Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Under Washington Law, Marriage Establishes No Express or Technical Trust With Respect to the Exception from Discharge Provided in Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(4)

In In re Mele, 13 C.D.O.S. 12737, No. WW-13-1173-DTaKu (November 25, 2013), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a property allocation judgment arising from marital dissolution proceedings in Washington is dischargeable in a chapter 13 case notwithstanding Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(4), which excepts from discharge debts “for fraud or defalcation while acting in a fiduciary capacity, embezzlement, or larceny….”

Family Law Corner: Ex-Wife Calls Foul On Ex-Husband’s Spending

Kendra Rae Davis, sometime “Real Housewives of Atlanta” groupie and wife of former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Antonio Davis, is calling foul on his spending down their joint accounts since she filed for divorce last June. In addition to withdrawing $133,510 in July, Kendra claims he also spent $563,041 from a joint account on a new house. According to TMZ, Kendra is asking the court to order Antonio to return the funds because his withdrawals violated certain restraining orders.

The Importance of Mediator Follow-Up

We’ve all been there — mediating a contentious dispute all day, trying to resolve it in a mediation session but to no avail. The parties and their counsel depart the…

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group, APC Dueling Wills Incite Estate Battle Wealthy, eccentric and reclusive, Huguette Clark didn’t venture outside from 1952 until her death in 2011. She lived the…

Family Law Corner: Contentious Divorce Gets Even More Heated

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat has been feeling the heat on and off the court. Bad puns aside, Wade has been involved in a contentious divorce and custody battle that has lasted longer than the marriage did and is not ending any time soon.

Bilingual Mediator Promotes Effective Communication and Increased Settlement Opportunities

BASF Mediation Services welcomes back Claudia Viera, Mediation Law Offices of Claudia M. Viera, to our panel of mediators. Viera is a highly experienced and dedicated mediator focusing on employment,…

Family Law Corner: Tax Deductible Spousal Support Causes Glee

Despite her impending divorce and her wife’s request for spousal support and attorney’s fees, Glee star Jane Lynch has one thing to be gleeful about: her spousal support payments will now be tax deductible.

A Whacked Estate and More Interesting News From the World of Estate Planning

John O‘Grady, O’Grady Law Group, APC James Gandolfini ‘Tony Soprano’ Estate Gets Whacked Actor James Gandolfini (a.k.a., fictional TV mob boss Tony Soprano) died suddenly of a heart attack in…

Solo and Small Firm Toolkit

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