Learn About Review Hearings in Juvenile Dependency To Better Prepare For Them

There are a few steps that can and will occur before you get to a review hearing. The process begins when Child Protective Services (CPS) files a petition with the court stating that a child is not safe by living with their parents and why this is the case. During a Detention Hearing, the parties are shown the petition that was submitted, the parents are told what can ultimately happen, and the court will Read More

Understanding Emergency Custody in California

Despite the reasons, having a family breakup is both emotionally and physically challenging. It can become even more so when you need to fight for custody of a child because they are at risk.  Educate yourself in the emergency custody process to know what to expect. In California, the first step is to determine which kind of case is appropriate. Married persons can file a Petition for Dissolution or a Petition to Read More

4 Tips for Diffusing Arguments During Divorce

All divorces have one thing in common- the marriage didn’t work out. Even couples who are determined to be amicable may find themselves overwhelmed by feelings of anger and regret, leading to arguments. When your spouse is argumentative, a minor disagreement can escalate fast. It is in everyone’s best interests to diffuse any arguments that arise. You will be able to focus less on your angry feelings and more on Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Revocable and Irrevocable Living Trusts

Living trusts are a highly-effective estate planning tool that can spare your loved ones the expensive and time-consuming probate process. Once established, they allow a third party (known as a trustee) to hold and manage assets on behalf of your beneficiaries and when you pass, these assets are passed on to the designated recipients instead of going through probate. Other benefits of a living trust include: Read More

Understanding Powers of Attorney

While a will is a good starting place for your estate plan, a strong plan will utilize many other tools to determine what will happen to your assets after you pass away, or what will happen if you become ill or incapacitated before that time. Today we’re highlighting one of the most useful estate planning tools under the sun: the power of attorney. What would happen if you were alive, but unable to express your Read More

Unwed Fathers: Three Reasons to Establish Legal Paternity

When a baby is born to a married couple, California law assumes that the mother’s husband is the baby’s father. That man gets all the benefits of legal paternity, such as the right to pursue custody if the pair divorces. But did you know that if you aren’t married to your child’s mother, you actually need to take steps to be granted legal paternity? It’s true! In today’s blog post, we’re looking at some of the Read More

Your Quick California Restraining Order FAQ

Coronavirus has changed our lives in many frightening ways, from threatening our health and that of our loved ones to contributing to rising suicide rates, and new data suggests another disturbing trend: Stay home orders have caused a rise in domestic violence cases. Whether it is simply being reported more because victims can’t leave the house or being cooped up together is actually causing violence to rise, this is Read More

Four Pieces of Bad Divorce Advice to Avoid

When it comes to relationship issues and divorce, everyone seems to have an opinion. Sometimes your loved ones’ advice varies so greatly that it can be difficult to know whose words to heed and whose to disregard. While we know your loved ones have only the best intentions, the Carroll Law Office team has seen firsthand how following bad divorce advice can make an already challenging situation even worse. We Read More

Choosing an Executor: Three Alternative Options When None of Your Loved Ones Are Suitable

When you create a will, you need to name an executor. The executor of your will is a person who has the legal responsibility to ensure that your financial matters are handled properly after you pass away. They will likely pay bills and taxes on behalf of your estate, distribute your assets to your loved ones as instructed by your will, go to court on behalf of your estate, and maintain your property in the time Read More

Three Reasons Coronavirus Makes Estate Planning More Important Than Ever

These unprecedented times are scary for us all. Though the numbers are still out, it seems that while coronavirus is mainly life-threatening only for the elderly and immunocompromised, it can also in some cases claim the lives of the young and the healthy. For many, this is a wakeup call. Between accidents and undetected medical issues, the young and seemingly healthy have never been death-proof, but the highly Read More