Spousal Support

Spousal Support

Spousal support is a complex issue that may have a significant impact on your immediate and long-term financial security. If you are faced with the prospect of a divorce that may involve a spousal support claim, it is important that you have a knowledgeable family law attorney on your side.

I can provide the sound advice and quality legal representation you require. I have more than a decade of legal experience. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills. To speak with me about your divorce, contact my law office

Protect Your Rights

A court may order either spouse to pay spousal support to the other party. The court may determine the amount and duration of the support award.

For couples married less than 10 years, the typical length of spousal support ordered is one-half the length of the marriage (or until the supported spouse is remarried). In long-term marriages (generally considered 10 years or more), spousal support can be awarded until either spouse’s death or re-marriage or a fixed date, depending on the circumstances of the parties.

Given the wide discretion that courts have to fashion spousal support awards, it is critical that you have a skilled attorney on your side who can negotiate a favorable resolution or make a compelling argument on your behalf at trial.

When representing clients in divorces involving spousal support claims, I take time to carefully review their financial circumstances. I analyze cases from a broad perspective to take into account the total impact of issues such as property division, child custody and spousal support. By taking a global perspective on such matters, I am better able to protect my clients’ rights and financial interests.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Representing Auto Accident Victims

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be dealing with major injuries. These sorts of injuries can cause you to rack up huge medical expenses over time, as well as interfering temporarily or permanently with your ability to work and earn money.

It’s worth your time to find out whether someone owes you compensation for your injuries, and if so, to pursue it with the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer who is familiar with the legal system in Lake County and Mendocino County. Contact me, Lakeport motor vehicle accident attorney for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Going Up Against the Insurance Companies

Everyone who drives a motor vehicle in California is supposed to carry auto insurance, in part so that people injured in accidents can be compensated. Insurance companies, however, are in the business of making money and will always try to avoid or reduce payouts.

I used to work at a law firm that does insurance defense, so I understand what the insurance companies are thinking and how they make decisions. I will work hard to get you what you deserve from these companies. Learn more about these specific motor vehicle accidents:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents

I also represent individuals who have been injured in boating accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, hit-and-run accidents, and other auto accidents.

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Theft

Theft

Defense Against Charges of Stealing

Have you been charged with grand theft related to accusations of stealing from another person? Perhaps you were accused of stealing from a parent, grandparent or other loved one. No matter what the situation, you are facing serious criminal charges. This is considered theft, and you could face misdemeanor or felony charges. Fight them.

Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino Counties. As a Lakeport grand theft attorney and certified criminal law specialist, I have the experience to get results in cases involving grand theft charges. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation.

Grand Theft and Embezzlement Charges

Allegations of financial abuse that result in grand theft or embezzlement charges can come in many forms. Sometimes, the charges/allegations are simple: You were accused of taking money from another person’s wallet. In other cases, the allegations are much more complex, involving coercion or diverting money from another person’s bank account into your own.

No matter how challenging a case may seem, I know how to handle it. I do not limit myself to the traditional paths taken by criminal defense lawyers. I am willing to consider one-of-a-kind approaches to cases that involve new and unique challenges. I will find a way to get results.

Misunderstandings Should Not Result in Criminal Charges

It is not unusual for these charges to be based on misunderstandings. Yes, money may have been taken, but that money may have been taken with the other person’s permission.

Sometimes, a thorough investigation is necessary, particularly when the allegations involve much more complex situations. I will work with investigators, forensic accountants and other experts to ensure that all relevant facts come to life. I will work with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced or eliminated based on weaknesses I find in his or her evidence and case.

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