Family Law, Trusts and Wills, and the New Year

January 9, 2009

Happy New Year! Jennifer Moore here. 

FAMILY LAW, TRUSTS AND ESTATES, AND THE NEW YEAR

What are your New Years’ Resolutions?  Mine is to carve out time for a morning routine.  Commuting from home to our offices in Plymouth is not always my idea of fun!  Maybe your resolution involves a bigger change….  Perhaps you are contemplating a change in family structure, such as marriage, divorce, or a change of custody of your children. 

Family law attorneys such as Emily Matson and me here at Moore Family Law, observe that requests for initial consultations increase dramatically after January 1st.  We do still have openings for initial consultations, but they are filling up fast.  Call to reserve your time now!

YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION AT MOORE FAMILY LAW

What can you expect during an initial consultation?  Moore Family Law offers free consultations.  You can expect to be greeted at our office by our Office Manager or our newly-hired Paralegal who will ask you to fill out a short form and will offer you a bottle of water or a cup of coffee.  Once you complete your form, you will meet with an attorney – Emily Matson or me – who will give you real legal advice regarding your divorce, custody, alimony concerns; or, alternatively, regarding your trust, estate, or probate issue.  We will give you our best estimate as to the cost, effort and time we believe your matter will take.  We will advise you about steps you can take to resolve your family law or trust and estate matter without involving an attorney, as well as if your matter is one that really does require the services of an attorney. 

If you are concerned about costs, we will brainstorm with you ways to keep the costs down and to obtain the funds necessary to retain us.   

Once the consultation is over, we will send you a letter and a proposed legal representation agreement.  You have no obligation to retain us for your family law or trust and estate matter, although we hope you will. 

JOINT CUSTODY IN THE NEWS

On another note, I was flipping through the December 14th issue of Newsweek yesterday and discovered the following article about joint custody arrangements: 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/174698

This is an interesting article.  In our family law practice we have definitely noticed a trend towards joint custody arrangements.  Often, these arrangements are the result of both parents coming to an amicable agreement about custody.  However, we have had success in obtaining joint custody arrangements for our clients even where the parties have not necessarily been able to agree about what’s in the best interests of the child.  One of the keys is involving an attorney early on in the process who can advise you as to the best way to approach the issue with an eye towards possible litigation. 

Next week, I will discuss how focusing on the best interests of the children is the best litigation strategy in a divorce, no matter whether the immediate  .  And, yes, we have a link for that too! See Minn. Stat. Sec. 518.17. https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=518.17

 Thank you!  You can return to www.MooreFamilyLawMN.com for more information on family law, divorce, alimony, spousal support, custody, and child support.  There you will also find information on our will drafting, legacy planning, trusts and estates and probate practice.

 Jennifer Moore

Moore Family Law, P.A.

3350 Annapolis Lane North, Suite C

Plymouth,  MN 55447

(763) 951-7330

Fax:  (866) 354-3531

jennifer.moore@moorefamilylawMN.com

 “Representing your family’s future”

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