I have always loved to write, even as a child. During my tenure at the University of California Berkeley, I planned to study medicine but found psychology to be my passion. My career has been in the fields of psychology and the law. For many years I was a psychology professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and later at the University of California San Diego. While a professor, I authored several textbooks and research articles. During a transition period, I was a clinical psychologist for the U.S. Army and was assigned to Frankfort, Germany. My family and I enjoyed the opportunity to experience European culture while becoming friends with our German neighbors and visiting so many places during our stay. My daughter has often commented on how much she learned and saw during those years overseas.
I decided to pursue a second career and attended Duke University School of Law. While in law school, I chose to specialize in Family Law and Estate Planning (wills and trusts). While I’m originally from California, I wanted to live in San Antonio, Texas, which has proven to be a wonderful choice: warm sunny winters, vibrant city life with Old World charm and great food. When I came to San Antonio, I was with a group law practice in family law and served as an expert witness in various litigated divorces. In the mid-1990s, the Texas Family Law Code changed allowing for collaborative divorces. As a psychologist, resolving divorces by collaboration appealed to me because litigated divorces are emotional damaging to spouses and their children. Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial dispute resolution process where parties work together with their attorneys and other neutral professionals, to resolve disputes and come to an agreement without going to court. My practice is now entirely collaborative divorces, estate law (wills and trusts) and probate.
I have continued to write. I write articles for the San Antonio Lawyer magazine and regular blogs for my website. In 2017 my book, Texas Divorce Guide was published. In 2019, my most recent book, The History of Marriage and Divorce: Everything You Need to Know was released. Both are available on Amazon. I am presently in the concluding stages of writing my 11th book about the history of inheritance law.
When I’m not working with legal clients or writing, my favorite hobbies are reading, playing bridge, and hiking with my grandchildren.