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Scuba Diver Left Behind

Santa Catalina Island, Calif.— A memorial was held this weekend for Laurel Silver-Valker, a master scuba diver and mother of two who was abandoned at sea while diving for lobsters. Laurel Silver-Valker, 45, of Tustin, was last seen on Dec. 29, 2015, after plunging into the ocean off the coast of Catalina island. Silver-Valker was a

You have been involved in a car accident and your car is totaled (this means that the car costs more to fix than it is worth).  If the insurance company offers you a settlement on your total-loss claim, the following six (6) items are things your insurance company definitely does not want you to know

Employee Warning: Charging Your Phone At Work Could Get You Fired Recently, a client contacted our firm regarding a wrongful termination case.  The client works for a large company.  The client’s battery on his iPhone was low so he plugged his phone into his company computer to charge it. While the phone was charging, the company’s IT

What Is An Adult Adoption?

Tuesday, 09 September 2014 by

WHAT IS AN ADULT ADOPTION? An adult adoption is when an adult adopts a person who is over eighteen (18) years old and not related to the. Adult adoption may be done for various reasons including: to establish intestate inheritance rights; to formalize a step-parent/step-child relationship or a foster parent/foster child relationship; to restore the

The child custody mediation process is one in which parents attempt to work together to devise a parenting plan that is mutually acceptable to both parents. This parenting plan may be quite structured (specifying day-to-day timeshare as well as holidays, vacations, and other special issues). The most important aspect of custody mediation is that parents

In talking with clients looking to create estate plans, one of the main issues we regularly encounter is the misconception that estate planning is only for the rich.  This could not be further from the truth, and unfortunately, this pervasive misconception leads to complacency and a false sense of security. Our typical estate planning clients

Clients often ask what will happen to the mortgage on their property if their son or daughter inherit the home and money is still owed on the mortgage. Can the bank take the house back or does the bank have to honor the mortgage and continue lending to your son or daughter? Ultimately, the simple answer

Check out the latest video installment of the New York Times “Retro Report,” which is an innovative documentary created by the New York Times that attempts to peel back the layers of some of the most perplexing news stories of our past with the goal of encouraging the public to think more critically about current events

A much anticipated ruling on the legality of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is expected to be handed down by the Supreme Court this month. In March, the Justices considered oral arguments from attorneys representing both sides. Below is a concise summary of some of the more likely outcomes, provided by

During a divorce, a spouse has to be very careful that he or she does not get in trouble with the judge in handling property and accounts.  Recently, we handled a divorce where the husband and wife purchased numerous movies, television episodes, songs, books, and apps through iTunes (as a couple). During the divorce, the

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