Not Just Estate Tax Anymore

Anyone who has been following our blog knows that the expiring Bush tax cuts (including the repeal of the estate tax this year and the tax’s reinstatement next year) have given lawmakers no end of trouble as they struggle and debate—and debate and struggle—to agree on new tax legislation moving forward. In fact, The Wall […]

No Abuse of Discretion to Award $5,000 Attorney

Mr. Parga sought to terminate his spousal support obligations to his former wife.  The court denied the husband’s request and awarded the wife $5,000 in attorney’s fees.  An appeal followed.  Parga v. Parga, Case No. D055296 (4th Dist., Div. 1 July 22, 2010) (unpublished). Not an abuse of discretion, says the Court, in a 3-0 […]

District Court Grants Federal Marriage Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

A district court judge in Massachusetts has held that same-sex spouses and surviving spouses are entitled to federal marriage benefits, including federal employee health benefits, Social Security survivor benefits, and joint tax returns. Gill & Letorneau v Office of Personnel Management (D Mass, July 8, 2010, Civil Action No. 09–10309–JLT) 2010 US Dist Lexis 67874.  […]

The Comfort That Comes With Planning Ahead

Everybody thinks it won’t happen to them.  Or rather, everybody knows it’s going to happen to them eventually, but nobody thinks it’s going to happen tomorrow, or next week, or even next year.  The “it” of which I speak is, of course, death. It is this perceived immortality that allows so many people to put […]

Falling Through the Cracks

Our country may be facing a simultaneous growth and recession… unfortunately, according to journalist John Leland, the two seem to be at odds.  What we are referring to is the growth of the elderly population and the recession of funds available to help this aging community pay for the care they need. The economic downturn […]

Estate Planning Advice for Ex-Pats and World Travelers

Estate planning can be a pretty involved affair, even for people whose lives are fairly straightforward; but if you are an ex-patriot, have dual citizenship, or plan to leave assets to family members in another country the estate planning process can by downright mind-boggling. This is because each country is going to have its own […]

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s… Heirloom?

Families have a way of acquiring great numbers of treasured objects and mementos: photo albums, antique books, Wedgewood China… a mounted deer head?  You just never know what’s going to end up in the trash-heap and what will be kept and passed on to the next generation.  Ellen Lupton mentions in her recent article in […]

Will Billionaire Steinbrenner’s Death Inspire Congress to Reinstate the Estate Tax?

Common superstition says that famous deaths come in threes, but the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on July 13 makes four billionaire deaths in 2010.  It’s hard to deny the significance of such events in a year when there is no estate tax. According to the Associated Press Steinbrenner’s family is set […]

How to Tell If Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care (And What to Do About It)

It’s not always easy to know—or to admit—that a loved one is unable to fully care for themselves anymore. The signs develop gradually, and aren’t always easy to pick up on if you see your loved one on a daily or weekly basis.  Often it’s the son or daughter who has moved away and comes […]

Roseville Divorce Lawyer Discusses Practical Tips for Dividing Personal Property

  An interesting post over at the Pennsylvania Family Law Blog discusses "Practical Tips for Dividing Personal Property."  Click here to read that post. The post gives excellent and comprehensive advice for dealing with this often emotional and sometimes difficult issue. The article states that the only people who dislike dividing personal property in a divorce […]