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Press Release: El Dorado Hills family law firm transfers ownership, remains strong

By on August 3, 2015 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , |

Stockdale Law Firm welcomes new era, previous owner moves to Office of Inspector General

El Dorado Hills, Calif. – Stockdale Law Firm, a well-known divorce and family law firm in El Dorado Hills, has announced it is transferring ownership at the end of August with the intent to carry on the success and trust it has built over the last 12 years.

Rebecca Esty-Burke will replace Myrlys L. Stockdale as the new managing attorney at Stockdale Law Firm Inc., which handles divorce, spousal support and custody disputes. Esty-Burke has worked in family law since 2003, most recently with the Law Offices of Fredrick S. Cohen in Sacramento.

“It’s fortunate that the incoming managing attorney brings with her impressive experience and qualifications,” Stockdale said. “She possesses a commitment to professionalism that will assure the continued delivery of excellent legal service to the firm’s clients.”

Having practiced law in nine local counties, Esty-Burke has been involved in successful custody cases and has litigated a complicated support trial that involved multiple periods for determinations of arrears, imputation of income and other complicating factors.

“The strength of this firm is remarkable. The attorneys here have more than 20 years of experience and I am looking forward to continuing the high-quality representation that the clients at Stockdale Law Firm have come to expect,” Esty-Burke said.

Stockdale, who is moving on to the role of special assistant inspector general with the California Office of the Inspector General, first opened the doors of the El Dorado Hills firm in 2003. Since then, the firm has grown to include two other attorneys and several legal professional staff. The firm was the launch of Stockdale’s third career — prior to becoming a divorce attorney, Stockdale worked as a newspaper reporter and a public affairs executive. She says the firm and its clients will always be dear to her.

“I have learned something new about life or law with every client and every case I’ve had over the years. I am most grateful for the opportunities I have had to touch so many lives with the work we have done,” Stockdale said. “When I hung my shingle in 2003, I had no law office experience. Establishing this firm has been both very challenging and very rewarding.”

About Stockdale Law Firm

Stockdale Law Firm handles divorce and separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, domestic violence, guardianships, domestic partnership agreements and stepparent, family member and adult adoptions. For more information, visit stockdalelawfirm.com

 

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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.

10 Years Ago This Week

By on March 11, 2013 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was 10 years ago that I obtained a business license for a law practice.

So much happened in my life which was the impetus for beginning this law firm. There were plenty of challenges, but I truly believe challenges are opportunities for success.

My opportunities began when I divorced in 1993, single mom with a 5 and 3 year old. It was an acrimonious divorce, with years of nasty custody and support litigation that took a toll on my children as well as myself. I wanted to create a better life for the kids and myself and I went to law school at night, while working during the day. Some days were 18 or more hour days in light of the distance from home to work and school.

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Your Family Law Questions Answered

By on January 2, 2013 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , |

Got a legal question related to family law? The answers may be here.

Sacramento area family law specialist Myrlys Stockdale, of the Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., shares her answers to family law questions on the firm’s web page, and they are updated real time.

“I’m a featured divorce attorney on the avvo.com website and I regularly answer divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and other questions asked by people who need answers and who may not have immediate access to an attorney otherwise,” explained Stockdale.

Avvo.com‘s “Ask a Lawyer” area allows consumers to ask legal questions of lawyers across the country and they are be categorized by area of practice such as family law, and by state.

“In this time where our California courts are impacted by budget and staff cuts but the need for services continually increases, it’s important to provide greater public access to the legal system, and this is just another way to do so,” said Stockdale.

Ms. Stockdale is a State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Family Law Specialist who handles matters in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Amador counties. She is the managing attorney of the Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., in El Dorado Hills. She serves as a mediator, special master, collaborative divorce practitioner and a temporary judge.

You can view the questions and answers here: http://bit.ly/ViVQBr.

Myrlys Stockdale Becomes Certified Family Law Specialist

By on July 11, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization has just certified local attorney Myrlys Stockdale as a legal specialist in family law. Ms. Stockdale, 47, is the managing attorney of the marriage and family law firm Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., located in El Dorado Hills and serving clients for the past nearly 10 years.

She is a family law mediator, and serves as court-appointed special master and court-appointed minor’s counsel in the Sacramento area.

According to the State Bar of California website, “California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.” Read more …

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