Can I Take My Cellphone into a California Courtroom

You can take your cellphone into courthouses and courtrooms in California. There are however restrictions placed on what you can do with them once you are inside. Most of these restrictions may seem like common knowledge to most, but none the less, the courts do have published guidelines, typically available on their website, of what is and isn’t acceptable use of cellphones in the court. Each County Court in California may be different so you will want to check, and if unsure, you can simply ask security at the front doors when entering. For reference, here is a cell phone […]

Probate Avoidance – What Does That Really Mean?

While estate planning buzzwords like “Probate Avoidance”, “Beneficiary” and “Property Transfers upon Death” are becoming more common, the understanding of these may not be fully realized. This article takes a closer look at a common phrase used by people performing research for their estate plan – “Probate Avoidance”.  While this article lays out some of the stresses of probate court, it may only apply to those who do not have a solid estate planning instrument in place.

So in many cases with estate planning, consumers of Living Trusts and Wills in California are looking to transfer property to their loved ones […]

Important Steps to Consider When Getting a Divorce

Seek Protection

If you have reason to believe that your husband or wife might become violent against you or your children, can have the ability to abduct the children, or can even take funds from any accounts or conceal properties, there are steps you can take in an effort to protect yourself.

A few of these protective steps may include obtaining a court order in an effort to prevent domestic abuse, alerting your child’s school that the child can only be released to you, or even securing a passport restriction to avoid your child from being taken outside of the country. You […]

Where to file a Conservatorship in Riverside County

As our parents age or as special needs children reach the age of majority filing for conservatorship is often necessary to continue to provide for their needs and wellbeing. The California Courts, specifically the probate division are tasked with handling conservatorship proceedings. While there are 58 Counties in California and each County may have a handful of Probate Divisions, the process, timeline and costs are typically uniform since the County Superior Courts are under the same California Judicial System. Simply put, a conservatorship case filed in Los Angeles County would likely run the same course as it would if filed […]

The Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce in California

Making the decision between filing for a legal separation or for filing for a divorce can be challenging. Here is a quick reference to some of the major differences and similarities.

Understanding the Distinctions Between Filing For a Legal Separation and Filing For a Divorce

When filing for either a legal separation or a divorce, it is important to know that both have very similar processes, timelines and costs, but the end result in a divorce is the termination of a marriage. There is a date of separation between the parties in both procedures, which affects how property and finances will be […]