NEW YORK: DIVORCE & The GIFT TAX

NEW YORK DIVORCE & THE GIFT TAX With some exceptions, any transfer of property is subject to the gift tax, including transfers made pursuant to a settlement agreement in a divorce action. That is the general rule. So generally, your settlement agreement would, or is supposed to be, subject to the gift tax as prescribed by … Continue reading “NEW YORK: DIVORCE & The GIFT TAX”

NEW YORK: New York divorce attorney on the low down on attorney’s fees – who should pay?

Yes, your attorney can sue you for unpaid attorneys fees. The retainer agreement is a contract and it follows the same rules as any other contract. If there is a breach, the law allows the injured party to file suit to try to collect the amount owed. Your attorney would have to first put in … Continue reading “NEW YORK: New York divorce attorney on the low down on attorney’s fees – who should pay?”

CHICAGO: CUSTODY CHECKLIST, by New York Divorce Attorney

The Gary and Eni Skoien case out in Chicago earlier this year made me think of this topic for a post: what are the factors a court considers in awarding custody to a parent? I have probably done a ton of posts already that pretty much say the same thing, but what is a little repetition … Continue reading “CHICAGO: CUSTODY CHECKLIST, by New York Divorce Attorney”

New York Divorce attorney on SPLIT CUSTODY

 I have been thinking about this topic since the Jon and Kate Gosselin situation. I have often wondered whether the court would order a split custody arrangement for them. So what is split custody? In my experience split custody has to do with families having more than one child(ren). The court is called upon to … Continue reading “New York Divorce attorney on SPLIT CUSTODY”

Letter from a New York divorce attorney to clients

Dear Clients I found a wonderful article on Forbes.com which I thought each of you should read – even if you are the husband and not the wife. The article is called, Five Things Every Married Woman Needs to Hear About Divorce. I think this is a good article and that the advice is sensible. … Continue reading “Letter from a New York divorce attorney to clients”

Art Folsom (a Denver divorce attorney on occassion) gets biggest case of his career – criminal attorneys are horrified

Art Folsom is an attorney practicing in Denver who, according to the Wall Street Journal, has handled the “odd” divorce case – which I guess would make him the “odd” divorce attorney. But he’s come into this media storm on account of the fact that he’s now representing Najibullah Zazi, who is “accused by the … Continue reading “Art Folsom (a Denver divorce attorney on occassion) gets biggest case of his career – criminal attorneys are horrified”

JAPAN: American father arrested for kidnapping his kids in Japan

The Palm Beach Post ran a story today about an American father from Tennessee who was arrested in Japan for trying to “kidnap” his children. The man, Christopher Savoie, tried to grab his 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter as they arrived at their school in Japan and almost made it to the U.S. … Continue reading “JAPAN: American father arrested for kidnapping his kids in Japan”

New York divorce attorney on when your spouse brands you a “psycho” in front of a divorce judge

It is one of the occupational hazards of being a New York Divorce Attorney. Sometimes, you have a client who is accused of being a psycho by his or her spouse and you are put to the task of proving that this is a total, one hundred percent prevarication by a vindictive spouse who is trying … Continue reading “New York divorce attorney on when your spouse brands you a “psycho” in front of a divorce judge”

Can you get divorced by proxy? By New York divorce attorney

Can you get divorced by proxy? Yes. Technically, yes. You can’t get married by proxy in New York since there are certain statutory requirements that both parties in a marriage be present, and personally appear when applying for the marriage license. The statute also required that both parties must be present during the “solemnization  ceremony … Continue reading “Can you get divorced by proxy? By New York divorce attorney”

TEXAS: Susan Stanford (Sir Allen Stanford’s wife) sues her former divorce attorney

The ponzi scheme meets the divorcee The American Bar Association Journal did a report today about the estranged wife of alleged ponzi schemer Allen Stanford – Susan Stanford – and how she has sued her former divorce attorney for $200 million….Boy that was a long sentence. Lot’s of syntax errors I am sure? Oh well. … Continue reading “TEXAS: Susan Stanford (Sir Allen Stanford’s wife) sues her former divorce attorney”

Does your spouse have a divorce attorney on speed dial?

I think it was Time Magazine I was reading and there was this comment by Vermont governor Jim Douglas that if he “ran for office his wife had the divorce lawyer and speed dial.” And it just cracked me up. (I am so easily crackerupable 🙂 ) In any event, I just thought I’d throw … Continue reading “Does your spouse have a divorce attorney on speed dial?”

BRAZIL: New York Divorce Attorney: GET DIVORCED ON THE INTERNET!!!

BRASILIA, BRAZIL It is soon going to be possible to get divorced via the Internet. The Palm Beach Post did a report a couple of days ago about the pending legislation that would allow Brazilian citizens to forego hiring divorce attorneys and do their own divorce themselves on the Internet. The only catch is that … Continue reading “BRAZIL: New York Divorce Attorney: GET DIVORCED ON THE INTERNET!!!”

Is your divorce attorney cut-throat enough?

I’ve just begun to read this, so far, engrossing book on the subject of divorce by Jessica Bram called Happily Ever After Divorce Notes of a Joyful Journey. Actually, Jessica’s press agent was kind enough to send us a complimentary copy and I am glad they did because, first of all, it’s quite an engrossing … Continue reading “Is your divorce attorney cut-throat enough?”

Totten Trusts and your divorce

A Totten trust is basically a bank savings account that has an “in trust for” provision. A spouse can obviously have a bank account in trust for his or her spouse. It’s a kind of pay on death feature, if you know what I mean. So upon the death of the spouse, the one for whom … Continue reading “Totten Trusts and your divorce”

Divorce attorney Corri Fetman on how to get a smart divorce

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/03/corri-fetman-suit-playboy.html Corri Fetman, 45, is a Chicago Divorce attorney who apparently posed for Playboy. What would possess her to do that? Dunno. Was this pre or post the Juris Doctorate degree? Dunno. But if it was “post” I am wondering why she wasn’t disbarred? Is that “appropriate” for an attorney to pose nude in Playboy? Isn’t … Continue reading “Divorce attorney Corri Fetman on how to get a smart divorce”