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Heath Newton Counselors at Law Share Three Essential Tips on How to Choose a California Prenuptial Agreement Attorney


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 08, 2012

Heath Newton Counselors at Law extends its accolades for being on the right path in San Francisco family law the path of information gathering. Many people enter marriage (which is a legal contract) without realizing that when the ceremony is over, they legally accept Californias Family Code as their own default prenup unless they opt out.

An attorney should let their client know what the law is, what theirr choices are, and the implication of both. Maybe the client wants to change how the Family Code applies to their marriage and maybe they dont. Its always wise to make informed decisions, and this process can only strengthen the marriage in the future.

Congratulations! If youre considering consulting with a California prenuptial agreement attorney, good things must be happening in your life and were very happy for you, said Felix Chen, marketing coordinator of Heath Newton LLP. We would like to get your marriage started on the right path and avoid as many conflicts down the line as possible.

Heath Newton Counselors at Law is sharing the top three qualities of a qualified prenuptial agreement attorney. When a premarital couples interviews potential lawyers, look for the lawyer who stands out by:

San Francisco Family Law Specialists of Heath Newton Counselors at Law Answer Five FAQs About Alimony in California


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2012

The San Francisco divorce attorneys of Heath Newton LLP have recently discussed some of the most commonly asked questions regarding alimony cases in California on its family law blog at http://www.heathnewton.com/blog/.

Question 1: How is alimony calculated in California?

Answer: Typically during the initial stages of the divorce process in California, the most common formula is: 40% of the higher earning spouses income minus 50% of the lower earning spouses income equals the spousal support amount.

As the divorce course of action progresses, many other factors are taken into consideration including standards of living, duration of the marriage, earning potential on both sides and more.

Question 2: How long does alimony last in California?

Answer: Duration of spousal support is determined on a number of factors, mainly length of the marriage. If a marriage lasts for 10 years or more, it is considered a long-term marriage and spousal support is usually set for a fixed period of time, with a conditional termination date or indefinitely.

A marriage lasting less than 10 years is considered a short term marriage and the duration of spousal support typically lasts about half of the the marriage length. For example, an eight year marriage would garner 4 years of spousal support.

Question 3: Can California spousal support be modified?

Answer: Yes. Unless there was an agreement established barring modifications in the divorce proceedings, as life situations for either party changes, requests can certainly be made and fulfilled.

For example, if the payee of spousal support has a loss of income, a case can be made to reduce the amount of spousal support received by the other party.

Question 4: Does Alimony End if My Spouse Gets Remarried or Cohabitates?

Answer: In most cases, marital settlement agreements or court orders mandate that alimony responsibility ends upon death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse.

Question 5: Can Alimony Be Paid in a Lump Sum, Instead of Monthly?

Yes. It is quite common that both parties want to end things with a clean break instead of having to keep up with monthly payments and add more stress to their day to day lives. If both parties come to an agreement on this, a lump sum is an easy and fair way to go.

To learn how California community property and marital law apply to your individual situation or if you want to learn more about prenuptial agreements, we invite you to consult with one of our qualified family law attorneys. Email info(at)heathnewton(dot)com or call (415) 398-1290. We look forward to hearing from you and, again, congratulations on your pending marriage we wish you, and the person you love, a happy future.

About Heath Newton LLP:

Heath-Newton LLP specializes in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutions and minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family-law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in San Francisco estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.







Heath-Newton Family Law Counselors Share New Tips on How to Choose a California Divorce Attorney


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 25, 2013

During a difficult time such as divorce, choosing the right divorce attorney can help to keep the process as efficient and stress-free as possible. The experts at Heath-Newton provide advice on the considerations people should take when finding and choosing a divorce attorney.

1.An Attorney Who Specializes in Divorce or Family Law

Divorce can be complex, and the experts at Heath-Newton recommend that it is best to select an attorney who focuses on California family law, including divorce. An expert can provide the legal advice and support needed throughout the divorce process.

2. A Local Attorney

Divorce law may vary greatly depending on location. As such, the legal counselors at Heath-Newton emphasize that it is advisable to choose local legal counsel who understand the local court system, the procedures, judges, and so forth.

3. A Collaborative Attorney

Hire an attorney that can be trusted to listen and understand the personal goals of the client. The attorney should be an advocate for the client, not a shark who will spark disagreements and anger between all parties involved. The California divorce attorney should work in a cooperative, collaborative manner with the other spouses attorney to ensure that a satisfactory agreement is reached by both parties, while still protecting the rights and interests of the client.

4. An Attorney that Inspires Mutual Respect

The client should be able to respect the chosen attorney and follow the counsel given. At the same time, the attorney should also listen and understand the clients goals while providing the guidance about how to reach them within the legal framework of family law.

5. An Attorney that is Available

The divorce attorney should dedicate all the necessary time to the case at hand. Though it may be attractive to hire a celebrity attorney, such a person may not be able to give enough time or attention to your case. Instead, the lawyers at Heath-Newton advise that it would be much more beneficial to choose an attorney who will be able to respond to you in a timely manner.

6. An Attorney Respected in the Field

In order to get through the divorce process as efficiently as possible, select a divorce attorney who is respected by his or her peers.

7. An Attorney that Inspires Confidence

The chosen divorce attorney should make the client feel comfortable and in control. Divorce can be a complicated process, and the attorney should help to make the client feel comfortable with the court system and the other steps that lie ahead during this difficult period.

To learn more about California divorce and other family law issues, consult with one of the qualified divorce attorneys at Heath-Newton. The firm is staffed with lawyers who practice exclusively in California family law. In addition, Heath-Newton includes expert lawyers in other facets of family law such as child custody attorneys, estate planning attorneys, probate attorneys, trust attorneys, and others. Email info(at)heathnewton.com or call 415.398.1290 for more information.

About Heath-Newton LLP

Heath-Newton LLP specializes in family law, asset protection and estate planning services. Based in San Francisco, their boutique firm has earned a reputation for managing their clients cases well, reaching successful resolutionsand minimizing costs and disruption to their clients lives.

They have handled a long list of family law cases, including a broad range of issues facing new families (such as domestic partnerships, premarital agreements, adoption and more), as well as divorce, asset division, child custody and child and spouse support. They also have extensive experience in San Francisco estate planning, wills, probate, mediation, living wills and trusts.

Collectively, their attorneys have thousands of hours of experience, allowing them to be both efficient and effective. They are guided by a practical approach that emphasizes avoiding litigation to minimize costs and disruption; however, they can and will be fierce litigators when all other strategies have proven ineffective. For more information visit their website at http://www.heathnewton.com. To discuss a situation with one of their attorneys, please call them at (415) 398-1290.