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Stockdale Law Firm Opens Second Office

By on July 1, 2016 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , |

Stockdale Law Firm is excited to announce the opening of our second office! The new location is just minutes from the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville, CA. This new addition to the firm will serve as a partner to our current El Dorado Hills location. The new office opens on July 1, 2016 and is located at 915 Highland Pointe Drive, Suite 250, Roseville, California, 95678: Phone (916) 724-5200.

The firm chose to open our second office in Roseville because we have a passion for helping Northern California clients especially those in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. By opening a second office, we are able to reach out to those in need in Placer and Nevada Counties. Also, we are able to provide a closer location for meeting with our current clients who live closer to I-80 and Hwy 65.

In addition to serving more foothill clients, we chose Placer County because it has a reputation for having a well-organized and well-managed Family Law Division. As our aim is always the successful outcome of our cases, Placer County was an easy choice for our expansion.

In addition to having the new Roseville office, we have expanded our practice to include cases in Nevada County. The firm will now handle all family law issues in Nevada County including: divorce, legal separation, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, step-parent and family member adoptions, guardianships and domestic violence. In the coming months, we will also offer attorney mediation from our gifted Associate Attorney, Amber White.

This truly has been an exciting year for our firm. In September 2015, Rebecca Esty-Burke CFLS purchased the firm, bringing with her 11 years of excellent experience and expertise in both litigation and settlement negotiations. She also hired Paralegal Jasmine Emick as the Front Desk Legal Secretary. We have a solid 50 years of combined legal experience among our team members. Additionally, the firm expanded our practice to include cases in Del Norte County. This brings the total to nine counties in which we currently practice, which include: El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer, Amador, Nevada, San Joaquin, and Yolo.

We have many more exciting changes coming up in the next year. So please stay connected with us through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you would like a consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (916) 933-5545 or (916) 724-5200. You can email us at info@stockdalelawfirm.com. Be certain to ask about one of our specials or if we take your legal insurance.

What is Our Family Wizard?

By on August 27, 2015 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , |

What is Our Family Wizard and how can it help you?

Our Family Wizard (OFW) is an online program that helps divorced or separated families effectively co-parent, but streamlining the communication process using online tools. One goal seems to be to keep children out of the co-parenting communications process.. Divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved, and children do not need to be involved in divorce-related matters.  This program offers many features to help parents plan, organize, message and more, relieving of the stress some experience when co-parenting. . Several of the firm’s clients use this program and find great benefit in the tools.

Our Family Wizard makes co-parenting between two households more efficient. The program is available online as well as in app form for your mobile device. It also allows access for third parties and family law professionals, if desired.

The Calendar Feature

Working with two parents who have busy schedules can be challenging when there are children involved. With the OFW calendar, you can keep your family schedule in one central location. You can easily create a shared custody calendar in which you can request to trade or cancel parenting time. The other parent will receive a notification after you submit your request and can then accept or deny.

If they deny the request, the program prompts them to make a counter-request, keeping communication open and clear. If you overbook yourself or your schedules overlap, the system will alert you to let you know that you are booked to be in two places at once. This tool keeps all records for you, all at your fingertips.

The Message Board

There is a message board which is another tool for sharing information between parents. This message board is easy to manage, safe and secure and accessible.. All messages are protected and impossible to tamper with. Whenever a new email comes in, Our Family Wizard notifies you instantly, so there are no missing messages.

The ToneMeter

For emotionally charged conversations, a great tool that you can add on to your message board is the Tone Meter. This add-on helps you to identify and flag any emotionally charged sentences within your message. It gauges words and phrases against eight levels of connotative feeling and lets you know what the tone sounds like. This allows you to make corrections and adjust the tone of your message as needed.

The Info Bank

This tool keeps all of your files in one place. Whether it’s blood types, medical records, or clothing size, this tool keeps information safe and at your fingertips. Each parent can add and upload a file. Only the parent who created the file can edit or change the file, keeping confusion and manipulation out.

The Expense Log

This tool helps track expenses and payments from two separate households. You can add in one-time expenses such as medical reimbursements or recurring expenses such as child support. This tool can automatically calculate how much each parent owes on a payment. It keeps records not only of paid expenses, but also of requests for reimbursements. It will also send a notification to your message board when a payment or request has been made. It includes OFWpay, which allows parents to make electronic payments for transactions. Scheduling payments has never been easier.

The Journal

This tool acts as a virtual diary. You can keep records for yourself or anyone else. It can also act as an un-changeable personal incident log. With shared or private entries, you decide what family members will be allowed to see each entry. All entries are saved and protected in the Our Family Wizard servers.

Our Family Wizard is accessible online or through mobile apps. It is available through the Apple, Android, Kindle, and Blackberry markets, making it available for any device. With customizable notifications, Our Family Wizard is the perfect tool for any family. You can learn more about the program here.

Approaches to Divorce: Mediation, Collaboration and Litigation

By on April 10, 2015 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , |

Are you thinking about options for your divorce? Are you afraid of a judge making the final decisions about your divorce, or are you concerned your children’s future won’t be taken into account? There are three common approaches to divorce and family law matters including mediation, collaboration and litigation that can each help alleviate your concerns and help you work through the many issues that arise during a divorce.

Mediation:

Mediation is a “No-Court” divorce alternative. The mediator drafts all California court paperwork including financial disclosures, child custody and support agreements, spousal support agreements and a final marital settlement agreement with Judgment documents.

A neutral party, usually an attorney, helps both spouses reach agreements on issues related to the divorce. A mediator does not represent either spouse; their job is to provide you with information on the law upon which both spouses will base their decisions or agreements. When you have difficulty reaching agreements, the mediator works with both parties to try to resolve the disagreements.

Usually, mediation is less costly than a litigated divorce case.

Collaboration:
Also known as collaborative divorce, this is a process where both spouses agree to not go to court and settle all issues related to the divorce outside of court.

Using this process, divorcing couples, along with their attorneys and other professionals, such as coaches, work together to resolve the issues related to their divorce. If the process is successful, no one has to go to court to finalize the divorce, and the decision regarding the important issues in the divorce are made jointly between the parties — not the judge.

This approach gives couples the opportunity to work together to discuss approaches to co-parenting, visitation, financial support, division of assets and debts and other issues. However, discussions are held at four-way meetings including the husband, the wife and both attorneys.

This process can be less stressful, less lengthy and less costly than ongoing litigation. It also helps both individuals plan together for the future and needs of their children.

Litigation:
This is the method that most people think of when considering divorce. Both spouses have an attorney and motions are filed and court hearings are held to reach decisions in the case. This can be more costly than the other methods and both spouse have less input regarding how the issues are handled in the divorce.

Our law firm works to reach reasonable solutions without the emotional and financial cost of litigation when possible. However, sometimes litigation is not avoidable. If your divorce needs litigation, our attorneys advocate for your rights and provide you the sensitive counsel needed, all while fighting for your best interests. Whether you are in the beginning stages of a divorce case or you have a post judgment legal issue (such as enforcement of a court order of modification of a court order for child custody, child support or spousal support), our team can present your best case.

While not every approach works for every case, our team has experience in all three approaches. If you’re facing divorce or legal separation, our experienced legal team can advise you of your options and work with you to select an approach that best fits your needs. Contact our office to discuss your options.

Our Local Real Estate Market May Surprise You

By on June 20, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Is it possible that the local housing market is starting to rebound? According to two local real estate professionals it is. “Now is a great time to sell your home in El Dorado Hills,” said Hillary Sand a real estate sales agent with ReMax Gold in El Dorado Hills. “We are seeing buyers offering competing, greater than full price offers on homes for sale and homes that are properly priced are selling within days.”

Sue Palmer, a loan agent with Summit Funding which recently opened an office in El Dorado Hills echoed this sentiment. “There really is no inventory for homebuyers right now.” Palmer, who handles all aspects of real estate finance explained that despite the lack of homes for sale for buyers, those that are in escrow are closing. “We’ve seen a 400% increase in the number of loans in the past two months (April and May) over the beginning of the year.” Read more …

New Law: Teenagers Testifying in Custody Matters

By on January 3, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This week (January 1, 2012 to be exact) marks the effective date of a new law allowing children 14 years or older to provide input on custody or visitation matters in family court.

Specifically, the amendments to Family Code Section 3042 provide that the 14 or older child “shall be permitted” to address the court unless the judge determines that doing so would not be in the child’s best interest.

There has been a great deal of discussion in the family law community about whether the potential benefit of child testimony outweighs the potential detriment to the child and the parent/child relationship. Read more …

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3840 El Dorado Hills Blvd.
Suite 301
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-4567

Phone: (916) 933-5545
Fax: (916) 933-9833

Email: info@stockdalelawfirm.com

Roseville Office

915 Highland Pointe Drive
Suite 250
Roseville, CA 95678

Phone: (916) 724-5400
Fax: (916) 933-9833

Email: info@stockdalelawfirm.com

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