Joint Tenancy and Community Property during a Pending Divorce

While going through divorce proceedings, individuals often neglect the reexamining of their estate plan. Failure to do so opens up the possibility that one of the estranged spouses could inherit all of the other’s assets. If no action has been taken to change the beneficiary, upon the death of a spouse the assets of that person are handled just as if the...

Tips for Dads: Child Custody

Men and women have different struggles with child custody during a divorce or separation. Most men know the amount of time they wish to spend with their children, but they’re not aware of the many different types of custody and issues related to them. In fact, some men use the term “custody” to refer to anything related to the children in a...

What You Should Know About QDROs

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a legal document that directs the administrator of a pension plan to give a certain amount of an employee’s pension to his/her non-employee ex-spouse after the divorce is final. Here are the top four mistakes people make when it comes to QDROs. Consider this scenario: husband and wife happily sign the divorce...

Estate Planning Will Never Die

Even if the government allows us to exclude over 10 million dollars of our estate for tax purposes, estate planning is still important to a lot of people. Although, one day there may be no taxes due when we die, we still have the legal system to contend with.  Any person who dies who has assets over $100,000, this includes cash, personal property and real...