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Friday, June 1, 2007

Vallejo Family Law Lawyer -- What you Need to Bring

Vallejo Family law is the name given to the branch of civil law that a family lawyer or a Vallejo family law lawyer covers. Basically, a Vallejo family law lawyer spends 99% of their fime with divorces, but here's what a Vallejo family law lawyer would say if you asked them what they do...

I handle all sorts of law including, but not limited to: the legal relationships among family members, including husbands, wives, parents, children, and domestic partners. As a Vallejo family law lawyer, I specialize in the family law relationships which encompass adoption, child custody, visitation rights, and domestic violence. As a Vallejo family law lawyer, I also litigate cases involving divorce, juvenile dependency and delinquency, marital property rights, support obligations, and paternity.


If you're thinking of meeting with a Vallejo family law lawyer, this is a comprehensive list of everything you might need. Yeah I know, it's alot. But you are dealing with a Vallejo family law lawyer. Lawyers sweat the small stuff.

1. Information about your marital status:
All marriage information (past and present).

2. Personal information about you and your spouse:
Full names and dates of birth of all your children (natural and adopted).
Full legal names and contact information.
Date and place of births.

3. Summary of your assets:
You need to tell your Vallejo family law lawyer the location of safety deposit box and important papers.
You need to tell your Vallejo family law lawyer the Location of cash, bank accounts, securities, deeds, etc., with account numbers.

4. Summary of debts
You need to tell your Vallejo family law lawyer about any any debts, such as loans, guarantees, promissory notes, mortgages, and amount owed and to whom (include held by you for others).

5. Outline of legacies and legatees.
Do you have alternative legatees (beneficiaries) in case designated legatees predecease you or cannot be located?
To whom do you want specific bequests to go and the details of each bequest?
Who are important persons or organizations in your life and why?
In the event that you and your spouse (and/or children) are killed in a common disaster (e.g. auto or plane crash), how do you want your estate to be distributed?
Do you have minor children or disabled children? At what age do you want your children to have access to their bequest?
Do you have any forced heirs (children who have not attained age 24 or are not physically or mentally capable of caring for their estates)?
Have you considered setting up a testamentary trust to have some or all of your assets in your estate managed on your death on behalf of your spouse, children or other persons?

6. Names of people in your will who will represent your interests?
The names of your executor, trustee, lawyer and guardian for minor children with alternates and their contact information.
Do they know that you have designated them and the location of your legal documents.

7. Other information to obtain:
You need to tell your Vallejo family law lawyer if you have considered a "living will" and "power of attorney"?

Where do you want to leave the original copy of your will? (i.e. safety deposit box, lawyer, trust company).

You need to tell your Vallejo family law lawyer the names and addresses of your financial or personal/business advisers, lawyer and/or trust company

What are your burial wishes and funeral service instructions?

Have you discussed your will with a tax accountant and financial planner to make sure you have taken advantage of all tax and estate planning strategies available?

Does your spouse have a will? If so, when was it signed, where is it located, and when was it last reviewed?

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