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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What If You Don’t Agree With The Judge?

Whether you disagree with a judge about a single minor matter in a court case, or you disagree with the ruling in a court case, contradicting a judge can be extremely intimidating. After all, judges are the deciders in court cases where a jury isn’t involved. And even when your fate is in the jury’s […]

How to Enforce a Court Judgment and Get Paid

It’s one thing to win a judgment in court. It’s another thing to collect on it. While courts determine who is the debtor and who is the creditor, and the amount owed, courts do not themselves collect debts. This means that if you win a judgment, you must act on your own behalf to make […]

What To Do When You Have Been Sued In Civil Court

While popular media tends to focus on criminal courts, which are courts that handle legal infractions that can be punished with jail time, the vast majority of litigation occurs in civil courts. Chances are that if you are ever involved in a legal disagreement, it will be handled in a civil court case. Civil courts […]