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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2016 – There are a number of situations in Virginia that terminate an award of spousal support. One such condition is when either party dies. Although the recipient of spousal support may require support, the decedent’s estate will not have to pay the recipient unless the parties made a specific provision for this. For instance, they may have agreed that the spouse would receive life insurance, or have a claim against the decedent’s estate for a specific sum. A second instance in which spousal support terminates right away is when the recipient remarries. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2016 – The opinion in the case of Thorsen, et al vs. Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) instructs lawyers and clients to be cautious regarding the drafting of Wills and other estate planning documents. The subject of the case is a Will that was prepared in 2003 for Alice L. Cralle Dumville, who wished to make certain that her husband from whom she was alienated, did not benefit from her estate if she died while her divorce was pending. Ms. Dumville requested that a lawyer, James B. Thorsen, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – A power of attorney is an important legal document that grants someone the right to take action on behalf of another person regarding financial decisions. It is often used by adult children whose parents are advanced in age and are no longer able to make decisions independently. However, challenges sometimes arise because financial institutions do not always facilitate the process of exercising that power. Therefore, families must take measures to avoid the potential problems stemming from a power of attorney. There are many kinds of powers of attorney. For instance, a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2016 – Life insurance can be an integral part of estate planning in that it can help preserve wealth for posterity. In the case of an unforeseen death, life insurance can shield the testator’s family by replacing lost earnings. Additionally, there are many ways in which it can be used to take the place of wealth. For instance, if the testator owns real estate that has appreciated in value, or other assets, and would like to part with them without incurring capital gains tax liability, the testator could give the assets to a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2016 – Divorce can greatly affect spouses’ estate planning. Wills for each spouse are frequently created at some point for each spouse, especially if they have children. As couples are considering divorce, they may rethink whom they would like to be their beneficiaries and executors to reflect the fact that they are no longer married. In addition, they will have to perform another analysis of the gift and estate tax elements of their estate plan. Therefore, many couples who are contemplating divorce modify their estate planning documents while they are separated or shortly […]


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Westchester, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – The Arc of Westchester’s 2016 Golfing for Kids tournament will be held on June 7th. The golfing outing aims to raise funds for the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which provides educational and social support services for children five years old or younger with autism and other special needs, and their families. This year, they are honoring Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP with the Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Krooks is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2016 – Since the popularity of Facebook use has extended to the legal profession, it has become a principal form of communication to such a degree that in one case, a court permitted service of process in a divorce case through the social media platform. There have been a number of cases in which the use of Facebook has played a role. In 2015, a judge in New York permitted a woman who had spent years attempting to locate and serve her husband to do so through Facebook. It was reported that he […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Those who have recently divorced are advised to review their estate plans and update them to reflect any changes they wish to make. If they have children, then one objective is to preserve any assets for their heirs in light of the divorce. While a will allows the grantor to avoid probate, and many assets may have been distributed in the form of gifts, there may be some remaining assets. The will may not identify each remaining asset that the grantor owns. The residuary describes a clause in a will that […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The majority of people who remarry possess little or no knowledge about the legal and estate planning concerns that are relevant to a new marriage. They do not plan, and as a result, there can be much conflict and disorder in later years. Most individuals do not comprehend that marriage grants the new spouse considerable rights. In addition, they are unfamiliar with spousal elective shares, and have not thought about the effects of the remarriage after their death. People who are contemplating remarriage are advised to consult an attorney in order […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2016 – Legendary pop music icon David Bowie, who recently died at the age of 69 of liver cancer, exercised much creativity concerning his estate planning in an effort to preserve his assets for his family. It was reported that he experienced financial problems in the 1970s and 80s, almost to the point of bankruptcy. However, in the 90s, he took charge of his finances by selling an interest in his archive of music. Investment banker David Pullman was instrumental in helping Bowie develop “Bowie Bonds,” which permitted him to sell a 10-year […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – Cristina Carta Villa is filing a lawsuit against her husband, Gabriel Villa, to invalidate the divorce about which she knew nothing, and to prevent him from selling an apartment in which they both resided. The couple met at the home of a friend, and married in New York in 1994. Cristina Villa, 59, gave up her job as a teacher at Boston College where she taught Italian literature, to marry Gabriel Villa, who is 90 years old, and who was working as a lawyer and travel agent when they met. However, […]


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Coral Springs, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2016 – Attorney Scott J. Stadler is pleased to announce that he is now certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate family law cases. The certification began in September, 2014, and must be updated every two years. The Florida Supreme Court has obligatory requirements set in place for an individual who applies for certification as a mediator. The applicant must complete a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation training program, fulfill the mandatory mentorship responsibilities, and exhibit sound moral character. Since divorce is considered one of the most stressful events in a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – While spousal support has traditionally been granted to women, men who seek alimony have not been as successful in obtaining such financial support from their ex-wives. Consider the following scenarios. A separation occurs between spouses in which the wife earns considerably more than her husband. Because of her greater income, she will be able to enjoy a higher standard of living following the divorce than he will. He may argue that he is entitled to spousal support. In another case, the wife is the breadwinner of the family while the husband […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – March has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” according to divorce trends over the past several years. December has historically had a lower number of divorce filings. Although couples may be thinking about divorce, they are often reluctant to break up during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year as they want to avoid additional stress during the expectation-laden holiday season. In addition, couples with children may choose to have one last holiday together as a family. “Although divorce can be painful and traumatic no matter when it occurs, for divorcing parents […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – Toward the end of the year, many publications offer tips on how to survive the holiday season as divorced parents. Although such annual articles provide useful advice on holiday arrangements for children, divorcing parents should aim to develop effective co-parenting strategies that extend throughout the year. “The holiday season is a significant, emotional time of the year, but it is important to remember that co-parenting should sustain beyond Thanksgiving or Christmas,” said Gerald Maggio, a family law attorney in Orange County, California. “Parents have the responsibility of helping their children […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2016 – A divorce bully can be described as a partner who bullies their spouse during the divorce process. Such behavior may sometimes emerge when a relationship comes to an end even though there has been no previous history of it. Bullying can make the already stressful circumstances of divorce even more difficult. It may manifest in several forms, whether subtle or more aggressive. Some examples are when one spouse threatens to take custody of the children, hires a lawyer with the intention to intimidate, exhibits extreme control or coerces their partner […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2015 – Noncustodial parents may soon be able to spend more time with their children in light of recent consideration, on the part of almost two dozen states, of a reform of child custody law that would involve shared custody of children following divorce or separation. A press release from the National Parents Organization (NPO), which supports shared parenting in divorce, said that the states that are contemplating a reform of parental laws may give children what they really want and need, which is an equal amount of time with each parent in […]


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Santa Clara, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) today announced that Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, longtime experts in the field of special needs planning, will present an informative and timely seminar on January 25, 2016 at 6pm at the PACE School. The program is open to the community at large. Topics covered will include: – Update on the ABLE Act: a tax favored bank account to supplement Special Needs Trust planning – Five myths or misunderstandings about Special Needs Trusts and asset protection – The […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2015 – The importance of having a living will was revealed when former NBA star Lamar Odom was hospitalized, and it was reported that his wife, Khloe Kardashian, from whom he is estranged, still has power over his health care decisions. Although divorce papers were signed in July, they are considered to be married because the California Courts have not yet processed the divorce papers. This situation is not preferred because it is unlikely that Lamar wished to have Kardashian be the person in charge of making decisions concerning his health care. However, […]


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