Working with your Lawyer

Understanding the relationship between yourself and your lawyer is important.  Obviously, you do not want to waste your attorney's time with silly questions which will cost you unnecessary legal fees but more importantly you should be aware of what you control and what you do not in an the attorney-client ...

Fighting Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services or CPS are the local social services agency designed to look at for the welfare of children.  When they believe that a child is abused/and or neglected or are at risk of abuse and neglect they can file a petition with the Juvenile Court to intervene.  The ...

Request for Order — Child Custody

A party may file a Request for Order or RFO for a change of child custody/visitation, at any time during the minority of the child.  A final Child custody and visitation order are modifiable throughout the child’s minority whenever the court finds a modification is “necessary or proper” in the child’s ...

What is a Preliminary Hearing

February 4, 2013 MDRM Blog,MDRM BLOG 0 Comment

A preliminary hearing in California is a hearing to determine if there is probable cause to hold a defendant over to answer for felony charges.  A defendant is not entitled to a preliminary hearing in misdemeanor charges only.  This hearing is held before a judge.  The prosecution is represented by ...

What is an Arraignment?

An Arraignment hearing is generally the first criminal court hearing.  At the arraignment, the People are represented by the District Attorney's Office.  They are responsible for filing a complaint or sometimes referred to as the information listing the charges against the defendant.  They will list the charges or counts on ...

Preparing for an Initial Consultation with a Lawyer

December 28, 2012 MDRM Blog,MDRM BLOG 0 Comment

This guide should provide you a few basic tips when meeting a lawyer for an initial consultation and what you should expect in the initial consultation. 1 What is the cost of the Initial Consultation Many attorneys offer free consultations. They usually limit these free consultations to 30 minutes to an hour. However, ...

Where can I find information about my court case?

December 13, 2012 MDRM BLOG 0 Comment

If you are looking to gain information about your court case and you do not have an attorney, a good starting point is to go down to the county courthouse where your case is taking place.  Some courthouses have walk-up centers and self help resources which you can utilize.  Additionally, ...

Considerations Prior to Your First Court Hearing

November 17, 2012 MDRM BLOG 0 Comment

Many people are intimidated when they have to appear in court.  There are many reasons why court can be a scary place if you have never been there before or if you are not adequately prepared.  Court can be scary because the outcome of a court proceeding can result in ...

MDRM — What is an Attorney-Client Fee Agreement

November 16, 2012 MDRM BLOG 0 Comment

An Attorney-Client Fee Agreement, or Fee Agreement, is more than just the document that controls the legal fees between an attorney and client.  A Fee Agreement is essentially the contract between the attorney and client.  A well written Fee Agreement will detail the scope of representation, legal fees, any conditions of ...

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