People in Stockton and throughout California come to Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP when they need assistance related to a family law matter. We combine our aggressive tactics in advocating for our clients with a personalized and compassionate approach to their situation.
Our practice of family law involves the following:
Marital Settlement Agreements
Property and Asset Valuation
Property and Asset Division
Focus on Mediation to Resolve Family Law Disputes
Divorce is only a part of our family law practice at Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP. If there are children involved, we focus on looking out for their best interests. With that in mind, we encourage our clients to enter mediation to resolve a family law matter, rather than engage in litigation. However, mediation is only as effective as the other party’s willingness to participate. We will not shy away from the courtroom if litigation is likely to provide the best possible outcome.
Protecting Your Assets and Property
Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements are hardly the most romantic part of a new marriage. However, prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements allow people to maintain ownership of assets in the event of divorce. These agreements are particularly useful in cases where one or both spouses own businesses or have substantial assets. Further, prenuptial agreements can serve as a pragmatic step in ensuring that children from a prior marriage are protected.
At Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP in Stockton, California, we provide our clients with a high level of service in developing estate plans. Our service is coupled with extensive experience and a thorough knowledge of estate planning law.
We Develop Estate Plans to Preserve Your Wealth
Attorney Reed Scott has assisted numerous clients in developing estate plans that preserve and transfer wealth from generation to generation. There are various strategies that we employ at Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP to help our hard-working clients develop an estate plan. Those include, but are not limited to:
Family Limited Partnerships
Advanced Healthcare Directives
Powers of Attorney
Having Peace of Mind in Passing on Your Assets and Avoiding Probate
A proper estate plan developed by an attorney at our firm will help to avoid high estate taxes and the lengthy and costly process of probate. Additionally, a well-drafted estate plan can provide you with the peace of mind in knowing that assets will go to the designated heirs in an orderly manner upon your passing. An estate plan can serve other needs as well. For instance, you can dictate your course of medical care should you become incapacitated or on life support with an advanced healthcare directive.
Purchasing and selling real estate can be a complex process. Taking careful steps to complete the transactional process can help to avoid future disputes and litigation. At Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP in Stockton, California, we help clients through the process of purchasing or selling commercial and residential real estate.
Facilitating the Entire Real Estate Transactional Process
California landowners and real estate developers have come to rely on Brown, Hall, Shore & McKinley, LLP for our attention to detail in facilitating residential or commercial real estate transactions from beginning to end, including:
Real Estate Development Oversight
Conditions, Covenants and Restrictions (CC&Rs)
1031 IRS Exchanges
Whether you are building a home, condominium or commercial building, we have the experience to help you throughout the entire process of a real estate transaction. Complex transactions require extensive experience and a thorough knowledge of real estate law. Our lawyers can provide immediate and effective representation.
Resolving and Litigating Real Estate Disputes
Disputes can arise in spite of the care and attention to detail put into a real estate transaction. We represent clients facing commercial litigation that involves real estate and proprietary rights disputes over easements and ownership interests.