My focus is on estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, family law, bankruptcy, business litigation , and litigation involving property damage. I also work as a mediator for the court and in private practice. I pride myself in being able to accurately assess my client's needs and form a practical plan to achieve those needs. I keep in close contact with my clients so that they are an informed participant in the process. If opposing counsel is involved I stay focused on the law and the facts and finding a practical solution to the conflict while treating all parties with respect.
I began my mediation practice in 1995 and my law practice in 2000. I have always worked as a sole practitioner. My prior business experience gives me the confidence to take on big projects and creatively reach results that are good for my client.
Complex Estate Plan involving multiple sub-trusts with separate beneficiaries for each trust to maximize benefits; Family Law custody dispute involving drug use of custodial parent resulting in new custody plan; Litigation involving the outing of a pastor from his church resulting in a dismissal of damages claim.
3463 State St
Santa Barbara CA 93105
30 minutes at no charge
I currently offer basic Estate Plan packages for married couples at $1800 and for singles $1400. The Package includes Wills, a Trust, Certificate of Trust, POA and AHCD as well as re-titling of assets. I charge $1500 for basic "no-asset" Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I speak Indonesian and some Spanish.
I enjoy Estate Planning in that it can proactively avoid future family and other problems. Family Law as it deals with a necessary and important element in an individual's life. General litigation gives me a chance to bring a new approach to often long standing problems.
I encourage and support self help to the limits of an individual's desire and ability. It is an absolute necessity in Family Law matters.
I often review documents prepared by clients and suggest edits as necessary.
Depending on my assessment of a client's ability I would encourage them to represent themselves, especially in Family Law matters.
In 1975, after 3 years of world travel I formed an import clothing business. It included a Santa Barbara retail store and for 25 years operated as a national wholesale outlet. I took part in the management of the business and the design and distribution of the products. My duties included national and international travel meeting with customers and vendors as well as international banking and import/export requirements. The company produced 2 to 4 new product lines a year and was in the creativity mode throughout it's history.
My business, travel, and mediation experience make me more able to listen, communicate, and act for the best interests of my clients.
Communicator, listener/evaluator, creative problem solver, able to make difficult concepts understandable.Personal interests:
Golf, politics, swimming, body boarding, travel to other countries.
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