Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Estate Planning is primarily about living -- ensuring you and your family will be taken care of in times of need.  A Trust, Advance Health Care Directive, and Durable Power of Attorney are used to care for you and your property when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.  If funded properly, a Trust will also allow your family to avoid the difficulties associated with a court probate proceeding. 

 

Several documents are included in a thorough estate plan, including a Trust, Will, Advance Health Care Directive, Durable Power of Attorney, Nomination of Guardianship, and associated documents to support the estate plan.

 

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Probate and Administration

When a loved one passes away without a proper Estate Plan the court may need to be involved in distribution of the estate.  In California, your estate may go through probate if you own real property that is not in joint tenancy, such as a house, or you have other property, such as bank accounts, that exceed $150,000 in value.  If you are required to probate an estate, having an attorney help with the process may relieve some of the stress and allow you to focus on more important issues, such as family and friends.  

 

Following someone's passing, you may also need help appropriately accounting for and distributing the property per the decedent's wishes.  These tasks can be stressful and time consuming. Family disputes also frequently arise.  Having an attorney help you with the process may help you avoid being in the middle of the dispute and allow you to maintain positive relationships. 

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Employment Law

The workplace is a very unique environment where people from all walks of life need to fit together to be productive and profitable.  Due to the variety of employees, workplace disputes come in every size and shape.  They can be driven by misunderstandings, adverse employment actions, feeling unappreciated, and perceived or actual discrimination.

Defending a wrongful termination claim can be extremely expensive. These expenses include not only attorney's fees, but also fees associated with investigation specialists, wages paid to existing employees to help defend the claim, and possibly a settlement of the claim. In addition to the actual cost, the situation takes an extreme emotional toll on everyone involved.

If you are an employee and feel you were mistreated, speaking with someone quickly to analyze your options may help you either resolve the dispute, or move on in a professionally manner as soon as possible. 

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Mediation

 

Defending a wrongful termination claim can be extremely expensive. These expenses include not only attorney's fees, but also fees associated with investigation specialists, wages paid to existing employees to help defend the claim, and possibly a settlement of the claim. In addition to the actual cost, the situation takes an extreme emotional toll on everyone involved.

 

Mediation allows the parties to attempt settlement by addressing the issues that are most important to them. Mediation can be attempted at any stage of the case.