2019

Blog Posts in 2019

  • 16-Oct-2019

    ICE Targets Marriage Interviews to Detain Immigrant Spouses for Deportation

    One of the most significant methods of immigrating to the United States is through the sponsorship of a close family member who is already a U.S. citizen. Under federal immigration law, spouses, children, and parents of a U.S. citizen have priority ...
  • 10-Oct-2019

    Miranda Warnings and a Criminal Defendant's Constitutional Rights

    Most people who have watched a television depicting the police arresting someone has heard them recite what is known as a “ Miranda warning.” For the most part, Miranda warnings in real-life law enforcement practice cover approximately ...
  • 30-Sep-2019

    Understanding Quasi-Community Property

    What Is Quasi-Community Property? If you think “quasi-community property” is one of those technical-sounding terms of legal jargon that was invented to confuse people, you wouldn’t be completely wrong. However, quasi-community has a ...
  • 23-Sep-2019

    What's the Difference Between Temporary and Final Support Orders

    Legal proceedings for divorce can take a long time, depending on the circumstances specific to the case at hand. Divorce proceedings can last anywhere between a few months to several years. During that time, it may be necessary to address urgent ...
  • 26-Aug-2019

    Evidentiary Privileges in California

    The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States constitution, an individual may not be compelled to be a witness against themselves in a criminal proceeding. California has a corresponding provision to its ...
  • 19-Aug-2019

    What Is Double Jeopardy?

    Do you know what double jeopardy is? It wouldn’t be a complete surprise if most people said double jeopardy was the second round of questions in the famous trivia game show hosted by Alex Trebek. While they wouldn’t be incorrect, the ...
  • 22-Jul-2019

    Frequently Asked Questions About Emancipation

    Q: What Is an “Emancipated Minor?” An emancipated minor is an individual under the age of 18 who a court deemed to be capable of enjoying similar rights and privileges as adults. As a result, the civil disabilities that restrict ...
  • 19-Jul-2019

    Lesser-Known Consequences of Criminal Convictions

    Most people understand that criminal charges and proceedings are serious matters. Not only does a successful conviction impose criminal steep criminal fines and harsh penalties, including jail time or imprisonment, but there are other lasting effects ...
  • 27-Jun-2019

    The Importance of Valuing Your Business in a Divorce

    Most people understand that spouses must divide their assets upon getting a divorce, including real estate, cars, money, and investment accounts. The process of distributing those assets is relatively straight forward because most marriages commonly ...
  • 19-Jun-2019

    Tracing Assets to Community or Separate Property

    Property division is an issue in divorce cases that the parties and courts end up spending much time litigating. For many people in California, property division isn’t a significant issue because the average married couple doesn’t acquire ...
  • 27-May-2019

    Important Provisions in Marital Settlement Agreements

    Many divorces end with the parties agreeing to terms in a private settlement, without the court’s ruling on certain important legal issues. The more amenable the parties are to compromise, the easier it is for them to reach a settlement, ...
  • 17-May-2019

    What Happens to Spousal Support Payments After My Former Spouse Dies?

    Spousal support payments are designed to ensure a party has enough money to cover their living expenses after divorce. An award for spousal support is usually necessary where one spouse was unemployed during the length of their marriage. In long term ...
  • 29-Apr-2019

    Gavel for Hire: The Underground World of Private Judges

    California’s underfunded and overwhelmed public courts have been a major issue for the state’s ability to administer justice, particularly for family law matters. According to the Judicial Council of California’s 2018 Court ...
  • 25-Apr-2019

    Splitting the Puppy No More: California's New Pet Custody Law

    According to the ancient tale about the Judgment of King Solomon, the wise Israeli king was tasked with resolving a dispute between two women claiming to be the mother of an infant child. The king proposed a grim solution: to cut the baby in half ...
  • 27-Mar-2019

    Assembly Bill 1713 Seeks to Lower California's BAC Limit

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that intoxicated drivers are responsible for roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. In 2014, the CDC published a sobering report regarding the rising number of ...