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Everyone needs a hand. The Law Offices of Athina K. Powers have created this self-help guide to answer some of the most common questions  you may have. With over 30 years legal experience, we can represent your case. If you need a lawyer in Indian Wells, CA, we're the team to work with.

Family Law

Domestic Abuse IS Domestic Violence

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

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Many people assume that domestic violence only involves bruises and ambulances, but under California law, domestic abuse and domestic violence are one and the same. 

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

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Lawyers are used to legal jargon but sometimes they forget that the average person does not make it a habit to browse through a law dictionary in the way we do. 

Divorce in California

Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

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In California dissolution cases, both parties have a duty to complete a Declaration of Disclosure which includes the list of the assets and possessions that each party has, called a Schedule of Assets and Debts. 

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

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One of the biggest legal cornerstones of the 21st century is the recognition of equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. This movement has brought to the surface issues of custody and visitation rights of minor children of "non-traditional" families and how the law applies to them. 

Spousal Support & Keeping Up Appearances

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

Presumption of Paternity: Who's the Father?

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One of the biggest litigation issues that people need to overcome in divorce is spousal support...California Law requires the courts to base their spousal support on the standard of living that the spouse established during the time of marriage (CA Family Code Section 4330(a)).

Presumption of Paternity: Who's the Father?

Custody Issues in "Non-Traditional" Families

Presumption of Paternity: Who's the Father?

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We live in a volatile society and as such, many lawyers are faced with clients that admit to us that they fathered a child with a married man or woman. Then, they wonder, "Who's the father?"

Financial Discovery in Divorce

Financial Discovery in Divorce

Financial Discovery in Divorce

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Since California is a community property state, it means that "everything you purchase during your marriage belongs to both of you (spouse/partner)."

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Financial Discovery in Divorce

Financial Discovery in Divorce

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Financial Discovery in Divorce

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Fraud Law

My Stolen Identity

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

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When I arrived to the United States in 1997, I became a victim of identity theft...the person who assumed my identity and social security number, went around pretending to be me and creating debts in my name. 

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

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#5. Place a credit freeze: Contact the State Attorney General's Office in your state and ask if there is a fee to put a freeze on your credit. You need to make this request in writing. Remember to ask for how long that freeze can last. 

Common Scams That Trick Consumers

Steps to Take After Identity Theft

How to Spot A Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 1

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You are not alone in that Internet jungle; there are a lot of people that are in the same position as yourself, which means that there are just as many that are taking this opportunity to make money by taking advantage of your needs.

How to Spot A Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 1

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

How to Spot A Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 1

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Every word that the individual uses in a narrative are a personal choice and indicate the behavior of the person.

How to Spot A Liar: Crime in Grammar, Part 2

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

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Depending on the speaker's tone and writer's word choice, each sentence is imbued with different meaning, intention, causation and expression. 

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

Sleeping With the Enemy: When Friends Become Foes

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How do you know that the person you socialize with, work with, or even date or marry, is actually the person that they say they are? 

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

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# 22. Do not share personal information on social networks. Before you register with websites, make sure you read the privacy policies that secure your personal information. 

How to Catch A Forger, Part 1

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

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...captured criminals and fraudsters are the experts, teachers, advisors and mentors for new generations of crime fighters and fraud examiners.

How to Catch A Forger, Part 2

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

How to Catch A Forger, Part 2

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...to catch a criminal, you need to first and foremost learn how to profile a criminal: their psyche, behavior patterns, actions and timing of those actions, their upbringing and personal history or past crimes, and most importantly, how they communicate--verbiage, tone, format, etc.