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Common Legal Questions in California


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Get answers to common legal questions from experienced Santa Rosa bankruptcy lawyers, family law attorneys, employment law & real estate lawyers, and trial attorneys at Provencher & Flatt LLP. Call us at 707-596-6641 to schedule a consultation and get legal help today.


I keep receiving letters from the IRS. Can you help with this?


I keep receiving letters from the IRS. Can you help with this? Yes. Fighting the IRS on tax debt issues is like a chess game. Every move you make or do not make, can either bring you a successful resolution in your favor or have grave consequences for your personal finances.

This is why it is important to hire an experienced tax attorney like those of Provencher & Flatt LLP who deals with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) days in and days out. Between our tax attorneys and other tax professionals, we have the experience and expertise you need to fight your tax issues and resolve them.

I am not sure if I have a case. Can you help me?


Absolutely. Our experienced lawyers can assess the legality of your situation and let you know if you have a case or not. We may also be able to estimate know how much your case may be worth, how long the process will be and what will be required to win.

My issue was several years back. Can I still file a lawsuit?


It depends on the type of lawsuit you have. The statute of limitations, which is the deadline for filing a lawsuit, is different per case and per state. We offer free consultations to evaluate if you still have time to file. “Time is of the essence” so call us today at 707-596-6641.

I work in San Francisco, live in Santa Rosa and have a labor dispute. Can you help outside of Sonoma County?


Yes. We are licensed to assist clients across the state of California. Each US state has its own labor code in addition to federal laws. At Provencher and Flatt, we have extensive experience in dealing with employment issues of all sorts.

What should I do if I suffer from workplace abuse?


Unfortunately workplace abuse is more common that we think. Sometimes it is created by a specific co-worker, supervisor or vendor, while other times it is created by poor company management and ethics. Either way, it is illegal and workers in California are protected under the law. Abuse can be physical and/or emotional. Various labor laws protect from discrimination and harassment. To better understand your legal rights and options, you should speak with an experienced labor law attorney like those at Provencher & Flatt.

My spouse wants a divorce but I do not. What can I do?


In the US, we have what is called “no-fault” divorces which means that if one spouse wants a divorce, they cannot be stopped from doing so. Unfortunately you cannot stop the divorce proceedings. You can try to ask your spouse for a cooling off period after which he or she can reconsider the divorce or you could have a friend or spiritual leader speak with your spouse. Either way you should meet with your own divorce lawyer to make sure your legal rights are protected.

My ex-spouse has stopped paying alimony. What can I do?


We can help you! It can be a difficult situation financially and emotionally for you and your child and immediate legal action should be taken. Our attorneys will first speak with you, review the final judgement that was made during your divorce or child custody dispute and then advise you on your legal options. Once we have the facts, we can guide you through the process and represent you as your family attorney. You are not alone; call us today at (707) 596-6641.

My ex and I have shared custody of our teenage daughter and she wants to live with him full time.


Children, especially during their teenage years, can cause issues to the decision that was made legally regarding their custody. Often times, unless someone files for a petition for modification of the child custody agreement, no legal action is needed. We can recommend some different steps you and/or your ex-spouse could take to ensure a continuation of the agreement. In such delicate situations, we highly recommend you meet or speak with us so that you can understand the legal implications of your teenager’s decision.

My neighbor is saying that our new driveway impedes on his property and is going to sue us if we do not remove it.


It can be scary when a person frightens you with a lawsuit. The truth is often time neighborly matters can be resolved amicably via legal mediation. In some more drastic situation California real estate laws but also laws that might be involved in your specific situation.

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