How to Prepare to Meet with an Attorney

If the time comes to meet with an attorney, it’s in your own best interest to come as prepared as possible. Being prepared saves time and money. Why? The more time an attorney needs to become familiar with your legal issue, the more expensive it is for you. Frequently, I’ll ask a client for bankContinue reading “How to Prepare to Meet with an Attorney”

In Need of Estate Planning? Beware DIY Websites

At some point in our lives, many of us will need to create an estate plan to manage our assets—including property, financial holdings, personal belongings—not just for our lifetimes, but for our loved ones after we’re gone. For the most part, there are three types of trust you may want to consider in your estateContinue reading “In Need of Estate Planning? Beware DIY Websites”

Is Getting a Premarital Agreement a Good Idea?

A premarital agreement (more commonly known as a “prenup”) can be helpful for two parties anticipating marriage in the near future. This document, which must be committed to paper and signed by both parties, is meant to offset some of the issues partners may face should they laterend up in divorce or legal separation. What’sContinue reading “Is Getting a Premarital Agreement a Good Idea?”

The Pros and Cons of Alternate Dispute Resolutions

Taking your case to court can be costly and time-consuming. In my opinion, it should only happen when there’s no other way for the disputing parties to reach some middle ground. That’s why it’s good to know about other options, such as negotiated settlements, also known in legal circles as Alternate Dispute Resolutions (ADRs). EachContinue reading “The Pros and Cons of Alternate Dispute Resolutions”

Protect Your Assets by Keeping Records

When two people fall in love and decide to get married, they don’t want to consider the possibility that at some time in the future they may no longer feel the same way about each other – and that the experience of separation and divorce might turn ugly over issues of community assets and debtContinue reading “Protect Your Assets by Keeping Records”

What Happens in Small Claims Court?

Clients sometimes come to my office regarding a claim they have on a defaulted personal loan or they want to retrieve a security deposit from a landlord or have some other matter where money is due them. In many cases, the amount they claim is too small to warrant being handled in acivil court ofContinue reading “What Happens in Small Claims Court?”

To Stash or Not to Stash: Do I Have to Disclose Everything I own in a Divorce Proceeding?

People who come to my office seeking assistance with a divorce often ask one of two questions, and sometimes both: “Do I have to tell my spouse about everything I own or owe?” “What happens if my spouse is hiding an asset?” These are important issues that need to be addressed, since the process ofContinue reading “To Stash or Not to Stash: Do I Have to Disclose Everything I own in a Divorce Proceeding?”

A Policy You Didn’t Know You Needed – Legal Insurance Policy

Ever had an unexpected legal matter come up and you didn’t know what to do or who to turn to? Legal services have increased during the pandemic. Coping with a legal issue can be expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally overwhelming. Many employers offer a legal insurance plan as part of their employment benefits but those whoContinue reading “A Policy You Didn’t Know You Needed – Legal Insurance Policy”

Tenants’ Rights When a Property is Sold or Goes into Foreclosure

I’m often asked by tenants what they can do if the house they’re renting is about to be sold by the landlord or is headed for foreclosure. Here’s information that should prove helpful to you in these situations: In California, landlords wishing to sell their rental property are required to notify tenants in writing ofContinue reading “Tenants’ Rights When a Property is Sold or Goes into Foreclosure”

If You Pay into a Legal Insurance Plan, Don’t Waste it!

Coping with a legal issue can be expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally overwhelming. Many employers offer a legal insurance plan for just such situations as part of their employment benefits but in my experience a significant number of people sign up for such a plan and completely forget they have it. Legal insurance won’t count forContinue reading “If You Pay into a Legal Insurance Plan, Don’t Waste it!”