CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story

By Forester Purcell / July 27, 2017 / Children, Firm News / No Comments

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story We are beyond thrilled to congratulate our clients Robyé and Matthew on the adoption of their daughter, Mia. FPS attorney Matt Purcell and senior paralegal Dorinda Gregory began working with the couple last year, after traditional rout...

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FPS Attorneys Selected to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers Lists

By Forester Purcell / July 10, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

Forester and Purcell selected for inclusion in 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers lists. We’re pleased to recognize Managing Shareholder Neil Forester for his selection to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state a...

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Welcome to the Team – Rebeca C. Christianson, Family Law Attorney

By Forester Purcell / June 26, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

FPS Welcomes New Family Law Attorney Rebeca Christianson We’re pleased to introduce our newest colleague, Rebeca Christianson, a family law attorney with a practice emphasis on child custody disputes. Having worked in a family law office environment for more than a decade, Rebeca brings a d...

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Misconceptions Surrounding Prenuptial Agreements

While Prenup Misconceptions Abound, Reality Offers Guiding Light Prenuptial agreements get a bad rap. For whatever reason (celebrity drama, movie plotlines, click-bait headlines), prenups have garnered a reputation for destroying the very bedrock of the bond between two people. The seemingly dest...

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Quick Takes: What should I look for when hiring a divorce lawyer?

By Neil Forester / May 30, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, FAQ / No Comments

Neil Forester on “Hiring a Divorce Lawyer” We asked Certified Family Law Specialist NEIL FORESTER for his Quick Take on what to look for when hiring a divorce lawyer.   Take your time. “If you’re just starting to look for a divorce lawyer, my biggest piece of advice is: tak...

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FPS Attorneys Named in Sac Mag’s 2017 Top Lawyers in Family Law List

By Forester Purcell / May 14, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

Forester and Stowell receive recognition by local peers in 2017 Top Lawyers survey Hats off to Certified Family Law Specialists Neil Forester and Michelle Stowell, who recently received word of their inclusion in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List. Sac Mag tapped third-party survey...

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DVTROs: Knowledge of the Process is Power

By Jenny Bain / April 19, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

“You should file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) to protect yourself.” Victims of domestic violence — which is a broad category for numerous types of behavior not limited to physical or verbal assault  — often hear this advice from friends and family who mean well. And while DVRO app...

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Prenups for Entrepreneurs: The Value of Pre-Venture Counseling

By Forester Purcell / April 12, 2017 / Premarital / No Comments

Making the Case for Pre-Venture Counseling When you enter into a business venture with another person, you are essentially establishing a relationship which implies a set of duties and obligations — think a marriage without the romance (in most cases anyways). Owning and operating a small busines...

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The Costly Myth of the “730 Evaluation” in Child Custody Proceedings

By Matt Purcell / March 29, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Money and time could be wasted when a “730 evaluation” is ordered — but not defined — during child custody proceedings. What is a “730 evaluation?” It is a common misinterpretation of the law that plagues not just ill-informed parties but also attorneys and judicial office...

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A “Consulting Attorney” Can Bring Balance to Divorce Mediation

By Neil Forester / March 20, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law / No Comments

If a divorce mediation is characterized by a power imbalance (financial or emotional), parties should be cautious in deciding how to proceed. A separate consulting attorney can level the playing field for the disadvantaged spouse. I don’t think I’m blazing a new trail in saying that divorce is ha...

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