Legal Help San Francisco & San Mateo Counties


Family Law

Marital problems, custody disputes and child support issues can happen to anybody. Most people never expect these things to come up, but when they do, it's essential that you consider hiring a family law attorney who can provide the guidance and representation you need. Our firm focuses our services on peaceably navigating the conflict and coming to a mutually agreeable solution. We can assist with all of the following services and more:
  • Probate
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Wills and trusts
  • Guardianship
  • Alimony
  • Mediated, uncontested and litigated divorce
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Hiring a mediator to help you negotiate legal conflicts can provide a vastly different experience when compared to hiring a typical lawyer. A few of the benefits that can be expected include less time spent litigating marital conflict, a reduction of the stress involved in the process and less tension for children to deal with. Mediation, in some circumstances can also offer considerable savings by helping avoid the exorbitant costs of going to court.

When familial disputes become legal disputes, it can be stressful to navigate the process of litigation and legal action. Many people do not know that there is an alternative available.

Negotiated, Uncontested, or Mediated Divorce

Divorce mediation is one of the best ways to calm conflict and peaceably navigate your separation. The Law & Mediation Offices of Margaret S. Tillinghast offer mediation to clients in the greater San Fransisco and San Mateo areas who are facing stressful divorce proceedings. Our lawyer can act as a mediator and facilitate a beneficial agreement between you and your former partner. We can provide service in the following situations:
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  • Negotiated: A negotiated divorce involves some mediation to satisfy both parties.
  • Uncontested: In this situation, both parties agree to end the marriage.
  • Litigated: A litigated divorce will typically go to court because the parties cannot agree.
In a litigated scenario, the law and the court will ultimately decide the terms of the marriage's end. Hiring an attorney for this is essential so that your interests are represented. A lawyer will help you deal with any court proceedings and prepare your case so that you are ready to face the litigation that will lie ahead.

Nobody expects to deal with ending a marriage, so when it comes time to file, tensions can be high between former partners. Any conflict that may have preceded legal action will only worsen if you go to litigation. That's why it is wise to find a divorce attorney who offers services focused on mediation and resolution.

Estate Planning, Simple Wills & Trust

Estate planning is a duty that should neither be taken lightly nor neglected. Any adult who has property or other assets should look into options for wills and trusts. Doing so is essential if you care about protecting your loved ones and providing for them in the event of your passing. The Law Offices of Margaret S. Tillinghast can provide a lawyer to assist with the process and help you establish a plan. The benefits of hiring an attorney to help create an estate include:
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  • Controlling how assets are distributed
  • Preventing probate from becoming necessary
  • Reducing or eliminating estate taxes
  • Establishing heirs

Wills & Trusts

A mediator to help establish a will or a trust can greatly simplify the process. Mediated estate planning services can help families negotiate the process. A trust allows heirs to bypass probate, whereas a will typically goes through the probate court. Generally, trusts are more expensive than simple wills.

Many people neglect responsibilities such as estate planning because they do not think it will be a necessity anytime soon.
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An attorney can provide the guidance and assistance needed to make the adoption process go more smoothly. It is best to investigate the process; speak with others who are adoptive parents. In these situations, having a legal representative can make all the difference in navigating the problem and resolving it.
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Adopting in California is subject to the standards and regulations of the state. There are several that are unique and should be taken into account before initiating the process, and the state also only acknowledges certain agreements. California legally recognizes adoptions that are facilitated in one the following ways:
  • Independent adoption service provider
  • Independent adoption
  • Adoption agency
  • Adoption facilitator
  • Agency adoption
Adoptions are a joyous occasion for families, but that doesn't mean that you should not be vigilant about your legal rights. Hiring an adoption attorney is the best way to ensure that they are taken care of and the process goes as planned.

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Disputes involving conservatorships have the potential to become tense situations. This is especially true if they enter litigation and get drawn out in a court battle. In guardianship or conservatorship matters which become complex, it may be wise to explore whether an attorney can help deal with the situation.
Much like a conservatorship, there are two kinds of guardianships available. You may be a guardian of an estate or of a person. In the former case, you have power over finances and financial decisions, and in the latter case, you are empowered to make decisions that affect a person's health and life.

If you need to establish a guardianship or conservatorship, please call our office to discuss your options.
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