My career is dedicated to helping smart successful conscious men and women move through divorce as easily, efficiently, affordably, satisfactorily and friendly as possible in light of their personal circumstances.
I have worn many hats in this quest; California complex family law trial attorney, real estate lawyer, estate planning attorney, mediator, writer, teacher, speaker, business owner, employee, Director of Operations, student of Buddhism, psychology and anthropology.
I worked with and against some of Northern California’s “Best of the Best” Super Lawyers. I was mentored by Stephen Bruce Bley; associate to Samantha Bley DeJean. I learned from many other esteemed professionals like, Bernard N. Wolf, John McCall, Lowell Sucherman, Michelene Insalaco, Judge Roderic Duncan (ret.), Rich Berra.
I co-chaired the Marital Settlement Agreement set-aside trial that led in part, to California Court of Appeals’ published opinion, In re Marriage of Kieturakis (2006) 138 Cal.App. 4th 56, which is widely discussed by legal analysts.
I appeared at private hearings and mediation with The Honorable Donald B. King (ret.). Justice King (ret.) is the California family law expert. He’s also co-author of California Practice Guide Family Law published by The Rutter Group, which is heavily relied upon by Judges and attorneys.
I completed negotiation training under Roger Fisher, the director of The Harvard Negotiation Project and co-author of the books Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Getting Ready to Negotiate and Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.
I completed mediation training with Gary Friedman, author of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding and A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost.
I am quoted and/or featured in articles on Time.com, Entrepreneur.com, MSN.com, More.com, Reuters.com and Lovetoknow.com. I also appeared on Healthy Life Net Radio and The Art of Charm podcast on prenuptial agreements that was downloaded over 50,000 times last year.
Over 21 years I litigated, mediated and settled complex family law cases in San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Stanislaus counties, involving these issues and more.
Child custody (establishing and/or modifying legal custody, physical custody visitation rights [including grandparent step-parent issues])
Child support (establishing, modifying, enforcing; expedited [ex parte] orders, temporary [pendente lite] support, arrears; guideline challenges relating to high-income earners; waivers; life insurance; deferred sales of homes)
Spousal support (establishing, modifying, terminating, expedited [ex parte] orders; temporary [pendente lite] support; long-term support; health insurance; earnings assignment orders; taxation; marital standard of living analysis; Gavron orders; life insurance)
Property rights, characterization (transmutations, tracings), valuations (personal property, businesses, real property), division (businesses [sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, LLCs], stocks, mutual funds, bonds, etc., stock options, reimbursements, retirement plan benefits, pensions, IRAs, 401ks, etc., real estate [commercial, residential]); assignment of debts and liabilities (credit cards, secured and unsecured personal loans, mortgages, equity loans, lines of credit, foreclosure judgments, civil judgments, business loans, medical debts, student loans)
Issues pertaining to and arising from estate planning vehicles like spendthrift, discretionary, and support trusts
Attorney Fees and costs, Discovery, Prenuptial Agreements (reviews, enforcement, challenges, interpretations)
Venue – Jurisdiction, Joinder of Parties, Valid Marriages, Fraud (set asides), Postnuptial Agreements, legal separation date trials
I served as a grader for the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.
I was a mediator on the Superior Court of California Sonoma’s no-fee mediation panel and a family law mediation instructor for San Francisco Community Boards.
I’m licensed to practice law in California (2001) and Hawaii (1994). I earned business and law degrees in 1990 and 1993 respectively.
I am Helene L Taylor.
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