Apex Family LawThrough negotiation, mediation and, when necessary, litigation, we are strong, smart and steady in guiding you through transitions that can be challenging or even overwhelming. Let us help you. Serving the CommunityOur Expertise
We Are Here For You
We are back stronger than ever, dedicating our firm to the representation of individuals, families and entities facing significant and difficult family transitions. As certified specialists in family and probate law, our team has decades of experience in:
- Cohabitation and premarital agreements
- Marital transitions (post-marital agreements and financial counseling)
- Issues unique to same-sex couples and registered domestic partners
- Intrastate family and probate law issues
- Paternity actions
- Domestic violence matters
- Legal separation and divorce
- Will and trust contests
- Litigation by and against fiduciaries in probate, trust, guardianship and conservatorship actions
- Contested probate and trust administrations and contested guardianships and conservatorships
- As well as traditional legal separation and divorce (dissolution of marriage)
*This certification is from the California Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of California.
Outreach and Service
We volunteer our services and time in many of the Courts in which we practice. This work includes mentoring young attorneys and staff, serving as settlement masters, helping the self-represented litigants’ calendar, and assisting in San Francisco’s “volunteer of the day” program, just to name a few.
In addition, our firm prides itself on our contribution to the communities in which we live and practice. Some of the organizations to which we volunteer time and treasure (in addition to those listed in our individual biographies) include the following:
Our Areas of Expertise
Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms:
It is often the case that “going to court” is not the best solution for our clients, their families, and their children. We routinely represent clients in alternative dispute resolution forums such as clients participating in mediation, before a private individual in settlement negotiations, and before private judges. We also act as mediators, special masters, and private judges for parties.
Legal separation and dissolution (divorce):
Our team expertly navigates the complicated areas of legal separation and divorce both for opposite and same sex couples. These actions involve both married couples as well as Registered Domestic Partners. We are professionals and specialists in this area.
Custody, parentage, and paternity:
Parents often utilize our services when there are issues relating to children including adult disabled children. We routinely partner with experts in other fields to address issues relating to children.
Transitions and modifications:
Some partners need to have their arrangements modified. This may be by way of a post-marital agreement or modification or a prior arrangement already made.
Agreements between partners:
Some clients are best served by having a written agreement between partners. This could be a co-habitation agreement, pre-marital agreement (“prenup”), or an agreement before parties register as Domestic Partners. Some partners that are already married or registered may benefit from a post-marital or post-registration agreement to clarify their arrangements. We have extensive experience in these types of arrangements.
Domestic abuse/violence and safety issues:
Unfortunately, some parties need extra support to ensure the safety of their families during transitions. We aid families to ensure all parties are safe and their rights protected and respected.
We Are Ready
Our team is back and we are here for you when you are facing significant and difficult family law transitions. Contact us for caring, thoughtful, and strong support.
100 Pine St.
San Francisco, CA 94111