October 28, 2018

Although I love the "don't be a lawyer" video and all the associated jokes, I was genuinely saddened recently to hear a lawyer advise an aspiring law student not to enter our profession. So, to offer a contrary view, here are some great things about what we do:

* We learn about how the world really works. The law is the way human beings have crystallized millennia of interactions into rules we can build our societies around. If you want to understand the deepest aspects of human existence, look to the law and the way we resolve competing interests and facilitate collaboration.

* We can constantly remake ourselves. I have been a pharmaceutical patent liti...

September 13, 2017

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you always got."(Mark Twain)

It is likely that you asked for or agreed to mediation because the strategies you have already tried have not helped you resolve your dispute. Also, your most likely alternatives to mediation may be undesirable. For example, you could decide to just live with the conflict, quit your job, try to transfer to another position, make an informal complaint against the person with whom you are in conflict, file a grievance (if you are a classified staff member), initiate disciplinary action (if you have the authority to do so), or try to work things out in a one-on-one conversatio...

Just after my wife and I got married, we attended a seminar on aiding the rehabilitation of human trafficking victims, particularly those trafficked for sex. (I won’t get into all that…that’s another story for another day.) In one of the presenter’s talks, he asked the audience what the biggest cause of divorce was. Since I had just been through premarital counseling, I pretty much felt like an expert at marriage. I shot my hand up quickly to answer the question, and blurted out, “Sex, money and communication!” …then looked at my wife next to me and grinned. Too easy.

“Wrong,” the presenter barked back. “Those are symptoms of the real problem.”

Ouch. Emb...

January 11, 2017

What We Can Learn From Their Errors

With all the millions some celebrities have, you’d think they would be able to afford good estate planning advice.  But too often after celebrities die, we learn that they made some simple blunders that trigger years of court battles or cost their heirs millions of dollars. Here are eight actors, athletes and entertainers who have passed away — and what we can learn from them financially.

Prince Rogers Nelson

Mistake: Not having a will. The April 2016 death of entertainer Prince wasn't just shocking because he was only 57 years old. Many people were surprised the "Purple Rain" singer had no will. Now a Minnesota judge i...

November 22, 2016

Having a will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a will legally protect your spouse, children, and assets, it can also spell out exactly how you would like things handled after you have passed on.  

While each person’s situation varies, here are the top ten reasons to have a will.

1)     You decide how your estate will be distributed. A will is a legally-binding document that lets you determine how you would like your estate to be handled upon your death. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee that your intended desires will be carried out. Having a will he...

September 16, 2016

Sadly, many people are having children out-of-wedlock, sometimes with people that they barely know.  It is not unusual for a woman to name several candidates as the potential father of a child and sometimes she does not even know one the men’s name, other than a first name.  We even have developed terms for this, referring to the unmarried mother of a man’s child as his “baby’s momma” (shortened often to “baby momma”) and to the father of the child as the mother’s “baby’s daddy” (usually shortened to “baby daddy”).

As society places increasingly heavy burdens on parents, such as hectic schedules, the death of a spouse or even mental health issues,...

July 27, 2016

The necessary steps in obtaining a divorce will depend on the particular situation of the parties getting the divorce. A divorce where the parties have been married for a relatively short period of time, have no children, and little property or debts should be less involved than a divorce where the parties have been married for a long period of time, where there are minor children, or where there is significant property or debt to divide. The divorce process should be simpler in cases where both parties want and agree to the divorce. If one party is blind-sided by receiving divorce papers they might respond by doing whatever they can to prolong the pro...

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Hopefully, the articles that I post help answer some of the general questions that you may have.  

They are not however intended to be taken as legal advice as no two situations are exactly the same.

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