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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saying, “I agree,” Rather than “I do:” Proving a Marvin Action

In today’s world, we face the rather solemn statistic that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. During dissolution, community property laws assign half of all property and income from each community asset evenly to each spouse. One increasingly popular alternative is to just “cohabit” rather than enter into a state-sanctioned relationship in order to “avoid” legal rights and responsibilities. However, those of us who hold off on “I do” might also want to think twice before saying, “I agree” to cohabitation.

In 1976, the California Supreme Court caught wind of the social changes and issued the seminal case of Marvin v.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winning Oral Contract Cases

By Amy J. Lepine

Everyone knows that old, worn-out adage that “an oral contract is worth the paper it’s written on,” but no one really believes it. I don’t and you should not either.  In fact, we regularly rely on the word – and dare I say, “honor” of an oral promise. The world simply could not operate with out the expectation that our word is still honorable, and people are entitled to, if not expected to, rely on what we say.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012


By Marisa Mandos, California Western School of Law

When you finally become a third year law student, there are very few good reasons to be at school on a Friday afternoon. Today, however, I was proud to walk through the doors of the main building at California Western School of Law.

At one o’clock this morning, my iPhone buzzed. “Probably another sale at Ann Taylor Loft,” I thought. It was an email from Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project (“CIP”).

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