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What important papers do you need?

What important papers do you need?

Starting the new year off with all of your legal paperwork in order is a gift to yourself. Why not take some time now to make sure you have all of these documents and know where they are. You can create a list of your important papers and make sure your spouse,...
Holiday Updates to Visitation and Custody

Holiday Updates to Visitation and Custody

As we serve divorced couples in of Santa Maria, California, we have always understood that sharing holidays after a divorce (or after two parents split up) is a highly sensitive issue. California Family lawyers and judges deal with this emotionally charged problem for...
Easier, Faster, Cheaper Divorce

Easier, Faster, Cheaper Divorce

Easier, faster, cheaper divorce is possible when you choose to mediate instead of litigate. Mediation puts YOU in control, not the courts. Easier Divorce is stressful enough without adding the burden of expensive attorneys battling each other on the behalf of you and...
What Are the Most Common Reasons for Divorce?

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Divorce?

We’ve all heard the statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce. We also know that the reasons couples choose to divorce are unique to their own situation. But there has to be some general information out there on the most common reasons that marriages break...
When should you update your will?

When should you update your will?

A will is a legal document that specifies how you want your property and assets to be distributed after your death. It has to be updated if there are any major changes in your life. Here are some common reasons to update your will: A new child Whether you give birth...
Remember to Update your Beneficiaries after Divorce

Remember to Update your Beneficiaries after Divorce

Divorce can come with a lot of changes, but one that people often don’t think about is updating the beneficiaries on their retirement and life insurance policies. If you don’t update your will, life insurance or retirement policies, then your money could...
Does Your Child Custody Agreement Need to Change for Summer?

Does Your Child Custody Agreement Need to Change for Summer?

Child custody is a difficult topic for many parents. It’s hard to know what the best course of action is to take when you want to spend the summer with your kids. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you are able to spend time with...
What is Power of Attorney?

What is Power of Attorney?

When and why do I need Power of Attorney A power of attorney is a legal document that gives one person the right to act on behalf of another. It can be either durable or non-durable. Durable power of attorney is the most common type and it lasts until the person who...
Important Legal Documents

Important Legal Documents

Important legal documents are a must for any person who wants to safeguard their future. Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts One of the most important legal documents is a will, which states what happens to your assets after you die. A trust is another legal document...
What it’s like to go through PROBATE

What it’s like to go through PROBATE

Probate is a legal process in which a will is subjected to a court-supervised examination to ensure that the person who wrote it and the beneficiaries named in it are who they say they are, that the will was signed by the person making it, and that it complies with...