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Tackling a family or probate court case alone can be extremely intimidating, but retaining a lawyer to represent you might not be a feasible option for your budget.
That's why we created My Legal Case Coach. Our goal is to offer you sound legal advice at an affordable cost, so you can feel confident representing yourself in court.
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When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is how their property and assets will be distributed. However, if they didn't get the chance to create a Will before they died, you may apply to be appointed by a probate court to serve as the Personal Administrator of their estate.
If you're in this situation, you'll want to know the proper steps to take so you can best honor your loved one. To help guide you through this process, here's an overview of the probate process when a person has died without a Will, and what you as the Personal Administrator will be responsible for handling: https://buff.ly/30SKzA4
While legal name changes are often associated with marriage or divorce, there are many other valid reasons to change your legal name. Here are a few common ones that the Court is likely to approve.
mylegalcasecoach.com While legal name changes are often associated with marriage or divorce, there are other valid reasons to change your legal name.
As a step-parent, you choose to love and raise a child who is not biologically yours — and there's nothing more beautiful than that. Legally adopting that child as your own might seem like a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be complicated.
If you're thinking about representing yourself in a Virginia step-parent adoption case, we're here to help. Contact My Legal Case Coach for your free 15-minute consultation (mylegalcasecoach.com/15) to learn more about our case form packets and virtual coaching services.
At My Legal Case Coach, our goal is to empower Virginia residents to represent themselves in family law and probate court matters. If you're interested in learning more about one of these three topics, let us know in the comments below which one you want us to explain in-depth in an upcoming FREE webinar.
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We're always striving to better serve residents of Virginia with their family law matters. If you have any questions related to divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody and support matters, step-parent adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, or any other DIY family law issue, we want to hear them so we can answer them for you in an upcoming blog or webinar.
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Some people view divorce as "giving up" or failing at a relationship. The truth is, in some relationships, divorce is the necessary step you and your spouse need to take to rediscover the future.
If you're going through a separation or divorce in Virginia, contact My Legal Case Coach to find out how we can guide you through the DIY legal process. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to book your complimentary consultation call.
If you need legal support but can't afford to retain an attorney, My Legal Case Coach is here in your corner.
MLCC's experienced legal case coaches can empower you to handle your DIY family law or probate matter with the right support and guidance. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to learn more about what we do and the services we offer to Virginia residents.
Custody issues are common in divorce proceedings, but they can and do arise between parents who were never married to each other.
The process of handling these types of cases is different. While divorcing couples in Virginia typically work out their custody arrangements in Circuit Court, unmarried parents must file their case to Juvenile and Domestic Relations (J&DR) Court.
If you’re an unmarried parent who is seeking to establish a custody arrangement for your minor child, My Legal Case Coach can empower you to represent yourself in J&DR Court. Schedule your free consultation at mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to learn how to get help with your specific child custody/visitation case.
Divorce may be a mutual and amicable choice for you and your spouse, but it's important to be prepared for an honest and potentially difficult discussion with your children. You don't want your children to feel like they're in a tug of war between you and their other parent.
In our latest blog, we offer some key dos and don'ts to follow when you're having this critical family conversation.
mylegalcasecoach.com Talking to your kids about divorce isn't easy, but it’s important. Here are some dos and don’ts for when you have the conversation.
Divorce is hard, regardless of whether it is amicable or not. However, in some relationships, the difficulty and hardship of going through a divorce is necessary to grow beyond the pain and into a more hopeful future.
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As a parent, you always want what's best for your kids, even if you're unable to take care of them yourself. That's why it's important to prepare for unforeseen circumstances, even if it's uncomfortable to think or talk about.
If you're contemplating appointing a legal guardian for your child due to illness, incapacitation, or an unstable home life, contact My Legal Case Coach. During your 15-minute consultation call, we'll explain how we can help you with our legal case form packets and ongoing virtual coaching services: mylegalcasecoach.com/15
The probate process is often complex and drawn-out, even if your loved one had a Will. If they didn't, it can put intense strain on the family and cause even more heartache and frustration for loved ones.
If you're dealing with a complex probate matter, it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. My Legal Case Coach can guide you and your family through the process so you can settle any inheritance issues and ensure everyone has their proper share of your loved one’s estate. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help.
When a Virginia resident dies without a valid Will, a probate court will follow intestate succession laws and rely on an appointed administrator to distribute the decedent’s assets.
Here's what you need to know if you're named by the court as your loved one's estate administrator and there's no Will.
mylegalcasecoach.com If a person died without a Will, a probate court will follow intestate succession laws and rely on an Administrator to distribute assets.
If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, your case will be considered contested or uncontested based on your circumstances and your reasons for seeking a divorce.
• Are often sought on fault-based grounds.
• Can be considered contested if both parties cannot agree on aspects of their Settlement Agreement.
• Requires “adversarial proof” from both parties as they present their case before a judge.
• Require a one-year separation period (six months if there are no minor children if the parties have a signed Settlement Agreement).
• Involve both parties agreeing on all issues of separation in writing.
• Do not require a judge to review the facts but on paper only – no court hearings required.
• Can sometimes be smoother than a contested divorce, assuming both parties cooperate throughout the entire process.
If you're filing for an uncontested divorce, My Legal Case Coach offers do-it-yourself legal case form packets to help you properly draft a Settlement Agreement and prepare for your case. Each purchase comes with a free hour of virtual coaching with an experienced Virginia attorney, and additional coaching sessions are available if you need additional help.
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Letting go is never easy, especially when it comes to someone you feel deeply for. But no matter how much you care about someone, you can't control their behaviors, attitudes, or toxic traits that are bringing you down.
Realizing someone is not good for you, or your relationship with them isn't working, doesn't mean you don't care. In fact, often, it's the other way around — you care about them AND yourself enough to walk away. While it might seem impossible, you can divorce someone amicably, especially if you love them and want them to be well.
Take control and start your DIY divorce today with My Legal Case Coach. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to get started.
Thinking about representing yourself in court? It can be confusing and intimidating to navigate the court system all on your own. 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.
My Legal Case Coach offers the hands-on coaching you need to handle a DIY family law or probate matter. Contact us today and set up your free 15-minute consultation: mylegalcasecoach.com/15
Handling custody cases can be difficult, but it's especially complicated if the divorced or unwed parents live in different states. That's why many parents in this situation agree on interstate custody arrangements, which involves a minor child living in one parent's "home state" and traveling to the other parent's state on a visitation schedule.
If you're looking into an interstate custody arrangement for your children, get help navigating your case with My Legal Case Coach. Check out our blog post on the topic to learn more: https://buff.ly/329M9gO
The probate process is often complex and drawn-out, even if your loved one had a valid Will. If they didn't, it can put intense strain on the family and cause even more heartache and frustration for loved ones.
If you're dealing with a Virginia probate case, it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. Our coaches can guide you and your family through the process so you can settle any inheritance issues and ensure everyone has their proper share of your loved one’s estate. Schedule your consultation today: mylegalcasecoach.com/15
Divorce isn't easy. But if you stay in a relationship where you and the other person aren't happy, it can have devastating effects. Rather than remaining in a marriage that does not fulfill you, you can choose to move forward and start over.
We know the divorce process can be messy and overwhelming, but we are here to support you every step of the way. My Legal Case Coach offers one free hour of 1:1 virtual coaching to help you complete the appropriate legal forms purchased in your customizable case form packet. We also offer prepaid ongoing coaching if you need further assistance.
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While custody cases are often associated with divorcing parents, custody issues can and do arise between parents who were never married to each other – and the process for handling them is different.
Here's what you need to know about custody arrangements for unmarried parents in Virginia, and what legal rights you're entitled to as an unwed mother or father.
mylegalcasecoach.com If you’re an unmarried parent seeking custody of your child, you should know the rights and the protections you’re entitled to.
Being a parent means having unconditional love for your child – even if you're not related by blood. Step-parent adoption can formalize the bond you have with your spouse's children and ensure certain legal rights for you and your stepchildren.
If your blended family is looking to take this important legal step, visit mylegalcasecoach.com to find out how we can help.
Do you know the differences between a divorce coach and a legal coach?
• Make sure the client is emotionally prepared to go through with a divorce.
• Build an emotional support network for the client.
• Offer a second opinion on certain financial or personal decisions.
• Guide the client in short-term and long-term personal goal setting.
While legal coaches...
• Discuss legal strategy and give expert legal advice.
• Review legal documents offer recommendations for improvement.
• Assist the client in preparing an argument.
• Help the client build confidence in the courtroom.
My Legal Case Coach gives you the best of both types of coaching in one easy-to-use service. Not only do we offer 1:1 assistance in completing our templatized legal case forms, but we can help you through the emotional and practical side of divorce.
Looking for more information on divorce vs. legal coaches? Learn more on our blog: https://mylegalcasecoach.com/divorce-coach-vs-legal-coach/
Divorce is a tricky and emotional issue, and perhaps unsurprisingly, divorcing spouses don't always see eye to eye on things like child custody and division of assets.
If you and your spouse can't agree on certain aspects of your separation, your case is considered "contested" by the Court – even if you both wish to file for divorce and intend to live separate and apart. Here is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce, and how each impacts the divorce process.
mylegalcasecoach.com When spouses file for divorce, their case will either be contested or uncontested, depending on whether they can agree on certain issues.
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At My Legal Case Coach, we offer customized help and insight on family law and probate matters. If you or someone you know is looking to represent themselves in court but would like some support from an experienced attorney, contact us today.
Some divorcing couples spend an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and money fighting each other tooth and nail to "get back" at each other for ending the marriage. Divorce doesn't have to be this way, and even if you're not on amicable terms with your soon-to-be-ex, there's no reason to squander your resources trying to hurt each other.
If you're facing a DIY divorce, My Legal Case Coach can help you streamline the process with our customizable legal case forms and 1:1 phone or video coaching with an experienced family law attorney. Our goal is to help you make your divorce go as smoothly as possible, even if your spouse is retaining an attorney.
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It can be intimidating to face a court case all on your own. Fortunately, with My Legal Case Coach, you don't have to.
We work with Virginia residents on a wide range of DIY family law matters (divorce, custody/visitation, step-parent adoption, guardianship/conservatorship, name changes, and more), as well as probate matters. With our unique combination of easy-to-use legal case form packets and flexible 1:1 legal coaching, you'll gain the confidence you need to prepare and present your case.
Have questions? Message us or visit mylegalcasecoach.com for more details on how our services work.
Some parents whose relationship has ended are comfortable collaborating with each other and working as a team to raise their child. However, if you and your child’s other parent are not on amicable terms and want to keep your interactions as separate as possible, parallel parenting may be a good option.
In practice, each parent operates “in parallel” with the other. Parallel parents do not attend any events, appointments or other activities together. Every interaction with their child is separate, as there tends to be tension otherwise. Communication is typically kept to a minimum and is business-like in nature. They may discuss major issues, but day-to-day decisions are largely carried out independently of one another.
Learn more about parallel parenting on the My Legal Case Coach blog: https://buff.ly/32CQD1d
If you and your child's other parent got divorced in Virginia and one of you moves out of state, you may need to set up an interstate custody arrangement. Each state's family laws can differ, so your plan must navigate these differences while ensuring a fair balance for both parents and the minor child(ren).
In our latest blog, we discuss the basics of interstate custody and some potential considerations you may face as you create your parenting plan.
mylegalcasecoach.com If you and your child's other parent got divorced in VA and one of you moves out of state, you may need an interstate custody arrangement.
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.