Charles E. McClung, Jr.

An experienced Laguna Beach law firm serving the people of the state for decades

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Firm Overview

Attorneys Charles E. McClung Jr. and Paul W. Davis have both been practicing law since 1979, and together they serve the people of Laguna Beach and the state of California in the areas of family law, estate planning, civil litigation and appeals. Both lawyers have decades of experience in the justice system, and Charlie McClung's father and grandfather were also lawyers. In fact, he is a descendent of one of the Midnight Judges chosen by President John Adams in 1801. The law is their passion, and together they can get you the results you deserve.

A dedication to families and the state:
The attorneys at Charles E. McClung, Jr. are dedicated to their families, faith, town, state and country. And they make sure to bring those morals and principles to the office and the courtroom every day. They are focused on serving the families and businesses of California, and they believe in counseling their clients through difficult times. When you come to Charles E. McClung, Jr. for help, you find:

Highly respected legal minds Attorneys McClung & Davis have built a solid reputation over their decades of practicing law, and they have earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for their professionalism and ethics.

Personal attention At Charles E. McClung, Jr., they take each client on personally, and you are ensured to be a top priority for them. They welcome their clients and will never treat you like just another case file

A lineage of success Both attorneys have been practicing law since 1979, and especially with Mr. McClung's family heritage in the law justice is in their blood.

Areas of practice:
The offices of Charles E. McClung, Jr. tackle a wide variety of legal problems, including:
-Family Law
-Estate Planning and Probate
-Civil litigation and appeals
-Eminent Domain and Redevelopment
-General Civil Practice
-Government Relations Law
-Health Care
-Real Property
-Business Law
Main Office

Main Office
580 Broadway, Suite 215
Laguna Beach  CA  92651

Phone
  • 949-497-3388
Fax
  • 949-497-3002
Divorce Mediation
Throughout your divorce, the attorneys at Charles E. McClung, Jr. stand by you.
They accompany you through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.
Estate Planning
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Charles E. McClung, Jr. can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. Charles E. McClung, Jr. thoroughly analyzes your estate and strategizes the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Drafting your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Charles E. McClung, Jr. can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Charles E. McClung, Jr. drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Family
Full-service family law firm in Laguna Beach
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption, experiencing the pain of marital conflict or facing another legal issue close to home, the attorneys at Charles E. McClung, Jr. listen to your needs, understand your concerns and help you reach solutions to your legal problems.

Charles E. McClung, Jr. has served families in Laguna Beach for more than 30 years. They provide legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:

Adoption:
Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but when something goes wrong, there is a chance of substantial heartache. Charles E. McClung, Jr. assists families with the complex legal process of adoption, so you can feel secure about your child's future well-being.

Alimony:
Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. Charles E. McClung, Jr. helps you establish fair and equitable spousal support so you can continue to live as comfortably as you did before your marriage ended.

Child custody and visitation:
For every parent, child custody is the most heart-wrenching aspect of divorce. Charles E. McClung, Jr. advocates for your parental rights so you can raise your children in an appropriate and healthy home.

Child support:
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. Charles E. McClung, Jr. helps ensure your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement:
Child support payments remain the same unless the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, Charles E. McClung, Jr. can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Divorce:
Throughout your divorce, the attorneys at Charles E. McClung, Jr. stand by you. They accompany you through mediation or litigation, depending on which is likely to obtain the best possible results for you including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings:
When California authorities interfere with your parental rights, you need a compassionate advocate who understands the bureaucratic red tape. Charles E. McClung, Jr. is skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of California to protect your parental rights.

Mediation:
Mediation puts the decisions in your hands and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. The skilled negotiators at Charles E. McClung, Jr. can help you obtain the most favorable divorce settlement using mediation.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements:
When you marry your beloved, you may not foresee the potential problems that can eventually lead to divorce. The lawyers at Charles E. McClung, Jr. expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.
Probate
Charles E. McClung, Jr. will represent your Probate legal matters.
Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Estate Planning
-Civil Litigation and Appeals

Charles E. McClung

Partner

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Eminent Domain
-Civil Rights
-Litigation
-Alternative Dispute Resolution
-Business Law
-Real Property

Admitted: 1979, California; 1981, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1983, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

University: Stanford, B.A.

Law School: University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D.

Member: Orange County Bar Association; The State Bar of California.

Biography: Phi Kappa Phi; Order of the Coif. Recipient, Neumiller Moot Court Top Competitor, First Place Team and Best Brief, 1978. Editor, King Hall Advocate, 1978 and 1979.
Education
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Paul W. Davis

Member

Practice Areas:
-Real Property
-Trusts and Estates
-Appellate Practice
-Business Law

Admitted: 1979, California and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit

Law School: King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis, J.D.

Member: Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California

Biography: Deputy City Attorney of Napa, 1980-1981
Education
  • King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis
    Juris Doctorate
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