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Ty Supancic, Esq. Announces Membership in WealthCounsel®

Woodland Hills, CA – August 30, 2011 – Ty Supancic, Esq. today announced that The Law Collaborative, LLC, which recently re-located to Warner Center, has become a member of WealthCounsel®, a nationwide organization of more than 2,200 estate planning attorneys. Members of WealthCounsel® believe in a comprehensive, client-centered approach to estate planning founded on the principles of professional collaboration and a commitment to excellence.

“Estate planning is an ongoing process and not merely a single legal transaction,” said Supancic. “As a member of WealthCounsel®, my firm will have access to a state-of-the-art document drafting system, a network of experienced colleagues throughout the country with whom I can collaborate, and educational resources to keep me on the cutting edge of knowledge.” Supancic stated.

Supancic noted that the majority of Americans do not have a simple will, let alone an estate plan. He stated that he has witnessed many situations where the lack of an estate plan has created unnecessary familial chaos for the client’s beneficiaries so he is particularly passionate about building awareness of the importance of thoughtful planning which includes planning for the care of children and the disposition of new technology assets previously ignored by traditional attorneys.

In addition to WealthCounsel®, Supancic is also a member of the California and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice law before the Central District Court.

About The Law Collaborative, LLC
Established in 2009, with over 100 years of combined legal experience, The Law Collaborative, LLC specializes in all areas of estate planning, including asset protection, charitable planning, and business succession planning. They also specialize in all aspects of family law and entertainment law. For more information, please visit www.thelawcollaborative.com/ or call (888) 852-9961.

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818-348-6700

renaître

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Renaitre.sweetney.com is a website for divorcing people, people thinking about divorce, people married to divorced people, essentially anyone whose life has been touched by divorce. It is completely anonymous. A true safe haven for people to vent, get helpful ideas and discover ways to cope with divorce and all of its miserable trappings. From the website:

We are a collective of parents going through separation and divorce, or rebuilding our lives in the wake of a divorce.

Some of us are single, some coupled, some remarried.

Some of us are coupled with or married to divorced mothers and fathers.

We welcome all – and offer complete and total anonymity to those who choose to participate, post their stories, and comment.

The categories on the site range from Blended Families to Infidelity to Dating After Separation or Divorce. If you feel like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through, if you feel as if there’s no one you can talk to, visit Renaitre. You may find a little of the support you need. We hope you do.

http://renaitre.sweetney.com/


Randy Morrow, Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist, P. 3

When Randy Morrow, Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist, takes on new clients who are parents going through divorce, he has them sign an agreement stating that they will not argue in front of their children. If they refuse to sign, he will not work with them. This is just one of the reasons why Randy is a gem in the divorce and real estate community.

Randy understands the pain and difficulty of divorce better than most real estate agents because he’s been through three divorces himself. His first was at the age of nine, when his parents divorced. His second and third were as an adult going through his own divorce. From his website:

Randy is trained in the legal and tax aspects of the divorce process as it relates to real estate. His specialty is learning about obscure divorce-related legal rulings, regulations, and tax implications. This enables him to help his divorcing clients take advantage of tax laws that are specific to selling a house during a divorce.

“Divorcing couples are going through one of the most stressful times of their lives and they need all the help they can get. I know,” says Randy “I have been through these times myself. I know from firsthand experience what my clients are feeling and why.”

Listen to the third part in this six-part series and discover the most important factors to consider when making the decision to sell or keep the family residence.

Missed the first two parts of this series? Find them here and here.

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Rebuild Your Life

Randy Morrow is a Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist in Virginia. Ron and Robert recently interviewed him on their podcast, Ron and Robert on Divorce on iTunes. Check out the first two interviews in the four part series here and here. Part 3 is available on iTunes now and we’ll post it on our blog this Friday. Subscribe to our free weekly podcast here.

MULTIPLE SOURCES FOR PURCHASING A HOME AFTER DIVORCE
By Randy Morrow

One of the dismal aspects of going through a divorce is the thought that you will not be able to buy another home.  In many cases that is correct. However, if you are able to remove yourself from the tunnel-vision effect, there are a great many resources available.

What do I mean?  When we are thinking of buying another home, we immediately think of traditional loans at traditional institutions.  Also, we think about the massive amounts of cash needed.  For those willing to do some research, allow me to make a few suggestions on where to search.

  • National.

Traditional institutions such as banks and mortgage companies.  We are all aware of them.

  • State.

Many states have programs to provide below market mortgages for eligible low- and moderate-income first time homebuyers. Most require that you currently live in the state and/or county. There are income limits and purchase price limits. Conventional, FHA, and VA loans may be available. These programs are traditionally re-funded yearly with a set amount of funds.  This means they may run out of money before the end of their twelve month period.

  • County/City.

Here is an example of the property eligibility of a city-run program:

  • Property must be located in that city/county
  • Eligible Property Types:  Single-Family (detached, duplex, townhomes)

Multi-Family (condominiums, cooperatives)

  • Maximum purchase price:  $362,790
  • Maximum loan amount:  $90,700
  • Minimum down payment:  1% of the purchase price.
  • County/City Work Programs.

One program I’m aware of provides up to a $5,000 “forgivable loan” for eligible employees to purchase in this locale.

  • Owner occupancy is required.
  • There are no income requirements or limitations.
  • Property must be located in the county/city
  • At least one member of the family must be a permanent full-time employee.
  • The loan is “forgivable”, meaning if the employee remains employed with the County or City for three years (and the property remains owner-occupied), the loan will become a grant.
  • Notification Lists.

Check to see if your locale has a ‘lottery’ system.  These are properties made available to qualified low and moderate income households, as well as the allocation of down payment and closing cost assistance. If a lottery system is available and you qualify, your name will be placed on a notification list.  This list can be quite lengthy, but do not be discouraged.  A lot of things happen to a lot of the people ahead of you on the list; they  move out of town or out of state, their financial situation improves, they die, et cetera.

Naturally, everything I’ve written about here may not be applicable where you live. My point is to encourage you to avoid ‘tunnel-vision’. Do not think that there is only one way for you to own a place of your own if your divorce leaves you a bit down. Keep an open mind, get curious, do some research, and start rebuilding your life.

Randy Morrow, Realtor and Virginia’s Leading Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist.

Psycho Ex-Wife Has A Selfish Ex-Husband

It’s all over the blogosphere: Divorcé Anthony Morelli, author of the blog “Psycho Ex-Wife” was ordered by a judge in the Bucks County family court to take down his site, citing the emotional damage the blog could cause to Morelli’s minor children.

Morelli insists that his blog serves as therapeutic catharsis rather than vindictive crusade.

“I tried to provide a forum, where, through [the] collective experiences [of my readers], we could help minimize the conflict in our lives, and choose better ways to deal with our high-conflict ex-spouses–be they men or women,” he said.*

Though he complied with the court order and removed the site, Morelli has filed an appeal. This is, in my opinion, a classic example of a parent putting their own interests before that of their child. Supporters say that Morelli is practicing free speech, but it doesn’t count as free speech when it’s child abuse. Which, in my opinion, it is. That may sound harsh to you, but then I suspect you’ve never known the child of a divorce where one party or both routinely said terrible things about the other parent in the child’s presence.

I believe that if Morelli wants therapeutic catharsis, he should hire a therapist. When you speak badly of your ex, you speak badly of your child. When you post cruel words online about your ex, you are posting cruel words about your child. No matter whether or not the things you say or write are true in your mind, it’s child abuse. Your children are half you, half your spouse. You think your kid is smart enough and mature enough to handle hearing the “truth” about their other parent? You’re wrong. They’re a kid. Let them be a kid. Read the 11 Inalienable Rights of Children. Print it out and tape it to your bathroom mirror where you’ll see it every day. Protect your child from wagging tongues – including your own.

*Article cited: The Psycho Ex-Wife: Free Speech Fight Over Divorce Blog.

Randy Morrow, Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist, P. 2

Ron and Robert engage in a lively discussion with Randy Morrow, Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist (CREDS), about why you’re better off hiring a specialist to help you sell your home during a divorce. They address common questions like: What is the distinction between a CREDS and your average realtor? How is a CREDS qualified to help couples going through a divorce? How does a CREDS protect your assets? Why might a CREDS choose not to help you sell your property?

One of the things that distinguishes Randy from other realtors is that he does not represent one spouse or the other. He represents the divorcing couple, he offers complete transparency, and he has years of experience selling real estate and helping people in the middle of divorce. He knows how to help couples cope with their emotional agendas and he knows when to set boundaries. Listen to this week’s podcast and learn how you can protect your assets and your interests during divorce.

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Delicious Wine, Great Information

Last night’s event, Wine Tasting and Real Estate, was fantastic. Irene Smith always puts on a great seminar – the food was excellent, the wines were delicious, and Dvir Levy’s presentation on behalf of Wells Real Estate Funds was full of great information. Here are a few photos from the event:

Would you like some cheese and crackers with your wine?

Here’s Irene getting her first pour of the evening from Janice, co-owner and co-founder of The Accidental Wine Company.

Good food, good wine, and great information at The Law Collaborative.

Speaking of food, there was a fabulous array of hors d’oeuvres to nosh on, which I sadly did not get a picture of. I’ll know better for next time – but maybe you’ll be there to eat it all in person?

Visit our events page at www.thelawcollaborative.com/events.htm. We’ve got lots of brand new seminars planned, including Retirement Illusions: Where do we go from here? and Best Kept Secrets in Family Law: What divorce lawyers don’t want you to know. These seminars are extraordinary opportunities to educate yourself with regards to your finances, your retirement options, and how to protect yourself, your assets, and your kids during a divorce. For more information, visit www.thelawcollaborative.com or call us at (888) 852-9961. We are here to serve you.

Murder Mom

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There is outrage over a current custody dispute in Seattle, involving Kristine Cushing, Trisha Conlon, and  John P. Cushing Jr. 20 years ago, Kristine shot and killed her and John’s daughters, and is now permitted to live with his and Trisha’s sons as their stepmother.

Kristine, John’s first wife, was confined to a mental institution for four years after murdering their children, and was monitored for a decade. Once she was released, John divorced his second wife, Trisha, and resumed relations with Kristine. They have since remarried, and John and Kristine have won custody of the new sons. Do you think she should have access to more children?

For past articles about Kristine Cushing, click here. For new material regarding this topic, click here or here.

The Ten Commandments of Family Law Litigation

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There are many ways to resolve a dispute. To save our Clients’ time, money, and stress, we first recommend Collaboration. However, it takes two to collaborate. If you find yourself in a situation where collaboration is not possible,  we recommend following The Ten Commandments of Family Law Litigation:

I. Always take your file with you everywhere.

II. In your journal, make an entry of every significant event, conversation, discussion, and action of your spouse at the time it occurs.

III. In your ledger, make an entry for every financial event in your case in order to assure a complete accurate and legible record. (Example: each time support is paid out or received.)

IV. Memorialize every agreement with every person who is interested/involved in your case; keep/send copies.

V. Meet and confirm strategy with your attorney in person; explore alternative dispute resolution; confirm everything in writing.

VI. Know your strategy; do not deviate without advice and counsel from your attorney.

VII. Participate in preparation of your case: draft, document, investigate, gather information and pre-interview witnesses.

VIII. Let your attorney know when he/she is on-track as well as off-track.

IX. Schedule regular Spit & Growl sessions: don’t let resentments accumulate with your attorney or staff.

X. Keep your account current: offer security.

Breakfast with Robert & Wine Tasting with Irene

BREAKFAST WITH ROBERT:

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Divorce Workshop this Saturday, August 13th, featuring Attorney Robert Borsky, James E. Walton, Ph.D., and Pete Collins, CFP. We will be discussing child custody, how to help your kids get through the divorce, how to protect yourself in court, child and spousal support guidelines, the complicated financial issues that arise during divorce, and the divorce process and fees. Register by calling us toll-free at (888) 852-9961, or save 50% off the registration fee by clicking here.

WINE TASTING WITH IRENE:

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Wine Tasting and Real Estate is less than a week away! Be sure to be there on August 16th at 6:30 p.m., at our Woodland Hills office. Irene Smith, CDFA, will be hosting A Tale of Two Markets, accompanied by Dvir Levy, Regional Vice President of Wells Real Estate Funds, with a wine tasting immediately following. This seminar is free, but space is limited. Today is the last day to RSVP. Save your spot on the guest list now by calling (818)884-4888 toll-free, or click here to RSVP online.