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Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

Living separate and apart in the family home

Under California law, the separate property of each spouse is differentiated from the community property of the couple. The California Family Code states that all property obtained by each spouse during the marriage is community property “except as otherwise provided by statute.” One of the statutes is Family Code 771, which says that the earnings […]

Use of mediation to handle probate and estate disputes

It has become increasingly common for family members to contest their inheritances. Such probate and estate disputes can alienate family members against each other, and cause irreparable harm to relationships among beneficiaries. An effective remedy is mediation, which is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to reach a settlement between parties. The principal role […]