Thursday, January 30, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know About the Ladies of Levine Law (Part 1)

We may be lawyers but we still would like to think that we have a unique side to ourselves. We'll let our clients be the judge....

Erin & Ashley, circa 2005
Ashley Schuh:
  • "I was admitted to NYU School of the Arts and almost went there to pursue a musical theater career."
  • "I've seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s over 100 times. My daughter’s middle name is “Darling” because Holly Golightly calls everyone “darling.”
  • "I dream in black and white."
  • "If I could pick a fashion era to live in, it would be the 1950's. I collect flats, cardigans and silver napkin rings with initials."
  •  “My parents had a rule when I was child: I could not read during dinner, but I was allowed to read almost every other minute of the day; which I did, and still would if I could!”

Erin Levine:
  • “When I win a court hearing, I often fantasize about breaking into a flash mob dance party.”
  • “I put sour cream on everything.”
  • "I once wore platform boots everyday for a month while I trekked Europe."
  • “I never buy a full suit. My blazer is always different from my pants or skirt."
  • "My first job was as a gymnastics routine choreographer. I spent a short period of time training with Cirque Du Soleil."
  • "I was on Romper Room!"

Monday, January 6, 2014

Plan B: Why the Happily Married Should Consider a Post-Nuptial Agreement

What the heck is a divorce lawyer doing writing a blog for two people in love, married, and with no intention of ever separating?

Hmmm...

Is it because I'm unromantic? cynical? distasteful? 

Gosh, I hope not. 

I guess I've seen a lot of good love gone bad. I've seen once happily married people saying things like, "she was my best friend but I don't even know her anymore" or "I've worked so hard for what I've earned, he doesn't deserve what he's demanding" or "I'm going to make her pay for giving up on us."

But despite what we say in the heat of passion or when reacting to a broken heart, we loved and respected this person enough to marry, sometimes have children with, and share our most intimate moments. 

So, what's wrong with planning for the unexpected? Creating a plan while we are still in love so if god-for-bid, we hit splitsville, we can focus on healing and embarking on a fresh start -- instead of fighting over everything including the kitchen sink. 

We carry a first aid kit with us when we go camping. Not because we expect to fall down and hurt ourselves, but because we simply don't know what might happen. We hope we'll never have to use it, but feel better knowing we've got it. Similarly, I'm suggesting we talk about the tough stuff while we are head over heels. We work on a "Plan B" -- what life will look like should we separate. What if one party wants to go back to school? Will one parent stay home with the children? How will credit card debt be divided? Sure, we can't plan for everything, but we certainly can think about what would financially make sense, and be "fair" -- if our love goes south. 

A Post-Nuptial Agreement can be a really effective tool for mitigating the perils of divorce. It's time we confront the uncomfortable.