Taking your family law matter into court can be difficult, with so many legal processes on top of all the emotional strain. So it helps to have a dedicated attorney on your side who'll listen to you and help you develop an effective legal strategy. I have extensive experience in family law matters, including divorce, separation, child and spousal support, parenting time, visitation, custody, paternity, modifications and more. I've been there with many families and I'd be proud to help yours.
Arizona regulations can turn your real estate law case into a complex maze of paperwork, tasks and deadlines. My 30 years of experience with purchases and sales, landlord-tenant disputes, evictions, deeds and other matters can help you build a solid court case. Put me to work on your real estate matter, and I'll dedicate myself to getting you the outcome you deserve.
If you need to take legal action to collect a debt from a business associate, friend, or family member, it could be essential to have a seasoned attorney like me help you navigate the filings and procedures you may face. I can also offer you assistance with your personal injury, environmental law, intellectual property, employment law or labor law case based on my many years of experience in these civil litigation areas.
Probate is the process of passing on the estate of a deceased person. I includes situations in which there is a will and situations where there is not. It becomes necessary when someone passes away who owned assets that were not held in a trust or left in the name of a beneficiary. During the process, a personal representative is appointed, the assets are collected, and then administered. The administration process may become complex and drawn-out, so it is wise to have a knowledgeable attorney beside you throughout this process.
What is “Family Law?”
Generally the phrase “Family Law” means the field of law which concerns itself with family relations, including the breaking up of a family. Therefore Divorce, Separation, Annulment, Paternity, Custody of Children, Parenting time, Child and Spousal Support and Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements all come under the umbrella of “Family Law.”
What is the difference between Divorce and Legal Separation?
“Divorce,” also known in Arizona as “Dissolution of Marriage,” involves the actual breaking of the marriage bond, and incidentally the dissolving of the “Community.” “Legal Separation, leaves the actual marriage intact, but dissolves the “Community,” and permits parties to remain married for purposes of insurance, benefits and the like. It also may satisfy the religious needs of a party who might otherwise have filed for Divorce.
What is “Community Property?”
There are nine community property states in the United States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Although each states has its own particular and unique laws on the subject, the essential elements are that, during a lawful marriage, all property and debts incurred are presumed to be “Community.” That is to say the parties own and owe the property and debts jointly, and upon dissolution of the marriage those debts and property are divided “equitably.” To what extent “equitably” means “equally” is particular to each state, but the word general is synonymous with “fairly.” In Arizona the filing of a Petition for Dissolution stops further increases to the community debts and property, but does not terminate the community nature of property and debts already accumulated.
I provide seasoned legal representation with family law and real estate cases, and offer legal help based on decades of experience in civil litigation. My office also offers DIY clinics for divorce, separation, paternity, and other matters. Over the years I've received various recognition for my work in the community, including:
The Volunteer Lawyers Program Lifesaver Award by Southern Arizona Legal Aid in 2007 and 2014.
In 2011, I was selected by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (AFLSE) as a recipient of that year's Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona Award.
The AFLSE also named me Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month in December 1998 and November 2008.
As a family man and proud member of the local community, it would be my honor to represent you and those you care about most in your legal matter.Set up a consultation