Steps to Take Before Getting a Divorce

images (3)As much as getting a divorce is an emotional decision, it is also a financial decision. Once someone has made the decision to pursue a divorce, he or she should immediately take steps to safeguard his financial and legal interests.

Gather Records

While an individual has access to records, he or she should gather anything that may be important. This includes a prenuptial agreement, will, insurance policies, proof of income, financial statements for accounts, identifying documents, mortgage documents and tax returns. This information should be kept away from the marital home and stored in a safe location.

Talk to a Lawyer

Begin the process of knowing what to expect by talking to a lawyer before announcing your plans to a spouse. He or she can give you a list of information that you will need, as well as advice about how to enter the next stage of your life.

Open a Post Office Box

You will need a confidential place to receive your communications with your lawyer and other entities. Open a post office box that is different than one you share with your spouse.

Open New Financial Accounts

You will need to open up new accounts to keep your money separate and secure. Your lawyer may tell you to withdraw half of the joint funds, depending on your state laws. You will need funds to pay a divorce lawyer, as well as other expenses related to the divorce. Depending on your state laws, your new account may still be considered marital property if you are not legally separated or if your state does not recognize legal separation.

Establish Your Own Credit

If you have not established credit because everything was in your spouse’s name, take the steps necessary to establish or improve your credit. Start by pulling your credit report to see where you stand and to note any indiscrepancies. You may have legal grounds to object to charges that were not part of the marital estate, such as gifts for a spouse’s illicit affair partners. Monitor your credit to ensure that your spouse does not open any new accounts to add to your personal debt load.

Set up a credit card in your own name so that you can establish credit outside of the marital relationship. Close any joint cards to avoid any additional debt.

Inventory Your Estate

Go through your physical, real and investment property. Identify those items that are not part of the marital estate, which are usually property items that were acquired before the marriage, received as a gift or inheritance or were kept separate per a legal agreement. Take time-stamped pictures of any items of significant value.

Gather records that prove the value of certain items, such as insurance policies, deeds and financial records.

Stay in the Family Home

Before leaving the family home, discuss any potential legal ramifications with your divorce lawyer. Doing so may prevent you from reclaiming the property in the future.

Secure Your Digital Information

In many family homes, couples share computers. It is easy on computers and mobile devices to store login information, which another party can use to log into an account. This can lead to a spouse finding out information about your plans or any behavior on your part that is leading to the divorce. Spouses may find incriminating information on email accounts, text message logs or online profiles.

Change Your Estate Plan

If you have listed your spouse as a beneficiary on certain accounts, or if he or she is the primary heir in your will, make the necessary changes to these legal documents. Likewise, appoint a new personal representative, power of attorney and healthcare proxy. You will probably not want someone with whom you are embroiled in litigation to make decisions about your health and finances.

Remove your spouse as your beneficiary of your life insurance, retirement accounts and other financial accounts, if your lawyer advises you to do so. Some states will issue temporary restraining orders to prevent such action. Sever any joint tenancy arrangements you have with your spouse for any property.

Consider Your Children

If you have children together, keep your children as a priority during this process. Any inappropriate behavior may be used against the spouse in a child custody matter. For example, if the spouses have separated, they may want to keep any romantic partners away from their children at this time. If a spouse moves out of the marital home, his or her new accommodations should be suitable for the children. Parents should not argue in front of the children or involve them in the divorce process.

What Are the Questions I Need to Ask My Lawyer in a Child Custody Case?

16Child custody cases can be some of the most contentious. They can also be complex, and the way that they are decided varies from each state and region. To better prepare for a custody dispute, parents may retain the services of family law lawyers to help advise them of the process entailed in a child custody case.

What Is the Difference in Sole Custody and Joint Custody?

The family court may order sole custody or joint custody. Sole custody is when one parent has nearly all of the rights and responsibilities related to raising the child. Some states differentiate between physical and legal custody. Legal custody means the right of the parent to make decisions for the child. In some cases, one parent receives physical sole custody and both may receive legal custody. In sole custody cases, the other parent may have visitation rights with the child or supervised visitation. The non-custodial parent may be responsible for financially contributing to the child’s upbringing through child support.

Joint custody means that parents more equally share the rights and responsibilities of raising the child. However, their time may not be exactly equal. Additionally, even if parents have joint physical custody, one parent may still be ordered to pay child support to the other.

How Does the Court Determine What Type of Custody to Award?

Generally, the court will consider the best interests of the child when determining to whom and in what manner to award custody. The factors that the court looks at are usually based on a family law that specifies relevant factors or case law in which judges have stated in past cases what factors can influence their decisions.

The court may consider factors specific to the child, such as the child’s age, sex and development. The court may also consider how close the child’s bond is to each parent and to siblings. If the child is old enough, his or her preferences may be considered by the court.

Courts also look at the lifestyle of each parent to determine which one would provide a better home environment for the child. The court can consider how involved the parent has been in parenting, whether each parent can cooperate with the other, the emotional, physical and financial stability of each parent and any history of domestic violence on the other parent or another member of the household.

Do I Have to Go to Court?

The way that custody cases are approached vary in each jurisdiction. Some states require parents to attend mediation before a court will hear the case. Through mediation or private conversations, the parents may be able to reach a decision regarding such issues as child custody, visitation and child support. The judge may give greater deference to agreements reached by the parents. However, some states do not require the judge to make an order consistent with the agreement if he or she does not believe that the agreement is in the child’s best interests or if the child support is not in line with state laws.

Reaching an agreement outside of court can be preferable on many levels. For example, visitation schedules can be made to specifically coordinate with the parents’ work schedule. Additionally, legal expenses tend to be less when lawyers do not have to argue the case in front of a judge.

However, if the parents are not able to come to an agreement, they will likely have to go to court for a hearing in which the judge will make decisions regarding custody. He or she will document decisions by making an order that states his or her mandates in writing.

Can I Change an Order?

Typically to change an order, the parent who wants to change the order, he or she must show that a material change in circumstances that justifies making such a change.

How Much Experience Do You Have?

Child custody laws can be complex and usually require the assistance of an experienced family law lawyer. It is important that parents know about the experience and background that a family law lawyer can lend to assist with the case.

High-Profile Custody Dispute

download (2)Child custody is often one of the most hotly contested aspects of any divorce, but contrary to common beliefs even teenaged children can become caught in the crossfire.

The child custody dispute between pop superstar Madonna and ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, has recently heated up in the High Court of England. Despite divorcing in 2008, the couple continues to fight over custody of their 15-year-old son, Rocco.

Specifically, Madonna and Guy Ritchie cannot reach an agreement on whether Rocco should complete his schooling in the United Kingdom – where Ritchie resides – or in the United States, where Madonna maintains a primary residence. Rocco was on tour with his mother while simultaneously enrolled in a Manhattan private school before a December 2015 visit to the UK allegedly derailed his studies. Upon staying with his father in London, Rocco reportedly expressed disinterest in returning to the United States, according to Madonna.

Guy Ritchie maintains that Rocco has since been enrolled in school in London. New York Supreme Court, First Judicial District Judge Deborah Kaplan earlier this month ruled that Rocco can remain a student abroad but refused to rescind her earlier order that Guy Ritchie must return his son to the United States. At a hearing before the High Court of England, Judge Alistair MacDonald joined with Judge Kaplan in urging the estranged couple to set their differences aside for the sake of their son.

Longstanding child custody agreements that have been honored for a decade or more can be jeopardized once a child reaches an age to voice a preference for one parent over another. When those same parents reside in different countries, a refusal to return to the home of a custodial parent can invoke international law and lead to prolonged absences between a parent and child. Divorce lawyers note that whenever a former spouse voices their intent to live abroad, both parties must strive to honor their custody agreements and immediately seek relief in court if and when an agreement is violated.

Child Custody

Adoption and Divorce

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When a couple decides to get divorced, they agree to sever their legal relationship with each other. However, both parties still have legal rights and responsibilities related to their children, whether they were born of the marriage or part of an adoption. In most situations, the fact that the children were adopted will not differ from whether the children were born of the marriage. However, there are some exceptions.

Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Adoptive Parents

When parents choose to adopt a child, they take on certain obligations related to that child, as well as acquire certain rights once the adoption process is finalized. The parent has the duty to care for and provide for the child, just as he or she does with children born of the marriage. Additionally, the parent has the right to make important decisions related to the adopted child, including decisions regarding his or her education, religion, extracurricular activities and other aspects of his or her life.

In some situations, both parents adopt a child that is not biologically related to either of them. In other cases, a step-parent adopts the child of the other parent. The court may consider the biological link and how long the step-parent has been a legal parent to the child as part of the consideration, but this information may not be definitive in the child custody determination.

Legal Rights and Responsibilities after Divorce

These rights and obligations continue after divorce. Adopted parents may receive joint custody, or one parent may be given primary custody. Some states distinguish between legal custody, which is the ability to make decisions regarding the child, and physical custody. In many cases, both parents retain full legal custody, but one parent may receive a greater amount of physical custody.

Child Custody Determinations

As in cases involving children born of the marriage, child custody determinations can be made in a number of ways. Parents may agree to custody arrangements and have a judge sign off on this agreement as part of the divorce settlement. Alternatively, parents may initially disagree but then reach an agreement through mediation. Finally, the case may be litigated in which the judge will determine who should have primary custody based on the best interests of the child.

The court can make decisions based on custody, child support and parenting time in accordance with this standard in the same way that it would in cases involving children born of the marriage.

Divorce during Adoption

In many adoption cases, the adoptive mother is not in a stable relationship and desires for her child to be in a two-parent household. Her consent may be predicated on this condition. If the adoptive parents separate or are going through a divorce before the adoption has been finalized, the birth parents may choose to stop the process before it is legalized. Additionally, the court handling the adoption can consider how the divorce would affect the child. In these cases, the judge may decide that the adoption can continue if the birth parents still consent, one parent may move on with the adoption, or the adoption may be denied.

Intent to Divorce

Another potential way that the adoption can be affected is if the parents were already anticipating divorce when they commenced or were in the middle of the adoption process. A birth parent may claim that the adoptive parents committed fraud or misrepresented that the child would be raised in a two-parent household when they knew this would not be the case. If the court finds fraud did occur, the adoption can be found to be null and void, and the birth parent may reclaim his or her parental rights.

What to Do if You are Wrongly Accused of Family Violence

familylaw300Relationships between family members are often complicated and emotional. For this reason, conflict between members of the same household are bound to occur, even in the happiest of households. Unfortunately, when these disputes rise to the level of violence or threats of violence, the individuals involved may be facing allegations of serious criminal offenses.

Texas law specifically address family violence in Tex. Fam. Code § 71.004, and defines it as “an act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.”

Texas recognizes the following types of relationships as protected by the family violence statute:

· Blood relatives
· Spouses
· Former spouses
· Individuals who have a child together
· Foster parent-child relationships
· Individuals who live together

What are the Potential Consequences Associated with a Domestic Violence Conviction?
Individuals who are convicted of family violence are facing significant criminal penalties, some of which are specific to crimes involving violence against family members. The consequences imposed are dependent on the specific offense. Some of the more common penalties associated with a family violence conviction in Texas include the following:

· Probation
· Significant fines
· Mandatory counseling
· Jail time
· Enhanced sentencing for subsequent offenses

Legal Defenses are often Available
Family violence cases often present difficulties for law enforcement officers that investigate them. In many cases, it is unclear as to who the aggressor in a particular situation and sometimes make an arrest out of expediency rather than a thorough investigation. In some cases, an alleged assault may have been completely fabricated while, in others, the alleged violence may have been justified as self-defense. For this reason, it is extremely important for anyone who is accused of family violence to have an attorney fully evaluate their case and determine whether there are any defenses available.
Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been accused of family violence, it is critical to retain experienced legal representation immediately.

Family Law – Witnesses in Family Court

FaimlyAfter the witnesses have made their statements in the Family Court, there is usually one more hearing after that in order to allow both the parties to comment on the statements of the witnesses. The number of hearings following the witness statements depends on the Family Court. It is not restricted to one hearing, it can call for multiple hearing following the statements of the witnesses.

This rule applies to family cases in general where the witness statements carry a lot of weight with the court in assessing the rights and obligations of the parties.

After the hearing following the witness statements have come to an end, the Family Court then gives a judgment in the family case. The judgment, however, has to be in a separate hearing or session of the Family Court. The judgment includes all details of the claims raised by both parties and lays out the terms, right and obligations of both parties pertaining to their family dispute. This judgment by the family court can be appealed by either party within 30 days from the date of the judgment.

An appeal can also be filed in the first attendance hearing after the judgment which can be outside the 30 day period set by the Family Court. In this regards, the family court shows flexibility for both parties.

Once the appeal is made and registered by the party, the other party is notified by the family court of this appeal and also made aware of the contents and nature of the appeal. The appeal process is much like the process before the judgment which may include multiple hearing by both parties. These hearing allow both parties to comment, challenge and make legal arguments for or against the contents of the appeal raised by the party.

It is pertinent to note that the appeal process, much like the process prior to judgment, allows for witnesses to be introduced or re-introduced in the Family Court. This allows both parties and equal opportunity to prove their case. The sample principles of witnesses are applied to the witnesses in the appeal hearing as those required for statements during the course of the case.

Following the hearings in the court of Appeal, and after the witness statements have been heard, the Family court then prepares a judgment. As previously stated, the judgment is issued in a separate session of the Family Court. This judgment is binding, but not final. The judgment in the appeals Court can be appealed and challenged in the court of Cassation within 2 weeks. However that appeal must be based on a point of law and not a point of fact. In most cases, the Judgment in the court of Appeal is final before moving to the Execution of the Judgment.

Wishing for Children on Mother’s Day

The Mother’s Day season is here again. First, I want to wish the mothers out there a happy day with your children or maybe a day of rest followed by a wonderful family meal. Some women choose not to have children but for another group of women, Mother’s Day can be hard. I wanted to write for those women today. I am sure you have been told by more than one person not to think about it. This may or may not be good advice but pointless on a day like Mother’s Day. Most likely it isn’t easy on any other day as you wake up checking your fertility kit or ordering another expensive shipment of special products, pills or yoga videos. Let’s not forget the constant budgeting to see if you can afford some acupuncture, alternative medicine or a few extra therapy sessions. Today I will give you some other thoughts. Maybe some are new to you or maybe not, but hopefully they give you a little comfort.

1. How about today you allow yourself to think about it with no guilt attached. Here are some quotes about hope to give you perspective:

  • I hope infertility isn’t a big joke, because I DON’T GET IT!
  • “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” –James Baldwin
  • Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, unless you are trying to get pregnant!
  • Getting pregnant is like a bank robbery. It takes split second timing!
  • Sometimes I imagine I am pregnant but then it gets sad so I have a glass of wine and suddenly I am glad I am not pregnant.
  • Please God, if you can’t make me pregnant make my friends’ children little devils!

2. Now that you have some perspective, here are some things you can do today if you haven’t already. I can’t promise any of them will result in a child but maybe getting a child isn’t all about science?

  • Make a pre-baby bucket list and actually plan when you will do these things. Don’t they say that things happen when you least expect them to? For me that usually means when I have other plans, which I will have to cancel. Did I mention I have usually pre-paid for these plans?
  • Make at least one appointment to do something that could help you get pregnant, or if you are one of those women doing five million things to get pregnant, cancel one and do something totally unhelpful like throwing away one of those hideous outfits you have been saving to wear when you are pregnant. I know I said earlier that there are many things women do to try and get pregnant which result in more anxiety; however, on the other hand are women who take no action. For those women maybe try:
    • Acupuncture
    • Alternative Medicine (talk to your doctor about this one because there is alternative medicine and then there are con-artists selling snake oil)
    • A doctor’s appointment to test yourself and your spouse
    • Look into adoption–I can’t tell you how many times I hear about someone who wanted children, gave up on getting pregnant, adopted and had twins a few months later
    • Yoga
    • Fertility Tea (make sure your doctor looks at this because once again some of it is great and other stuff may actually hurt you)
    • Spend time with other people’s children. While I know it can be sad, I have a totally unscientific belief in the “Fake it till you make it” strategy. (A little free legal advice: You do have to give the children back!)

3. Sadly, there is no legal advice to make you pregnant, but there are many alternatives to old fashion pregnancy and some of them do involve lawyers.

  • Adoption falls into several categories:
    • International
    • Domestic through an adoption agency
    • Domestic through an attorney
    • Adoption of a child who has been removed from their parents by child protective services

No matter which form of adoption you are considering, you should seriously think about speaking with an attorney who has experience in whichever methods you are interested in. The reason for this is that many adoptions involve contracts and/or a lengthy legal process. You can greatly improve your odds of getting and keeping a child with the assistance of an attorney.

At the Mlnarik Law Group we have experience in assisting you if you want to adopt a child through what is called the Dependency system. These are children in foster care or infants removed at birth or shortly thereafter. This is the only low budget way to adopt that I am aware of, but you really need to be prepared for the process.
I could write an entire post about this alone and maybe I will on Mother’s Day, while I try to be hopeful that children will find their way to me soon.

– Leah S. Samuels, Senior Attorney


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Santa Cruz Family Law Bar “Divorce and Logic: What Would Aristotle Do?”

640px-Aristotle_Altemps_Inv8575As you may know, lawyers are required to continue their education through classes called MCLE’s. While some of these include pure education on the law, others are designed to help lawyers increase their communication skills so they can work towards resolution or fine tune their persuasive skills. The recent training I attended was the latter.

You may find it interesting to learn that the skills required to be a good lawyer have been passed down from Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Alexander the Great. As I was reminded in this wonderful training, the core curriculum for an attorney dates back to ancient Greece. Back then it was all about educating young men in the Trivium or “Three-Way Road” and the Quadrivium or “Four-Way Road.”

For Attorneys it is the Trivium that is of most value including: Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric. A little refresher on the basic principles of these key areas can help your lawyer to become more efficient and more effective for you.

In addition to learning about the history of Logical Persuasion this training was designed to highlight Emotional Persuasion. While you may believe that many lawyers are cold robots or hot blooded instigators, the truth is that we have the same brains you do!  In this training we were asked to reflect on our own emotional responses, those of others and how to best respond to different personality types. Sometimes this is quite simple but there is actually a bit of science involved.

In many cases resolution is possible and ideal. It can save you money and help you move on with your life. To come to resolution attorneys must be able to work well together and also be sensitive to their clients. In this training we learned how to help our clients separate their emotional and personal problems with the other party from the facts and goals that are legally significant. Sometimes these overlap but remember, you hired a lawyer to help you put your best foot forward and sometimes it hurts your case to put too much attention on every problem you have ever had with the other party.

In some cases a resolution is just not possible. Still, attorneys need to have a good balance between noticing everyone’s emotions or hostilities and staying calmly focused on what they need to do to best represent you in front of the Judge. Additionally, there is still much room for compromise and agreement even when some issues must go to trial.

Thank you to Ronald S. Granberg for presenting such a thoughtful training. When local attorneys attend training like this it helps strengthen our relationships with one another and increase the level of professionalism we bring to court. This can only benefit our clients who hire us with the hope that it will reduce some of their anxiety about whatever legal issues they are facing.

-Leah S. Samuels, Senior Attorney


The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute the legal or other professional advice of The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc. and affiliates (TMLG).

Neither TMLG nor any other TMLG entity accepts any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information contained on this site. Permission is given for the downloading and temporary storage of one or more of these pages for the purpose of viewing on a personal computer.

The contents of this site are protected by copyright under international conventions and, apart from the permission stated, the reproduction, permanent storage, or retransmission of the contents of this site is prohibited without the prior written consent of TMLG. Our operation of this site is not intended to create, and will not create, an attorney-client relationship between you and TMLG.

The formation of an attorney-client relationship requires a consideration of multiple factors including possible conflicts of interest. Please do not convey to us any information you regard as confidential until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established.

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5 Practical Reasons to Get a Prenuptial Agreement

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1)      Limit Personal Liability for a Spouse’s Business

Just about any business activity entails a certain amount of liability. In some professions, depending upon the potential damages that a would-be Plaintiff might incur, such liability could be enormous. If a business is a community asset, the community may ultimately be responsible for the cost of any damages caused by the business. By defining a business as your spouse’s sole property (instead of the community’s), you can help insulate yourself from any liability.

2)      Prevent a Personal Business from Being Liquidated Upon Dissolution

Many people invest their entire adult lives in developing a business, or inherit family businesses that have been operating for generations.  Without a prenuptial agreement, it is possible for a personal (pre-marital) business to become owned by the marriage. If this happens, the spouses would be entitled to a buyout for their portions of the business upon divorce. Moreover, if one spouse can afford to buy out the other, the Court may be forced to order the business sold.

3)      Control the Amount of Potential Spousal Support

One of the primary reasons for entering into a prenuptial agreement is to minimize the amount of spousal support that one party has to pay the other after divorce.  A spousal-support order can financially cripple a divorcee for years, as a large percentage of earnings are paid to the prior spouse.  Should your marriage end in divorce, proper planning before marriage can help insure that you will be able to move on with your life without having to make years of financially crippling payments.

4) Protect Your Assets from a Spouse’s Creditors

Under California law, debts incurred for the benefit of the community or for the benefit of a community asset are jointly owed by both parties to a marriage.  In certain circumstances, a spouse’s separate property can be sought by creditors to satisfy a debt incurred during marriage.  A prenuptial agreement can help protect your separate property assets, or even your share of what would be community property, from your spouse’s creditors.

5) Minimize Conflicts Over Finances During Marriage

One of the most cited reasons for divorce is disputes over money and finances.  Many couples have different priorities and views on how money should be spent. Under California law, the standard presumption is that income earned through a spouse’s time, skill, or labor during the marriage belongs to the marriage. A prenuptial agreement can change this presumption and allow a spouse to have complete control over his or her finances. When you and your spouse have very different spending habits, maintaining control over your own income and allowing your spouse to control theirs can actually decrease conflict and provide for a healthier relationship.

-James J. Steinle, Family Law Attorney

 

S. Bay Neighborhood Law Firm Making Contacts at the S3 Tri-Chamber Mixer

Continuing its outreach to the Bay Area business community, the Mlnarik Law Group, LLC will be one of only eight Santa Clara exhibitors at this year’s S-3 Tri-Chamber Mixer & Mini Expo.  Held from 5:30 to 7:30pm, January 19, 2012, at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose, the Mixer/Mini Expo is the joint effort of the San Jose Silicon Valley, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale Chambers of Commerce.

Hundreds of Chamber members will be on hand to make new business connections and strengthen old ties, and the Mlnarik Law Group will be prominently featured in their midst.  At last year’s event our fellow exhibitors included everything from a graphic design firm to a “troubleshooting” business consultant to a candy company run by local entrepreneurs.  The Mlnarik Law Group was on hand offering its legal expertise in all matters of corporate governance, including business formation, development, and maintenance.  How to decide between being an LLC, S-Corp, LLP, GP, or Sole Proprietorship?  What should you (or shouldn’t you) include in the employee handbook?  When is it necessary to use NDAs or “non-competes”?  What will be your web agreements and privacy policies?  Our attorneys cover all that and much more, and the Chambers of three Bay Area cities are getting to know us better with each new year.

However, the Mlnarik Law Group, LLC is much more than a business boutique.  As “A neighborhood law firm committed to your success”TM our work reaches into the areas of real estate, estate planning, family law, employment law, bankruptcy and fair treatment of debtors, not to mention general litigation on a case-by-case basis.  But why read about it here?  Come on down to the Tri-Chamber Mixer and Mini Expo and we’ll tell you all about it!

Jim Erickson, Associate