Other Uses for Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, or QDRO for short are generally used to distribute retirement assets between spouses pursuant to a divorce.  That four-letter acronym can create a sense of dread for many lawyers- they’re so technical in nature and well, plain boring! They are also a major area for malpractice for family law attorneys.  We’ve […]

5 Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

Clients usually know to ask about an attorney’s years of experience and practice in the area of law in which the client needs help.  They also know to ask the attorney about his or her fee structure.  But below are five questions clients typically do not know to ask an attorney in a consultation.  The […]

10 Keys to Representing Yourself or Getting an Attorney with No Money Upfront

Let’s face it, attorneys can be expensive and depending on your situation, you may not have the money available to pay a retainer.  However, sometimes your legal issues can’t wait for your financial situation to improve.  Knowing where to go for help in representing yourself is the first step towards fighting your own battles.  Our […]

6 Ways a Private Investigator Can Help Win Your Case

Private investigators (PIs) play a key role in a wide variety of civil cases.  Choosing a thorough and competent PI firm can result in discovery of facts that can make or break your case.  With the use of cutting edge technology, such as GPS trackers and aerial drones, it’s becoming harder to erase evidence of […]

Civil Separations: Part 3 – Collaborative Divorce

Rounding out our series on separating civilly, the relatively new process called collaborative divorce has firmly established itself as a viable option for couples looking to separate without the nasty contentiousness of litigation. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial and private process by which couples can […]

Civil Separations: Part 2 – Questions to Consider

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, in a separation, if both spouses are willing to work together honestly to reach a resolution, it can be economical to discuss and agree on terms before seeking an attorney to draft a written agreement.  An attorney should be sought to review the terms, provide advice […]

Civil Separations: Part 1 – It Pays to Be Civil

If you and your spouse are contemplating a divorce, you probably know separation can be a financial burden.  Separating one household into two adds substantial expenses to the same income pool.  Adding legal expenses on top of increased childcare expenses and/or an additional rent/mortgage payment can make the prospect of separation a full-on financial crisis.  […]