So often we have the opportunity to use our legal backgrounds to repay favors from long ago or provide tremendous relief to a friend in need.
My message this month is to look for ways to give back. It feels right. You can make a difference. It will also enrich your life.
Where can low and moderate income residents across the State of California, including immigrants, go for advice and legal help on a vast array of consumer problems? Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) is the go-to resource. Headquartered in Oakland, HERA addresses issues ranging from student loan problems, homeowner concerns and automobile loan problems, to […]
We can each do our part to understand each other better. We can all benefit from listening and appreciating the views and ideas of those who have backgrounds and perspectives which differ from our own.
The Robert G. McGrath Chapter of the American Inns of the Court met at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. Attendees were treated to a presentation pulled from two aspects of a similar scenario. The first is from the hit TV series, “Better Call Saul,” a prequel to the massive hit, “Breaking […]
Did You Know that the CCCBA can help track your MCLE certificates?
New CCCBA Communications Coordinator, Carole Lucido produces Contra Costa Lawyer, magazine, CCCBA websites and social media presence and takes photos and videos at CCCBA events.
Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We ask a short question related to an upcoming theme and responses are then published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. This month we ask, “What do you value most about your CCCBA membership?” The professional development programs. I’m a member of the […]
It has been said that those who can, do. And those who can do more, volunteer. Tom Cain is a perfect example of this concept. Co-founder of the Lawyer in the Library program, Tom is also one of the dedicated attorneys who volunteers to work at the two monthly clinics, assisting pro per litigants in navigating the legal system.
As my year as President of the Contra Costa County Bar Association winds down, I find myself thinking about the many benefits I have received from the CCCBA since I joined the organization some eight years ago, when I first moved my practice to Contra Costa. Initially, I joined the Women’s Section and the Real […]
As the change of season from summer to fall begins, so too will things change at the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center next year. We are losing a judge in our Criminal Division and gaining a judge in our Family Law Division. With our Pittsburg criminal filings substantially increasing, this will be another challenge to […]
What happens next? Hypothetical #1: An elderly woman wants to amend her trust. She has three adult children. The current trust specifies that the residue of her trust is to pass in equal shares to the three children. The proposed trust amendment leaves 97% of the residue, which at that moment would amount to about […]
The Richmond courthouse continues to be busy. Since January, approximately 42 misdemeanor and two felony trials have taken place. There have been multiple trials that have been assigned out, yet did not conclude due to subsequent resolution both prior to and after a jury being sworn.
I am a solo attorney that relies heavily on technology. This not only makes me more efficient, but saves space and time.
Data contained in the chart below represents initial family law filings in March of two years: 2010 and 2016. Whether or not parties are represented in family law cases tends to change repeatedly as the case progresses; these fluctuations are not reflected in the chart. The chart reflects each party’s status at the time of […]