The Law Offices of Mona J. Fine is a general practice law firm focusing on Mediation, Family Law, Estate Planning, & Probate. If we can't help you, we can refer your business to another trusted attorney within our network.
Some of our legal services include:
You were once in love. Now emotions have made everything between you turn ugly. Hiring the wrong lawyer to fight your emotional battles will only put money in your lawyer's pocket. More than likely, it may not satisfy your long term needs. This is particularly true if you have children. Come and speak with an attorney who has been there both on a professional and personal level. I am a strong advocate on behalf of my clients, but am able to clarify and separate the emotion for the best interest of the family over the long term. I believe in keeping your money in your own pocket or that of your family, where it belongs, to the extent possible. Negotiation is the best avenue to control the process. Let me help you through this difficult process.
Mediation is a process by which both parties meet with a specially trained neutral specialist to discuss their goals and the issues surrounding same. The benefits include allowing the parties to control the process and the outcome which is tailored to their individual needs. This is better than a trial in court which is contentious and costly and the outcome is imposed upon the parties by the Judge. Mediation is faster, less confrontational, less expensive, and private. Most importantly, the parties learn to better communicate which will serve them throughout their lifetime.
• Durable Power of Attorney
• Living Wills
• Healthcare Power of Attorney
Why do you need an estate plan? If you don't have a plan in writing, in proper form, the government will decide who will acquire your assets. The government may also be forced to determine who will look after your minor children in the event of your demise. Do you have step children that you care to include in the distribution of your estate? Suppose you become incapacitated. Who will handle your finances, make your medical decisions, determine whether to put you in a nursing home? If you own your own business, what will become of it in the event that you are temporarily or permanently unable to make legally binding decisions?More about estate planning »
Probate is the process by which one has their affairs tied up upon their passing. When you prepare a Will, you also choose a responsible person to act as Executor over the Estate. This could be a spouse, an adult child, a sibling, or a trusted friend. Their job is to collect all assets and debts related to the decedent (the person who has passed away.) They would open a bank account for the Estate and deposit all assets and pay the debts from that account. Meanwhile, various documents have to be filed with the Probate Court, who monitors how all the assets are spent and ultimately disbursed to those designated in the Will by the Decedent. We will walk you through the process to whatever extent you need.