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Debra R. Schoenberg Lawyer

Debra R. Schoenberg

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Family Law, Prenuptial Agreements
Boutique Family Law Firm in San Francisco

Debra Schoenberg's long and distinguished career has been exclusively dedicated to the practice of family law. More than 20 years ago, she establis... (more)

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Samuel Pooler

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, DUI-DWI

The Law Office of Samuel L. Pooler is a full service legal service provider that is at your service, day or night. I offer reliable advice and represe... (more)

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Deborah Dubroff

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Family Law
Practicing family law exclusively - Settlement-oriented/ Trial-ready

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Thomas Joshua Ogas Lawyer

Thomas Joshua Ogas

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Lawsuit, Juvenile Law
East Bay Law Firm handling a variety of legal issues

Thomas Ogas practices criminal law and general litigation. He has been a criminal defense attorney for more than fifteen years. In that time he has p... (more)

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Elaine L. Morinelli

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Custody & Visitation, Child Support, Paternity, Collaborative Law
Morinelli & Lieberman Law Group

MORINELLI & LIEBERMAN LAW GROUP has been serving the legal needs of people in the Bay Area for over 28 years. We can make your legal problems understa... (more)

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Ronald Stuart Galasi

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury, Corporate, Litigation

Mr. Galasi is an attorney with over 40 years of experience; his areas of practice include, but are not limited to: Litigation, Criminal Law, Family L... (more)

Stuart  MacKenzie Lawyer

Stuart MacKenzie

Divorce & Family Law

When your family dynamics change and you find yourself looking for a family law attorney, you need an attorney who can confidently handle any issue th... (more)

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Louis J. Goodman

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Criminal, Domestic Violence & Neglect, White Collar Crime, DUI-DWI

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Kevin David Flynn

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

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Harry L Styron

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Divorce & Family Law, Consumer Bankruptcy

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LEGAL TERMS

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

GUARDIANSHIP

A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty... (more...)
A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on his or her behalf, managing property or both. Guardianships of incapacitated adults are more typically called conservatorships .

FMLA

See Family and Medical Leave Act.

MINOR

In most states, any person under 18 years of age. All minors must be under the care of a competent adult (parent or guardian) unless they are 'emancipated'--in ... (more...)
In most states, any person under 18 years of age. All minors must be under the care of a competent adult (parent or guardian) unless they are 'emancipated'--in the military, married or living independently with court permission. Property left to a minor must be handled by an adult until the minor becomes an adult under the laws of the state where he or she lives.

ADOPTION

A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship rec... (more...)
A court procedure by which an adult becomes the legal parent of someone who is not his or her biological child. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship recognized for all legal purposes -- including child support obligations, inheritance rights and custody.

CASE

A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appe... (more...)
A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appellate case, a panel of judges. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion is commonly referred to as the Roe v. Wade case. Finally, the term also describes the evidence a party submits in support of her position -- for example, 'I have made my case' or ''My case-in-chief' has been completed.'

IN CAMERA

Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from t... (more...)
Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from the courtroom. Proceedings are often held in camera to protect victims and witnesses from public exposure, especially if the victim or witness is a child. There is still, however, a record made of the proceeding, typically by a court stenographer. The judge may decide to seal this record if the material is extremely sensitive or likely to prejudice one side or the other.

NEXT OF KIN

The closest relatives, as defined by state law, of a deceased person. Most states recognize the spouse and the nearest blood relatives as next of kin.

STEPCHILD

A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological ... (more...)
A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological offspring. Under the Uniform Probate Code, followed in some states, a stepchild belongs in the same class as a biological child and will inherit property left 'to my children.' In other states, a stepchild is not treated like a biological child unless he or she can prove that the parental relationship was established when he or she was a minor and that adoption would have occurred but for some legal obstacle.