We are a general practice, but we spend most of our time and energies on the areas below.
Family Law; "Grey Divorces" and "Lightly contested" Divorce Mediation
Your wedding was probably beautiful; your divorce does not NEED to be ugly. Our goals always are determined by YOUR objectives, your personal strengths and challenges, and your need to be able to function as a co-parent for your children after the divorce. Attorneys need to make the process easier - easier to understand, easier to survive, and NOT make it worse by "stirring the pot" just to increase legal fees. We focus specifically on two areas:
"Grey Divorces" When empty nesters divorce, their issues tend to be focused on "how to divide a lifetime of assets," and "what to do about retirement." At this stage of life, there isn't a lot of time left to save for retirement, and so, these issues are sensitive and need to be handled as such.
Mediation of "lightly contested" divorces--so, if you are optimistic that you and your spouse have "most" of your problems sorted, Attorney/Mediator Julia L. Gray would be honored to help you "keep everyone calm and focused," while we finish resolving the remaining areas of conflict. Ideally, by the end of our mediation session, you both will walk away with a finished settlement agreement, and the forms you need to file the truly uncontested divorce on your own, saving you tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys fees and costs.
Contract Law: Whether you are a professional (a physician, architect, chiropractor, realtor) or a service provider such as a salon, home improvement business, plumber, lawn care services, etc, you need to be able to understand the contracts, the leases, the vendor agreements that are your business. Let us get to know your business NOW, so that when trouble arises or you just need a contract reviewed, we can do so efficiently and quickly.
Prenuptial Agreements - unless both husband and wife-to-be are very young and without any significant assets, most engaged people need to "put it in writing" - where will their separate property and their joint property go in case of divorce or death. If you are considering a second marriage, these questions often involve adult children with varieties of needs and circumstances. Especially in second marriages, the stakes are very high, and if everyone is clear at the beginning re: your expectations and intentions, the better the chances this second marriage will be a hapy one! So, knowing who will get what re retirement plans, real estate, investments and more can help "save the peace" later.
Personal Injury - We have handled everything from defective products and product liability, medical malpractice, negligently maintained and organized premises and events, "slip and falls," and of course car accidents. ALWAYS talk to an attorney before you talk to the insurance company!
Small business representation - We have always had quite an assortment of small business owners as "regular clients" - an attorney who understands your business BEFORE there is a crisis is a valuable asset indeed. Our clients have included restaurants, salons, transportation companies, automobile dealers, jewelers, fitness centers, and more. We have prepared non-compete agreements, buy-sell agreements, leases, employment agreements, vendor contracts, and much much more.
Estate Planning - Most of our clients are "ordinary people," who want to keep control of what they own as long as possible, avoid probate, and have their property go where THEY want it to go. We have estate plans to fit your situations from very, very simple to very complicated. Julia L. Gray has prepared thousands of estate plans in the last 30+ years.
Criminal/Traffic - we regularly handle all varieties of traffic, speeding, warrant recalls, and other violations, in addition to just about all misdemeanors. We handle few felonies, but are always willing to refer a qualified attorney to help you if your problem needs someone more specialized.