What should I do before I file for divorce? What estate planning changes should I make? Can I revoke our family trust? Do I need permission from my wife to change beneficiaries? Can I make a new will without my husband?   These are questions I hear from clients referred to me by family law… Read More

Sometimes people ask me, “Why should I get a will?” Here are some answers to common questions about that most basic estate planning document, the last will and testament.… Read More

“Igloos in Oceanside,” a March 26, 2011 event hosted by Kid Expressions, will take place at 9:00 a.m. at 802 South Tremont Street, Oceanside, California.… Read More

Working near USMC Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, I sometimes receive questions from military families.  Here’s one I got today: “My daughter has her biological father’s last name, but he isn’t on her birth certificate. He isn’t involved in her life. My husband wants to adopt her but we’re not sure what all we have… Read More

Concerned about a disabled child or parent? Considering a Special Needs Trust (SNT)? These can be powerful tools if drafted carefully. They can also be restrictive monsters if created by attorneys who work from pre-made templates or without thought to all contingencies. Special Needs Trusts are often prepared for disabled adults with disabling conditions, such… Read More

So what does the future hold for same-sex marriage in California? It’s a subject that all Estate Planning attorneys are watching very carefully. In my opinion, the answer depends on whether you’re looking at the short-term or long-term. In the short term, the California Supreme Court sounded very dubious in recent oral arguments about overturning… Read More