What Does it Mean

Automatic Restraining Orders (ATROs)

By Schonauer Law on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:12 PM in What Does it Mean

When a person files for dissolution (divorce), under Family Code Section 2040 California imposes standard (Automatic) Temporary Restraining Orders (“ATROs”).



By Schonauer Law on Jan 11, 2016 at 06:07 AM in What Does it Mean

Jurisdiction is the right, power, or authority to determining controversies and issue orders that parties to the controversy must comply. In California, the superior courts are the lowest level of state courts in holding general jurisdiction on civil and criminal matters. Jurisdiction is divided into to categories, personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction.


Stock Options

By Schonauer Law on Dec 21, 2015 at 09:09 AM in What Does it Mean

An Employer may offer stock options to an employee to attract a new employee, as compensation for future service, and/or as an incentive for an employee to stay with the company. A Stock option is an option to purchase a specific number of shares of employer’s stock at a particular price and time.


Date of Separation

By Schonauer Law on Sep 30, 2015 at 05:04 AM in What Does it Mean

The date of marriage identifies when a marital relationship begins. The date of separation identifies the end of community created by the marriage and the time when property acquisitions by a spouse are considered to be separate property


Civil Conspiracy

By Schonauer Law on Sep 23, 2015 at 06:31 AM in What Does it Mean

Agreement to commit a wrong (tort) against the plaintiff.


Pathways to Dissolution

By Schonauer Law on Aug 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM in What to do?, What Does it Mean

There are several procedural models or methods that may be used. The differences between each method relates to the involvement of an attorney and the court.


What is Community Property?

By Schonauer Law on Aug 05, 2015 at 03:06 PM in What Does it Mean

California is a community property state. This means that a marriage or the registration of a domestic partnership makes two people into ONE legal Community.


Power of Attorney

By Schonauer Law on Mar 17, 2015 at 11:03 AM in What Does it Mean

A power of attorney, or POA, allows a person to act on your behalf as your agent, or attorney-in-fact. A power of attorney is often used as an estate planning tool for when a person becomes incapacitated, but it has other purposes as well.


Guilty or No Contest?

Guilty or No Contest?
By Schonauer Law on Feb 11, 2015 at 04:04 PM in What Does it Mean

A plea of guilty differs greatly from a plea of no contest, or nolo contendere. When a defendant pleads guilty to a misdemeanor, he or she is admitting the facts and the charge. When a person pleads no contest to a misdemeanor, he or she admits no guilt. Rather, a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor states that you are not guilty, but you agree to be treated as if you are guilty, and have the court determine the proper punishment.


Question of Law or Fact?

By Schonauer Law on Feb 09, 2015 at 09:12 AM in What Does it Mean

When you engage with the court, it is important to understand the court's duty and responsibilities. Such an understanding will enable you to understand your job in court, whether represented by counsel or not, and how you may assist the court in performing its duties.