Maria Riggio has worked for GED since 1997. She is the office manager, whose responsibilities include billing, accounts payable, staffing, and event planning.
B.A., Psychology, Stony Brook University
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Represented the defendant builder and seller of a custom home against the buyer — a lawyer — who claimed fraud and other wrongs in connection with the sale. In a jury trial, we defended against the fraud claims and neutralized the remaining claims by succeeding in client’s cross-claims against the buyer for fraud. The buyer received nothing.
The First District Court of Appeal recently joined the fray amongst California appellate courts over trust modification methods. The question causing the split: What is the procedure to modify a revocable trust under Probate Code section 15402?
While the pros of mediation usually outweigh the cons, the determination can vary based on the parties' personalities and willingness to negotiate. Still, since mediation is strongly encouraged by the courts, parties should consider it as well.