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1. Cullen, Murphy & Naples
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  • 21 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Oceanside, CA
"Family law matters have deeply personal and lifelong implications for every individual associated with them. At the Law Firm of Cullen, Murphy & Naples, we represent family members at a time of turmoil and high emotional stress in Inland Empire. We see our role as that of a guide, helping our clients through the legal steps in a difficult and usually painful process. We offer high-quality personal legal representation in cases of divorce, legal separation, and domestic partnerships and all associated matters such as property division, child custody, child and spousal support. For more information about our firm and our family law practice, contact our Riverside law office. Our firm utilizes the services of our skilled legal team including staff attorneys, paralegals, and researchers. By utilizing different staff sources, we are able to keep client costs reasonable and speed up the resolution of your case. Additionally, we have the support of a sophisticated computerized case and records management system, which also reduces client costs. Our work is fast, fair, and thorough. We seek to reduce the financial and emotional toll of divorce, termination of domestic partnerships, legal separation and child custody proceedings through out-of-court settlements when possible. An out-of-court settlement is usually in the best interests of the client, because it limits expenses and the stress connected with attending court. However, in some cases, court is necessary. Nevertheless, we provide strong advocacy on your behalf at every stage up to and including trial when necessary. We provide strong advocacy for clients in settlement discussions and at trial. Additionally, our office is experienced in representing clients who do not reside locally and cannot always appear personally to handle each issue of his or her family law matter. In those cases, our law firm enables our out-of-area clients to maintain an effective case, while remaining in their home area by using telephone, fax, email, and overnight mail to communicate and resolve issues. Further, it is common for our out-of-area clients to appear by telephone in a family law hearing, while an attorney from our firm appears in person to represent the party's interest. If this is an option that you are interested in, please discuss it with one of our attorneys during your consultation. Throughout our representation of each client, we take the time to get to know you, understand your unique set of circumstances, help you identify your goals, and offer sound legal advice with regard to your best options. We invite you to contact our riverside office today to discuss your concerns. We offer high-quality and personal representation in the following matters: * divorce and dissolution: - Our lawyers work to minimize the stress and turmoil of a divorce, especially when children are involved. * child custody and visitation: - We help clients resolve custody and visitation disputes, resulting in orders that represent the best interest of the child or children. * termination of domestic partnerships: - The breakup of a domestic partnership has most of the same issues as those involved in a divorce. * contested vs. uncontested divorce - Many of the most difficult and expensive aspects of divorce disappear if the parties agree. We focus on making this happen. When it cannot, we handle a contested divorce, taking it to trial when necessary. * military divorce: - Special rules may apply in family law matters when a party is on active duty in the military. We handle military divorces for members of the armed services and their spouses. * property rights either simple and complex: - We use our extensive knowledge of California law to make sure our client is treated fairly in the division of community property. * property settlements: - We represent our clients effectively during any divorce property settlement negotiations. * business valuation and business controllable cash flow: - As part of the division of property in a divorce, any businesses must be properly evaluated including any business cash flow. * spousal support or alimony: - Our law firm has the experience to protect our clients in determining temporary and permanent spousal support. * child support: - We represent clients seeking fair resolution of support disputes including both initial and permanent support orders. * wage assignments or collections of support: - Our office assists in the creation, modification and termination of wage assignments. * parental rights or paternity: - establishing parental relationships, often referred to as paternity, creates a legal relationship between a parent and a child. It also confers all legal rights and responsibilities of parenthood. * modifications of custody and support: - When there is a substantial change in circumstances by one of the parties, the court can change or modify the current custody and support orders. * parental relocation or move-away: - We help parents both pursue and defend relocation petitions. * parental alienation: - If you feel you are being alienated from your child, we will seek having your rights as a parent justly restored. * guardianships: - We can provide you with skilled guidance on how to obtain a guardianship and the proper procedures. * grandparents' rights: - Under California laws, grandparents can petition for visitation rights. However, recent case law has made this difficult. We can help. * stepparent adoptions: - We are knowledgeable in local stepparent adoption laws and help represent you. * domestic violence: - Domestic violence is not just between husbands and wives. It is used to describe violence between domestic partners, parents and children, siblings, and in dating relationships. Contact us today. We are available to assist in both our Riverside and Temecula offices. Effective representation in family law matters requires a thorough understanding of the law and the ability to respond to families in crisis. We invite you to contact our office today for a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. The family law practice at the Law Firm of Cullen, Murphy & Naples strives to maintain effective, quality relationships with each of our clients. We treat each client with integrity and respect for his or her individual needs, goals and objectives. We focus on intelligent legal representation. We pledge to listen to and communicate with each of our clients."

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What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer fights on your behalf if you’ve been injured physically, psychologically, economically or in reputation. This injury may be the result of neglect or malicious intent of another person, or it could be at the hands of a business, government or other entity. Personal injury lawyers specialize in tort law, which is the law of civil wrongs like car accidents, company wrongdoing, unlawful imprisonment and more.

To become qualified to be a personal injury lawyer in the United States, a person must earn a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from a law school. Most states then require the person to pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. Unlike many attorneys who require a retainer, personal injury lawyers often work on contingency fees. This means that in lieu of payment upfront, they receive an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement in case of a win.

What does a real estate lawyer do?

A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

What should you look for in a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer will advocate for your legal rights if you’ve been hurt in an accident at work or in daily life, have suffered from medical malpractice, or are struggling to have your insurance carrier cover your needs. It may be helpful to talk with two or three lawyers before selecting one. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, research their reviews and make sure former clients have had good experiences with them. Next, make sure the personal injury lawyer has experience and proven success winning cases similar to yours. Confirm that the lawyer is licensed to provide services in your state. When you find a qualified personal injury lawyer with whom you want to work, freely discuss payment and fees before any work begins. Most lawyers offer a free consultation to learn what your case is about and explain their rates. Personal injury attorneys typically receive a percentage of your settlement (called a contingency fee), so they are paid after the trial or case is complete. Keep in mind that some attorneys have fees that you must pay even if you don’t win your trial. It’s important to understand these details before work begins so you don’t have any unhappy surprises later. Lastly, it’s wise to choose a personal injury lawyer that you have confidence in and with whom you can communicate openly and honestly.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

  • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
  • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
  • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
  • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
  • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
  • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
  • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  
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