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we focus on some recent developments in family law and trusts and estates management, planning and litigation.

Our Focus Continues to be Finding the Best and Easiest Solutions for our Clients.

A s w e s t r i v e t o a s s i s t o u r c l i e n t s i n t a k i n g c h a r g e o f t h e o u t c o m e s a n d e m p o w e r i n g t h e m t o m a k e informed decisions with regard to their own legal issues, particularly through the use of alternative dispute resolution, we continue to tighten our litigation skills. We have been extremely successful in producing the results that best protect and satisfy our clients while impacting as little as possible upon our clients’ financial resources and family health and well-being. We continue to specialize and emphasize the two areas of law that we practice: (1) all aspects of family law, including complex international and interstate custody and visitation matters, high-end property division issues, spousal and child support, paternity, cohabitation, pre-and post-nuptial agreements and step-parent adoption matters, and (2) all aspects of Trusts and Estates, including drafting of estate planning documents, trusts and estates litigation and trusts and estates administration.

R e c e n t l y , F r i e d a h a s b e e n h a n d l i n g a c a s e o f f i r s t i m p r e s s i o n w h e r e t h e c l i e n t s a r e contingent beneficiaries of their grandparents’ trust and their father is apparently incapacitated and the

trustee who is their father’s brother they allege is neither looking out for their father’s interests nor their own. They are claiming they have standing to pursue court oversight and yearly accountings on all of the trusts involved. The Court approved the Petition to Compel the trust accounting. Another interesting case which Frieda is handling involves a conservatorship for an uncle who by all accounts is unable to take care of himself, but his second wife who apparently also requires a conservatorship is unwilling for a conservator to be appointed because of the potential of loss of the family residence if his relative is appointed conservator.

A v e r y w a s r e c e n t l y a p p o i n t e d b y t h e C o u r t t o r e p r e s e n t a 1 3 y e a r o l d b o y w h o i s t h e s u b j e c t of a custody dispute. The Parents had a factual dispute regarding the boy’s wishes as to how much time he wanted to spend with each of his parents. They thought that it would be prudent to have an independent person meet with their son and find out what his wishes were. The Court determined that Avery would be an appropriate person to perform that task. Due to their expertise in this area, both Avery and Frieda are appointed by the Court from time-to- time to represent minor children when they are involved in custody or visitation disputes.

very was also recently hired on two separate matters pertaining to Successor Trustees’ failures to properly administer Trusts when they take over following the death A

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