Great Gift Ideas for Seniors

Great Gift Ideas for Seniors Believe it or not, the holidays are here, and we are all faced with the challenge of finding the “perfect gift” for our parents and grandparents. As we wander the malls, we all stop and wonder, what are our options besides ties, slippers...

The Many Types of Trusts

The Many Types of Trusts Clients are often surprised at the many types of trusts available. The following is a short reference for those thinking about “getting their affairs in order.” Revocable Trust: This is the most common type of trust. The “settlors” (owners)...

Avoiding Bitter Custody Battles

Avoiding Bitter Custody Battles One of the more horrific stories in the news this week was the salon shooting in Seal Beach, California. It was alleged that at least eight people were killed by a man enraged over a custody battle. Issues of custody commonly arise in...

Who Loves Pie?

Who Loves Pie? November is the start of the holiday season, and with that comes celebrations with families and friends. This holiday season, Oakmont Senior Living is offering delicious, made from scratch pies and cakes while supporting a cause that is near and dear to...

But That’s Not Fair!

But That’s Not Fair! As a family law attorney, I frequently hear this from people the first time they walk into my office. The first thing I tell them is that people who spend a lot of time worrying about whether or not something is “fair” tend to have difficulties...

Appeal Of A Family Law Case

Appeal Of A Family Law Case  Everyone has the right to appeal. Keep in mind that about 98% of all cases settle at some point. A small percentage of cases do go to trial, and a percentage of those cases will be appealed. Family law cases are different than civil...

Long-Term Care Facilities

Long-Term Care Facilities ]When a loved one enters a long-term care facility, it is often a very difficult time. Maybe there was a catastrophic medical event, such as a stroke. Or perhaps the care needs of an Alzheimer’s victim can no longer be managed in the home....

Who Gets Spousal Support?

Who Gets Spousal Support?  The answer is relatively simple: Spouses! However, it is more complex than that, especially if the question is: can YOU receive spousal support?  Spousal support depends on many factors including, the length of the marriage, and how much...

The Long Distance Parent

The Long Distance Parent It’s never easy being a parent. We constantly struggle, wondering if we’re doing the best we can for our kids. It’s so much pressure knowing that you only get a short window of time to prepare them to become responsible, healthy, and...

The Importance of Pets

The Importance of Pets  Pets fill a special place in our lives and hearts. They have made great comrades through adolescence, marriages, and raising children. They have provided comfort when our nests have emptied and support through loss and illness. There is nothing...

The Danger of Doing Nothing

The Danger of Doing Nothing  My kids and I were sitting around a week or so ago and one of them proposed that we play a game.  The game is each person asks a question to everyone else in the room and the person asking the question has to answer it also.  It was just...

Alzheimer’s Prevention

Alzheimer’s Prevention I have been following the groundbreaking research regarding Alzheimer’s prevention as it unfolds. There are several neurologists/researchers who will go down in history as heroes. These heroes are spreading the word about Alzheimer’s prevention,...

A Day of Celebration

A Day of Celebration  Oakmont Senior Living celebrated their newest community, Oakmont of Valencia, with a grand opening event on Saturday, July 13. Oakmont of Valencia, led by Oakmont Senior Living veteran Margie Veis, is a two-story, 85,000-square-foot resort-style...

What to Do Before You File

What to Do Before You File For many families, summer is the beginning of new adventures. However, the summer break is also a preferred time to initiate divorce or other family law proceedings as parents can begin the process with a lesser impact on educational or...

What is Living Separate Verses Apart?

What is Living Separate Verses Apart?  The Date of Separation in a dissolution of marriage action can have a financial impact on the parties. The Family Code states that the “earnings and accumulations of a spouse and the minor children living with, or in the custody...

Why You Need an Attorney

Why You Need an Attorney  Getting married is easy.  Get a marriage license.  Have a ceremony.  Even a ceremony conducted by an Elvis impersonator at a Las Vegas wedding chapel at two o’clock in the morning will do. You’re married. Just like that. Getting...

The Patty Smythe Stink Eye

The Patty Smythe Stink Eye  This is my first “new article” since the “Tahiti” one.  I apologize for that. The 80’s in retrospect, was an incredible time.  Especially for music.  One of my favorite female singers, Scandel’s Patty Smythe (I am The Warrior), not to be...

You Grow Old Because You Stop Playing

You Grow Old Because You Stop Playing  There’s a saying that goes: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” How often have you heard a friend, colleague, or family member respond with, “I can’t do that, I’m too old!” Now,...