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Will vs Trust: Which is For Me?

Often when I meet with a new client to prepare an estate plan the client walks in the door believing that she needs a trust.  When asked why she would like a trust, the response is often to avoid probate because she has heard that probate is very expensive.  However, when the pros and cons

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Self-Care and Divorce

As a family law practitioner, my legal practice is centered in crisis.  Your crisis.  Professionally, I meet people during one of the worst times of their lives: their divorce.  Amicable or acrimonious, divorce is ranked among life’s most traumatic experiences.  Divorce is almost always an unhappy event, and at the very least it’s marked by disappointment and

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Do I Need a Will?

In social settings when the inevitable question arises “What do you do for a living?” and I respond “I am an attorney,” the conversation then usually goes one of two ways: Sometimes, although not very often, there is an awkward reaction and the conversation topic is abruptly changed, perhaps to something the other person feels

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As the Pope replaces the former Archbishop of Guam (who faces a canonical trial for child sex abuse) survivors can now seek justice under Guam’s new law

Our co-counsel in Hawaii, Randall Rosenberg, whom we have teamed with to successfully obtain justice for many survivors of sexual abuse, sent us this article linked below. Pope Francis has named Bishop Michael Jude Byrnes as the new leader of the Guam archdiocese. Byrnes succeeds the former Archbishop, Anthony Apuron, who currently faces a canonical trial

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Why was a convicted pedophile who was recently released from prison sent into a home as a “home teacher” by the Mormon Church where he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl?

Per this article, pedophile Gillen, in approximately 1999, was caught doing disgusting things to children when he was manager of a skating rink in Colorado. Then, he was convicted in 2002 of a different sexual assault on another child.   He was sentenced to eight years in prison. After being released from prison, pedophile Gillen ended

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Interest in Controversial Mormon Indian Placement Program Surges

Two recent articles discuss the controversial Mormon Indian Placement Program as well as the pending sexual abuse lawsuits. These lawsuits are on hold pending a ruling from a federal judge in Utah. Both articles discuss heart wrenching stories of courageous survivors of childhood sexual abuse in addition to discussing the pros and cons of this program. Read

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Why Do Child Sex Abuse Victims Sue Churches?

Over the past fifteen years or so, our society has become painfully aware of the extensive existence of child sexual abuse, both in the United States and throughout the world. In some circumstances, children are abused by a relative or close family friend; in others, they are abused by a mentor such as a priest, a

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