FAQ

Can I Receive Legal Services Remotely?

Yes. I have systems in place to seamlessly handle your legal needs remotely, so I don’t have to be in the office to receive a call from you, consult with you, or move forward with tackling your legal matter. I understand that when you are facing a pressing legal issue, like a divorce matter, criminal charge, or estate planning issue, you need legal help right away. You don’t have time to wait for someone to be in the office to finally respond to your call. That’s why I am here to support you virtually from any location in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Call me today to get started.

What Is the Cost of Divorce in California?

In most cases, divorce in California ranges from more than $5,000 to nearly $40,000. These varied costs depend on a number of factors, as no two divorce situations are alike.

On average, the cost of divorce in California is about $17,500. Note that divorce proceedings involving children tend to be the most expensive to conclude.

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

Sadly, in California, family law courts’ calendars are quite full. For this reason, the process of divorce usually lasts between eight and 20 months, with 15 months being the average. Unscrupulous lawyers take advantage of this by adding unnecessary billable hours to increase the cost of your divorce.

How Can I Get Divorced As Quickly As Possible?

I am passionate about pushing courts and opposing attorneys to be expeditious with your case. Keep in mind, though, that the more complicated your divorce case is, the longer it may take to complete.

By offering top-tier legal help in San Diego, my goal is to get you past the stress of divorce as quickly as possible.

Why Would I Get a Legal Separation Instead of a Divorce?

A legal separation allows you to stay married while still having the ability to live a separate life from your spouse. This is a good option over divorce if you would like to avoid divorce for personal or religious reasons. Also, you remain entitled to benefits that offer payments for surviving spouses, such as pensions and Social Security, when you are legally separated. Furthermore, you can choose to reverse a separation if you and your spouse end up resolving your issues.

Why Are Estate Plans Necessary?

An estate plan is essential, as it will allow you to provide for the future of your loved ones. This type of plan will ensure that your loved ones will be appropriately cared for if you end up suffering incapacity or disability.

With the help of an attorney, you can avoid the expensive, time-consuming, and public process of probate. That’s because your attorney can help you create a strong estate plan that will allow for the private distribution of your estate. A well-thought-out estate plan can keep your loved ones from experiencing the emotional ordeal of fighting over an estate once you pass away.

If you need legal help with estate planning in San Diego, I can put together a plan for you at the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil. This plan will safeguard your loved ones’ financial futures based on your wishes. At the same time, I will take the necessary steps to reduce your death taxes.

What If I Already Have a Trust?

If you have a trust, you may need to revisit it right away. The reason for this is that events might have occurred over the past few years that might require you to update the trust. These events may include a child’s birth, a beneficiary’s death, or a new home purchase. Another example of a life event that may impact your trust is the refinancing of your home.

In addition, keep in mind that estate law is changing constantly, which is why estate planning legal help is invaluable in San Diego. At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can make changes to your trust and other estate planning documents to ensure that your wishes will be upheld at minimal cost under the newest California estate laws.

Can I Create My Own Will?

Yes, you can put together your own will. However, by seeking legal help with creating a will in San Diego, you can make certain that your property is fully protected. In addition, if I create a will for you, you can be sure that the medical decisions made for you if you become incapacitated will be exactly as you wish.

In What Situations Can I File a Restraining Order in San Diego?

It is within your rights to file a restraining order in California in a few situations. First, you may file a temporary order if you are experiencing domestic violence. This temporary order lasts three weeks but may be extended to last three years. You may also file a criminal order against an aggressor who has committed a crime against you. You can also file a civil harassment order against any person who is threatening or harassing you. At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can help you file any of these types of orders as needed.

What Will Happen If I Am Charged with Domestic Violence in California?

A domestic violence conviction can lead to jail time, fines, a criminal record, and even the loss of your gun rights or custody rights. However, if you are charged with domestic violence, I can help you fight this charge in the California criminal justice system. Legal defenses may include demonstrating the incident was an accident or that any related injuries didn’t result from your actions, for example. In some cases, it’s possible to convince the prosecution not to further pursue a case against you. In addition, we could negotiate a plea deal for a lighter charge.

What Happens If I Face Gun Charges in California?

Both federal and California gun laws are quite complex. Unfortunately, if you end up being convicted of unlawfully possessing, using, or purchasing a gun, you could face major consequences, such as substantial fines or a long prison sentence. In addition, you could lose your right to possess firearms in the future. Fortunately, I can help you vigorously fight such charges with the goal of achieving the best outcome for you.

What If I Have Other Criminal Justice, Estate Planning, or Family Law Questions?

Contact the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil today to receive a free consultation and get answers to your biggest estate planning, criminal justice, and family law questions. I’ll gladly provide you with the legal help you need in San Diego based on your situation, which may include helping you to file for divorce, update your estate plan, or aggressively defend yourself in criminal court.