Our goal is to make our clients feel understood, validated, and educated on their rights and options.
With over 17 years of combined experience, we work collectively on each case, so that our clients are getting the best legal analysis prossible. We brainstorm every case regularly together, and keep our clients apprised as to these brainstorming sessions. We also use paralegals and other professionals, to really stretch our clients' dollars. This allows our clients to be able to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying that they can't afford a necessary step in their litigation.
10551 Stella Street
Oakland, CA 94605
Prenuptial Agreements Trust Creation (we can do flat rates for divorce, custody, DV, and support cases, but each case costs a different rate, so you'll need to speak to someone to get an idea of what your case would cost)
$175-$400, if beyond flat rate
Divorce is the process by which your marriage is officially dissolved by the court. The process of divorce requires a restructuring of many aspects of your life and your family.
Each family's circumstances are different, and can include child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, division of property, and attorney's fees. By listening to your needs and goals, Allysyn will assess your unique circumstances, to best educate, advise, and advocate for you and your best interests.
Division of property can be one of the more time-consuming aspects of a divorce simply because of all the documents and inventory each party needs to produce to the other. Allysyn will work with you to streamline this process and get what property you deserve under California community property law.
Working through the issues of child custody and visitation can often by the most emotionally trying aspect of family law. However, custody and visitation make up the majority of Allysyn's experience and current practice.
While mediating a coparenting plan is always a great plan, it is not always appropriate in every case. In those cases, the court will make an order on what it thinks is in the best interest of the child(ren). In California, courts are determined to provide frequent and continuing contact between the children and each parent. There are numerous factors, however, that the court will consider in what is it believes is the best child custody and visitation arrangement for your child(ren).
Legal Custody refers to who makes the medical, educational, and general-welfare decisions for your child(ren). Joint legal custody means that the parents must work together to make these decisions. Sole legal custody means that only one parent is making these decisions. Sometimes, courts may split the categories of decision-making, assigning the responsibility of medical decisions to one parent, and educational decisions to the other parent.
Allysyn first became interested in family law when she was a high school English teacher. She was moved by the stories and struggles of her students going through tough times at home. She wanted to make a difference on a legal level. When her father passed away at the age of 50, Allysyn had to work closely with his estate planning attorney to settle his estate. This added to her interest in the law and her wanting to help families similarly to how her father's attorney had helped her. While attending Indiana University School of Law, other topics piqued her interest, such as the rights of LGBTQ members, and general litigation issues. She volunteered for the law school's civil clinic representing clients going through divorce, guardianships, and custody issues, volunteered for Indianapolis's domestic violence prevention program, was Secretary then President of Lambda Legal, and Vice President then President of the Feminist Law Society, advocating through education for advancing the rights of the LGBT community and for gender equality in the Indianapolis community. She also spent her summers studying law in Croatia and China.
After law school, Allysyn moved to California and, under the guidance of several seasoned attorneys, opened her family law practice, where she feels fortunate to have been representing members of her community. For the first seven years of her career, Allysyn also worked with the Sargent Shriver Custody Program, representing clients in their child custody and visitation cases. Allysyn continues to use her love of teaching to help educate her clients about their rights and legal options, and how to use the law, so her clients feel informed as they move through what can be an emotional and confusing time. In this way, her clients see her not only as their legal advocate, but as an educator.
Allysyn has been publicly recognized by the BAR Association of San Francisco as going above and beyond for parties who were not expected to win their cases, and has been awarded for being an outstanding volunteer for the Justice and Diversity Center.
Bar Number: 277744
BA English, Education, Dance, 2006
Jane Aceituno was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Central Valley. She went to the East Coast for her education, graduating cum laude from Harvard College. Her undergraduate thesis was nominated for the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work. Pursuing a desire to do public interest work, Jane attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Masters in Public Policy. Her Master's thesis received the Manny C. Carballo Memorial Prize for best thesis dealing with social policy issues. Jane completed her education on the East Coast at Boston University, where she received a Juris Doctor degree.
After graduating from law school, Jane practiced in general civil litigation for five years in the Bay Area before starting her career in family law.
Jane is passionate about advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, serving four years as a committee member of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, serving on the Board of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and Freedom from Tobacco, an LGBT anti-smoking group. She is a member of the LGBTQI Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Gate Business Association. She currently serves on the Board of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the nation's oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQI) persons in the field of law. She also serves on the Board of the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus, Harvard's LGBTQI alumni organization.
Additionally, Jane values helping people have access to the legal system. She worked as a mentor at the Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal Clinic, providing guidance in family law cases. She has done pro bono family law work through the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco. Finally, she has volunteered for the Employment Law Center's Workers Rights Clinic.
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