William Shatner Sued For Saying He’s Not The Father

Peter Sloan says he is William Shatner’s long lost son. Shatner denies it.  As a result, Sloan filed a lawsuit—and not for what you think. Mainstream journalists are reporting a paternity suit was filed against Shatner. But this is untrue, Sloan filed a lawsuit for defamation. Sloan, who
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Tax Tips for Divorcing Spouses

Tax Day is coming up fast.  These ten tips might help you avoid tax nightmares and save you money:     1.  Alimony payments are tax deductible if they are paid pursuant to a court order or agreement. (31a of your tax return) Make sure your order does not violate the recapture rules.  S
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Palimony Persists

Palimony Persists Last year, my associate, Steve Yoda, and I successfully defended a multimillion dollar palimony suit (aka Marvin action) in federal court.  Our client ("Phil") died under mysterious circumstances at his home in Pacific Palisades, California.  Phil’s girlfriend (“Trina
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Steal Your Kid, Get a Full Evidentiary Hearing

Steal Your Kid, Get a Full Evidentiary Hearing Parents steal their children.  Sometimes it is from one state to another and often parents bring their children from another county.  International parental kidnapping was so common that The Hague Convention on the Abduction of Children was enacted
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Do I Need a Prenup?

Beyoncé and Jay Zee had a prenup.  So did Lamar and Khloe, but do you need one?  Prenups are not for everyone.  Prenups are drafted to protect wealth. Unless you have wealth or expect to be wealthy, it is not worth the expense and emotional cost.  The emotional cost of a prenup is a factor that
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Is Your Marriage on Shaky Grounds?

Is your marriage on shaky grounds? Are you concerned that your partner has ‘checked out’ and that you might need to contact an experienced family lawyer to discuss your options and your future? While there is no black and white formula to determine that your marriage is heading for divorce, ther
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Dividing Digital Assets in Divorce

A digital asset can be anything from a social media account, to a blog, to an iTunes account.  It can even include Bitcoin and digital storage. Does a Facebook page have a value? Does a series of YouTube teaching videos? What about domain names? The issues surrounding digital assets were explore
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Prenups — Too Close for Comfort

Not a week goes by and there is another celebrity divorce. Never mind that I had not heard of Stephanie March (Law and Order) or Bobbie Flay (celebrity chef). What caught my interest is that the dispute revolves around a “decade old prenup” and the validity thereof.   According  to “Yahoo!
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Finding Assets Offshore in a Divorce

It is not uncommon for your client to claim their spouse has assets hidden “offshore”.   Perhaps during the ski trip to Switzerland or the dive vacation to the Cayman Islands, a spouse visited a bank and lingered a bit too long.  There is a risk that the party may be discovered.  The United
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The Evolution of Same Sex Marriage and Some Unforeseen Complications

Since the Supreme Court rulings in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry, many states allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. As of November 20, 2014, 35 states allow same-sex marriage.  (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, O
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