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Son Has to Pay Mom’s Nursing Home Costs

A common question I hear is “will I have to may for my mom’s nursing home care?” In Michigan elder law practice, I counsel families on the six ways to pay for long-term care. Having the children pay is one of them, but it’s typically by choice. In a recent case, an Ohio appeals court ruled that a nursing home resident’s son was personally liable to pay for the nursing... 

What Happens In My California Divorce Case After The Divorce Is Filed And My Spouse Has Been Served? (PODCAST)

Welcome to The Maggio Law Firm’s PODCAST addressing what happens in a California divorce case after the initial divorce paperwork has been filed and the other spouse has been served with the paperwork. Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists... 

The Lowdown On California Child Custody Laws

Children are the most important cog in the machine called marriage. To parents, their children are their greatest, most prized assets – one who they never want to leave. Yet when the parents do decide to go for an Orange County divorce, it means that the time and custody of the children needs to be divided. Child custody is governed by the California family laws and Family Code and most parents aren’t... 

Reducing caregiver stress helps prevent elder abuse

Elder abuse has long been associated with the stress caregivers experience when providing care for older loved ones. Reducing caregiver stress is a key factor in preventing the abuse and neglect of elders. As much of health care moves out of hospitals and into homes, caregivers are charged with providing care to increasingly ill loved ones in increasingly complex ways. At the same time, caregivers... 

Louisiana bans further installation of deadly guardrails

At the end of October, Louisiana joined the growing number of states that have banned any new installations of the ET-Plus highway guardrail. The guardrail has been linked to numerous deaths since 2005, when a design change produced a deadly malfunction. According to numerous reports, the new design caused a piece of metal that normally crumples upon impact to instead pierce through the vehicle body,... 

Michigan Leads Country in Number of Veterans Treatment Courts

In 2012, Michigan had just six veterans treatment courts. Today, that number has more than tripled to twenty, and Michigan leads the country in the number of veterans treatment courts. These courts are a type of “problem-solving court,” which are courts tailored to a specific population of people or addressing a certain realm of issues. The veterans’ treatment courts use a hybrid of drug court... 

An Introduction To How Divorce Mediation Works (PODCAST)

Welcome to California Divorce Mediator’s PODCAST offering an introduction of how divorce mediation works.  Gerald A. Maggio is a trained Irvine divorce mediator who has amicably resolved cases many cases out of court, as well as an experienced divorce and family law attorney. Mr. Maggio founded California Divorce Mediators in 2012 with the belief that although “not every marriage can be... 

White Marble is a Huge Hit for Kitchen Renovations

Dazzling kitchens capture the viewer’s eye and heart. “It’s true, marble in the kitchen is one of the most attractive, elegant stones you could possibly use to upgrade your personal cooking space,” says Dean Dupre, owner of Champion Marble & Tile in Clearwater, Fla. “Kitchen countertops in particular are spectacular done in white marble.” Marble is a much sought after stone for a number... 

Will a Divorce Impact My Ability to Collect Social Security Benefits on the Work Record of My Ex-Spouse?

It depends.  The simple litmus test is the 10-year rule: if the marriage lasted for more than 10 years, then yes, a lower-earning spouse can collect benefits based on the higher-earning spouse’s record. If the marriage did not last 10 years, then no, the Social Security Administration will not pay benefits to one spouse on the record of another.  If this is an issue, mediation can help spouses... 

Is The Best Divorce Lawyer The Most Expensive?

When we go out to buy a luxury watch or an expensive hand bag, we often associate quality with the price. The most expensive products are deemed to be the most elusive and the most high quality ones. This thought process is often carried forward to the legal profession. Most clients or prospective clients associate the higher prices of divorce lawyers with their quality. In reality, this isn’t necessarily... 
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