Legal Documents to Protect Your Interests for the Future
Power of Attorney
Unfortunately, there may come a time when you are not able to physically and/or mentally handle your affairs. If you choose to prepare for such an occasion, the Law Office of Lorena R. Smalls, P.C. is here to assist you in drafting a Power of Attorney that will meet your needs or address your concerns. You may wonder why do I need one? A Power of Attorney is useful if you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that authorizes one person to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf, such as pay your bills or make medical decisions.
Having a Will in place is an important part of estate planning. A Will is a legal document that outlines how to distribute your property after your death. Simply stated, a Will enables you to care for your family and loved ones after your death.
Marriage has significant legal and financial implications. If you are getting married, but you have concerns or questions about how to best protect yourself, the Law Office of Lorena R. Smalls, P.C. is here to provide you with valuable information and guidance in this area. A prenuptial agreement may be a tool that is right for you.
Divorce Filing & Settlements
At the Law Office Of Lorena R. Smalls, P.C. in Winchester, Virginia, we work hard for you and your family. Whether you need guidance for your divorce filing or your child custody discussions, our team gives your case the attention it deserves.
In many situations, couples cannot agree on the terms of their divorce or the issues surrounding their children. If necessary, a judge will address and determine the following:
- Assets and Liabilities
- Custody & Visitation
- Spousal Support
- Child Support
- Attorney Fees
The Law Office of Lorena R. Smalls, P.C. has handled complicated, complex divorces, including business interests, commercial property, pension and retirement accounts. When you are facing a contested divorce, it is important to have an attorney who not only knows the law, but appears regularly before the local courts on these issues. At our firm, you can count on strong, steady legal advice throughout our representation.
When your efforts to co-parent are not successful or the actions of the other parent are not in the best interest of the child, you can count on our firm for the guidance and legal representation you need. We will assist you in resolving custody, visitation schedules, and child support disputes. Again, our foremost concern is the goals of our client.
Child custody has two components: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing while physical custody refers to the child’s place of residence. Typically, parents share legal custody while one parent has primary physical custody and the other parent has a parenting plan that dictates the amount of visitation the child and the non-custodial parent have. Lorena R. Smalls can assist you in pursuit of the arrangements that are best for your situation.
Not every divorce involves acrimonious disputes. Some are very amicable. If you and your spouse are agreeable on issues relating to dissolving your marriage, an agreement may be the solution. A Property Settlement Agreement lays out the details regarding any issues. Our firm will provide legal guidance in addressing these issues in a properly drafted legal document protecting your interests. Once you have this Agreement and the proper time frame has passed, our firm can accurately navigate the legal process to insure that you are divorced without the necessity of a costly trial before a judge.