What is a Holographic Will and are Holographic Wills Legal in California?

This article will explain some basic principles relating to holographic wills in California.  What is a holographic will?

The definition of a holographic will found at is a holographic will is a will that is handwritten, dated and signed by the person writing the will.  See https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/Common_Words_Probate_Cases.pdf

Where can I find the law relating to holographic wills in California?

 

CA Prob Code § 6111 (2017) contains the black letter law relating to holographic wills.  It can be found here:  https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=6111.&lawCode=PROB#:~:text=%29%206111.%20%28a%29%20A%20will%20that%20does%20not,as%20to%20the%20date%20of%20its%20execution%20and%3A

What does Section 6111 say?

(a) A will that does not comply with Section 6110 is valid as a holographic will, whether or not witnessed, if the signature and the material provisions are in the handwriting of the testator.

(b) If a holographic will does not contain a statement as to the date of its execution and:

(1) If the omission results in doubt as to whether its provisions or the inconsistent provisions of another will are controlling, the holographic will is invalid to the extent of the inconsistency unless the time of its execution is established to be after the date of execution of the other will.

(2) If it is established that the testator lacked testamentary capacity at any time during which the will might have been executed, the will is invalid unless it is established that it was executed at a time when the testator had testamentary capacity.

(c) Any statement of testamentary intent contained in a holographic will may be set forth either in the testator’s own handwriting or as part of a commercially printed form will.

What kind of attorney can help me with a loved one’s holographic will?

 

An attorney who has experience in estate planning law can help you with the probate process and understanding whether a holographic will is enforceable.

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience with estate planning in California and can answer your questions relating to a holographic will.

 

Dividing Stock Options in a California Divorce

Stock options that are granted subject to employment can present a challenge when dividing assets in a divorce.  This can occur because the options may not have vested yet or the employment upon which the options were based may have occurred before the marriage as well as during the marriage.  This article will provide an overview of the logic relating to analyzing the value of the stocks and to whom that value should accrue.  However, this is a complex area of the law, and we recommend that you consult with attorneys who are familiar with the valuation and division of stock options.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California and can help you with complex questions relating to valuation and division of assets in a California divorce.

Is the stock option community property or separate property?

Establishing whether a stock option is community or separate property is important.  Many facts can play into this analysis such as the date the options were issued, whether they have vested, and the requirements that were met or will be met to justify the stock award.

What is the date of separation?

 

The date of separation is important in assessing stock options.  The date of separation is defined as the date that a complete and final break in the marriage relationship has occurred, evidence by both the following:  1) the spouse has expressed to the other spouse his or her intent to end the marriage, and 2) the conduct of the spouse is consistent with his or her intent to end the marriage.  https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/family-code/fam-sect-70.html

Are the stock options vested or unvested? 

 

A vested option can be exercised by an employee.  An unvested option can be exercised at some point in the future usually based on certain requirements (such as remaining employed).  An option that has vested during the marriage is more clear cut, but that doesn’t mean that an option that hasn’t vested before the date of separation has no value to the nonemployee spouse.  California courts have held that even though unvested options may have no marketable value at the time of divorce, they can still be an asset subject to division in the divorce.

What are the formulas used by courts in these cases?

There are multiple formulas that a court can use, and the court has broad discretion to apply the formula that will achieve the most equitable result. Although the formulas vary, the basic idea is that the longer the time between the date of separation and the date the options vest, the smaller the overall percentage of options that will be considered community property.  For example, consider a divorce where the options vest just a day after the separation.  Now consider a divorce where the options vest years after the separation.  In general, equity would suggest that the nonemployee spouse should be entitled to a greater share of the stock options that vest just a day after separation than those that are years away from having market value.

You can a couple cases that are examples of these formulas here:  https://scocal.stanford.edu/opinion/re-marriage-brown-27941

https://www.leagle.com/decision/200715366calrptr3d871148.xml

What is the best way to position yourself in a divorce relating to stock options?

Even though nonvested stock options may have no present market value, you may want to retain an interest in the shares and potential profits.  This area of family law can be very complex, and possibly the best way to position yourself well relating to stock options is to obtain advice from an experienced divorce attorney who can analyze and comment on your specific situation.

Conclusion

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California and can help you with complex questions relating to valuation and division of assets in a California divorce.

The Evolution of Trust and Estate Disputes and Selecting the Right Mediator in California

Some would assert that the pandemic and shifting landscape around wealth transfers is fueling increased trust and estate disputes.  This article will summarize a podcast with an interview of the Honorable Glen Reiser, a judge who serves as educational trainer for all trust and probate judges throughout California.  He spent more than 20 years with the Superior Court in Ventura County, California, and before that, more than two decades as a civil litigator.  The full transcript of the podcast can be found here:  https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/podcast-jams-neutrals-on-the-evolution-5378200/

Contested cases have risen dramatically over the last five years, and particularly recently due to COVID. 

  • With Covid, we are seeing a high number of unexpected deaths.
  • There is an increase in the will disputes, with issues relating to blended families and sibling rivalry.
  • More people are dying without a will due to the unexpected nature of Covid.
  • In the “old days” more wealth was earned individually, but now we are seeing that more frequently, wealth is transferred through family deaths and trust and estate matters, so that seems to be where large amounts of capital are exchanged.  Contests in that area have risen dramatically.

The Court system is increasingly encouraging mediation over trial.

  • With Covid, we are seeing a high number of unexpected deaths.
  • There is an increase in the will disputes, with issues relating to blended families and sibling rivalry.
  • More people are dying without a will due to the unexpected nature of Covid.
  • In the “old days” more wealth was earned individually, but now we are seeing that more frequently, wealth is transferred through family deaths and trust and estate matters, so that seems to be where large amounts of capital are exchanged.  Contests in that area have risen dramatically.

 

  •  Mediation has advantages the court cannot offer.

Mediation can save time and money.

  • Attorneys can work with the mediator and other parties to craft often creative solutions.

 

  • Mediation can allow for more customized solutions, since they can be tailored specifically to the parties.

Capacity tends to be a significant issue and cases require a lot of court resources. 

  • Will and trust contests tend to be judge decided not jury
  • The burden on judges for these types of cases is large because the cases require trial and long opinions, so judges generally would like to encourage settlement
  • The testamentary instrument is either a trust or a will. That document in most cases, not always, was drafted by an estate planner or a lawyer who dabbles in estate planning.  Thorough preparation would be to interview the estate planner to see what their recollection is, even if it relates to issues such as capacity, undue influence, document interpretation or intent.
  • With capacity cases, a geriatric psychiatrist or PhD psychologist with expertise in geriatrics should be consulted.

 

The role of undue influence in estate disputes. 

  • In our mobile society, many family members move away, but someone stays to help take care of the elderly person.  So, when the elderly person changes their instrument to benefit the person taking care of them, then that’s a common circumstance where undue influence will be alleged.
  • Undue influence is a particularly fact specific factor, and questions that should be asked are:  Is the person isolated?  Are they competent to write emails?  Who is taking them to the lawyer’s office?  Whose lawyer is it?  Who is sitting in on meetings with an estate planner?  These issues and more are the type of fact-specific inquiry needed on these cases.

 

 Tips for successful mediation of estate disputes.

  • Preparation is key.
  • Consider spending money on the science up front.  There is a lot of development in the science of cognitive deficits with scientific evidence that can be relevant to undue influence and capacity, and it may be that spending money on the science up front will make the negotiating position stronger.
  • Find a mediator who will read everything, understand the positions and get involved.
  • Avoid selecting a mediator who is just a “carrier pigeon” to take the offers back and forth.  Look for a mediator who has the skill set to add to the discussion.

Conclusion

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in estate planning and litigating estate disputes.   Contact us today!

5 Assets Not to Forget in a California Divorce

There are a few categories of assets that are sometimes missed by couples getting a divorce. This article will discuss five important asset classes to remember in a California divorce so that the division of assets is fair, accurate and equitable.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California and can help you with complex questions relating to valuation and division of assets in a California divorce.

Bitcoin, Ethereum, or other Cryptocurrency or alternative currency. 

With the popularity of investing in cryptocurrency greatly increasing, this is one important asset class to divide in a divorce.  Crypto assets can be missed because they can be traded through Venmo, or various platforms like Coinbase that the other spouse may not be aware of.  The timing on when it is purchased is important, as well as the issue of whether there were any gains made during the marriage.

Stock options. 

 

Stock options that are granted subject to employment can present a challenge when dividing assets in a divorce.  This can occur because the options may not have vested yet or the employment upon which the options were based may have occurred before the marriage as well as during the marriage.  Even though nonvested stock options may have no present market value, you may want to retain an interest in the shares and potential profits.  This area of family law can be very complex, and possibly the best way to position yourself well relating to stock options is to obtain advice from an experienced divorce attorney who can analyze and comment on your specific situation.

Stimulus money. 

 

If you received stimulus money during the course of your marriage, then this is an asset that can be split as part of the divorce settlement.

Pension plans. 

 

Some employers, particularly the state or federal government, still offer pension plans, and if these were earned during the marriage, it’s an important source of income not to forget in a divorce settlement.

Military Benefits. 

A service member’s military pension in an extremely valuable asset and can be divided just like any asset.  It is important to include military pensions and other military benefits in a division of assets.

Conclusion

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California and can help you with complex questions relating to valuation and division of assets in a California divorce.

 

Can I Get More Money if My Spouse Cheated?

A commonly asked question in divorce is whether cheating can be used as leverage for the other spouse to get more money or custody in a divorce.  Cheating is typically defined as a physical relationship with a person who is not in the marriage.  This article will discuss the legal consequences of cheating and explain why it is almost always irrelevant to financial or custody issues in a divorce.  

  1. Cheating is not one of the grounds for divorce in California. 
  • There are two grounds for divorce in California:  irreconcilable differences and permanent legal incapacity.  You don’t need to prove cheating to get a California divorce because irreconcilable differences covers all problems or differences that make one person in the divorce want to leave the marriage.

 

  • Typically cheating will not result in greater alimony for the other spouse. 

 

California does not consider marital fault when determining alimony payments, so cheating typically does not factor into alimony.

 

  • What are the factors a judge would consider in awarding alimony?

 

California has a list of the factors that a judge should consider when making a spousal support/alimony determination.  This statute can be accessed in its entirety here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=4320.&lawCode=FAM

(a) The extent to which the earning capacity of each party is sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage, taking into account all of the following:

(1) The marketable skills of the supported party; the job market for those skills; the time and expenses required for the supported party to acquire the appropriate education or training to develop those skills; and the possible need for retraining or education to acquire other, more marketable skills or employment.

(2) The extent to which the supported party’s present or future earning capacity is impaired by periods of unemployment that were incurred during the marriage to permit the supported party to devote time to domestic duties.

(b) The extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment of an education, training, a career position, or a license by the supporting party.

(c) The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support, taking into account the supporting party’s earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, and standard of living.

(d) The needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage.

(e) The obligations and assets, including the separate property, of each party.

(f) The duration of the marriage.

(g) The ability of the supported party to engage in gainful employment without unduly interfering with the interests of dependent children in the custody of the party.

(h) The age and health of the parties.

(i) All documented evidence of any history of domestic violence, 

(j) The immediate and specific tax consequences to each party.

(k) The balance of the hardships to each party.

(l) The goal that the supported party shall be self-supporting within a reasonable period of time. Except in the case of a marriage of long duration as described in Section 4336, a “reasonable period of time” for purposes of this section generally shall be one-half the length of the marriage. However, nothing in this section is intended to limit the court’s discretion to order support for a greater or lesser length of time, based on any of the other factors listed in this section, Section 4336, and the circumstances of the parties.

(m) The criminal conviction of an abusive spouse shall be considered in making a reduction or elimination of a spousal support award in accordance with Section 4324.5 or 4325.

(n) Any other factors the court determines are just and equitable.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DIVORCE ATTORNEY

An experienced attorney can help make the divorce process easier for you and help you make important decisions.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California.  Call us today!

 

3 of the Worst Things Your Kids Can Do with Their Inheritance

If you are considering estate planning, one of the important aspects of the future that is probably on your mind is how to make sure your children do not squander what you are leaving them.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, we have extensive experience in estate planning and can help you think through many of the important issues, and especially a plan to help your heirs utilize their inheritance effectively. 

Business Insider highlighted a few of the worst things that can be done with an inheritance, and this article will summarize a few of those topics to help you begin to strategize the best estate plan for your family. See https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/worst-things-inheritance-financial-planner-2021-1.

Sitting on the money—often better to invest the money.  

There are a few risks of sitting on the money:  inflation, opportunity cost, and the temptation to spend.  A quote attributed to Warren Buffett is “The one thing I will tell you is the worst investment you can have is cash. Everybody is talking about cash being king and all that sort of thing. Cash is going to become worthless over time. But good businesses are going to become worth more over time.”  See Warren Buffet quotes at https://www.insightssuccess.com/a-compilation-of-warren-buffett-quotes-that-will-add-perspective-to-your-investorlife/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwqKuKBhCxARIsACf4XuH2NAAwThinvlMnBvwSJIYXWAcNoskp5xpFzFZjtQWMq7SrlSmTRfkaAnu5EALw_wcB

Cash is an excellent asset for heirs to receive in an inheritance because it is so flexible, so it is not a negative in an estate plan.  However, you may consider providing your children with instructions, education or just simply helpful advice on how to invest after you are gone so that they can make the most of what you are leaving them. 

 

  • Holding onto an inherited property that the heirs can’t afford – often better to sell or rent. 

 

If an heir inherits a property, they may not want to sell or rent it for sentimental reasons.  For some, the desire to keep it “as is” can prevent the best financial utilization of the property.  There can be maintenance costs, taxes, and other expenses that the heirs may not have the funds readily available to cover.  One strategy for estate planning is to anticipate in advance how the property will be used and maintained and to leave sufficient cash to cover the potential expenses the heirs may face in keeping the property.  This is just one plan, but there are many other choices here as well to make the transition smooth and effective.  

 

  • Putting all of your money in one place – often better to diversify. 

 

Your heirs may not be as experienced in money management as you are and one common mistake with inherited assets is to put the money all in one place.  Many financial planners recommend diversification rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, and this holds true for inherited assets as well as assets that are obtained other ways.  The idea behind diversification is that a variety of investments will yield a higher return and investors may face a lower risk by investing in different vehicles.  See https://www.investopedia.com/articles/03/072303.asp.

Consult with the Law Office of David Knecht

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in estate planning in California.  We can help you create a plan that is right for you and can help make the transition smooth for your heirs.  Contact us today!

 

Bifurcating a Divorce in California

Bifurcation means that both parties can be legally declared as a single person while their other issues are being worked out.  For example, Kelly Clarkson recently filed a motion for bifurcation.  According to an article published in Vanity Fair, her filing stated:  “Irreconcilable differences have existed and continue to exist…I have been attempting to reach a global settlement on this matter…since I filed in divorce in June 2020…and I deserve the opportunity to build a new life.  Therefore, I am asking that my request to bifurcate and terminate marital status be granted.”   (See https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/07/kelly-clarkson-request-legally-single-brandon-blackstock-divorce-no-intention-settling)

This article will explain what bifurcation is, how it works, and why it might be something you want to discuss with your attorney:

  1. Can bifurcation shorten the California six month waiting period for divorce?

No, bifurcation is not a way to avoid the waiting period requirement.  However, a motion can be filed immediately after the waiting period has elapsed. 

 

  • How does bifurcation effect child custody, visitation, and financial issues?

 

Bifurcation does not affect things such as child custody, visitation, child support, alimony or other issues that may be difficult to resolve in the divorce.  The bifurcation will deal only with the issue of marital status and the other issues must be addressed later. 

 

  • Why does bifurcation make sense for some couples? 

 

A very common reason for bifurcation is that one person wants to marry again, so they need their legal status to be single.  There may be other reasons for bifurcation.  For some, there is an emotional release to changing the legal status.  For others, a bifurcation may facilitate advantages for tax purposes, so that the parties may file as single.

2. What issues might want to be considered relating to bifurcation?

Medical insurance is an issue that needs to be considered in bifurcation.  Will the spouse that maintains the insurance continue to cover the other spouse, and if not, then the spouse who requests the bifurcation may need to pay for insurance that is comparable or cover the medical bills.  Pension plans and death benefits need to be considered as well as tax consequences.

3. Where can I find an attorney who can help me decide whether bifurcation is right for me?

An experienced attorney can help make the divorce process easier for you and help you make important decisions on issues such as bifurcation. At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California and can help you decide whether bifurcation is the right decision for you. 

 

Tips for Having a Healthy Divorce

Nobody plans on getting a divorce, and divorce can be traumatic for the couple involved, their children and even extended family and friends.  This article will summarize tips from an article published by the American Psychological Association for how to have a healthy divorce.  https://www.apa.org/topics/divorce-child-custody/healthy

Cooperation, Communication and Mediation (Often, but Not Always)

For many divorces, a good starting point is cooperation, communication and a hope of resolution through mediation.  This is not the pattern for all divorces, as each situation is unique.  For some divorces, a more aggressive and hostile approach may be the right strategy.  There is no “one size fits all” divorce, and it is important to coordinate with your attorney on the strategy that works for you.  However, often at least an initial effort toward finding solutions that are palatable for everyone involved can be the method for a divorce that is effective and affordable.  

 

  • Write Things Down. 

 

Emotions will often run very high during a divorce with various triggers that elicit anger, frustration, defeat, fear and a myriad of other negative emotions.  One strategy may be to put your thoughts and emotions onto paper.  For some people, making lists or writing down goals can help overcome the powerlessness that results from negative emotions by channeling the energy into productive planning and/or processing.  

 

  • Give Yourself Compassion.

 

Although it seems somewhat obvious to give yourself a break, the practice of self-compassion can actually reap amazing benefits during a divorce.  In a 2012 study, the participants going through a divorce were asked to rate their self-compassion, which included self-kindness, an awareness of one’s place in humanity and emotional equanimity.  Participants who exercised self-compassion reaped the benefit of less emotional turbulence during the divorce process and even nine months down the road from the divorce event.  The conclusion of the study was that self-compassion is a modifiable variable that can improve the lives of divorcing adults.  So, be kind to yourself, understand that you are an important part of the network of humanity and realize your potential for emotional calm.  https://neuro.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22282874

Resolve to Make the Divorce Experience as Positive as Possible for Children

While some people still hold to the idea that divorce will have a lasting negative impact, more recent research indicates that “outcomes for children and adolescents following divorce were complexly determined, varied considerably, and could be best understood within a framework of familial and external factors increasing risk and fostering resilience. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2012-00701-003

This research indicates that your children are not automatically going to be negatively impacted by your divorce and you may be able to minimize or eliminate long-term challenges resulting from the divorce.  Some methods that are associated with positive outcomes include good communication with the children, avoiding pitting the children against one parent, avoiding sudden changes to allow children to process and deal with change, and providing counseling and other mental health support to children during the difficult times. 

Find the Right Attorney

An experienced attorney can help make the divorce process easier for you and help you make important decisions. At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California.  Call us today. 

Basic Information About Divorce in California

If you are considering divorce, you may be wondering about residency requirements, grounds for divorce, and what the main steps are in the divorce process.  This article will provide an overview of the basics divorce process to help you think about how you are going to handle your divorce case.  There are three main ways to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership in California: divorce, legal separation, and annulment. After you decide how you want to end your marriage or domestic partnership, you need to plan your case ahead of time. Planning before you start and talking to a lawyer can save you time and money as you go through the court process.  At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we can help you plan your divorce from the beginning, or we can assist in a divorce that has already been initiated.  We are experienced divorce lawyers here to help you succeed.  

  1.  What are the residency requirements for divorce in California? 
  • You or your spouse must have been a resident in the state of California for at least six months and a resident in the county where the divorce is going to be filed for at least three months prior to filing for divorce, unless the case involves same-sex marriages.
  • With same-sex marriage, a judgment for divorce, nullity, or legal separation is possible even if neither person is a resident of California at the time the proceedings if 1)  the marriage was entered in California and 2) neither spouse lives in a state that will dissolve the marriage (in a state that doesn’t recognize the marriage).  
  • See California Family Code 2320 at this link:

 

  •  What are the grounds for divorce or legal separation in California?

 

  • Most common:  Irreconcilable differences
    • It is not necessary for both spouses or domestic partners to agree to end the marriage. Either spouse or partner can decide to end the marriage.  The other person can’t stop a divorce.  California is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that the person who wants the divorce does not have to prove that the other person did anything wrong.  They just have to state that there were “irreconcilable differences,” which means that they do not get along. 
  • Also grounds for divorce:  Permanent legal incapacity to make decisions. 
  • See California Family Code 2310 at this link.

 

  •  What are the basic steps in a California divorce?
  • You meet the residency requirements.
  • You state the grounds for divorce.  
  • Divorce paperwork needs to be filed and served to your spouse. 
  • Your spouse will have an opportunity to tell their side of the story, if they contest the information in your paperwork.  This can happen through written paperwork and proceedings either live proceedings or virtual. 
  • If your spouse does not respond within a certain time frame, the divorce can proceed as uncontested. 
  • Issues involving property, children and financial support will be resolved either through settlement or court hearings. 

Consult with the Law Office of David Knecht

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California.  We can explain the divorce process to you and advocate for the property division, financial support and custody arrangements that would work best for you.  

 

 

 

5 Secrets for Coping with Divorce Stress and Depression

If you are struggling coping with divorce stress or depression, you are not alone.  In fact, a study cited in the Journal of Family Therapy reports that despite the increased frequency of divorce in our society, a divorce event can result in emotional and economic hardship for many and a greatly increased depressive effect.  https://www.jstor.org/stable/352399

This article will suggest a few strategies to help you be successful in managing the changing life circumstances associated with divorce and help you maintain a positive mental and emotional outlook:

  • Take each day at a time.  

During the divorce process, you can experience a sense of uncertainty or fear about the unknown.  You may no be sure what things or going to change or whether you will like your “new normal.”  One strategy for managing these concerns is to focus on the short-term rather than the long term:  making lists, setting daily goals, and keeping your focus on being successful each day will help you stay positive during this transition. 

 

  • Confide in a friend.

 

An interesting 2012 study found that friendships with individuals and couples tend to shift during divorce.  See https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10502556.2012.682894

This study found that friendships with couples tended to distance during divorce and friendships with individuals often strengthened.  The implications of this for you may be that you could benefit from strengthening bonds with friends who will be sympathetic and loyal to you.  You will need someone you trust to vent to and confide in, and a friend who can provide supportive and positive feedback will help keep you mentally strong. 

 

  • Let go of the past, release yourself from guilt. 

 

At the end of a relationship, many are drawn in to examining the beginning of the marriage, considering what “red flags” they may have ignored or what went wrong in the process that led up to the marriage.  While self-reflection can be healing at the right time and the right circumstances, some may caught in a downward spiral of “would have’s” and “should have’s” about a past that cannot be changed.  A helpful technique can be to let go of the past, release yourself from the guilt, and focus on the future rather than dwell on mistakes of the past. 

  •  Take time for self-care

For some, self-care is keeping the routine at the gym, for others it’s the solace of comfort food and a good movie.  Regardless of where or how you find solace, it’s important to make time to focus on yourself.  Some people become so concerned about their children or others who might be impacted by the divorce that they neglect to put time and effort into making themselves happy.  

  • Find the right lawyer for you. 

An experienced and compassionate attorney will help make the divorce process easier for you.  Find an attorney who fits your needs.  As a client, you are in the driver’s seat on who to hire and how to guide them to effectively communicate and work for you, so do not be afraid to find a person who fits your needs and to help them know the best way to work for your good. 

Consult with the Law Office of David Knecht

At the Law Office of David Knecht, at 707-451-4502, we have extensive experience in divorce in California.  We can help ease the burden of stress or depression from you by guiding you through the legal process and supporting your goals.