Why LGBTQ+ Same-Sex Family Law?

As Laughlin Legal Partner and LGBTQ+ lawyer, Caitlin Ashton, has observed, “As half of a gay couple, married in California, I feel lucky that we were able to legally get married. It has only been since 2013 that that has been an option. So I’m proud to identify myself as an LGBTQ+ lawyer. These days, […]


As a trusts and estates attorney in California, one of the questions I often encounter from clients is about the differences between probate and trust administration. I aim to provide clarity on this topic and help you understand the distinctions between these two important processes. Probate: A Court-Supervised Process Probate is the court-supervised process of […]

Laughlin Legal, PC Welcomes Caitlin Ly to the Partnership

Laughlin Legal, PC is delighted to welcome Caitlin Ly to the partnership. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Caitlin joined the firm in 2018 after exclusively practicing family law for 5 years in Massachusetts.  Caitlin brings her tenacity and expertise to each matter, handling cases of every level, from basic family matters to highly complex financial […]

Including pets in a prenuptial or a postnuptial agreement

Understanding how California’s community property laws work is important for pet lovers who are planning to get married or divorced. Generally, all property acquired before a marriage, including animals, is an individual’s separate property. Any pets purchased or adopted during a couple’s marriage, however, are marital property with ownership determined during a divorce. Prenuptial agreements […]

15 ‘Habits’ of People Who Witnessed ‘Messy’ Divorces Growing Up

Divorce can be difficult, complicated, and in a lot of cases, “messy.” In her book, “Yes Please,” comedian Amy Poehler used the following analogy to describe her divorce: Imagine spreading everything you care about on a blanket and then tossing the whole thing up in the air. The process of divorce is about loading that […]

Prenuptial agreements that stick in court

Let’s be blunt: If you own property or significant financial assets, would you go into a new marriage without some concern about losing it all in divorce? Nobody plans to get divorced, but the unhappy fact is that about 50 percent of all first marriages end up that way; and about 70 percent of second […]

John Schneider did jail time over alimony

If you file for divorce in a California court, you can expect to encounter several challenges if you and your soon-to-be ex don’t see eye-to-eye on certain issues. Money is often a big bone of contention, especially when there are high assets at stake. It’s always best if you and your former partner in life […]