The Problem with Rocket Lawyer, LegalZoom & Other Online Estate Planning Services

Over the past decade or so, online do-it-yourself legal services such as LegalZoom, Nolo, and Rocket Lawyer have become extremely popular. On these sites, users can fill out a few forms and generate boilerplate legal documents for estate planning and a variety of other applications Such services have exerted a powerful draw on consumers for […]

How People v. Sanchez Affects Use of Expert Testimony in Family Law

Family law cases, including divorces and child custody cases, often involve the use of an expert witness. Usually, this is in the form of a psychologist rendering an opinion on the various involved parties based upon interviews with them, or from review of materials and information gathered in preparation for the case. However, the use […]

Family Law: How to Get the Other Party to Pay Your Lawyer’s Fees

The legal process for settling divorces and child custody disputes can be extremely messy and complex. In order for the California Family Code to be applied as intended, both sides of a court case need to have access to competent legal representation. However, it’s common for one spouse or parent to have better financial resources […]

How to Serve Papers to Someone You Can’t Locate

When you wish to face someone in court in the State of California for any sort of legal proceeding, such as a divorce or lawsuit, in most cases you have to serve them via “personal service.” This means that the person being filed against must be physically provided with a paper copy of your claim […]

How a Domestic Violence Restraining Order Affects Divorce & Custody

Divorce is a stressful process, and is sometimes instigated by dangerous behavior by a spouse that necessitates filing for a DVRO, or domestic violence restraining order. The details of a DVRO can vary. At their most basic, DVROs require the accused abuser to not engage in abusive or intimidating behavior, but may also require the […]

Determining Capacity

In our society, when young men and women reach the age of 18, they are deemed as having attained the level of maturity necessary to be responsible for their own well-being, and thus make decisions for themselves. This is known as “competence,” or more accurately, “legal capacity.” Legal capacity means that someone has the mental […]

Using a Living Trust for Incapacity Planning

It’s common to consider the possibility of incapacity in the same terms as retirement—something far off in the distance, confined to old age. However, accidents and unexpected health crises can transform your life in an instant. If you were unable to control your affairs tomorrow, what would happen to you, your property, your home, and […]

How Regional Centers Determine Developmental Disability

When an adult has a serious developmental disability that impedes their ability to live independently and look after their well-being, California allows for the appointment of a ‘limited conservator.’ In a limited conservatorship, a responsible adult who takes on certain legal responsibilities—depending on the level of disability—on behalf of the disabled person. However, who has […]

Limited Conservatorships

In the State of California, when an adult—or a minor approaching their 18th birthday—has significant developmental disabilities that leaves them unable to provide for their own care, a judge to appoint someone to be responsible for the disabled person. This arrangement is known as a limited conservatorship. There are two types of limited conservatorship: A […]

When a Private Family Law Evaluation is Necessary

When a judge hears a divorce or child custody hearing, much of the evidence presented consists of a “he-said, she-said” exchange. This is part of the reason why California family courts require both parties to meet with a mediator before custody is changed, with the mediator making recommendations to the court based upon this meeting. […]