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There’s a difference between justice and revenge
I was recently in court for the beginning of a heated trial between a brother and sister (and their attorneys) who were arguing over their deceased father’s estate. The estate was worth somewhere in the vicinity of a million dollars. A short summary of the case: Sister is trying to have her father’s will thrown out because it disinherits her and she believes her brother improperly influenced her father into doing so. Brother has lived in the same house with mom (now deceased) and dad (same, obviously) for almost his entire life. Both sides had holes in their arguments – Read more

Desperate Housewife No-More
Eva Longoria walked into my office today and said “Attorney Oreste, I’m getting divorced from my husband Tony Parker and I want you to represent me.” I responded, “Of course, Ms. Longoria – Let’s talk about why you want a divorce before we move forward.” She leaned back in her chair and answered, “He’s a liar and a cheater. I want the world to know I’m divorcing him because he’s an unfaithful SOB.”
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The must-have on your Bucket List
In the 2007 movie The Bucket List, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman‘s characters created a wish list of things to do before they “kicked the bucket.” The contents included a safari, driving motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, and other awe-inspiring and uplifting experiences. Here’s one must-have item that should be on everyone’s bucket list: Create an Estate Plan. Read More

Dealing with Home Improvement Contractors
One issue that has come up often the past few months is about home improvement contractors and the law. I was recently retained by a client who hired a home improvement contractor – let’s call him Bob the Builder -whom he found online to do a bathroom renovation. My client’s hiring criteria was based solely on price and Bob the Builder was the lowest. You probably know where I’m going with this – Bob the Builder did not fix the bathroom. Read More

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