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Basics of Adoption and Same-Sex Couples

Gay men and lesbians have always adopted, although their sexual orientation may not always have been in the open. Today, openly gay and lesbian men and women are being considered… Read more →

What is the Best Interests of the Child?

The general, overarching standard in all states for child custody is to come to a resolution that is in the “best interest of the child.” But this standard might seem… Read more →

Basics of Child Custody

Few divorce decisions are as emotionally fraught as those involving custody of minor children. Divorcing spouses who agree on other issues can quickly reach an impasse where children are involved. Too often,… Read more →

Joint Wills

As a probate lawyer, I often get asked questions about wills and trusts. Usually, you and your spouse will want to make a will together to leave the entire estate… Read more →

Does a 14 Year-Old Child’s Opinion Matter in a Custody Battle?

The Supreme Court, District Courts as well as the Family Courts in the State of Utah give some deference and weight to the opinion of children.  This is an important… Read more →

Probate Without a Will

When someone dies without a will, those left behind must figure out how to transfer or distribute the deceased person’s property. This often requires going to probate court. Despite the… Read more →

Divorce Alternatives

Are you and your spouse having problems? Are you considering divorce? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be surprised to learn that there are alternatives… Read more →

Estate Tax Law

Estate taxes are imposed by the federal government and some state governments on the transfer of a person’s property upon death. This is part of the area of Probate Law.… Read more →

Shared Custody

A recent report in the Washington Post indicates that more than 20 states contemplated implementing shared custody laws in 2017. Collaborative co-parenting agreements have become popular among divorcing couples over… Read more →

Signing a Will

So long as you have followed all of the content rules your state requires regarding making wills legal, you have composed a valid last will and testament. The only thing left… Read more →