“This is the real deal”- Yelp reviewer

Posted March 16, 2016 in Firm News by Lonich and Patton.

Michael E. Lonich is the managing partner of Lonich and Patton and has over 30 years of experience representing businesses and individuals.  He leads the firm’s estate planning group and serves as a mediator and arbitrator upon request. Mike enjoys working with clients to create an estate plan that suits their needs.

One yelp reviewer stated the following:  “A named partner, Michael Lonich, contacted me directly, made an appointment to meet in a very reasonable day soon.  The office was all you’d want to find, reception was kind and welcoming, and Mr. Lonich shared his time (more than 30 min w/o complaint), his experience, and expertise openly with me. He listened attentively to all I had to say (no matter how inane it may have appeared to him), and treated me as if my thoughts and concerns and I were the most important things he had to do that morning.  All in all, my experience and the advice/results were high-end, kind, and expert; everything one imagines the perfect law firm to be. I don’t mean to sound superfluous or silly, but this is simply how it was. This is the real deal, with heart.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

If you have any questions about estate planning or any other issue, the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton have decades of experience handling complex family law matters. Please contact the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton for further information.  Please remember that each individual situation is unique and results discussed in this post are not a guarantee of future results.  While this post may include legal issues, it is not legal advice.  Use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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“Truly wanted to see a fair and just outcome”- AVVO reviewer

Posted March 9, 2016 in Firm News, In the Community by Lonich and Patton.

David Patton is a family law specialist and partner at Lonich and Patton. David is an experienced trial attorney with over 22 years of experience. He co-founded the firm’s family law practice and has become one of Silicon Valley’s top family lawyers.

David has represented clients in difficult and complex cases, all while treating his clients with kindness and compassion. He recognizes that these times are some of the most overwhelming and difficult for families, and that is why he works hard and diligently to obtain favorable results.

As one AVVO client reviewer stated: “David (and his partner Mike Lonich) were genuinely interested and invested in my case. They were not solely focused on billable hours, but truly wanted to see a fair and just outcome. That sort of personal commitment went a long way toward making the whole experience, if not enjoyable, at least less miserable. I just wish I had David as my attorney when my divorce first started. I would highly recommend David Patton and his firm to anyone needing competent representation in matters of family law. “

If you have any questions about divorce or any other issue, the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton have decades of experience handling complex family law matters. Please contact the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton for further information.  Please remember that each individual situation is unique and results discussed in this post are not a guarantee of future results.  While this post may include legal issues, it is not legal advice.  Use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.

http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/95126-ca-david-patton-319088.html

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The strangest wills of all time

Posted March 9, 2016 in Estate Planning by Michael Lonich.

The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of 7 of the weirdest, but very real, wills of all time. Although some are foreign wills, the article serves to remind us that wills are a powerful tool. Creating a will allows us to control the disposition of our property, and fulfill some last wishes.

1.       The Original “P.S. I love you”

Comedian Jack Benny left a provision in his will instructing a local florist to deliver a red rose to his wife every day for the rest of her life.

2.       A Dog’s Life

Businesswoman, Leona Helmsley, left her dog “Trouble” 12 million to inherit. (Although a judge later reportedly reduced the inheritance to 2 million)

3.       The Talking dead

Magician, Harry Houdini’s, last wishes included a request for his wife to hold a mini séance every year on the anniversary of his death. Houdini had promised to contact his wife after death and they even agreed upon a phrase that he would say as confirmation that it was him really speaking. His wife, however, quit the séances a decade after his death.

4.       The unhappy husband

German poet, Heinrich Heine’s wife was set to inherit all his assets upon the fulfillment of one condition, she had to remarry. His will reportedly read, “because, then there will be at least one man to regret my death.”

5.       The Stork Derby

Toronto businessman, Charles Miller’s, left his fortune to the married woman in Toronto who could birth the most children in the decade following his death. The stork derby, as the race for the fortune later became labeled, eventually led to a 4 woman tie, each producing 9 children.

6.       The unfitting funeral

Writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, initially wrote in his will that his funeral should be “suitable” and “in keeping with my station in life.” However, by the time he died, Fitzgerald had changed his will to say it should be the “cheapest” funeral because Fitzgerald had gone into debt.

7.       Controlling from the grave

Real estate millionaire, Maurice Laboz, who died in 2015 left his nearly $40 million estate to his 2 daughters. His daughters are set to receive the inheritance at 35, but can receive bonuses before, if they adhere to certain rules. For example:

1)      Daughter, Marlena, will receive 500,000 upon marrying, but only if her husband signs a sworn statement promising to not touch the money

2)      Marlena will receive another 750,000 if she graduates from an accredit university and writes an essay “100 words or less describing what she intends to with the funds”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-of-the-most-unusual-wills-of-all-time_us_55fb0059e4b0fde8b0cd5bc5?utm_hp_

If you would like to learn more about wills or avoiding probate in general, call Lonich & Patton to schedule a free half-hour consultation. Our attorneys are passionate about estate planning and have decades of experience handling complex estate planning matters, including wills and living trusts. If you are interested in developing an estate plan or reviewing your current estate plan, contact the experienced estate planning attorneys at Lonich & Patton for further information.

 

 

 

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4 questions to ask before hiring a mediator

Posted March 8, 2016 in Family Law by Michael Lonich.

Mediation can be very helpful for spouses going through a divorce. Ensuring a successful mediation requires choosing the right mediator. Before deciding to work with a mediator, parties may consider speaking to those who have worked with him or her in the past. Below are a few suggested questions to ask those who have worked with the mediator:

1.Did the mediator develop a relationship of trust and confidence with you?

2.Was the mediator patient yet tenacious?

3. Would you hire this mediator again?

4.Was the mediator creative?

Sometimes our issues don’t have an easy solution. For example, deciding a custody holiday schedule or deciding who will keep the marital home, can make it difficult to reach an agreement. Hire a mediator that you know is prepared to deal with these complex issues.

While divorce mediation works in many situations, it is not always appropriate. Litigation is often the best option in situations where there is domestic violence, one party refuses to cooperate in making required disclosures, or communication between the parties is impossible. If you have any questions about divorce mediation and would like to speak to an attorney, please contact Lonich & Patton for further information.  Keep in mind that each individual situation is unique and results discussed in this post are not a guarantee of future results.  While this post may include legal issues, it is not legal advice.  Use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Source:

http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/mediation/hiring-a-mediator-a-checklist/?mqsc=W3826827&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=PON%20Harvard+Neg%20Insider%20%28Tuesday/Thursday%29%20Standard%20Rule+Neg%20Insider%20%28Tuesday/Thursday%29%20Standard%20Rule&utm_campaign=Neg_WIR_02202016

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“Even his opponent called him an ‘excellent family lawyer’”- AVVO reviewer

Posted March 7, 2016 in Firm News by Lonich and Patton.

Mitchell Ehrlich is a partner and certified family law specialist at Lonich and Patton. He practices exclusively in the firm’s family law practice handling a wide variety of complex family law issues.

Mitchell is very aware of the fact that he practices in a field in which, quite often, his clients and their children are in the midst of an emotionally stressful and financially difficult situation, where their futures seem uncertain and making decisions can be difficult. Accordingly, he endeavors to offer his clients his valuable experience, counsel and advice in not only the many complicated legal issues they face, but also the short term and long term impacts of their decisions on their families.

One AVVO reviewer stated the following: “If you are looking for an elite, top of the class family lawyer, try Mitchell Ehrlich in Lonich & Patton San Jose. My husband hired one of the most aggressive law firms and kidnapped our daughter to start a divorce. Most lawyers didn’t want to deal w/ that notoriously aggressive law firm. Mitch was not intimidated by them at all . . . I’m forever grateful for Mitch getting the justice done. Mitch seems to also have a strong network in the legal community in Santa Clara County and is familiar w/ other lawyers and judges. He is well known for his knowledge in family law and even his opponent called him an “excellent family lawyer.”

If you have any questions about divorce or any other issue, the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton have decades of experience handling complex family law matters. Please contact the Certified Family Law Specialists at Lonich & Patton for further information.  Please remember that each individual situation is unique and results discussed in this post are not a guarantee of future results.  While this post may include legal issues, it is not legal advice.  Use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.

http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/95126-ca-mitchell-ehrlich-39856/reviews.html

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