Family Law, Divorce & Child Custody
We are the Family Lawyers You Can Trust. When you are going through a divorce or other family law matter, hiring an experienced attorney who has your interests in mind is of the utmost importance. Divorce can quickly become contentious and highly emotional, especially if children are involved. You will have to make many tough calls, such as who will retain custody of the children, how properties and assets will be divided, whether one of the spouses will be awarded any alimony, how any debts will be split, and the list goes on.
At the Spencer Law Group PLC, we have a team of experienced family lawyers on staff who are eager to help you with your case and defend your rights. One of the most important reasons you need to have one of our family lawyers representing you is we understand the court processes and all of its pitfalls. We deal with judges and opposing attorneys daily. We know all the processes, rules, and strategies to get the best results for you. And we promise to address every concern as it comes up so that you will not have to deal with recurring issues later due to careless oversight.
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality family law services to our clients. We will help you achieve the most favorable outcomes for your cases, and we are not afraid to be aggressive for you in the courtroom to ensure that your rights are upheld. Our areas of expertise include divorce, child custody and visitation, property and assets division, paternity law/parentage, premarital and post-marital agreements, mediation, collaborative law, enforcement of orders and modifications, and appeals.
We have the negotiation skills to secure you the best deals, no matter whether you are fighting for your fair share of property, alimony, or child custody. Contact us today to find out how we can protect you, your assist and your family.
Business Law & Probate Law
Every business needs legal representation. Most businesses can't afford, and don't have a need, to keep a dedicated attorney on staff full-time. That's where we come in. We have extensive experience assisting companies with all of the legal issues they face. From business organization, through growth phases, and finally the sale of the company, we are with your business every step of the way. It could be drafting organizational documents and Bylaws to start your company. It could be contract drafting, negotiation, litigation and mediation. It could be addressing issues caused by employees, or by competitors, or by those with whom you do business. We have helped businesses of all sizes and kinds, across industries from real estate, low income housing and contracting, to technology sales, alcoholic beverages and pet care. Call The Spencer Law Group to see how we can help you build and grow your business.
Advance Planning, Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts
Everyone needs Advance Planning documents. No matter your age, marital status, and whether or not you have children, Advance Planning documents not only protect you, but also help your family when catastrophic events happen. Advance Planning documents generally consist of: (1) a Will; (2) an Advance Directive; (3) a Financial Power of Attorney; and (4) a Trust.
A Will directs people to manage your finances and care for your children after your death. It protects your assets, and ensures that they are distributed to the people or organizations you want to receive them. It ensures that your children are protected and cared for, by nominating a person to be the guardian of their "Person" (who provides daily care for them until they are old enough) and the guardian of their "Property" (who manages any assets they have until they are old enough). It also directs a named person to be the Personal Representative (or Executor) to manage your estate, rather than having an attorney or other appointed person take that role (usually at the expense of your estate).
A Financial Power of Attorney nominates a specific person to manage your finances while you are alive, but unable to do it on your own. They pay your bills, manage your investments, and act as though they are you, in terms of protecting your finances.
An Advance Directive nominates a specific person to manage your medical care while you are alive, but unable to do so on your own. They will make medical decisions on your behalf, in consultation with your doctors. An Advance Directive also gives you the power to pull back some of the authority granted to your designee, so you can decide what your end-of-life care will look like. An Advance Directive also makes it clear whether you want to make any organ or tissue donations, and what your goals are for a funeral and burial/cremation.
A Trust is a document that separates current management of assets from future benefit of those assets. They are generally used for people with either high net worth, or who have family members that receive government benefits. They come in many different forms, from trusts that come into existence as soon as they are signed, to those that do not start until some event (like someone's death) has occurred. There are many reasons why a person would want to have a trust, from wealth preservation, to asset protection, to minimizing some people's ability to access your assets in the future.
Call or email us to discuss how we can tailor Advance Planning documents to best protect you and your family, while preserving your assets for future generations.