Can spouses be forced to show how child support is spent?

Dear Clients and Friends,

Disputes on how child support is being spent are fairly common. But whether a parent can be forced to explain how the money is actually being used depends greatly on over-all circumstances and varies from state to state.

In Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana and Missouri, parents can be forced to show what expenses they’ve paid on their child’s behalf and can demonstrate that it’s legitimately necessary to do so.

In California and most other states, parents do not have to submit an accounting to the court for their child support spending. It is likely that the custodial parent will spend some of the money on personal needs. If a non-custodial parent complains, the courts are not likely to be concerned.


Success in Complex Litigation

Dear Clients and Friends,

Permit me to share some success we have had recently with some complex litigation matters. Cases such as these are not routine and knowing that we have experience and success in these matters may be of help to you.

The common denominators of these matters are:

1. Large claims

2. Multiple claimants

3. An overlap of legal specialties including civil litigation, fraud claims, defamation and breach of contract, bankruptcy, misdemeanor and felony crime allegations

4. An internet/social media blitz of negativity, slander and libel, and

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Awesome stuff

Dear Clients and Friends,
Check out this fun link. My daughter said: “…that made me laugh and cry and gasp and gave me chills.”
Enjoy – and, of course, call us for a free phone evaluation of any Real Estate, Business or Family Law legal matter you or one you know may have.

Click the image below.

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Wishing you a happy Easter/Passover!

Dear Clients and Friends,

Whether you celebrate Easter or Passover, we are all ultimately celebrating that we are spiritual beings, the rest is just the story of how we honor that truth.

Wishing you all an excellent weekend!


When a loved one dies

Dear Clients and Friends,

When a loved ones dies we recommend that one is best served by quickly handling the end of life details.
It is therapeutic to be well occupied at these times and delays can be financially and emotionally costly.
Ok Ron, what is your simplest and easiest to remember advice? Google something like: “What to do when someone dies”, review a few of the articles, make your own to-do list and then just start.
Social Security has its notification and benefits termination rules that need to be timely complied with. Post death benefits must be returned.
On the other side of this coin, there are post-death monthly benefits available for a surviving spouse age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled); a surviving spouse of any age who is caring for the deceased’s minor or disabled child; a divorced spouse under certain circumstances; an unmarried minor or disabled child; and supported parents of the deceased. A call to Social security is vital to assure payments and eligibility.
Do contact our office if the deceased had a Will or Trust that will need to be administered or Probated.

Alexander Koblikov

Dear Clients and Friends,
Juggler, Alexander Koblikov, provides an aesthetic, skillful and entertaining moment.
Click the video below and enjoy.

Summary Dissolution of Marriage in California

Dear Clients and Friends,

Qualifying married couples can agree to a low cost Summary Dissolution of their marriage. To qualify, each party must meet each of the following requirements:

1. Married for a maximum of 5 years – this time period is measured from the date of marriage to the date of separation.

2. No children are born or adopted during the period of the marriage and a new child is not expected at the time of filing for a Summary Dissolution.

3. No real estate is owned or subject to a one year lease with an option to buy.

Retaining tax records?

How long one needs to retain tax records is an FAQ and although there are general rules, they are general and your personal understanding of the basic rules along with your own judgment should not be ignored or fully delegated.  As a former IRS attorney and long time real estate, business and family law litigator I offer the below to increase your understandings and to enhance your judgment in this area.

Even taxpayers with relatively simple returns and supporting documents may still have an a troubling volume of tax records accumulated – and from there we have the query:  How long should one hold on to tax records?

Estate Planning and its tax benefits

Dear Clients and Friends,

Estate and Gift taxes are integrated in their computations, they change almost annually and an FAQ for us is: “Ron, how much are the taxes on gifts and at death for me, my Mom…, and how can I avoid or at least minimize them.”
This link is a good to place to start for those of you who may be interested.
If further questions on avoiding these taxes or with estate palnning in general remain – please call us to see if we can be of help.
For example, if you do not have a basic Revocable Living Trust (not a Will) or if you have not made provisions for your children’s successor home if that becomes necessary I can assure you, you will be best served by calling us.
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Saving your home with California’s homeower’s Bill of Rights

On July 11, 2012 California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill No. 900. This bill is an act to add and amend a bevy of California Civil Code sections intended to monitor lenders and protect homeowners from earlier predatory/summary (i.e. illegal and/unjust) foreclosure practices.

Be assured that this legislation is for real. It understands what is going on with mortgage lenders from loan inception to bad-faith loan modification processes and more. The courts respect it and it provides homeowners with their best approach to saving their homes from foreclosure.