Connor on

The State of Pennsylvania recently enacted a new public access policy, 204 Pa. Code §213.81, to address the conflict between providing the public online access to Court filings and protecting private information. ...more

Smile For The Camera, And Other Family Law Nightmares

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

You never know when or where the next video camera or recording device is going to show up. And when you’re in the middle of a contested divorce, particularly if there are custody issues, caution is key. I was reminded of...more

New Indian Child Welfare Act Challenges On The Horizon

Two types of challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq., now feature prominently: equal protection challenges and challenges based on the “intrafamily dispute” exception to ICWA. A petition...more

Employment Law This Week®: Harassment Claims Trigger Shareholder Suits, Misclassification Standard Under Review, EEOC’s New...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

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