Weed, pot, reefer, marijuana – whatever you call it, it’s now fair game in California, and it’s a hot topic in many legal publications. Most articles speak positively about California’s new legislation, citing a positive impact on real estate and zoning, along with increased attendance at City Council meetings. As a surrogacy lawyer and adoption…

We’d all like to think divorce will never happen to us. We would never be involved in one of those crazy divorces you hear about or see on television. But what if it did happen? And what if you found out your soon-to-be ex is crazy? Where Do I Start When Getting a Divorce? I…

When did the term “reverse mortgage” become a bad word? Clients seem scared to ask me about it, but it’s actually a very important term to understand. So, are reverse mortgages a scam? The short answer is no. Reverse mortgages, when performed ethically and applied in the right situations, can help seniors gain access to…

As part of this series, we’re looking at some of the cases which have shaped assisted reproduction law over the years. What happens when the couple who decides to freeze their embryos breaks up? Here are two tragic cases of divorcing spouses fighting over who could keep or destroy their embryos: DIVORCE: FINDLEY V. LEE…

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that, just in the United States, 600,000 to 1 million cryo-preserved embryos are in storage. The total number is likely to continue to increase as other countries develop their own in vitro fertilization medical practices, and more couples in the United States delay growing their family until their…

What is your first big event of this year? Mine was giving a speech at the San Diego Law Library, where I was asked to speak about the intersection of assisted reproductive technologies with family law and estate planning. I presented material based on the work I do in family-building through drafting surrogacy contacts, egg…

Surrogacy cases are cluster of people. Likewise, at my current favorite Disneyland attraction, the Tiki Room singalong is a whole flock of ridiculous 1960s animatronic birds of various cultural archetypes. The birds hosting the show are Jose, Michael, Fritz, and Pierre. Each speaks with an accent arguably from Mexico, Ireland, Germany, and France. Also present are…

For those who have not seen the movie Moana, you should at least listen to the sound track. My cousin Wil and I listened to it nonstop this summer while driving through the Grand Tetons National Park. At Gay Days Anaheim, Wil and I wasted no time in posing for a photo with a Moana-impersonator and…

It’s fair to say that in Peter Pan, Captain Hook is a single man. However, let us pretend that after the end of the movie, Captain Hook marries Wendy, Tiger Lily, or maybe even Mr. Smee. If they later divorce, would Captain Hook get to keep his ship? In typical lawyer-speak, my answer is: it depends….

In early October, my law firm had the opportunity to be an Event Sponsor at the annual Disneyland event, “Gay Days Anaheim.” The days I spent at The Happiest Place on Earth was a beautiful culmination of several dreams realized.   First, I got to support the LGBTQ community in a way that rekindled the passion I…

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