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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pet "Custody" Law New in 2019 in California!

We suppose the pet "custody" issue was just a matter of time in California, due in part to animal activists, HOWEVER, before everyone runs to gain "custody" of a pet, be forewarned that under normal laws, animals are still considered property.

Animal activists have, in the states,  long tried to give animals-- "human" status...a case in point being, the whale lawsuit at Sea World, and the current case where activists are suing to have a horse be able to sue the former owner for abuse. If the status of animals was changed to having the same rights as humans, all hell would break loose in the USA with activists running to court to sue for many animals incessantly and relentlessly. It would essentially cause the tort system to grind to a halt in short order.

Attorney herein can easily make this statement, as attorney has worked in animal law field for many years, and is extremely aware of what animal activists do. In fact, attorney was actually attacked by an animal activist in the federal courthouse (Eastern District) while working on a national case involving illegal seizure of horses. The horses were NOT abused. The activist that was trying to attack attorney was guilty of many things, but was promoting misrepresentation to the media. The case was moved to Los Angeles and in the end the activist failed to show for trial, lost the non profit, the free 600 acre ranch lease, and everything else. Activist was also sued by bank attorney who used the non profit to take the animals improperly.


So for the 2019 "custody" law, which attorney briefly reviewed--it appears if an issue with a pet is disputed as to which person should be taking the pet, then we have the question-- who is to be awarded the animal? Generally, a judge is not likely equipped to decide WHO should keep care of an animal in general. HOWEVER-- under the NEW PET LAW FOR 2019, California judges will have authority to consider subjective factors and help find a resolution to the quandary.

Example of science related article on humans/pets https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0148296307002214

Supposedly, attorney imagines that inquiry might revolve around acquisition of the animal-- was it a gift to one person? Is it actually the pet of one of the kids? Is it licensed to only one person?  Is the animal only bonded to one person? Does one person take care of the vet visits, training, feeding, etc? Has there been any alleged domestic violence in the home?  Has the animal been injured or abused by a party? Is the animal being used as a tool to further another objective? Was the animal subjected to harm previously? Does the animal have dangerous propensities?  Bitten people? Allowed to run at large?  [*pets are specifically named in the California DV TRO forms, and any actual abuse to animals by one party should be noted on the form where applicable]

Attorney has seen/read  many animal cases, and researched a large amount of animal cases-- there is unlikely an attorney in the local county that has done more animal law cases or worked with experts on such cases.  Additionally, attorney prevailed on a post seizure hearing in Hollywood CA, which is not only rare, but virtually unheard of....

Having a background in animal law gives attorney a decided positive background for nearly any animal case. 

Attorney has worked closely with the expert (who helped the amicus parties)  in the First Amendment case of U.S. v Stevens, 559 U.S.460 (2010) --   a national landmark Supreme Court case involving a dog owner being sued under a statute which punished harm to animals when they are used in so called crush videos-- which was completely inapplicable to the issue at hand [which was the sale of  videos covering the history of dog fighting]... ( the statute used re the videos, was related to a fetish of a sexual nature involving animals being crushed by a female wearing high heel shoes; that law was completely unrelated to the case they prosecuted.....that statute was a product of the Humane Society of the United States, which has been found guilty of racketeering in the case involving the Barnum and Bailey circus which activist kept going for 14 long years....) 

--- By the way, do not donate your money to the Humane Society of the United States---they are basically fleecing the public and spend more on telemarketers than helping animals; case in point, during Hurricane Katrina, they "raised" about $30million from their TV ads for the animals--and could only account for about $7million when audited. Need I say more???

Holding: A federal statute that criminalizes depictions of animal cruelty in videotapes and other commercial media is unconstitutional. Judgment: Affirmed, 8-1, ...
Apr 20, 2010 - The government may not ban depictions of animal cruelty for commercial gain because this law is overly broad under the First Amendment in ...
Apr 20, 2010 - Syllabus. NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the ...
Stevens was prosecuted for selling videos depicting dog fights. Stevens claimed that § 48 violates his First Amendment right to free speech and is therefore ...

Apr 20, 2010 - UNITED STATES vSTEVENS. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR. THE THIRD CIRCUIT. No. 08–769.

Attorney's Tiger Team Approach, Yes Even in Family Law



A tiger team is a known professional method of breaking down a problem into smaller segments to isolate all possible issues; for example, in software engineering, it is common to use tiger teams. In scientific issues and spacecraft (where it kind of originated) it is par for the course.


When difficult family law issues arise, it is basically the same method except science kind of goes to the mental issues, and the remaining problems can be a mix.  We don't expect clients to handle the legal issues obviously. Past mistakes or errors in cases are more common in cases where the parties have never solved anything, but continue to battle year after year. After viewing many cases where nothing has seemingly changed over the years for the better, sometimes clients will refuse to do things differently for various reasons.


However, it has been attorney's experience that in breaking down the issues, most attorneys focus only on the legal problems. While that certainly is the course of action for the attorney, many other elements of the case will come into play. Having a wide background of experience in dealing with many types of individuals, attorney has found that certain types of people will focus on certain issues only, while ignoring other problems completely. It has also been noted that ignoring some issues can cut off solutions that may actually exist.  This is somewhat difficult to diagnose until one has enough experience in the field, but like a car mechanic, we basically know what to look for.

A root cause of failure is often due to the parties making decisions
 based upon improper assumptions or beliefs.

Particularly because attorney has much experience as defense counsel, this brings an additional element into the case which is often helpful. Many family law attorneys have never been practicing defense attorneys.  There is a difference. And there is a difference in setting up a defense as well.

Clients that have been wrongfully accused of anything will benefit in hiring an attorney who has done defense work, criminal defense and similar situations. It would be similar to hiring an insurance defense attorney, many of whom can be difficult to work with.. LOL and that was the point here.

**http://www.pavlak.net/MTT.pdf 
       by A Pavlak - ‎2004 - ‎Related articles
Dec 21, 2004 - TEAM PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR THE 21 CENTURY. ST ... to earth. NASA's sensational success made Tiger Teams part of our lexicon and a popular ....                                                                                                      modern tiger teams- Dr. Alex Pavlak

Monday, October 8, 2018

Do You Feel Like You Have Failed?

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If so, your are not alone. Nearly all marriages that end create depressing feelings/thoughts.

Some litigants will be happy because they finally got enough nerve to split up.  Others may sometimes kind of wallow in sorrow because they are not sure what to do.  Still others may have to resort to really getting mad to get even, or try to fix something that they didn't fix before?

Divorce celebrations, party cakes, and partying in general tend to be more geared toward women.
But often men will suffer silently, and not even try to pretend they are happy.

You may not be in any of these categories. But if you need an attorney that does understand what happens to people in divorces, then call attorney today. Known for acute sense of justice coupled with excellent knowledge of people, and more affordable availability. Many, many past wins in all types of cases. Call today-- there's no charge to inquire!



















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Friday, October 5, 2018

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