• Dealing With Irrevocable Trusts in Divorce
    As you know from my prior posts, I appreciate the interplay between divorce and estate planning. I enjoy working on cases where both worlds collide, and have been fortunate to be… Read more »
  • Babies, Bodies and Borders: The Risks and Rise of Surrogacy
    Despite its challenges, surrogacy is becoming a readily available form of family formation for many who have endured considerable heartache and difficulty in conceiving naturally. Surrogacy has an important role… Read more »
  • 10 Tips for Reducing the Expenses of Getting a Divorce
    Litigation of any kind can be expensive, and a divorce is no exception. The good news is that there are many ways that you can help control the expense. Here… Read more »
  • [Video] 12 O'Clock High-Leadership Lessons from Chester A. Arthur
    Richard Lummis and I are back to continue our series of exploring leadership through the study of US Presidents. This episode begins a short series on Gilded Age Presidents, now… Read more »
  • Facing the Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving Head On
    Your mom is 84 years old and lives by herself. You and your siblings all live more than an hour away. Mom is relatively independent, but the last time you… Read more »
  • In re Estate of Feldman
    The Colorado Supreme Court published an opinion this summer involving what is commonly referred to as the “slayer statute.” In re Estate of Feldman, 443 P.3d 66 (Colo. 2019). The… Read more »
  • Fifth Circuit Upholds Indian Child Welfare Act as Constitutional
    On Friday, August 9, 2019, in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, No. 18-11479, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit declared that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its… Read more »
  • Court of Appeals Rules ICWA Constitutional
    The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) was enacted to address the high rates of Indian children being separated from their Indian families and Indian communities. The stated intent… Read more »
  • IT’S JUST AN OFFER:  Thoughts on Initial Settlement Proposals in Divorce
    Clients and attorneys generally want to settle cases out of court. Clients readily recognize the financial and emotional benefits of avoiding court. Some clients go into his or her attorney’s… Read more »
  • Wealth Management Update - August 2019
    August 2019 Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts AFRs - Important federal interest rates continued to drop for August 2019.… Read more »