6Aug

Welcome to the Team – Keeley L. Nickelson, Family Law Attorney

By Purcell Stowell / August 6, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

FPS Welcomes New Family Law Attorney Keeley Nickelson We’re pleased to introduce our newest colleague, Keeley Nickelson, a family law attorney who will be supporting clients in a range matters including divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, guardianships, and restraining orders. ...

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27Jul

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story

By Purcell Stowell / July 27, 2017 / Children, Firm News / No Comments

CLIENT JOURNEY: Two Dads and Their Independent Adoption Story We are beyond thrilled to congratulate our clients Robyé and Matthew on the adoption of their daughter, Mia. FPS attorney Matt Purcell and senior paralegal Dorinda Gregory began working with the couple last year, after traditional rout...

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10Jul

FPS Attorneys Selected to 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers Lists

By Purcell Stowell / July 10, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

Forester and Purcell selected for inclusion in 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers lists. We’re pleased to recognize Managing Shareholder Neil Forester for his selection to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state a...

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26Jun

Welcome to the Team – Rebeca C. Christianson, Family Law Attorney

By Purcell Stowell / June 26, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

FPS Welcomes New Family Law Attorney Rebeca Christianson We’re pleased to introduce our newest colleague, Rebeca Christianson, a family law attorney with a practice emphasis on child custody disputes. Having worked in a family law office environment for more than a decade, Rebeca brings a d...

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14May

FPS Attorneys Named in Sac Mag’s 2017 Top Lawyers in Family Law List

By Purcell Stowell / May 14, 2017 / Firm News / No Comments

Forester and Stowell receive recognition by local peers in 2017 Top Lawyers survey Hats off to Certified Family Law Specialists Neil Forester and Michelle Stowell, who recently received word of their inclusion in Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List. Sac Mag tapped third-party survey...

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19Apr

DVTROs: Knowledge of the Process is Power

By Purcell Stowell / April 19, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

“You should file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) to protect yourself.” Victims of domestic violence — which is a broad category for numerous types of behavior not limited to physical or verbal assault  — often hear this advice from friends and family who mean well. And while DVRO app...

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12Apr

Prenups for Entrepreneurs: The Value of Pre-Venture Counseling

By Purcell Stowell / April 12, 2017 / Premarital / No Comments

Making the Case for Pre-Venture Counseling When you enter into a business venture with another person, you are essentially establishing a relationship which implies a set of duties and obligations — think a marriage without the romance (in most cases anyways). Owning and operating a small busines...

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29Mar

The Costly Myth of the “730 Evaluation” in Child Custody Proceedings

By Matt Purcell / March 29, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Money and time could be wasted when a “730 evaluation” is ordered — but not defined — during child custody proceedings. What is a “730 evaluation?” It is a common misinterpretation of the law that plagues not just ill-informed parties but also attorneys and judicial office...

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13Mar

Help Me… Help You: 3 Keys to Help Your Family Law Attorney Manage Your Case

By Michelle Stowell / March 13, 2017 / Divorce, Family Law, Resources / No Comments

Consider a frank conversation with your attorney as to how you can best help them manage your case. Hiring an attorney is expensive. Clients want to get the most value for their dollar. Similarly, attorneys want to present their client’s case in the most effective way possible. We want to get you...

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26Feb

When and Why You May Need a “Court-Ordered” Paternity Test

By Matt Purcell / February 26, 2017 / Children, Divorce / No Comments

Under the California Family Code, the only results that count when it comes to a paternity test are of the “court-ordered” variety. Myriad daytime television talk shows have made great drama out of paternity tests. I caught one the other day (on happenstance, while sick in bed) and it got me thin...

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