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!”

Timing is Critical for Divorce/Dissolution of Domestic Partnership andBankruptcy Filings

Debt and other money issues are often at the root of divorce or the dissolution of domestic partnerships. But these problems don’t just go away once a couple separates. When debt is incurred by spouses or domestic partners in their joint names (and, in some cases, in just one party’s name), creditors can go afterContinue reading “Timing is Critical for Divorce/Dissolution of Domestic Partnership andBankruptcy Filings”

Tips on Avoiding Foreclosure Scams

Anyone facing the possibility of foreclosure on their home is in serious financial distress. People in these situations are susceptible to undue influence and can be easily misled into making bad decisions. It’s a sad but true fact—there are many unscrupulous third parties who won’t hesitate to take advantage of someone desperately seeking a wayContinue reading “Tips on Avoiding Foreclosure Scams”

Too Poor to File for Bankruptcy?

According to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, changes originally enacted in 2005 to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act have made it substantially more difficult for “financially struggling people” to file for bankruptcy relief. While it’s true that changes like these have made it tougher for people toContinue reading “Too Poor to File for Bankruptcy?”

Questions To Ask At Your Free Legal Consultation

Many attorneys offer free legal consultation as part of their services to prospective clients. For the client, it’s an opportunity to get a feel for the attorney and see if they feel comfortable having this individual represent them in their legal matter. For attorneys, it’s a chance to get a sense ofthe client’s legal needsContinue reading “Questions To Ask At Your Free Legal Consultation”

What Are My Rights As A Tenant?

Here’s a situation I encounter frequently. Tenants renting a house or apartment say they’ve called the landlord repeatedly to repair something or clean up pests of some kind, and nothing gets done. What can they do? Under California law, every residential tenancy, whether under a written lease or otherwise, is subject to a landlord’s warrantyContinue reading “What Are My Rights As A Tenant?”

What Can A Restraining Order Do?

A restraining order (also known as a “protective order”) can be as powerful as a court order or as flimsy as a piece of paper. You can’t hold it up in front of someone with a gun and expect it to protect you. However, a protective order can serve a useful purpose, which I’ll getContinue reading “What Can A Restraining Order Do?”