Back to School Divorce Tips

The kids are heading back to school, and just like us, they are going to be excited, anxious, terrified, nervous, sad and happy. Mixed feelings are natural at this time of year, no matter how old your kids are or how many times you’ve been through it all as a parent....

Estate Planning: Acts of Kindness

 How may we best protect our families, while allocating our resources sensibly? By carefully considering the needs of our families, we find our answers—and earn some peace of mind in the process. Who should inherit our assets when we die? We love our children equally,...

Celebrate Seniors!

 August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring this holiday, which honors adults over the age of 60. During his announcement, he explained the importance of recognizing this segment of the population,...

Beauties of the Buy-Sell

 Thomas, Richard and Harold (the proverbial “Tom, Dick and Harry” in corporate executives’ clothing) are the sole officers, directors and stockholders of a small but successful service-oriented corporation. During the company’s four years of existence, business has...

The Hearsay Rule

That’s hearsay! Non-lawyers love throwing around the word “hearsay.” But do they really know what it means? Hearsay is an out of court statement offered to prove the truth of the matter being asserted. Try explaining that to your nine-year-old. I hope you have better...

What is Nar-Anon?

 Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Have you tried everything you can think of to change the addict and nothing seems to work? Don’t give up. There is hope. If you would like your life to be different, Nar-Anon can offer you a better way to live…you are...

Considering Divorce? Pay Attention!

 There are warning signs. More often than not, it is gradual rather than a sudden transition from happily married to icicles in the room. If you see divorce coming, or even the possibility of it coming, there are some very important steps you can take to protect...

Obituary

 Hal, a onetime close friend of mine, died last week, from complications of old age. We hadn’t been in touch for a while, and I didn’t know his circumstances until his cousin, Charlie, called me. Turns out, Hal had a house, furniture, a car, some good artwork, some...

Stop Summer Learning Loss

By June, most children in the US have closed the books for the school year. For some children, summer means camp, or family vacations. For teens, it could mean a job or internship. Perhaps it’s just lazy days playing with friends. But just because children are not...

The Longest Day

 Thursday, June 21 is the summer solstice, which marks the longest day of the year. The Alzheimer’s Association promotes an annual “Longest Day” campaign on this date to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Businesses and individuals are invited to participate...

Bruising as You Age

 With passing years, easy bruising becomes increasingly more common with seniors with the mildest bump or blow. Exactly what causes this? Over time our capillaries age and become more fragile and prone to rupture. Our skin also becomes thinner, losing the protective...

Leaving It to the Kids

 Jared Client, age 45, was divorced. He shared custody of his two daughters, ages 10 and 12, with his ex-wife. (She was a loving mother, but Jared didn’t trust her with money. Her well-developed talent for spending was not matched with a talent for budgeting or...

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

 One of the first questions new clients often ask is, ‘how long will my divorce take?’ There is no simple answer to this questions since each individual case has its own circumstances. The short answer is you will remain married for at least six months in California...

Foster and Adoptive Families Needed

Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent or wanted to adopt a child in need of permanency? Koinonia Family Services is now serving the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys and is looking for families who want to provide safe, caring, and nurturing homes for...

Support in Family Law Cases

 There are two types of support in California. One is child support and the other is spousal support. There are two types of orders in California dissolution cases. One is a temporary order during the pendency of the case, called a pendente lite order. And the other...

Celebrating our Moms

 It’s the month of May, which means we’ll soon celebrate Mother’s Day. If your mother is a senior, consider these thoughtful gifts as a way to communicate your love. • The best gift is your time. If you live nearby, consider scheduling a meal to spend with your...

This Year, Give Mom the Gift of Time

 It’s May, and in schools all over the country children are putting into words and pictures, sometimes with the aid of glitter, poster paint, colored macaroni and the like, just how much their mothers mean to them. On the second Sunday in May, many mothers will be...

Estate Planning: Spring Cleaning

Spring is an ideal time to put our legal and financial houses in order. Here’s some housework you can do without straining your backs or dirtying your hands: • Prepare a summary of your current assets and debts. Keep open-account records in an Assets File. For each...

The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

 Many of us have owned a furry friend who has changed our lives. Whether it’s a dog or a cat, we are often drawn to pets because they provide a unique sense of comfort and companionship. As we age, seniors can continue to benefit from owning a pet. Pets are known to...

Can There Be A “Good” Divorce?

 “Thank God I found the good in goodbye” -Beyoncé Knowles In 1969, California adopted a new approach to ending a marriage through the reduction of a divisive and hostile legal process. The new law sought to “eliminate lurid testimony and acrimony…” To many, the new...