Here’s What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:
Debbie was never married. When she was young, she had a baby, whom she named Marcus, from her high school boyfriend, John. After John went into the service, Debbie never heard from him again. When Marcus was three, Debbie married the love of her life, Chris. Chris loved for and cared for Marcus as his own son. Chris was a helicopter pilot for the Riverside County Sheriff and Marcus loved to go flying with Chris. When Marcus was 9, he asked Chris to be his father. Chris gladly agreed. Gina helped Chris adopt Marcus and they are now enjoying life as a true family.
“Marcus is doing great and is enjoying spending time with his new dad.”
– Debbie (Adoption)
When Roger married Sara, she already had a young daughter, Carmen. The couple remained married for about 8 years and Roger treated Carmen like a princess. He spent more time with Carmen than the girl’s own mother and the two became very close. When Carmen was 13 years old, Roger learned that Sara was having an affair. The couple argued and Sara moved out with Carmen. Two weeks later, Carmen showed up on Roger’s doorstep and demanded that she not make her go home to her mother. Gina filed for guardianship and Roger was awarded custody of Carmen.
“Thank you for everything. Carmen said to say ‘thank you,’ too.”
– Roger (Guardianship)
Marc went through a nasty divorce with his wife, Emily. The couple had two children and Emily falsely accused Marc of beating her and the children. After winning the domestic violence case, Marc hoped to reach a fair settlement. Many negotiations went back and forth between the parties, but Emily was unreasonable. Eventually, Marc was forced to take the case to trial. He was awarded 50-50 custody and a fair support amount. The case was long and difficult, but Marc was able to live with the end result.
“Thank you for helping me and answering all my legal questions.”
– Marc (Divorce)
Jon had a simple case. He and his wife were only married for five years. Before Jon and Victoria split up, they had already sat down together and agreed on what they were going to do with the kids and the house. They could not agree on money, though. Jon knew he could not afford what Victoria was asking for. Both parties hired lawyers and they were able to negotiate a settlement in a matter of months- without ever going to court!
“Tell your staff they are great. They are so efficient and really know how to get things done.”
– Jon (Divorce)
Sharon had two children. One was a concert pianist- the other was addicted to methamphetamine. Sharon often wondered how two children raised in the same home could be so different. Linda had always been independent and was never any trouble. Danielle was a difficult child from the beginning. After Danielle dropped out of school, she met Fred and things went from bad to worse. She ended up getting pregnant and Saron knew Danielle had no way to care for the baby. The two argued and Danielle disappeared for several years. One day, Danielle showed up on Saron’s doorstep with her 3-year-old daughter. Danielle told Sharon that she was homeless and had nowhere to go. Danielle asked Sharon to care for the little girl. Sharon quickly agreed and hired Gina to file for guardianship. Sharon and her husband cared for their grandchild and gave Danielle rules. If she wanted to see the girl, Danielle would have to go to rehab and get a job. Danielle refused at first. Eventually, Danielle realized that Sharon wanted her to have a better life and Danielle began working toward a better future for her and her daughter.
“My husband and I do not how to say thank you enough.”
– Sharon (Guardianship)
Jocelyn though her divorce would be quick. The couple had been married for twelve years; both had good jobs, a house, a pension, and no kids. When Jocelyn came to see Gina, the divorce had been on hold for almost four years. Jocelyn had called and written many letters to her attorney asking him to finish the divorce. Each time, he promised to do more, but nothing ever changed. Finally, Jocelyn became so frustrated that she began looking for a new attorney. As soon as she hired Gina, the case was set for trial. About two months later, Jocelyn was in court. Gina sat down with the other attorney and the two hammered out an agreement in a few hours. Jocelyn was divorced that day!
“Even though I had a previous attorney, before I hired you my divorce had literally been dragging on for many years. Thanks for stepping in and getting the job done, and thanks for making sure I was able to keep my home.”
– Jocelyn (Divorce)
Patty was married for over 28 years. She was always a stay-at-home mom, but now all her kids were raised. Patty had a high school diploma, but never worked. Her husband, Keith, had always been the one to work outside the home, and he always took good care of her. When Keith finally announced he was having an affair and wanted a divorce, the news came as a great shock to Patty. What would she do now? Where would she live? How would she take care of herself. Patty and Gina had many meetings about Patty’s future. Patty needed to understand that the divorce settlement was enough for Patty to be okay financially Once Patty had the piece of mind that she would be taken care of, negotiations went smoothly, and the couple was able to reach a full and fair settlement.
“I don’t want any other lawyer”
– Patty (Divorce)
Ron was never married to Desiree. He and Desiree lived together in Arizona and had two small sons. After the breakup, Ron moved to California. He only had summer visitation and winter breaks with his two boys. After a couple of years, Desiree’s mom called Ron and told him that Desiree had developed an addiction to prescription medication. She also had a new boyfriend who yelled at the boys constantly. One night, the boyfriend even kicked them out of the home and wouldn’t let them back in the house for several hours. Gina was able to get Ron sole legal and sole physical custody of the boys. Desiree was given supervised visitation until she could prove that she was clean and sober.
“Thank you for helping me get custody of both my boys. They are teenagers now, and both are doing well.”
– Ron (Paternity)
Dino was married for only six months. The last time he spoke to his wife, she was living in Iceland. He had no idea where she was living any more or how to reach her. When Dino walked into Gina’s office he had been separated from Joan for over 8 years and wanted to remarry. Gina was able to serve Joan by publication. Dino was able to get the divorce he needed to move on with his life.
“Everything went smoothly-just like you said.”
– Dino (Divorce)
Ben was married for over 20 years. When he and his wife separated, he wanted to ensure he took care of his wife and kids. Ben agreed to a generous support order for his wife, Sally. About three years later, Sally got a great job for the school district and Ben was laid off. He could no longer afford $3,000.00 per month support payments. Gina was able to negotiate a fair settlement for him and convince Sally that she no longer needed the financial help.
“Thank you for all your help. Because of you, my spousal support was reduced to zero.”
– Ben (Spousal Support)
Lloyd was 65 years old and had just sufferred a massive heart attack. While he was still in the hospital, the Department of Child Support Services levied his bank account for over $25,000.00. Lloyd’s wife came into Gina’s office, panicked and confused. She couldn’t understand how anyone could do this to them. They both worked hard for their money, tried to do what is right, and followed the law. After approximately two weeks of working on Lloyd’s case, Gina discovered that Lloyd was a victim of mistaken identity in two different counties. The first county immediately returned the $24,000.00. Additionally, Lloyd was refunded another 42,000.00 from the second child support case.
“Before I hired you, my wages were being garnished and I was being told I owed another $25,000.00 in back support. You helped me get a $65,000.00 refund!”
– Lloyd (Child Support)