My Legal Case Coach

My Legal Case Coach

My Legal Case Coach is a legal coaching service designed to assist individuals representing themselves in a Virginia civil court matter. We offer comprehensive DIY case form packets and one-to-one virtual coaching sessions with a licensed attorney.

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How People Use Our Ongoing Legal Coaching Services

Did you know that My Legal Case Coach offers prepaid blocks of coaching time for as little as $100 per hour? These coaching services can be used for any number of DIY civil court cases, including family law and probate.

Here are some unique ways MLCC clients have used our ongoing coaching services outside the scope of our DIY legal case form packets. Here are some unique ways My Legal Case Coach clients have used our ongoing coaching services.


If you’re dealing with an uncooperative co-parent, setting boundaries – both physical and emotional – can help make the process easier. It’s also best to avoid retaliatory behavior or putting your children in the middle of any arguments.

Perhaps most importantly, know that it is not possible to control or change your spouse’s behavior; you can only control how you react to their actions. While acceptance can take time, it’s important to focus on what matters most: your children and their well-being.

Regardless of your situation, consulting a legal professional about your divorce case is always a good idea. My Legal Case Coach offers easy-to-use legal case form packets as well as ongoing 1:1 virtual legal coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney. Schedule a complimentary consultation at


If you’re contemplating divorce, you may feel pain or guilt for closing the door on this chapter of your life. The time and energy you’ve invested in the relationship, as well as the love you hold for your partner and/or children, may even convince you to stay. But if you recognize that the door to your relationship no longer leads anywhere, it may be time to close that door and take another path.

If you’re navigating a DIY divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia, then My Legal Case Coach is here to help. From case form packets to individual coaching with a licensed attorney, we’ll give you the tools you need to represent yourself in your divorce proceedings.

Schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation today at


As the executor of a loved one’s estate, you’re responsible for settling their affairs and carrying out their wishes as described in their Will. Here are five common mistakes to avoid as an estate executor:

1️⃣ Not paying attention to state probate requirements. Since probate laws vary from state to state, it’s wise to consult a local estate planning expert before you begin filing.

2️⃣ Not keeping beneficiaries up-to-date. To avoid this, keep open lines of communication with those who are mentioned in your loved one’s Will.

3️⃣ Being disorganized. It’s important to establish a system for staying organized so you don’t lose track of any documents or duties.

4️⃣ Trying to move too quickly. It often takes months to fully administer an estate and settle affairs property.

5️⃣ Trying to do it alone. During this difficult time, seeking the help of an experienced estate planning professional can make the process easier to navigate.

At My Legal Case Coach, we offer an easy-to-use legal case form packet that walks you through the process of handling a DIY probate matter in Virginia, as well as 1:1 coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney. Visit for more details.


Family law matters regarding minor children can be tricky. From stepparent adoption to guardianship to custody and visitation rights, it’s advisable to have a professional legal coach in your corner to ensure everything is properly filed.

At My Legal Case Coach, we offer packets and guidance on a variety of family law cases. We’ll work with you to ensure you have everything you need to make your arrangement legal and in service of your child’s best interests.

If you’re navigating a child-related legal case in the state of Virginia, book a free 15-minute consultation with us to see how we can help you and your family:


When a loved one passes away, the probate process can be complicated and drawn-out, even when the deceased has a Last Will and Testament. If no Will exists, the process can be downright frustrating and even heartbreaking for families who are left to argue over the decedent’s estate.

My Legal Case Coach has extensive experience handling estate planning and probate matters. If you’re dealing on your own with a difficult probate case, we can help guide you and your family through the process to ensure everyone receives their fair share of your loved one’s estate.

For more information, book a free 15-minute consultation today: 03/21/2021

How to Deal With an Uncooperative Co-Parent During a Divorce

If you’re seeking a divorce, you and your spouse may not see eye-to-eye on your custody and visitation arrangements for your minor children. They may even refuse to cooperate when it comes time to document your decisions in a Marital Settlement Agreement.

Here’s how to handle your spouse’s behavior and work toward an agreement that’s best for both of you and, most importantly, your children. If you’re seeking a divorce and dealing with an uncooperative co-parent, here's how to make things easier on yourself and your children.


If you’re unhappy in your marriage, it’s important to take the time to understand why, and then take action to resolve the issue. A talk with your spouse or couples’ counseling can help, but you may ultimately realize the marriage simply is no longer working.

Although difficult, initiating the divorce process can be the first step in cultivating a life that brings you and your spouse the happiness you deserve – even if it’s apart from each other.

My Legal Case Coach is here to help you navigate the divorce process in Virginia. We offer case form packets and individualized coaching services to empower you to represent yourself in your divorce. For more information, visit


DIY legal cases can be intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with the laws or court procedures. Hiring a legal coach to review your case can ensure you don’t miss any pertinent steps or information, while still reducing the costs associated with retaining an attorney.

At My Legal Case Coach, we offer easy-to-use legal forms for a variety of cases, as well as one hour of complimentary coaching with an experienced attorney to answer any questions you may have.

Want to learn more? Visit to check out our services and coaching packages.


Even if you and your spouse are separating, you still want what is best for your child. One major aspect of this is determining custody rights and a visitation schedule that works for everyone involved.

Figuring out the best co-parenting arrangement can be a challenge, and it may require adjustments as you go along. If you’re looking for legal support, My Legal Case Coach can help you incorporate your custody and visitation terms into your divorce settlement agreement.

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation: 03/10/2021

Common DIY Divorce Questions from My Legal Case Coach Clients

DIY divorce cases often raise a lot of questions about the proper legal documents and steps a couple needs to take. In our latest blog, we share 10 of the most common questions we get from our divorce clients here at My Legal Case Coach, from what qualifies as “separated” to negotiating visitation with your stepchildren. Handling your own divorce case can raise a lot of questions. Here are some common DIY divorce questions we get from clients and our answers.


Hiring an attorney to work on your legal case can quickly become an expensive endeavor. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the legal support you need if your legal matter is one where you might very well be able to (or have to) represent yourself.

My Legal Case Coach offers all the tools necessary for your DIY legal case, including legal packets and one hour of complimentary coaching services with an expert attorney – all at an affordable rate.

Want to learn more about our services? Contact us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation:


Difficult situations in life are inevitable, but we don't have to let them define us. Own your story and take control of what happens in it.

If you're struggling through a family legal issue like separation, divorce, or custody/visitation, My Legal Case Coach is here to empower you and support you throughout your case. Visit to learn more about what we do and how we'll give you the confidence you need to represent yourself in court.


Navigating the legal world can be challenging, especially if you don't have guidance or support from a legal expert. But now, DIY legal no longer means doing it alone.

Whether you're filing for divorce, seeking custody or visitation rights, appointing a legal guardian for your child, or pursuing a family law or probate matter in Virginia, My Legal Case Coach can help. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today to learn about our case form packets and virtual coaching services:


Being the same-sex partner of your child's biological parent does not automatically grant you parental rights over the child — even if you always intended to raise that child together.

This is why step-parent or second-parent adoption matters for LGBTQ families who use assisted conception to have a child before they're married. These couples may need to pursue step-parent adoption so that both partners can have equal rights and decisions in their child’s life.

If you and your same-sex spouse are beginning the process of filing a step-parent adoption case in Virginia, My Legal Case Coach is here to help. Take our 30-second quiz to discover which of our case form packets is best for your circumstances:


Parental custody and visitation schedules can be a major legal headache, but they don't have to be. With the right legal support, you can help create the best situation for everyone, including (and most importantly) your children.

At My Legal Case Coach, we provide DIY legal case form packets and a free hour of legal coaching to put you in the best position to represent yourself in any custody proceeding. If you need additional help, you can purchase ongoing blocks of coaching time for as low as $100 per hour.

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can support you through your custody case:


Always remember that the most important person in your life is yourself. You have to support and protect yourself before you can do the same for others.

By being your best self, you raise up everyone around you and bring joy into the world.
If part of your plan to be your best self includes leaving a marriage that is no longer working, contact My Legal Case Coach today. We can help you represent yourself in your Virginia divorce case and pursue the best possible outcome for you and your spouse.

Schedule your free 15-minute consultation: 02/22/2021

5 Common Estate Executor Mistakes to Avoid | My Legal Case Coach

First-time estate executors are often overwhelmed by the legal responsibilities they face throughout the probate process. Given the situation and the multitude of responsibilities that require your attention, it’s easy to make a few missteps.

Here are five common mistakes to avoid as an estate executor and how to avoid them. Here are the five most common mistakes estate executors make when handling their loved one’s Will and how to avoid them.


If your spouse moved out before you agreed on terms for financial support, it can leave you unprepared to provide for you and your family.

In this situation, you may be entitled to temporary or emergency spousal support. This is when a Court orders your spouse to begin making temporary support payments before your divorce is finalized so you can maintain financial stability throughout the process.

If you find yourself in this situation, visit to see how we can help you petition for temporary spousal support.


Legal guardianship or custody cases can become complicated, personal, and stressful. At My Legal Case Coach, we can help make the process as painless as possible, by giving you all the tools you need to succeed.

Contact us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to learn more about our templatized legal case form packets and virtual case coaching services: 02/11/2021

DIY Legal vs. Hiring an Attorney: Which Is Best for You?

The biggest advantage of representing yourself in court is the cost savings compared to retaining an attorney — but there’s no question that DIY legal cases can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the laws.

Here's what you should know about DIY legal vs. hiring an attorney, and how to determine which path is right for you. Unsure whether to hire an attorney or do it yourself in court? Here are the differences between hiring an attorney and DIY legal.


Don't let legal fees intimidate you into not seeking help for your DIY family law or probate case.

At My Legal Case Coach, we can alleviate all of your legal anxieties by giving you the tools you need to succeed. Purchasing one of our legal case form packets gets you all the documentation needed to file your case, as well as one (1) hour of complimentary coaching services with an experienced attorney.

Contact us today to schedule a free 15-minute consultation:


There's no way around it: A divorce is going to cost money. The good news is, My Legal Case Coach makes it more affordable to prepare and file a divorce case in Virginia.

Instead of hiring a lawyer to represent you, you can purchase our Uncontested Divorce case form packet and take advantage of one FREE hour of virtual 1:1 coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney. If you need additional guidance with your DIY divorce, you can purchase prepaid blocks of coaching time at a fraction of the average hourly rate of a divorce attorney.

Ready to get started? Let's chat:


You love your child and would do anything to keep them safe and happy. Sometimes, that means appointing a trusted relative or family friend to be their temporary custodian or legal guardian, or giving them power of attorney to make decisions for your child when you are not able or unavailable to do so due to a difficult life event.

If you're considering appointing someone as a temporary custodian or guardian of your child, My Legal Case Coach can help. Visit our website to learn more about our services or schedule your free consultation call here:


It's one of the most common questions separated couples ask: "How long will my divorce take?"

There's no easy answer to this question, and your exact timeline will depend on a number of factors. The responsiveness of both parties, custody and visitation disputes (if there are minor children), the Court's current case backlog, and paperwork errors can all slow down the process.

Fortunately, services like My Legal Case Coach can help you avoid that last factor. We'll help you get your DIY legal case documents right the first time so you don't have to worry about your incomplete or incorrect forms delaying your divorce.

Contact us to schedule a free 15-minute consultation about your case:


Asking for a divorce is difficult, no matter what the surrounding circumstances. However, if your marriage is no longer working, you and your spouse owe it to yourselves to find your own paths to happiness.

If you're going through a DIY divorce in Virginia, let My Legal Case Coach help you prepare and file your case. With our easy-to-use case form packets and 1:1 virtual coaching services, you'll gain the confidence and support you need to represent yourself in your divorce. Visit to learn more. 01/22/2021

Why LGBTQ Step-Parent Adoption Matters for Families

For LGBTQ couples who used a donor to conceive a child prior to their marriage, the step-parent adoption process can ensure both partners have legal parenthood. Here's why step-parent adoption is so important for these families, and how to file your case if this situation applies to you. For LGBTQ families, the step-parent adoption process can ensure both partners have legal parenthood. Here’s what you need to know.


If you and your child's parent are divorcing, custody/visitation is one of the most important things you'll have to discuss. You'll need to decide on sole versus joint legal and physical custody, as well as a visitation schedule that works for both of you.

Nailing down your co-parenting arrangement can be a challenge, but My Legal Case Coach can help you incorporate these custody and visitation terms into your marital settlement agreement. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you:

DIY Legal No Longer Means Doing It Alone

My name is Patricia E. Tichenor, founder and principal attorney with My Legal Case Coach. I've spent most of my career working with Northern Virginia families on a variety of family law and estate planning matters, including divorce, settlement and prenuptial agreements, child custody and support matters, step-parent adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, probate and estate administration, and more.

I earned my law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, where I graduated cm laude in 1996. After five years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel, I opened my own law practice in Leesburg, Virginia in 2001. My primary focus was providing strong personal advocacy and compassionate legal advice to clients in various legal matters.

In my nearly two decades of practice, I met many individuals who simply did not have the financial means to hire an attorney to fully represent them in their civil court matter. I found it very difficult to turn away these individuals, and, at times, I would try to provide "advisory only services" to assist them in representing themselves.

In 2018, I decided to take the forms and documents I developed over my many years of legal practice, along with my prior case coaching experience, and launch a first of its kind, online DIY legal case coaching platform: My Legal Case Coach (MLCC).

Many people filing civil cases choose to represent themselves to save on attorney fees, but it can be confusing and intimidating to navigate the court system all on your own. The key to success for any DIY legal matter is having someone in your corner to hold your hand through the process; specifically, an experienced attorney who has been there, prepared the kinds of documents you might need to prepare, and understands what you will need to do to properly prepare your own case in a logical, step-by-step manner.

Let's face it, handling your own legal case comes with extraordinary stress and anxiety. The key to your preparation is not just having the right packet of forms but, also, having the right mindset to get through what may be one of the most difficult times in your life. MLCC is here to help you keep proper mental focus by offering the kind of hands-on coaching you may genuinely need to get through the challenges of handling your own DIY legal case.

With MLCC, you will get more than just a packet of forms. You will also receive one hour of complimentary coaching services with me or another experienced attorney with any packet purchased from MLCC. In addition, you will have the option to purchase reasonably priced blocks of additional pre-paid coaching time, should you have a legal case that you feel requires more hand-holding or customized assistance from us. Lastly, you will have access to complimentary webinars intended to provide further guidance and support.




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