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Child Support: Seek Work Orders & Imputed Income

Within marriages, couples typically work to find a structure of responsibility that works best for both parties. One parent may be primarily tasked with bringing in income, while the other may focus on keeping up the household and raising children, only working part-time or not at all. But other structures are possible: both parents may […]

Getting a Judgment When a Petitioner Fails to Move the Case Forward

Legal cases generally involve a back and forth process between the petitioner—the person who files a legal petition—and the respondent, the person who is filed against. While most often it’s the respondent who isn’t amicable to the process, occasionally a petitioner begins the process, only to fail to follow through to the end. This is […]

Preserving Your Parental Rights When You Aren’t the Biological Father

“You aren’t the father.” These are some of the most unimaginably difficult words that a father can ever hear. You watched your child come into the world, got up in the middle of the night when they cried, took them to the doctor, fed them, clothed them, bathed them… loved them. And one day, you […]

How Trustees Can Avoid Posting a Probate Bond

In many instances, executors and trustees are required to obtain an executor bond or trustee bond before they can begin performing their duties. These bonds are known as probate bonds or surety bonds. These bonds essentially act as an insurance policy. If the executor or trustee doesn’t act in the best interests of beneficiaries—they’re neglectful, […]

Removing the Executor or Trustee of an Estate

In California, as in most states, executors and trustees have defined responsibilities that they must carry out. These duties generally include: Paying funeral costs Ensuring that the decedent’s wishes are carried out Possessions are inventoried Debts and taxes are paid Property is distributed to beneficiaries in a proper fashion In short, executors and trustees (from […]

Legally Protecting Yourself During a Difficult Divorce

Divorce can be an incredibly stressful process. While some couples manage to have amicable divorces, there are some divorces that just go bad, either due to hard feelings on both sides, or because of a difficult spouse who refuses to engage in a productive manner. If you’re struggling with a difficult divorce, here are some […]

Legal Responsibilities After the Death of a Family Member

Losing a loved one is an incredibly emotionally challenging time. In the days and weeks that follow, you will feel devastated, lost, and confused. But what is often overlooked during this time is the large number of legal obligations that family members must begin to fulfill within days of a family member’s death. If you […]

The Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

As we talked about recently, there are a lot of pros to prenuptial agreements, even if they get a bad rap. When used wisely, and in the right circumstances, a prenup can be a useful legal tool. Unfortunately, the bad PR is justified in some respects. Today we’re going to talk about some of the […]

How to Represent Yourself in Small Claims Court

As we discussed last week, filing a lawsuit in small claims court can be a seriously intimidating prospect, especially since California requires small claims litigants to represent themselves in court. However, it’s more than possible to be successful in small claims court, as long as you properly prepare yourself. Last week we focused on proper […]

How to File a Lawsuit in Small Claims Court

In the state of California, you can file a lawsuit in small claims court requesting damages of up to $10,000 (corporations are limited to a maximum of $5,000). However, many small claims cases involve much smaller sums of money, and you cannot hire a lawyer to represent you in court. Going to court without a […]