Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?

A divorce legally ends a marriage whereas a in legal separation, the parties are still married, but living separately. In a legal separation, as with a divorce, a court order mandates the duties and obligations of the parties with regards to matters such as child support, child custody, the division of marital assets, etc. Parties may consider legal separation as a “trial separation” while they consider whether they want to formally file for divorce.

2. How long does the divorce process take?

The divorce process can be completed anywhere between a few months to a couple of years. The more agreeable the parties are to the divorce, the sooner it can be finalized. A contentious divorce or a divorce in which issues are hotly contested can drag on for years.

3. What does business law consist of?

“Business Law” is a broad category that include all aspects of how to create and run a business. These aspects might include business formation, negotiating and drafting contracts, navigating regulations, buying or managing a business, and litigation over business matters. Business lawyers can help a client foresee potential issues that a business owner might encounter, and are often hired for their advice on preventing future lawsuits.

4. Will I have to go to trial for business law?

There are many types of disputes that can arise from the ownership of a business. Breach of contract, partnership disputes, torts, breach of fiduciary duties, business-to-business disputes, shareholder issues, and employment disputes are all issues that might be subject to litigation. There are times when you do have to go to trial to get these kinds of conflicts resolved, but oftentimes these disputes can be resolved without having to go to trial either through negotiation or mediation.

5. Do I need to hire an attorney in regards to business law?

Business lawyers can help a client foresee potential issues that a business owner might encounter, and are often hired for their advice on preventing future lawsuits. It is often prudent to hire an attorney to help form a new business or in anticipation of a potential business dispute.

6. When should I hire a lawyer in regards to criminal law?

The outcome of a case can sometimes depend upon early legal representation. A criminal attorney’s expertise can guide a client through the legal process and increase a client’s chance for a positive outcome. The earlier you hire a criminal attorney, the more the attorney can do for you.

7. If I’m arrested what should my next steps be?

First, never speak to law enforcement without being represented by an attorney. Contact an attorney immediately. Law enforcement has been trained to get you to say something against your best interest. Don’t be tricked! Let your attorney speak for you.

8. What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony?

The main difference between misdemeanors and felonies is the seriousness of the crime. Misdemeanors (simple assault, public intoxication, vandalism, shoplifting, etc.) are more serious than infractions (parking tickets, etc.) and are usually punishable by fines less than $1000 and up to a year in jail. Misdemeanors are also more likely to result in alternative sentencing like rehabilitation programs or community service. A felony, however, is more serious and usually punishable by long-term jail sentencing, fines, or a combination of both. Examples of felonies include murder, rape, burglary, and drug trafficking.