Futile Mediation

June 5, 2019

Law suits are notorious for absorbing months or even years of time, to say nothing of the substantial financial resources expended for attorney fees.  Divorce and child custody cases are no exception to this rule.  Family law cases are often more emotionally exhausting for those involved than other types of law suits, as the very […]

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My Spouse Lied at the Divorce Hearing – Now What

June 4, 2019

The final divorce hearing is a bittersweet event.  The hearing will provide resolution to a law suit that has been pending for months or even years, and the result will likely have major impact on the lives of both parties for years to come, as well as impacting the lives of any children the parties […]

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Divorce Jurisdiction Over Non-Residents

May 31, 2019

Divorce is an overwhelming process, and it can take people months or even years to make the decision to move forward with the case.  During the time when the relationship starts to disintegrate and the parties decide to actually file the divorce, it is very possible that the parties will have been separated.  When one […]

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International Custody

May 29, 2019

Today’s society is becoming increasingly mobile.  It is not uncommon for people to move hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their childhood home.  When a divorce or separation occurs, it is not unusual for one of the parents to want to relocate, and this sometimes means the relocation will be to a different […]

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Biased Judges

May 24, 2019

The very nature of family law cases is clearly highly personal.  The subject matter of the case can delve into exceedingly private areas ranging from financial issues to parenting.  If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement about some or all of the issues in your case, you will have to […]

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Repercussions for Failure to Respond to Discovery

May 6, 2019

Family law and divorce are, by their very nature, highly personal proceedings.  The issues involved with these types of cases often include your personal finances, how you raise your children, and how you interact with your spouse.  Although most people expect to have to share these details with their attorneys or in open court, if […]

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Deciding Whether to Serve as Personal Representative

May 3, 2019

When your friend or loved one passes away, you may loon soon thereafter that you have been designated in his or her will to serve as the personal representative.  The personal representative (also commonly referred to as the “executor”) is the person responsible for making sure to gather the assets of the estate, notify the […]

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Can a Personal Representative Refuse to Distribute According to the Will

May 2, 2019

The time immediately following the death of your family member or loved one is a time that is fraught with emotion.  You will be going through an emotional time and will need to grieve, which can take many forms and take a long time.  The grieving process can be further complicated by having to participate […]

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Self-Authenticating Wills

April 30, 2019

Creating a last will and testament is an important element of any well-crafted estate plan.  With a last will and testament, you can provide your personal representative as to how you want your assets distributed after you pass on.  Your will can also name your preferred personal representative (also known as an executor), refer to […]

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Will Contests and Burden of Proof

April 22, 2019

Planning for the future is very important.  An estate plan that is tailored to your assets and your goals is a key component of proper planning.  One essential part of the estate plan is to draft and properly execute a last will and testament.  During probate, the court will look to the will to determine […]

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