Bay Area Family Law



Saturday, March 31, 2007

Family Law Publication, 2004 Edition, Released by Lee Rosen

Presently released is the North Carolina Family and Related Laws Annotated, 2004 Edition compiled by Lee Rosen, Board Certified Family Law Specialist and president of North Carolina’s largest divorce firm, Rosen Divorce. This edition is the freshest collection of every law and provision related to family law enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina through the 2004 Regular Session.

“This is the reference book all attorneys and judges in family court in North Carolina carry with them and refer to”, said Rosen who in 1994, as a service to the legal community, offered the first concise compilation of all the North Carolina family related laws and rules, and regulations. “It’s the single most comprehensive family law resource in the state. If there wasn’t this reference you would have to go through each individual statute to find all the ones related to family law”.

Rosen says the edition is significant for those trying to gain a better understanding of family law in general. Published by the LexisNexis Group, the 2004 edition includes a CD-Rom and is available to purchase by visiting the LexisNexis Group online bookstore: www.lexisnexis.com/bookstore.

With offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, Rosen Divorce is the major divorce firm in North Carolina. Founded in 1990, the firm is dedicated to providing individual growth and support to couples seeking divorce by helping them move forward with their lives. Our staff of attorneys, accountants, and specially trained divorce coaches expertly addresses the complex issues of ending a marriage. Our innovative approach acknowledges that divorce is so much more than just a legal matter. Specialties include child custody, alimony, property distribution, separation agreements, and domestic violence relief.

Makers of TurboLaw Software™ Develops Real Estate Software

The creators of TurboLaw™ Software are positively not taking this summer off, as they have freshly announced the beginning of development for TurboLaw™ Real Estate Software for Massachusetts legal professionals. This new software will automate the official forms and routine legal paperwork that typically go into the practice of real estate law. The company analysis genuine estate law as the last in a series of products that it has developed for Massachusetts attorneys in the last 2 years, said Nick DiPrima, Chief Executive Officer.

DiPrima said “We set out to make TurboLaw™ the document automation software of choice for general practitioners as well as for the attorneys who focus on a single area.”

TurboLaw™ Real Estate will mechanize over 100 documents specific to Massachusetts Real Estate law.

“Divorce lawyers love our software, so do Workers’ Compensation and Estate lawyers. Our Personal Injury package was very well received. Real Estate was the missing piece of the puzzle for the general practice firm, but it won’t be any more.” he adds.

Promethean Software Corporation, the company that develops and markets TurboLaw™, was founded in early 2002 to capitalize on the success of a product its founders had developed years before, called Legal-Ease Divorce and Family Law Software.

TurboLaw Software™ automates routine legal paperwork and official court forms specific to the practice of law in Massachusetts. It was released in April 2002 and since then has sold over 1500 licenses to more than 1000 Massachusetts law firms.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Worlds Law Online Provides Cost-effective In-formations

www.WorldsLawOnline.com a new website is revolutionizing international business by using a squad of attorneys across the world to offer cost-effective legal information online using videoconferencing and email. If the matter is too complex for online, a local firm in Worlds Law network assumes the case to provide more personal service.

Bret Bocook founded the Worlds Law Online network when he realized that in spite of pervasive globalization, it was still very difficult and costly to conduct international business and to get access to an attorney quickly and efficiently.

Bret explains, “Through our on-line services and via our network of strategic legal alliances, Worlds Law serves the needs of individuals, governments, companies, and non-profit organizations in all parts of the world. WorldsLawOnline.com has been created to take advantage of recent technology advancements in video conferencing and other on-line services to serve clients needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. Personal video conferences, on-line document preparation and email have created the opportunity for legal consumers to save vast amounts of money and time, and still get exceptional legal services given in a personal fashion at a location that is convenient to them.”

Worlds Law Online has been planned to handle a wide array of legal services, according to Bret. “For individuals or firms that need a specific question answered, a document prepared, or require a virtual in-house counsel, Worlds Law Online is a convenient and cost saving alternative to hiring a full time attorney or retaining a local law firm”, he adds.

While there is a growing business in US citizens wanting to do business abroad, the largest market is still foreigners who want a business attendance in the United States, particularly those from Eastern Europe and Asia. “Many firms market and sell products to US customers, but if you’re online and it comes time to make a purchase and you notice the business and the payment is going to Russia, many people are unwilling to complete the transaction” Bocook explains. www.WorldsLawOnline.com helps those foreign companies understand US law and what needs to happen in order to form an official US based LLC or corporation.” , Bret explains.

World’s Law Online offers legal information in the following areas:, international family law, international construction law, international business law, international finance law, international employment law, international trust and estate law, international real estate law, international health care law, and international product liability law. Worlds Law Online is a fast growing, pre-IPO company and is currently seeking investors.

Bocook brings striking credentials to the business, which has helped him to assemble a highly skilled team. As a founder of a major real estate law firm, Bocook has recently been focused on using his background on a more philanthropic project, the Angels Camp homeless shelter in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Stepfamily Talk Radio! Serving Divorced Parents

Stepfamily Talk Radio -- a latest internet radio show that features interviews with divorced parents plus explanations from professionals about the parents’ often difficult predicaments provides tips for helping divorced parents create holiday harmony for their children.

Co-hosts Lisa Cohn and Jann Blackstone-Ford interview Mary Jane Gore, a mom who’s separated from her husband, but celebrates Christmas with him and the kids. What’s more, Gore and her “ex” live in the same house on different floors—for the sake of their kids. Former family law attorney and author Brette Sember provides ideas for creating a sense of togetherness and family over the holidays.

In other featured interviews, Cohn and Blackstone-Ford interview Rita Hardin, a divorced mom arrested for attending her son’s ballgame when it was her ex-husband’s weekend with the kids. Attorney Stacy D. Phillips, author of “Divorce: It’s All About Control” enlightens how parents can avoid such divorce wars. These recent shows are sponsored by Familyresource.com, which provides articles and other online resources for families.

Cohn says “So many divorced and remarried parents grapple with difficult situations,” “They include uncooperative ex-spouses, custody battles and strained relations with their ex-spouses’ new mates. We want them to know they’re not alone, and to give them the opportunity to hear the voices of real people who are also struggling or who have learned how to address such challenging situations.”

“Our commentary from specialists like Sember and Phillips will be extremely valuable to divorced parents who are trying to be smart about how to raise their children,” adds Blackstone-Ford.

A number of organizations have formed partnerships with Blackstone-Ford and Cohn to provide Stepfamily Talk Radio content. These include the Stepfamily Association of America, Philly Women, Familyresource.com, and newsforparents.org, Bonus Families®, Inc., and the Stepfamily Association of Australia.

The show’s director of programming is internet radio specialist Martin Wales. Its clinical advisor is William Merkel, a Ph.D. clinical psychologist. Expert guests include Margorie Engel, president and CEO of the Stepfamily Association of America.

Stepfamily Talk Radio will soon begin offering capital for divorced and remarried parents, including Tele-seminars and telephone support groups for stepparents.

Lisa Cohn is co-author of "One Family, Two Family, and New Family: Stories and Advice for Stepfamilies." She’s an award-winning writer whose stories about stepfamilies have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Mothering, Parenting, the Washington Times, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers and other publications. She has been quoted about stepfamilies by Time Magazine, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, Newsday and the Christian Science Monitor. She has appeared on ABC Radio Networks’ Satellite Sisters and many nationally syndicated radio shows.

SearchMothers.com Offering Vital Information for Single Mothers

The ultimate resource for single mothers, SearchMothers.com is an online information portal for women with children.

The website holds the following topics:

Mothers: Single Mothers, Stay-at-Home Moms, Working Mothers, Divorcing Mothers, Married Mothers, and more.

Parenting: Baby, Toddler, Adolescent and Teenager, Pregnancy, Adoption, Infertility, and Foster Care

Mothers’ Rights: Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Family Law, and Organizations

Childcare: Childcare locators, Nannies, Babysitting and Childcare info, and Childcare resources.

Resources: Message Boards, Articles, Pre-screened links, No membership required

SearchMothers.com Shopping: See what products and services are available.

Our task is to become the one location mothers will use to search for information. Our aim is to provide you with a simple find it there solution! And to accomplish this mission, we are giving you a variety of search choices.

We feature one-click access to the search results of several of the best search providers on the Internet. Search for web results, multimedia, and news from one convenient location.

Our site of pre-screened links takes only professional websites into consideration and was intended to help you find what you are looking for fast. That's why we remove banners, pop-ups and other irrelevant advertising that will just slow you down. Only twenty-five of our website has publicity.

SearchMothers.com, an independent information portal is a trusted online resource for single mothers. SearchMothers.com provides reliable, accurate, and useful information for mothers. It is the first web solution that profiles the concerns and issues of Single Mothers. It enables mothers to better manage their lives and identify the best decisions to make in the future.

SearchMothers.com is blossoming in its third year of operation. Numbers of visitors have increased over 300% since its inception.

Chooselaw.com, the Pioneering Monumental Legal Website

Chooselaw.com, the legal website of the people, for the people, and by the people, has declared that it will be offering use of its legal content for other websites, via RSS and JavaScript based feeds absolutely free of charge. This amazing feature allows a multitude of users such as lawyers, law students, businessman, as well as the general public to have access to an immense wealth of useful and practice information obtained
and produced by Chooselaw.com.

The ChooseLaw.com team members are a group of people that work well together in order to bring quality content and services for its users. A dedicated and well informed team consisting of a Support Staff, Customer Service, Business Development, Advertising Sales and Support, and a Technical Department work round the clock diligently to ensure user satisfaction and to provide dependable updated legal information for the public and private sector. We know of no other legal resource available that provides such a huge profusion of accurate and up-to-date information, and with so many added bonuses included than Chooselaw.com.

If you have a law related website and are looking for easy to use website content, then we at Chooselaw.com encourage you to make use of our free content feeds. Our articles come from a number of sources and we offer an RSS feed of our law articles that is written for practicing attorneys, students of law preparing for the bar and general help for the consumer needing legal assistance.

Resources are targeted to each of the categories listed and appropriate for any site that offers legal help, pertaining to business law, Public Law, and Law Students.

Our frequently asked questions are a collection of responses to the most common questions you might ask concerning the legal profession, as well as from consumers and those studying or practicing law.

There are also many standard and basic contracts and forms offered especially for those needing business forms that are general enough to fit most needs.

Atty. Bob Jung, extremely own of Chooselaw.com, a practicing lawyer since 1991 handles a wide variety of cases from family law to criminal cases and more. In Bob's Backyard our site's visitors have the opportunity to submit questions for Bob.

As serious as the law can be at times, Chooselaw.com also believes in the need for occasional humor. We provide a free RSS feed of our legal jokes, tips, and cartoons if you are looking for something funny that is related to your legal resource website. These are fun and helpful feeds to make people laugh.

Fresh Parenting Plans Keep Solicitors Busy

www.family-solicitors.co.uk considers if Labors’ proposals to give head teachers greater powers to eliminate violent and disruptive pupils permanently come into effect; solicitors will see an expansion in cases brought against schools.

The Government wants to scrap targets to cut the number of exclusions and legally force parents to make their children behave. Under the proposals in the forthcoming Education Bill, panels hearing appeals against exclusions will be able to consider the effect of a child's behavior on the school.

Principal of Family Solicitors, Adrian Miles:

“Disruptive pupils are a great problem in today’s schools, while teachers have their hands tied in what they can do to discipline them. Parents must take more responsibility for the conduct of their children, and this is one way to force them to do this. Therefore, this could be a very important development in family law.”

“Without doubt, parents of pupils excluded will be looking at legal advice in many cases… as will the schools. Solicitors must be ready for this caseload if the Government puts these plans into action.”

A New Hope for Debarred Grandparents

Members of the national association will help the Carlisle law firm keep updated with problems and campaigns distressing grandparents. Burnetts is the only solicitors’ practice in North Cumbria, and one of only four in the county, to sign up to the Association’s Lawyers’ List

The Grandparents’ Association estimates there are more than one million grandparents in the U.K. being denied contact with their grandchildren: Some are missing out because the ex-partner of their child won’t allow access. Some grandparents have real concerns about how drug or alcohol use is putting their grandchild at risk. Meanwhile, one in every hundred children lives with a grandparent and there may be fears about what will happen when a parent returns.

Lynn Chesterman, Chief Executive, of The Grandparents' Association said, “The Grandparents' Association hears from over 750 grandparents a month who are either excluded from seeing their grandchildren or who are bringing their grandchildren up full time. Too often we hear the problems that they face when they seek help from solicitors not experienced in working with extended families. For this reason The Grandparents' Association established its Lawyers’ List and we are delighted that Burnetts Solicitors support the charity and those grandparents in a difficult situation.”

Simon Mortimer, Partner, is a Resolution-accredited solicitor. He recognizes that grandparents can feel immobilized.

He said, “When relationships break down, grandparents are often forgotten, despite the special contribution they make to children’s lives. At Burnetts we have seen a steady increase over the last twelve months in grandparents seeking legal advice about their grandchildren. Commonly, issues like lack of contact have been worsened by concerns over substance abuse. Fortunately, we have been able to help many grandparents resume their relationship with their grandchildren. In some cases, we have secured residence orders for our clients to ensure their grandchildren can live safely with them.”

Along with colleague Malvena Godridge, Simon also has a recognized specialize in childcare-related law as a member of the Law Society’s Children’s panel.

The aim of the Grandparents’ Association is to improve the lives of children by working with and for all grandparents. Grandparents’ Association was launched in 1987 by a group of grandparents whose grandchildren had been put into care, adopted from care or were not allowed any contact with them.

E-Book Help Couples with Marital Problems

Marriage counseling assists couples with marital troubles and marriages fail for a variety of causes but couples who devotes in maintaining a fresh relationship will reap the benefits of a healthy, energized marriage. Couples struggling with an ailing relationship and marriage problems can draw from the unique perspectives of five experts who share their insights in a new book, Marriage Medics.

The Marriage Medics, co-authored by Cynthia Cooper PhD and Scott Lorenz, shares the reasons why some couples can battle rough times in marriage and walk away restored and emotionally healthy.

A primary advantage of The Marriage Medics is that it can be instantaneously accessed via the Internet by a couple struggling with a multifaceted issue they cannot resolve alone. At any time, day or night, couples can download this resource in the privacy of their home and instantly bow on the five experts for support.

There are several complex issues couples must resolve to maintain a fresh, healthy relationship. And dealing with different kinds of problems requires different kinds of expertise.

Couples who thrive in rescuing their relationships seem to do so by using a network of support, a combination of experts who can help guide them to specific approaches to various issues.

The Marriage Medics collects your ideal relationship support network into a single book. Each of the five experts contributing to the book has seen hundreds of couples from their unique professional perspective, and each knows exactly what factors produced success.

Cynthia Cooper is a clinical psychotherapist who counsels couples and families on how better to communicate and relate to each other.

Cooper stresses that The Marriage Medics is a resource guide, not a comprehensive therapy in and of itself. Cooper says “We firmly believe there can be no substitute for the face-to-face action that occurs in therapy,” “This e-book is meant to be a jumping off place in the process of your life, a place for you to find the energy and courage to honestly examine and change your relationship and marriage into what you want it to become.”

The other four experts who contributed to Marriage Medics are:

• Daniel B. Smith, bank executive with Republic Bank. His perspective on how money affects a marriage has been gained from decades of helping couples resolve financial problems.
• Commander Bobbitti May, U.S. Navy chaplain, counsels’ military personnel who are alienated due to longtime oversees assignments helping them with the spiritual aspects of marriage.
• Dr. Patti Britton is a nationally renowned, board-certified clinical sexologist and sensuality educator. For more than two decades she has coached thousands of women and men on how to overcome sexual challenges.
• John Hunt, Las Vegas attorney specializing in family law, warns couples what they will face if they decide to divorce.

The Marriage Medics comes highly recommended by reviewer Jennie S. Bev, managing editor of BookReviewClub.com who says the book “teaches couples what to expect realistically from their partners --and themselves-- and how to act, also realistically when it comes to sustaining their marriages. It’s like having a knowledgeable friend who knows the ins and outs of the married life.”

PPLA for Systemic Racism & Financial Mismanagement

A suit naming the Governor of the State of California, California’s State Treasurer, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles (PPLA), and others, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The blockbuster suit was filed by Andrew Jones, the former Project Manager of the Community Services/Education Department of PPLA. Mr. Jones worked for PPLA for several years and is African-American.

The verified complaint seeks recovery for unlawful termination, racial and sexual harassment, and a failure to pay overtime. Jones’ suit alleges that PPLA regularly allowed overt racism and sexism to infect its services. Among other serious allegations, it is alleged that PPLA did nothing when one of its employees was referred to as a “nigger.” Additionally, the suit, filed under penalty of perjury, alleges that PPLA consistently portrayed African-American males as being irresponsible and that male employees were regularly referred to as “dickheads” and other offensive terms by the white female management.

Sworn affidavits by other female PPLA staff, supporting the allegations of the complaint. One swore, “There was a sense that any employee who was not a white female was going to be carefully watched. . . . [There was a strong anti-male bias at PPLA.” Another affidavit refers to, “a significant anti-male bias.” Attorneys for Jones indicate that this is just one of several upcoming suits by high level PPLA employees who were fired for whistle-blowing or complaining of racism.

Jones’ lawsuit also seeks an immediate court order requiring the Governor of the State of California, the State Treasurer, and the Director of California’s Health & Human Services Agency to stop funding PPLA due to its racist practices and failure to disclose serious failures in its accounting systems and qualifications for state funding.

Additionally, the complaint claims that it was only after Jones questioned the financial practices of PPLA that he was fired. According to the complaint, he was given a stellar employee review right before his termination. Pursuant to California law, contractors/grantees/recipients such as PPLA are to refrain from discrimination in order to qualify for taxpayer-funded programs. PPLA is subject to rigorous reporting requirements and must be able to demonstrate financial viability on state loan programs. The suit alleges that PPLA failed, and continues to fail, on all fronts.

Finally, the suit makes mention of the fact that PPLA pretended a scheme to place an abortion facility in South Central Los Angeles without being honest about its purpose. It is alleged that Jones and other employees were instructed to market the facility to the African-American community as being a non-abortion facility. It appears that PPLA was well aware of the fact that LA African-Americans do not want their unborn children eliminated by abortion, and knew that they could not get community support if they came into town promoting a depletion of the LA African-American community’s future generations.

Riverside County Defends Christianity

Refusing to follow the "politically correct" lead of many other Southern California municipalities, including Los Angeles, Lake Elsinore and Redlands, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously affirmed the continued display of a quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt referencing Christians. For nearly seventy-five years, Department 8 of the historic Riverside County Courthouse has had the following quote engraved in gold on one of its mahogany walls: "The true Christian is the true citizen." This is one of four diverse quotes similarly engraved on each of the four walls in the courtroom.

The Board of Supervisors faced and decided this issue after the Anti-Defamation League threatened legal action in July of this year. After several months of closed-door conferences, the presiding judge of the Riverside County Superior Court sided with the ADL and indicated that the historical engraving would be covered with a loose piece of wood so that the public could not see the quote. After discovering the court's intentions several weeks ago, Richard D. Ackerman, President of The Pro-Family Law Center, preemptively sued the county, the presiding judge, and the ADL (Riverside Case No. RIC 419212). The suit declared that the quote could not be covered because the court building was a protected historic building under local, state and federal law. In fact, hundreds of historic government buildings across the nation have religious references engraved in their halls. Additionally, PFLC declared that it was unlawful discrimination for the County of Riverside to single out only a 'Christian' quote for censorship.

At a regularly scheduled board meeting (Agenda Item 3.3), the supervisors verbally pointed out that they were willing to risk a future lawsuit from the ADL or anyone else, and felt compelled to affirm the historical and cultural significance of the challenged quote. When questioned by Supervisor Wilson, Riverside County Counsel stated that a vote to affirm essentially meant that "we agree with the plaintiff [in this matter]." According to PFLC lead counsel, "Today's decision was an awesome demonstration of respect for the public and for our nation's history -- a history that was built on the blood, sweat and tears of many Christians. Accurate reflections of historical context cannot be promoted by censorship. These supervisors should be praised for their unabashed commitment to our nation's leaders, our shared culture, and the rich history of America. I might add that, given the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to review various ten Commandments display cases, it seems that a cultural correction to the left-tipping scales of justice may be occurring."

The Alliance Defense Fund's Arizona and California attorneys also assisted Ackerman in this matter. Ackerman says, "The Alliance Defense Fund makes it much easier for smaller firms, like mine, to take on large issues like this one. With organizations like ADF, I am confident that we can defend the values that almost all Americans hold dear."

Gun Laws Affect The Non-Gun Owner

John Longenecker's a renowned author, freshly released second edition of "Transfer Of Wealth" is an expose of official go-nowhere anti-crime policies updated with cautions of 2006 United Nations threats to U.S. personal sovereignty and Hurricane Katrina's 2006 untoward aftermaths bent on that same goal.

Longenecker's concentration includes updates on the imposition of RFID Chip tracking of persons and property soon, the imposition of National ID Cards to come in 2008, and other intrusions all in the name of fighting violence and terrorism.

Past Los Angeles Paramedic Longenecker has seen his share of criminal gunshot wounds over a ten year service, but wonders where all the self-defense shootings were. "Transfer of Wealth" is in part a product of that inquiry.

Longenecker also finds how more than 22,000 gun laws affect the non-gun owner household intensely, primarily by imposing rules which cannot touch crime and which are observed by only the law-abiding. In this trial tested and verified on the divisive question of personal weapons, the formula has spread to become unwanted zero-tolerance policies, poorer education and values, unjust family law and other aspects of society against the protests of the people.

Longenecker says "Many cottage industries and giant complexes have emerged in the name of fighting violence," "And where the individual is the first line of defense in all practicality, irrespective of party affiliation, it is frustrated the most through punitive laws and wrongful, misguided peer pressure."

"But is this where crime is fought?" questions Longenecker.

"It's time for every head of household to consider specific realities when it comes to meeting violence, to learn their true authority, and to understand the fraud of anti-violence measures," says Longenecker in various interviews. "When officials gain from violence as they seek to gain from various crises, households then see more clearly the motives behind the anti-violence movement."

Maseratis en Masse in Ayrshire, Scotland

Ayrshire, Scotland last weekend, 18/19 March 2006 took place a spectacular gathering of classic Maserati sports and grand touring cars.

The occasion was the first official gathering of the Maserati Club in Scotland for many years. The Maserati Club is an association of Maserati owners and enthusiasts which was set up in 1972.

Around 15 Maserati models graced the roads of Ayrshire, mainly classics of the 1960s and 70s including the Ghibli, Indy and Merak.

The event was organized by Norman Geddes, senior partner with Ayrshire solicitors Frazer Coogans, and was supported by Maserati dealers Graypaul of Edinburgh who also displayed a range of current Maserati models including the Coupe, Spyder and Quattroporte.

The main event of the weekend was the Maserati Club lunch on Sunday, the first in Scotland for several years. It took place at Kirkbride House near Maybole, the home of Norman Geddes and his wife Katrina.

Event organizer Norman Geddes is the owner of two Maserati cars - a classic Indy and a modern Spyder.

Norman commented: “Maserati are once again leaders in the production of fine GT cars. It has been a delight and a rare opportunity in Scotland to see these modern cars alongside their illustrious predecessors. We are most grateful to Graypaul for their support of this event.”

About Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Ayrshire solicitors Frazer Coogans have extended rapidly from small beginnings in the 1980s to offer a friendly and personal service to all clients from their modern premises in Ayr town centre.

Ayr base, partners Norman Geddes, Austin Thomson, Lauren Fowler and assistants Stuart Paterson and Peter McNamara - all experienced solicitors - along with their professional and dedicated staff, offer a complete suite of legal services to Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland and the UK, with particular expertise in accident claims, personal injury damages, property conveyancing, divorce and family law, wills, estates and executries.

Frazer Coogans’ Ayr office operates a specialist Accident Claims & Personal Injury Damages Centre to help clients in making claims for personal injury damages after road traffic, workplace, slip and trip accidents and also in criminal injuries compensation.

This Ayrshire firm of solicitors has also recognized a major presence in Scotland’s property conveyancing market, advising clients on all aspects of buying, selling and leasing premises both domestic and commercial, and handling property conveyancing for diverse clients across Scotland.

Scottish divorce and family law is another area in which Frazer Coogans solicitors possess particular expertise, advising on the legal, financial and child related issues associated with divorce, providing negotiation for amicable settlement and undertaking litigation where needed.

Frazer Coogans solicitors also offer a professional, dedicated and sympathetic service for wills and estates in the UK, including the administration of estates and appointing executors.

In 2003 Frazer Coogans successfully attained the "Investors in People" standard.

The firm is fully computerized with Broadband connection. It occupies modern premises in the centre of Ayr with adjacent parking for clients and wheelchair-friendly access.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Last Confederate

Klinedinst is delighted to declare that Hartford O. Brown and Solar Filmworks, LLC have secured a North American distribution deal with THINKFilm LLC for its feature film The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Last Confederate, based on a true story, is a full-length motion picture that chronicles the struggle of Robert Adams, a southern Captain drawn into the Civil War. The winner of 11 awards at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, the The Last Confederate™ follows Capt. Adams, his sacrifices for his country and his love for a girl from the North. Independently financed and produced, The Last Confederate™ was filmed on location where many of the actual events took place.

When it came time to seek a distributor for the motion picture, Solar Filmworks and Director/Producer Julian Adams turned to Hartford O. Brown. Mr. Brown served as legal counsel for the company, reviewing and negotiating various contracts, negotiating with distribution companies, and ensuring Solar Filmwork's legal rights were preserved.

"Solar Filmworks has an incredible historical feature in The Last Confederate. The filmmakers realized that they needed an attorney who would represent their interests and walk them through the complicated distribution deals presented. We were able to secure a distribution deal with one of the most respected distributors in North America, ensuring that The Last Confederate received the exposure it deserves.", ," noted Mr. Brown, who is the managing shareholder in the firm's Los Angeles office and chair of Klinedinst's Entertainment Law Practice Group.

As part of the agreement, Toronto-based THINKFilm LLC will have the exclusive North American distribution rights to The Last Confederate. THINKFilm is known for its fare of independent movies, having distributed such major motion pictures as Born Into Brothels,™ winner of the Academy Award™ for Best Documentary Feature (2005), Murderball™, and Half Nelson.™

The Benefit Jam

The Riverside/San Bernardino Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS) and the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA) join forces with Pochteca Media to bring you the 1st Annual Benefit Jam on November 19, 2006. To be held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, the show will help raise funds for these non-profit organizations to continue providing free legal services to low income persons in the Riverside and San Bernardinocounties.

The Benefit Jam will witness performances by well-known musicians, La Internacional Sonora Show and Tierra, as well as comedians Honest John, Greg Wilson, Willie Barcena and Eric Blake, who will also be the host of the night’s festivities.

According to the 2004 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 14.2% of the population in Riverside County is below poverty level and in San Bernardino County the amount is 14.7% of the population. These organizations are in business to help those in this category make use of their rights to legal services.

The attorneys and volunteers believe this and take action to make it happen. They offer various services to these low income people across the Inland Empire focusing on these primary law practice areas: landlord/tenant, family law, public benefits, consumer, elder law, education, and health. Through their free legal aid clinics, held in both English and Spanish, senior outreach efforts, and court assistance actions, they make many people more comfortable with situations they would not have been able to resolve otherwise.

The Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association does this as well via legal aid services. They help individuals with family law, housing, consumer issues, free consultations, and preparing documents. With the help of these non-profit organizations, low-income individuals of these counties can be assured that their rights will be met.

Summer Law Clerk Class

Klinedinst PC gladly declares the arrival of eight new Summer Law Clerks. Daniel Agle, Seth Carmack, Stephen Duvernay, Clint Johnson, Christina Kuo, Alanna Pearl, Christopher Sabol, and Matthew Wroblewski come from six different states, and have begun offering legal support to attorneys in all four of the Klinedinst offices.

Daniel Agle currently attends J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University and works out of the San Diego office. He is a Merit Scholarship recipient and a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. In addition to his academic honors, Dan also serves on the Editorial Board of the BYU Law Review, and works as a Lead Note and Comment Editor. He has competed in Trial Advocacy and Moot Court competitions finishing as a semi-finalist after his First Year Moot Court Competition.

Seth Carmack, who joins the Los Angeles office, attends the University of Notre Dame Law School. He received the Partial Academic Fellowship from Notre Dame after he was on the Dean’s List for two years at his undergraduate school, University of California, Los Angeles. As well as excelling in the classroom, Seth also served in the United States Army in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Seoul, South Korea. While serving his nation, he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Military Excellence Award, and Australian and British Airborne Wings with highest honors.

Stephen Duvernay joins Klinedinst’s Sacramento Office. He attends the University of Notre Dame Law School after graduating from University of California, Berkeley where he was a Student Representative for the Associated Students University of California, Office of External Affairs. Stephen is actively involved with the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, International Human Rights Society, and Moot Court.

Clint Johnson, who works out of the Los Angeles office, attends Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Clint is a member of the Washington University Quarterly Law Review and also participates in the St. Louis Family Law Mentorship Program. In addition to being on the Dean’s List, he was also a semi-finalist in the Client Counseling Competition.

Christina Kuo, who joins the Los Angeles office, currently attends Washington and Lee University School of Law after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. Christina is the recipient of the John and Cindy Klinedinst Honor Scholarship at Washington and Lee. She is extremely active at law school where she is the Fundraising Chair and Secretary for the American Constitutional Society, Treasurer for Toastmasters, and the Alumni Relations Chair for the International Property and Technological Society.

Alanna Pearl works in the San Diego office where she attends the University of San Diego Law School. Alanna competes on the school’s national Moot Court team, ranks in the top 3% of her class, and receives a full Academic Scholarship. At the University of Maryland, College Park, she graduated cum laude while receiving the Dean’s Award and the President’s Scholarship while also a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Cristopher Sabol, who joins the Los Angeles office, is pursuing his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he is the president of the Student International Law Society, served as a Media Liaison for the Vice-Presidential Debate at Case, and receives the Case Western Reserve Scholarship. Cris obtained his B.A. in International studies from the University of South Florida, a German Language Certificate from Technische Universitat Darmstadt, and a B.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.

Matthew Wroblewski joins the San Diego office and currently attends the University of California, Davis School of Law. He is a member of the Moot Court, Trial Practice Boards, the Business Law Journal, and an active participant of the Sacramento Employment Law Clinic. Matt is also a top-ten appellate advocate and will compete in the Traynor Moot Court Competition next Spring. He earned a B.A. in history with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.A. in history at San Diego State University.

These eight new summer law clerks are extremely valuable resources to the Klinedinst team. The class of 2006 continues the firm’s summer clerk program that promotes diverse, intelligent, and ethical future attorneys.

Sriro's Desk Reference

Sriro’s Desk Reference of Indonesian Law 2005 allows access to the Indonesian legal system in a clear and concise format. Updated annually with rules and regulations through September 2004, this indispensable reference covers over 90 substantive subjects including:

- Anti-trust
- Arbitration
- Banking
- Business Organizations
- Capital Markets
- Contracts
- Courts and Civil Actions
- Debtor and Creditor
- Documents and Records
- Employment and Immigration
- Estates and Trusts
- Family Law
- Finance and Securities
- Foreign Investment and Trade
- Government and Legal System
- Intellectual Property
- Marriage and Divorce
- Property Ownership
- Property Rights
- Sales
- Taxation
- Treaties and Conventions

Andrew I. Sriro is an attorney practicing law in Jakarta. Andrew holds licenses from the Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the California State Bar.

With a broad practice covering corporate, commercial, finance and international transactions and litigation matters, Andrew has represented major international investors and financial institutions, governments, international aid and philanthropic organizations, media conglomerates, insurance companies, and infrastructure developers and operators in multi-billion dollar transactions.

In addition to this book, Andrew I. Sriro has been the Reviser of the Indonesian law chapter of Martindale-Hubbell's International Law Digest since 1998, has written a book on Indonesian arbitration law as well as numerous articles and papers on telecommunications, property, financial security interests, shipping, aviation and other areas of Indonesian and international law.

Andrew I. Sriro has served as a post-graduate lecturer at several universities and regularly delivers lectures to officials at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the Supreme Court.

Paintings of Lisa Beth Older

Lisa Beth Older, a NYC divorce lawyer is delighted to declare that she is displaying her paintings at the Varga Gallery in Woodstock, New York and at the Bank of America.

Lisa Beth Older, a Kingston, New York divorce lawyer with over twenty years of experience, is also retaining her divorce law firm in upstate New York, serving clients in the field of divorce law, family law, custody, child support, equitable distribution and adoption in Kingston, New York, Saugerties, New York, Woodstock, New York, Dutchess County, and New York City. She practices divorce law and family law in Supreme Court and in family court in all five boroughs of New York City as well.

Lisa Beth is ranked 9.1 on Citisearch in New York City and in Upstate New York she is ranked 9.1 on the Google Citisearch Yellow Pages search scale. Come see her on line at www.nycdivorcelawyer.net for interesting links to informational pages and articles she has published. Buy her divorce DVD at Amazon.com, entitled: Divorce Tactics with Attorney Lisa Beth Older" or directly from her web page at www.lawofficesoflisabehtolder.com

Divorce Law Journal Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Divorce Law Journal (http://www.DivorceLawJournal.com), a legal weblog encompassing divorce and family law matters for professionals in Kentucky and beyond celebrates its first anniversary.

Information foraging and human-computer interaction has driven adaptations to web activity. Blog technology has significantly impacted Diana L. Skaggs Associates' ability to deliver family law cases and news with lightning speed. Two years of all published law cases in Kentucky have been posted, digested, and linked to the online decisions. Practicing attorneys are reading it, using it, and helping their clients because of it. Collaborative impact is a foundational outcome of this blog. Financial professionals whose work overlaps that of attorneys in helping divorcing couples now have an easy way to stay up to date. Emerging trends across the country are also posted and discussed. Mediators particularly value the dialogue that a blogging platform provides.

Victoria Pynchon in Beverly Hills, California has this to say at Settle It Now Negotiation Blog (http://settleitnow.blogspot.com), "Diana Skaggs' Divorce Law Journal pays more attention to alternate dispute resolution than any practicing attorney blog I'm aware of. Her insights are spot-on, her knowledge broad and her wisdom, well, wise."

There are several other weblogs published by family attorneys, but Divorce Law Journal is the only one limited to divorce and family law. Ben Cowgill, Lexington, Kentucky, says at Legal Ethics Newsletter (http://KentuckyLegalEthics.com) "It should come as no surprise that Diana is the first domestic relations practitioner in Kentucky to launch a legal weblog. Earlier this year, she was honored by the Louisville Bar Association for being at the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law and for demonstrating a high level of client concern, public service and innovation in her law practice. She is the founder and senior partner of Diana L. Skaggs & Associates, a "boutique" domestic relations firm in Louisville."

Diana L. Skaggs is the President of the Kentucky Chapter of The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Practicing divorce law for more than twenty years, Diana was recognized by the Louisville Bar Association in 2006 as the family law practitioner of the year, for being on the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law, for her innovation in the field as well as her continued dedication to families, children and public service.

Divorce Advocacy Program

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), considered for more than 35 years as the nation’s leading provider of litigation skills training, today declared it is launching a new client advocacy initiative that employs NITA’s established learning-by-doing teaching techniques to train lawyers and other professionals to effectively represent clients throughout a divorce process. This innovative program marks NITA’s inaugural leap into mediation representation specifically for family law disputes.

“Divorce is such a multifaceted issue. There are complex ethical, financial and psychological components that attorneys, mediators, psychologists and financial experts must first understand in order to successfully advocate for affected clients. Whether in the courtroom or the mediation room, NITA’s experiential training methodology will prepare practitioners serving divorce clients for elements such as the presence of children, continuing relationships between spouses after divorce and the intense emotions that are unique to the marital dissolution process.”, said the program director and instructor Andrew Schepard.

The Modern Divorce Advocacy course will concentrate on direct and cross-examination of a court-appointed mental health expert in a custody dispute, as well as negotiation and client advocacy in mediation sessions. Participants in the course develop a theory of the case in consultation with mental health experts. They conduct direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses, develop a plan for and counsel clients in anticipation of negotiation and mediation and negotiate and represent a client within a mediation session. Participants will also examine the ethical dilemmas lawyers face when representing divorce clients. Program faculty includes experienced divorce lawyers and psychologists who serve as expert witnesses and mediators. The Modern Divorce Advocacy program will take place at St. John’s University - Manhattan Campus on November 17-19. Tuition is $1,495.

Andrew Schepard is a Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law and Director of the Northeast Deposition Program. He has been a consultant to the New York State Law Revision Commission on child custody law, and is a founder of Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness (P.E.A.C.E.), an educational program for divorcing parents. Schepard writes the Law and Children column for the New York Law Journal, is Director of Hofstra University’s Center for Children, Families and the Law and edits the Family Court Review. Schepard was awarded the 1994 Chair's Cup of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association for meritorious service to the profession. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. Schepard is a long-time NITA Program Director.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

bad press releases

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