Love Thyself

Love Thyself Love, love, love. We make sure we shower our precious loved ones with chocolate, jewelry, flowers, gifts and a lot of love, to make them feel empowered and safe. We all know that in order to be able to give love to others, we need to love ourselves first....

Trustee Duties

Trustee Duties Did your parents have a trust, and now you find yourself a “trustee”? Or, do you need to “choose” a successor trustee for your own trust, in the event you become incapacitated or pass away? Is being a trustee a “big deal”? The short answer – yes. A...

Change is in The Air

Change is in The Air Here we go again. We’re standing at a threshold of yet another new year.Is this year going to be different from all the other years? The answer is in your hands. Only you can change your world.“Shana”, the Hebrew word for year, comes from the same...

Understanding Divorce Mediation

Understanding Divorce Mediation Divorce mediation is becoming a more and more popular method when married couples seek a divorce from one another. More and more couples are realizing that hiring expensive attorneys and fighting with one another for months and/or years...

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 the...

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...