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Memos and Handbooks For My Clients

About Trusts and Wills (courtesy of MaryClare Lawrence, JD, Santa Rosa)

  • The ABCs of Living Trusts
  • "Of Course I Don't Need Estate Planning"
  • Last Will and Testament
  • "I declare that I intend to live forever and that nothing bad will ever
    happen to me. For that reason, I have no need to make a Will, or doing
    any estate planning. If my assumptions are wrong, the State of California
    has written this Will for me" ...and read on, for the disaster that awaits the unprepared...

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    General Alternative Dispute Resolution Sites

    IACP: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Site of the umbrella organization for Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law, Collaborative Divorce) and information for subscriptions to the Collaborative Review.

    Collaborative Divorce Home page for Collaborative Divorce, whose mission is to offer an effective, coordinated and affordable approach to divorce settlement through the team approach: (the collaborative lawyer, divorce counselor, child counselor and financial counselor).

    Mediate.com Site for conflict resolution resources, index of professionals and information about mediation.

    Transforming Practices A website "with a clear and unique mission: to explore sources of meaning and pleasure in law practice"

    www.ronslaw.com An interesting webpage with insights about marriage as well as mediated and/or collaborated divorce

    Northern California Mediation Center (Joan Kelly, Nancy Foster) Mediation services for families, businesses and organizations, as well as mediation trainings.

    Collaborative Separation and Divorce (Vancouver Canada)

    British Columbia Collaborative Divorce Group (Canada)

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    Collaborative Practice Sites

    Generally

    International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ("IACP") www.collaborativepractice.com

    Collaborative Pracitce California ("CPCAL") www.cpcal.org

    Bay Area

    1. Collaborative Practice Center, Santa Rosa collaborativepracticecenter.com
    2. Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire www.collaborativecouncil.org
    3. Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Marin www.collaborativepracticemarin.com
    4. Collaborative Lawyers of Alameda and Contra Costa www.CLACC.org
    5. Collaborative Practice East Bay (CPEB) www.cpeastbay.org
    6. Collaborative Practice San Francisco www.collaborativepracticesanfrancisco.com
    7. Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County www.collaborative-law.com
    8. Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley www.cpsv.us
    9. Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group www.divorceoption.com
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    Professional Organizations

    American Bar Association: Family Law Section

    American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

    AFCC: The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an international and interdisciplinary association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

    American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys (AAML) This is the national website for the nonprofit American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. You can read or reprint the booklet Stepping Back From Anger, which is a guide for divorcing parents, read the Children's Bill of Rights, order other publications, or find an family law specialist attorney through the site. This site has excellent information about the legal process of divorce as well. There are AAML chapters in Northern and in Southern California.

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Northern California Chapter: Northern California Chapter website with extensive legal research links and roster of family lawyers who are family law specialists and fellows of the organization.

    California Courts Information This is the site for the California courts featuring up-to- date information on Court of Appeal and Supreme Court opinions, court news, jury information, news releases, forms, etc.

    IACP: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Site of the umbrella organization for Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law, Collaborative Divorce) and information for subscriptions to the Collaborative Review.

    Martindale Hubbell Since 1868, generations of lawyers have relied on Martindale-Hubbell as the authoritative guide to the American legal profession. The database is now regarded as the primary research source for information about attorneys and law firms around the world.

    San Francisco County Bar Association

    State Bar of California

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    Divorce/Marriage-Related Sites

    California Divorce Guide Top quality family law guidance for people without attorneys.

    MAKING MARRIAGE LAST "A Guide to Preventing Divorce" can be ordered at the AAML national website www.aaml.org or by calling 1-800-422-6595 : this booklet is premised on the belief that "..divorce isn't always the answer. Though some marriages should be abandoned...many "unsalvageable" unions can be saved. If you are willing to devote some time and energy to identifying and correcting the problems in your marriage, chances are, you can avoid the financially and emotionally draining process of divorce."

    Smart Marriages "... all couples disagree about all the same basic issues - money, kids, sex, housework, in-laws and leisure time.The difference between successful and unsuccessful couples is how they handle their differences. Successful couples disagree in a way that makes their relationship stronger. They also have other skills and attitudes which help them build long-term happiness and satisfaction. The good news is that anyone can learn to do it better and smarter. . ."

    Nolo Press Since 1971 Nolo Press has published top-quality legal tools to give all Americans affordable legal access. Here you'll find free information on personal, consumer and business law.

    Divorce Online This web site provides numerous articles, some better than others, about the impact of divorce on children and parents. The article on dating is particularly good. It also has a book review section, question/answer area (which includes legal, financial, psychological, and real-estate information), and a chat area.

    Divorce Central This site offers fairly extensive information about legal, financial, parenting and other aspects of divorce. The Expert Online area offers weekly in-depth explorations of specific topics by professionals; past appearances have been archived and can be read. The Total Parenting Handbook section of the site offers sound advice on parenting as a divorced parent.

    Divorce Source Resources and research guidance.

    Divorce Net This site offers daily and weekly Q&A sessions with legal and mental health professionals, as well as interactive bulletin boards/chat rooms. Resources are listed by state.

    Hilton House Information regarding interstate custody jurisdictional issues.

    Divorce Help General divorce helpline.

    Divorce Support This site offers state-specific guidebooks, a large divorce-related bookstore, links to resources and message centers, and, for a fee, child support calculations for your state.

    KIDS TURN Kids’ Turn is renowned throughout the United States as a leader in divorce education for children and parents. The goal of Kids’ Turn programs is to help minimize the negative effects of divorce on children. The programs are educational (not therapy) focusing on skill building and positively affecting each family’s ability to manage the changes created by divorce or separation.

    Children's Rights Council The Children's Rights Council is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children of separation and divorce through advocacy and parenting education. Their site offers excellent, up-to-date research: legislative information, links to other sites and resources and a good book catalog. There is a California chapter.

    Splitup This site has information about the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce, including state-by-state information. Visitors can participate in discussion groups, subscribe to their newsletter, or link to related sites.

    Estate Planning It is critical that you review all of your estate-planning documents (your will, durable power of attorney, health care directives, life insurance, trusts, the assignment of a guardian for your child(ren) in the event of your death, etc.) with an eye to modifying or re-doing them. The way they are prepared during your marriage may bring about unintended results after your divorce. Nolo Press is a great resource for information about estate planning.

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    Parenting Sites

    KIDS TURN Kids' Turn is renowned throughout the United States as a leader in divorce education for children and parents. The goal of Kids' Turn programs is to help minimize the negative effects of divorce on children. The programs are educational (not therapy) focusing on skill building and positively affecting each family's ability to manage the changes created by divorce or separation.

    Parent News Clearinghouse for exchange of information among parents.

    Parents' Place Look under the Family section for a listing of topics including divorce, single parenting, bereavement, etc. Chats and message boards on specific topics are listed in this area. Parents can search for information on a particular issue and a list of previously answered questions will be listed. Therapists answer the questions. Many other health-related news articles are reprinted here.

    Teens and Pre-Teens: Practical Help for Parents. Founded by adolescent specialist Michael Y. Simon, MFT, a high school counseling director, noted speaker/educator and psychotherapist in private practice, Practical Help for Parents provides real-life solutions as you parent, suport and understand the teens and pre-teens in your life.

    Parenthood This broad site can be searched for information about a particular topic; it covers everything from marital advice to health issues. An extensive array of childhood health experts and articles are listed. There is also a live chat section.

    Our Family This Bay Area organization for gay and lesbian families offers regular family gatherings and support groups. The site has information about the organization as well as links to other sites specifically related to LGBT families an general parenting issues.

    UC Berkeley Parents Network This is a parenting website run by volunteers at the University of California at Berkeley. While some of the information about resources is local to the East Bay, much of the parenting information is relevant for parents anywhere. There are sections on childcare, medical, school and therapy referrals, as well as recommendations on products and family activities, and extensive, culturally diverse discussions about different aspects of parenting (including divorce). Past discussions are easily searched for a given topic.

    CHADD This is the site for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. It provides information about the organization, AD/HD, school discipline, and locating local chapters.

    Parents Leadership Institute The Parents Leadership Institute, a nonprofit agency, offers workshops, booklets, and audio-/videotapes for parents seeking to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Parents train other parents to improve their listening skills and connect with their children. Materials available in English and Spanish.

    Care Guide Offers referrals and articles related to childcare and eldercare. Local childcare referrals still being developed.

    Family Safe Directory Family friendly site, family resource and information - an encyclopedic resource for families.

    parentbest.com How-To's and practical advice for parents

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    Support For Fathers

    National Center for Fathering This organization aims "to inspire and equip men to be better fathers." They offer practical tips on various topics such as step-dads, single dads, disciplining teens, and more. There is also a mechanism for contacting other fathers for fathering support, or finding out about fathering research.

    Fathers World This site has lots of good links to father-related research, policy and practice.

    www.bamin.org This is the web site for the Bay Area Male Involvement Network, which is dedicated to getting and keeping men involved with children. It describes local programs as well as providing links to several other father-related sites.

    National Fathers' Resource Center This site provides information about father-related issues, including divorce, step-parenting, parental alienation, and child support. The site offers lots of good links to other organizations, and also chat rooms.

    Fathers Are Parents Too This site is a coalition of family members working to encourage both parents' participation in kids' lives. There are some financial and legal articles and links to other father-related sites. You can also subscribe to Fathering Magazine.

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    Support for Mothers

    Support Group For Mothers This site offers information about Berkeley- and Oakland-area groups for mothers of children aged 2-12.

    Step-Family/Single Parent Sites

    Stepfamily Foundation This site lists 10 steps for step-dads and step-moms, kids, young mothers and grandparents (among others) to help form healthy stepfamilies. It offers online counseling, question and answer areas, and other links.

    Parents Without Partners This site offers a limited amount of information about Parents Without Partners, a national organization offering a community for single parents. It does include some research and some single parenting tips, and directs readers to PWP chapters in their area.

    Making Lemonade This is a whimsical and highly informative single parenting support site. There are extensive links to other sites, resources, advice about kids, dating tips, even business networking. Mediators, attorneys and child psychologists from all over the world can advertise their services in the Making Lemonade Resource Guide.

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    San Francisco Bay Area Resources

    KIDS TURN Kids' Turn is renowned throughout the United States as a leader in divorce education for children and parents. The goal of Kids' Turn programs is to help minimize the negative effects of divorce on children. The programs are educational (not therapy) focusing on skill building and positively affecting each family's ability to manage the changes created by divorce or separation.

    La Casa This is the bilingual Spanish/English website for a San Francisco agency which provides help for victims of domestic violence. The page on "Warning Signs" can help you figure out whether you-re at risk for abuse, and what to do if you are being abused. It also lists their 1-800 number.

    Bay Area Region Agency Network This website offers a searchable, confidential, on-line database of support groups and other human services. There are over 1600 health and human services listed in San Francisco, Marin, Napa and Solano counties. If you are looking for counseling on a particular topic, this is a great place to start.

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