A couple gets divorced, and one spouse seeks support from the former mate, who is now bearing the substantial costs of their adult child’s college education. Should that heavy – but voluntary – financial burden be considered when spousal support is calculated?

What happens if the person you thought was your lawyer isn’t permitted to practice law? If you are in the entertainment business and there’s a contract and money involved, expect the dispute to wind up in the courts.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” The need to get good legal advice certainly applies to someone involved in complex estate litigation who is alleged to have financially mistreated both his father and his sister – after getting out of prison.

Today it is common for an estate plan to include a trust. Some plans include several trusts, to accomplish specific purposes. But how can you be sure that, after you are gone, your wishes will be carried out if circumstances – or laws – change?

California normally requires a home or other real estate to be reappraised for property tax purposes when it is sold or its ownership is otherwise transferred. There’s an important exception to this rule: reassessment can be avoided when a property passes from a parent to a child.

What happens if you sign an agreement, later decide it’s unfair and you want to back out, and a judge says you can?