A Touching Moment

I try to be strong for my clients.  This week, however, it was tough. A couple came to see me after they learned that the wife had a rare disease.  They had done some work with me, but only on the asset protection side.  So, they needed to complete their wills and revocable trust. When I came into the room, the ...

How to Stop Gold Diggers

The other day I was asked why I require the surviving spouse to sign a prenuptial agreement upon remarriage. When I explained the answer, the husband and wife looked at each other and said, “oh, we’ll never get remarried if one of us dies.” It is for these types of people that I started using remarriage protection provisions. If a ...

Simultaneous Death

A simultaneous death is a situation where both spouses die at the same time.  When I say "at the same time," I'm referring to spouses dying within one year of each other.  It happens a lot more often than I would expect. The scariest simultaneous death is a situation with little children and the parent's death results in orphans.  However, in ...

Legacy Builders–Now is the Time

One of the saddest things I hear when making wills for people is when they say, "But we don't have anyone else in our lives who we know that can serve as the executor or who we can leave our money to." As an attorney who has prepared thousands of wills, I have seen some fascinating people and learned about ...

Seven Reasons Why Parents Need to Name Guardians

1.  You never know when you might die. 2.  You never know when you might lose your mind. 3.  You don't want your family fighting over who gets the kids. 4.  You can't guarantee that your child's other parent will always be able to take care of the children. 5.  You may not want your child's other parent to care ...

Freakshow at Venice Beach Spurs Thoughts of Gratitude

Last Monday, I took the kids to Venice Beach.  I was always told that Venice Beach wasn't a good place for kids, but we had a blast so now I'm wondering why all the fuss. Yes, there were a variety of people but they were harmless.  The shops on the footpath were full of interesting items.  We got some friendship bracelets for ...

Annual Open House with Santa!

Get Your Pictures with Santa and Free Guardianship NominationsOn Friday, December 5th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm the Law Offices of Gary Fales will be hosting none other than Santa Clause!You can name me as the guardian of your children if you can't think of anyone else.SantaBring the kids to our office after school for after-school snacks and to get ...

Having Fun While Teaching “Truth Seeking” to Our Kids

This year, my wife, Christine, and I have started taking our six children to visit other churches with three goals in mind.  First, we wanted our children to understand other people’s beliefs to help them understand how much we all have in common together.  Next, we wanted to have fun together learning and exploring.  And finally, we wanted to see what …

Why Derek Jeter Matters

I know that many folks don’t know who Derek Jeter is.  But I’m glad my children know. Derek Jeter is the short stop for the New York Yankees.  Last night was his last home game of his career.  During this year, every team the Yankees played honored Derek with some type of award or recognition.  They all want to be …