Family Law, Dissolution of Marriage, Juvenile Dependency (CPS), Parental Relationship, Restraining Orders, Step-Parent Adoptions, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Child Support.
Began practice in Chico, California in 1995, started accepting cases in Napa, California in 1998, moved to Napa and opened a full-time office in 1999.
Successful "Move-Away" defense (change of custody to father); successful "Move-Away" motion (allowing parent to move with child); successful defense of father's custodial rights when falsely accused of child sexual abuse; many dissolution settlements, without trial, etc. I have litigated or settled the full spectrum of family law cases, with children and with substantial property division. Difficult custody cases are a concentration of my practice.
Napa CA 94559
Initial consultation is free, if I am retained. Otherwise, it is by the hour.
Paralegal/Form Preparation Services by Jane Martin, by fixed-price.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I simply fell into it. There was a need, I needed to work and found, over time, that I enjoyed the interaction with clients, courts, and colleagues.
I believe clients should be educated on legal issues, but from reliable sources, such as myself, or Nolo Press. I am not a fan of the notion that internet searches produce reliable legal information. One must be careful in this regard.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients, and advise on how to amend them if improperly prepared. My wife of 23 years, Jane Martin, paralegal, provides form preparation services, and can also review self-prepared documents.
I am willing to coach clients in courtroom etiquette, the manner of asking questions of witnesses, when to be quiet, when to speak up, basic evidentiary rules, etc.
Full time private practice, self-employed attorney since 1995. Prior to law school, professional musician for 25 years.
Being a professional musician gives me "stage presence" in court. I am used to playing to an audience (i.e., the judge). I was raised by a mother and grandmother with college degrees in English, and a father with an engineering degree. I learned, early in life, how to speak and write proper English. I learned how to write more clearly and succinctly while earning my Geology degree (science writing), and in law school (legal writing). In my opinion, good writing precedes and substantially supports litigation by educating the judge about the case before hand. I am a firm believer in trial briefs and efficient litigation.
Compassion, an understanding of basic psychological concepts, common sense, spotting the significant, core issues of each case and creating solutions.
Music, outdoor activities, trailer camping, dogs and dog shows.
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