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After enduring a traumatic injury, don’t find yourself thrust into a struggle against big business and insurance companies.
We fight vigorously for our clients’ interests to recover what our clients deserve. We have the skills necessary to protect your interests inside and outside of the courtroom…
Never pay a penny for anything, unless you obtain financial compensation.
If you have a case or have any questions about your legal rights, you can contact Law Offices of Diane Butler at any time for a free consultation.
Bankruptcy is a Tool, and it may be something you need to restore your financial health. Most people file bankruptcy because of some life changing financial event. Filing Bankruptcy is a good option to discharge your debts, allowing you to get a fresh start.
Bankruptcy provides an Automatic Stay on most collection activity, which gives you time to reorganize your debts.
Bankruptcy CANNOT wipe away the following debts
Past due child support, alimony payments, and other debts resulting from divorce settlement agreements or divorce decrees
Student loans except in certain exceptional circumstances
Wills and Living Trusts
With a living trust, your assets (your home, bank accounts and stocks, for example) are put into a trust, they’re protected for your benefit during your lifetime, and then transferred to your beneficiaries when you die.
The assets held in your living trust could be distributed according to your directions without court supervision and involvement aka No Probate! Probate is a matter of public record, whereas living trusts are private.
Holding your assets under a Trust is better than YOUR NAME. This provides some privacy in the County Record.
You should consider a Living Trust if...
You own Real Estate
You own other significant assets (Cars, Bank accounts, Businesses)
You wish to avoid costly Probate
You want Protection from any Community Property laws not in your favor
You wish to own your assets privately/with privacy
You wish to build wealth along with protection
You have an illness/disability where you don’t expect to be able to manage your assets in the future
Probate is the legal process that regulates the transfer of assets to heirs & beneficiaries after a person passes away.
In California, Trusts will avoid Probate, however Probate can occur if a person has a Will.
Our Attorneys handle all aspects of the Probate proceeding. Legal fees are paid by the estate at the conclusion of the Probate.
We have a network of professional contacts that can help heirs or beneficiaries with issues such as the sale of the real estate or financial issues (loans to cover expenses during the proceedings).
If the deceased was a resident of Los Angeles County, Glendale CA or Orange, Ventura, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties at the time of death and had assets, we can help. ________________________________
**An “heir” is a person who is entitled to assets
**A “beneficiary” is a person who is named in a Will to receive the assets
**An “executor” is a person who is named in the Will to be in charge of the Probate process
**An “administrator of estate” is a person who petitions the Probate court to be in charge of the process
Civil Litigation such as civil rights issues such as gender and racial discrimination, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, Employment law.
Film and Television Production Contracts
Represents producers and artists
Submission of projects to production companies
Criminal Litigation such as Serious Felony cases, Three Strike Allegations, juvenile cases involving minors, DUI, DWI DMV Hearings, Expungement of Convictions, Bail Reduction, Jail Alternatives, Drunk Driving, Assault, Serious Drug Possession cases, Criminal Threats, Petty Theft, Felony, all shoplifting and petty theft cases, Domestic Violence and spousal abuse, Burglary, Robbery, Driving with Suspended License, identity theft, cases of hit and run.