Our practice areas are Family Law, Estate Planning, and Probate and Trust Administration.
Our estate planning practice includes the drafting of living trusts and wills, along with all the other documents that are necessary for an effective estate plan. This kind of planning will cover your needs when you die, or when you become incapacitated, which is an event that most people don't prepare for. After death, we administer probate and trust estates, and deal with litigation as necessary.
A large part of our practice since we opened in 1997 is Family Law (contested and uncontested divorce, mediation, child custody, child and spousal support).
In the 24 years our office has been open, we have helped our clients with ongoing custody and support issues, and have seen clients transition from helping them go through a bankruptcy, to forming an estate plan after they get back on their feet. We enjoy being there for our clients as their lives evolve.
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We offer a free consultation that can last up to an hour depending on the client's needs. Clients usually come to our office in Arcadia. If mobility is an issue, we can travel to the client, but charge a fee for travel. Occasionally, a client may be out of state with a case that is in California. In that case, we can work together via phone, email, and US Mail. Sometimes, court appearances can be done via telephone as well.
All of our attorneys have graduated from ABA approved law schools and passed the bar more than 20 years ago. We are all current on continuing education credits and have no records of discipline with the State Bar of California.
John Morris is Veterans Administration accredited and has additional continuing education requirements to stay current with the V.A. Administration.
Most cases are either paid for on an hourly basis, or by flat fee. That flat fee usually includes costs as well. If it is a probate matter, the legal fees are determined by statute and paid at the end of the case, but costs must be paid for up front.
I got thrown into the deep end my first day as a lawyer working for someone else. I was handed a file and went to court. After that I went to court a lot. I like helping people and I'm good at negotiating based on the facts at hand. I also value my time away from work, so having my own law office gives me the flexibility I want to enjoy time with my family.
For the past 5 years, we have been involved with the Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic, a 525 mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We have ridden each year from 2014-2017, and volunteered in 2018. We are signed up to ride again in 2019. This is a wonderful event with great organizers and participants. The money we raise goes to awareness, treatment, and advocacy. Did you know that there are over 300,000 children in the US with doctor diagnosed arthritis? Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders are among the five most costly conditions among adults 18 and older.
Meet with that person face to face if you can. You should have a good rapport. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Your attorney should be able to answer them, or let you know if he or she needs to do research to give you a confident answer. Sometimes "I don't know. Let me find out." is a better response than saying something that is false.
This really depends on the type of case they are coming to me to handle. Sometimes the issues are very emotional, while others are very matter of fact. A client should come in with some idea of what they want out of the situation they are faced with, but an open mind as to what is actually possible. The first appointment might just be the beginning of a conversation. A client can expect an honest opinion of my assessment of a case and the reasons for that opinion