My law practice is focused exclusively on family law and divorce law. In addition to handling all aspects of divorce cases, I also advise unmarried clients about prenuptial agreements, paternity issues, cohabitation agreements, palimony, and domestic partnerships. I regularly deal with issues related to child custody, child support, spousal support, business valuation, and the valuation and distribution of property. The division of property may involve complicated issues related to whether assets are separate property or community property.
Accounting issues sometimes arise concerning the source of funds used to acquire or improve property, and the tracing of those funds from the source to a particular asset or debt. Some cases may also involve an attempt by one spouse to gain an unfair financial advantage over the other, which the law prohibits. I have extensive experience with fiduciary duty issues, and the remedies available to the injured party when the fiduciary duty rules are violated.
As a former tax and business lawyer, I understand the complicated financial issues that many people may face during a divorce. Many of the decisions you make in the divorce process may have immediate or future tax and financial implications. I believe I provide an important advantage to my clients, because of my tax background. In addition to the obvious advantages of being able to recognize and plan a marital dissolution settlement to avoid unfavorable tax consequences whenever possible, an attorney who is comfortable with accounting procedures can be a big help in cases with complicated financial and valuation issues, such as in cases involving a family business. Many of my clients have had complex business, asset valuation, estate, and tax issues as a result of their divorce.
A big part of my practice, including the work I do as a contract attorney for other law firms, is devoted to legal research and writing. Effective legal research and writing is an art form. The objective is to present the facts and applicable law in a way that is clear, concise, and persuasive. A well written legal brief can be the difference between the success or failure of your motion, and is an important tool during the settlement process.
In addition to my legal career, I write fiction. I'm currently working on a political suspense novel set in Virginia, near D.C. My storytelling skills come in handy with my legal writing. After all, every time a family lawyer appears in court on a motion or at a trial, every time we write a supporting declaration, we're telling a story. It's a true story, instead of fiction, but it's a story nevertheless. Our job is to tell our client's story well enough, and make it compelling enough to convince the Court to give us the orders we're seeking.
If you have questions, please call me at 415-925-3500 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. I have represented clients in the following California counties: Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano.
926A Diablo Avenue
Novato CA 94947
Free initial telephone intake and conversation (20 min max)
I regularly offer flat fees for my services. I find that clients appreciate this, as it allows them to stick to a budget, and know exactly what my services are going to cost. The amount and availability of flat rates depends on the nature and scope of the services required. I personally speak on the telephone with each potential client, to determine whether I can help you, or if I need to refer you to an attorney who specializes in the type of work you need. I also ascertain during that initial conversation the general scope of your case.
$300-$400 per hour, or flat fees for limited scope services.
By Appointment Only
It has been 25 years since R Genyne Long was first licensed to practice law. Her previous work experience includes the following:
Attorney at R. Genyne Long, Attorney at Law, 1991—present
Associate at Diamond, Bennington & Simborg, 1989—1991
Associate at Schwab & Associates, 1986—1989
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