Cooper Gordon LLP

2530 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90403, United States
Contact: Frieda Gordon, Cooper-Gordon LLP
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Family Law
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • New York
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

The Capacity To Divorce: How “With It” Do You Need to Be to Get Divorced?

This past summer, in the case of In re Marriage of Greenway (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 628, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the Trial Court’s decision which held that the level of capacity required to end one's marriage is,…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Marriage of Georgiou v. Leslie: A Review of the Applicability of Family Code § 1101 (Breach of Fiduciary Duty) to post-Judgment Dissolution Proceedings

On appeal the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, found that Family Code § 1101 for breach of a fiduciary duty did not authorize Leslie’s action because the issue which she was litigating had already been fully litigated…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Are Funds Used to Purchase Premarital Retirement Credits and the Benefit from that Purchase Community Property?

Some fortunate employees are given the option of purchasing additional retirement credits for years of service rendered to another employer. The added retirement benefits for exercising such options are oftentimes far more…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning


In working with my estate planning clients, the issues outlined in this article have often been raised. Everyone needs to be aware of the pitfalls of not being careful in planning for end of life decision making and making sure…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

No One is Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff: How The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 May Effect You

There are still a number of spending issues to be ironed out between Congress and President Obama. In particular, they will be working to extend the debt ceiling so government can pay its bills on time and keep our standing in…more
 /  Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

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


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


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

Managing Money Post-Separation: An Analysis of Marriage of Margulis

Oftentimes, the decision to get a divorce is a slow and painful process for couples. Even more arduous and painstaking is the procedure of separating once-intertwined lives. This process involves time-consuming but necessary…more
 /  Family Law

Big Girls Don’t Cry, But Frankie Valli Does: An Analysis of In re the Marriage of Valli and the Effect of the Title Presumption on Community Assets

In a recent case involving legendary lead singer of the Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, the characterization of a simple life insurance policy was anything but simple. This case is a perfect example of how one innocent transaction…more
 /  Family Law

Can an Old Dog Make New Gifts?: An Analysis of the Anderson v. Hunt Case and Determining the Standard for Mental Capacity to Execute an After Death Transfer by Trust

In the recent case of Andersen v. Hunt (California Court of Appeal, Second District, B221077, June 14, 2011), the California Court of Appeal articulated the applicable standard by which to evaluate an individual’s capacity to…more
 /  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


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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