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Trust Fund Basics: Benefits and Protections

Posted by Christopher Martens | Aug 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Managing and Controlling Assets Trusts provide an avenue to pass wealth to your heirs while retaining some control over when and how they receive those funds. Because they are little understood, trusts are often overlooked as a vehicle for carrying out your wishes for your estate when you die. Bu...

Top Tips for Asset Protection Planning

Posted by Christopher Martens | Aug 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reaching Your Goals, Protecting Your Interests Proper asset protection planning can safeguard your hard-earned assets should you face legal trouble down the road. An essential step in financial planning, too many Californians overlook the importance of asset protection planning because they don't...

What Does Expungement Not Do?

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jul 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Expungement provides many important benefits for those with a criminal record. Expunging a conviction from your record can significantly improve your chances of getting a job, an apartment, or even a loan. But there are some things expungement does not do, which you should learn about if you are ...

5 Tips for Claiming Self-Defense

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jul 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many domestic violence incidents involve self-defense. Unfortunately, claiming self-defense as a defense to domestic violence charges isn't foolproof. It's not enough to claim you were using self-defense, and not all acts of self-defense leave you immune from criminal liability. To help clear up ...

How California’s Bail System Is Changing and Why

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jul 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

States nationwide are fighting for bail reform. Proponents of bail reform argue certain bail practices disproportionately burden people of color and those with limited financial resources. When a dollar amount is all that keeps some behind bars while others walk free, the system is indeed flawed....

Technology is Changing the Way We See Criminals

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jun 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

An Era of Transparency Our lives are online, whether we like it or not. Even if you don't share your personal life with friends online, chances are someone could view your personal information with just a click of a button. And the information that can be discovered is the kind that can hurt you ...

Can You Avoid Deportation When Facing DV Charges?

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jun 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

The Aftermath of Domestic Violence A domestic violence (DV) conviction can hit anyone hard. With fines, protection orders, and incarceration on the list of potential penalties, anyone convicted of domestic violence can expect a significant life change. But non-citizens face an even greater potent...

Cleaning Your Record in the Ban the Box Era

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jun 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ban the Box Protections In the Ban the Box Era, more Californians with criminal records are being treated fairly than ever before. With new laws to protect those at a disadvantage in place, people are being judged on their own merits first and their criminal histories last. This represents a shif...

3 Ways to Move on From a Criminal Conviction

Posted by Christopher Martens | Jun 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

Being convicted of a crime is something most people want to move on from, and fast. But doing so can prove difficult if you don't know where to start. Moving on from a criminal conviction happens in steps, some small and some large, so here are three effective ways to move on from your criminal c...

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