Category Archives: Family


Happy National Chocolate Day!

Why, you might ask, would an estate attorney be blogging about National Chocolate Day?  As I was enjoying a nice piece of chocolate I began thinking about the process and the feelings we have when enjoying that perfect bite of [...Read More]

The Top Four Reasons to Select the Collaborative Law Process

Collaborative law is a method of case-resolution, in which parties voluntarily agree to settle their disputes without court intervention, as opposed to using the methods of litigation or mediation.  A series of meetings are conducted with the parties, their counsel [...Read More]

National Coloring Book Day

Many of you have been waiting for my August blog: I have chosen musings on my birthday, August 2nd, which incidentally is National Coloring Book Day.   While I very much enjoy being a “summer baby,” it is interesting that National [...Read More]

In Vitro Fertilization – Just Be Careful

I read with horror the recent story about the Asian American couple who gave birth to twins only to be told that due to a “mix up” at the California fertility clinic, the twins were not their biological children and [...Read More]

Risks of Home DNA Tests

At Home DNA tests (e.g. 23andMe and AncestryDNA) are all the rage.  DNA test kits were gift of choice in many families this past Christmas.  In fact, it is reported that 1,500,000 of the take home DNA kits were sold [...Read More]

Take Home DNA tests – Fun or Folly – Part 2

DNA take home test kits can be used to receive information about “disease risk” and/or to learn about ancestral background.  Whatever the purpose, users must remember that DNA is an extremely complicated set of genes that cannot be simplified into [...Read More]

How to Ease the Holiday Stress

Holidays can be a difficult and stressful time when they have to be shared between two households, but they don’t have to be.  There are many things a divorced or separated parent can do to ease the stress of the [...Read More]

Do You See What I See?

Have you looked at your family members with open eyes to see what has changed in the past year?  Holidays are a great opportunity to evaluate aging family members.  Often we don’t get to see our parents, grandparents, aunts, and [...Read More]

Do Mental Injuries Meet the Definition of Abuse under the PFA Act?

The Protection From Abuse Act (hereinafter the Act) 23 Pa.C.S.A. Sections 6101-6117, defines “abuse” as an attempt to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury, serious bodily injury, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, [...Read More]

Back to School

It is that wonderful time of year when our high school graduate children are packing their rooms to go off to college and/or trade school.  Some are choosing to move out on their own and immediately join the workforce! What [...Read More]