When the court decides upon child custody, the criteria it bases its decision upon is very simple: What is in the best interest of the child? There are many factors that are taken into account when making the decision, but the child’s best interest remains the foundation principle. The court will examine every aspect of […]

One of the most difficult and scary situations your family members may go through is the process of grieving while having to make last-second decisions regarding your care, should you become permanently incapacitated. If you do not provide your loved ones with any specific wishes, they will have to guess amongst themselves as to what […]

When the court decides upon child support, some believe that the amount is final. However, it is not set in stone. Child support may be modified at any point down the road when there has been a change in circumstance from the time of the last child support order. Examples of changed circumstances include, but […]

It may seem like an unlikely scenario, but a couple’s marriage can legally fail even if neither spouse wants it to. There are laws against certain types of marriages, and when one or both spouses violates California law, that marriage may disappear and be treated as if it never existed to begin with through an […]

There is a large portion of the population that is underserved by the legal profession. Many people find themselves in situations where they either do not believe that hiring an attorney to represent them in their time of need is worth it or that they cannot possibly afford to hire one. When most people think […]

MediCal is one of California’s biggest social welfare programs, serving low-income individuals all across the state. Almost 32 percent of California’s population is enrolled in the program. Many of MediCal participants are those in the later years of their life. With people living longer, funds for their retirement are often stretched thin. When it comes […]

Divorce marks the end of an era in a person’s life. Besides the emotional and physical split, legally one entity that came together now must be separated again. This includes the family home. Before the divorce is finalized, though, both parties are still assumedly living in this home, but as the couple separates invariably one […]

Generally decisions regarding a child’s medical treatment and overall well being are made at the discretion of the parents. A parent with sole custody is expected to make any and all medical decisions for the child. Parents who jointly share legal custody can, in some cases, have very different opinions when faced with these important […]

One of the primary goals of any estate planning is to determine the best methods of transferring property to your beneficiaries with the least amount of effort and time. As such, avoiding probate for your assets is a must for most people. Probate is a costly and time consuming process and assets that pass through […]

If you live in California and are contemplating a divorce or currently involved in one, chances are that you have heard that California is a ‘community property state.’ But what exactly does this mean for you when you are going through a divorce and how does it affect how you and your spouse’s property is […]

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