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Saving Money During A Divorce

Last night’s seminar, A Woman’s Journey To Financial Independence, was a success. Thank you to those who attended and expressed their appreciation for the outstanding information. For those who were unable to attend, not to worry, we’re hosting another financial seminar on August 16th: Wine Tasting and Real Estate.

In this new podcast featuring Irene Smith, who presented last night and is co-hosting Wine Tasting and Real Estate next month, she and the partners have a lively discussion about what spouses should know about finances before and during a divorce case. In addition, Irene explains to Ron and Robert the advantages to working with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, including how a CDFA will save you time and money.

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Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist Randy Morrow Speaks With Ron and Robert

In their best podcast yet, Ron and Robert speak with Randy Morrow, a veteran Realtor in the highly specialized field of Divorce Real Estate. Randy is trained in the legal and tax aspects of the divorce process as it relates to real estate. He specializes in research of obscure divorce-related legal rulings and regulations, and their implications for divorce and taxes.

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Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: The Problem with Court

This is the fourth and final installment of Honest, Blunt, & Brilliant: Interviews with Attorney Leslie Ellen Shear. This week she talks about some of the problems with California’s family law courts.

“Family courts have been the stepchild of the judicial system all over the world for all of history. They don’t receive the percentage of trial court funding proportionate to the number cases, complexity of cases, importance of cases to individuals involved or the importance of the wellbeing of families and children to the society as a whole. The caseload and the budgets do not compute.”

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Missed Parts 1, 2 & 3? Here they are:

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: “A” Stood for Alternative
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Child Development
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Custody Matters

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May Newsletter: Retiring?

Who Wants to Retire?

What we have learned over time about retirement is that people in their twenties don’t plan because they think they’ll never die. People in their thirties don’t plan because they are too busy building careers and keeping up with the Joneses. People don’t plan during their forties because they’re too busy paying off their kids’ college tuition. Most don’t start planning until their fifties, sixties, and seventies and sometimes that’s too late. It’s not too late for you. When are you going to plan? Is your plan current? Know that laws change every year and plans need to be reviewed and updated to reflect these changes.

We are pleased to announce that we’ve joined Wealth Counsel, the premier Estate Planning organization for Estate Planning Attorneys. We offer Estate Planning services to clients who are considering reviewing, renewing, or initiating their estate plan. We can draft your simple or complex will, a living trust, or a more complex and elaborate wealth transfer plan. Call us today. We are here to serve you.

On another note…

Let’s Bring Back That Loving Feeling

Dr. Mark Goulston wrote an article titled, Human Cooling, Global Warming, & Childhood Obesity, that reflects his observations of our society today. How we’ve replaced listening with lecturing, taking responsibility with excuse-making, contentment with immediate gratification, value with ROI, giving with taking. This is not true for all people, but, unfortunately, it is true for many. Why? Why have we replaced joyful laughter with laughing at others, and gratitude for our blessings with disappointment for what we lack? According to Dr. Goulston, we’ve done it because we’ve lost sight of life’s positives. We grasp at ‘stuff,’ to fill the gaping hole left behind.

The more we make excuses, blame others, react without listening, and indulge in resentments, the more likely we will consume, buy, take, and grab to fill the void. The more we listen, contemplate, give to others, and take responsibility for our actions and choices, the more complete and whole we begin to feel. Dr. Goulston recommends the following powerful exercise to anyone who wants to bring back more of those loving feelings.

1. Think of someone you are grateful to, why you are grateful to them, and the difference they have made in your life. Contact them (or a surviving family member if they have passed) and tell them. Thank them.

2. Think of someone to whom you need to apologize. Contact them and apologize. If it’s been a long time say, “This is a long overdue apology, but time slipped away and I felt too embarrassed to contact you. I’m contacting you now to tell you I ____________________. I was wrong and I am sorry.” If you use email, write in the subject line, “A long overdue apology,” which should get their attention.

This exercise will uplift you and give you a new attitude towards life. It will be easier to take care of your health and you will be able to model these positive, powerful behaviors for your children. To read Dr. Goulston’s article, click here.

Best wishes,
Ron Supancic, CFLS and Robert Borsky, Esq.
Partners at The Law Collaborative, LLP

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Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Custody Matters

Ron and Robert had the opportunity to interview Attorney Leslie Ellen Shear at the Pepperdine Law School Consensual Dispute Resolution seminar in 2010. Leslie Ellen Shear is a graduate of UCLA Law School, a California State Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Appellate Law Specialist, and she’s the author of numerous published opinions. Ron and Robert have known her for over twenty-five years and she is one of their most respected colleagues. Honest, blunt, and brilliant, Leslie Ellen Shear is a true powerhouse.

This week Attorney Shear finishes her conversation on child development, then goes on to discuss move-away cases, frequency of contact between children and parents, and the current problems in the California Family Law courts.

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Missed Parts 1 & 2? Here they are:

Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: “A” Stood for Alternative
Honest, Blunt & Brilliant: Child Development

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Family Dinner

Family Dinner

Last week Robert came across an article by Laurie David and Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D., for the Huffington Post. It explored a possible link between childhood obesity and the near absence of the traditional family dinner. With most parents working outside the home these days, families have complicated, busy schedules, so more and more kids are eating on the go – fast meals with little nutritional value. David and Freedman write, “Regular, routine meals add structure to a child’s day (and to that of the parents), and from this structure stems a myriad of health and social benefits, including better relationships with peers and adults, better grades at school, and less likelihood of using drugs, alcohol or cigarettes… Children (and adults) who have regular mealtimes, with the television turned off and conversation turned on, are also far less likely to be overweight, less likely to have eating disorders, and are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables than are those who eat alone or on the run.” (Read the full article here…)

This got us thinking about the incredible value of a routine family dinner for families in transition. If a routine family dinner can help kids and parents develop healthier eating habits and better social skills, then it must be of paramount importance for a family experiencing a breakup to adopt this simple ritual. Children of divorcing parents are often frightened and confused. Even when they say they’re fine, they’re unsure of their future, uncomfortable with changes they have no control over, and sorely in need of comfort and consistency from both parents. What better way to grant them that than for you (during your custodial time) to sit down with them over dinner and talk about their day, the best parts, the worst parts, and everything in between? It’s a no-frills idea that could have a hugely positive impact on your relationship with your children, while at the same time helping them (and yourself) heal from the divorce.


Best wishes,
Ron Supancic CFLS

Mary Culbert’s ABCs of Mediation (Part 2 of 3)

What’s the difference between community mediation programs and private mediators?  Are there different styles of mediation? What kinds of mediation are available?  When can mediation come in handy?  What kind of ethical duty do mediators have to make sure everyone gets a fair shake? How do you complete your case after you’ve made a mediated agreement? Are there ever situations when mediation is not a good idea?

Mary Culbert, Bilingual Certified Mediator, Associate Clinical Professor at Loyola Law School, and president of The Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution answers every question you’ve ever had about mediation but were afraid to ask. (Special thanks to Ron and Robert on Divorce for asking the tough questions.)

Missed last week’s episode? Listen now:

Part 1: Mediation giant Mary Culbert discusses how her family history and a background in theatre paved the way to her career as a peacemaker.

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Financial Check-Up (Part 3 of 4)

At the turn of the New Year we posted the first two of four interviews with CPA James Cagle from Allegent Group in Woodland Hills.  Now, with tax day literally knocking at the backdoor, we present Part 3 in this excellent series.

What is the proper care and feeding of a CPA?  In other words, how can you be a better client?

For more information about Mr. Cagle and Allegent Group, click HERE.

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Missed the first two interviews?  Click HERE for Part 1 and click HERE for Part 2.

Financial Check-Up (Part 1 of 4)

The New Year has fallen into our laps, and with it we find ourselves thrust into a new tax season. While you get ready to go out and celebrate tonight, take a few minutes to listen to our latest podcast. This week on Ron and Robert on Divorce, the attorney duo interview James Cagle, a CPA and expert taxman from the Allegent Group, with offices in Woodland Hills and the Santa Clarita Valley. Mr. Cagle has twenty-five years of experience in taxation, business management and directing audits, reviews and compilations with an eye towards measuring and improving the health of business.

Listen now to find out what portion of your attorney’s fees are tax-deductible and to learn some practical tips that will help you prepare for the upcoming tax season.

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To learn more about Mr. Cagle and the Allegent Group, click HERE.

What Does Assembly Bill 939 Mean For You? (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 939 lays out major changes to California family law, including changes to the laws surrounding child testimony. While it’s important to acknowledge the positive effects some of these new laws will surely have, Ron and Robert are left wondering whether anyone has considered the children. What’s going to happen to children who are called to testify against a parent in a divorce case? How do we know children won’t lie to protect one parent over the other? What about the trauma caused to children who are forced to choose between parents? How will these new laws affect today’s children later in life?

These are just some of the questions raised in today’s episode of Ron and Robert on Divorce. Listen now and tell us what you think.

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