Family Law Attorneys Serving Contra Costa County

Whatley Law Firm is a divorce and family law firm in Martinez, California serving Contra Costa County. We are dedicated to providing a gentle transition for families who are undergoing legal and personal changes. We work to deliver real and relevant solutions for your family, so that you can remove the focus from your problems and begin to create a life that reflects the needs of the people for whom you care. We are the Family Law/Divorce Law firm that considers your best interests first.  

Welcome Additions to Whatley Law Firm

We are proud to announce the addition of two new members of the firm:

Rebecca Thompson joins the firm as an Associate Attorney and brings with her many years of family law experience.   We are confident our clients will enjoy working with her.  And, Jennifer Sylvestre joins the firm as a paralegal.  She brings over 15 years experience and we are so happy that she has joined our team.  

We are so pleased to have both Rebecca and Jennifer as part of our team.  We are confident our clients will also enjoy working with them.  Please check out their bios for more information.


Important changes to make post-divorce

Jeff Landers, a contributor to Forbes.com, posted a great blog titled "Divorcing Women: Don't Forget to Update These Key Documents". However, we think it is a great idea for all parties to a divorce to stop and think about what steps are necessary to take after the divorce is finalized.

In his article, he mentions the usual suspects - the will, beneficiary designations, advance healthcare directives, and other accounts such as Social Security.  Surely you want to double-check who you're leaving property to, should life take an unexpected turn. Another item that many divorced people delay resolving relates to retirement accounts - have your Qualified Domestic Relations Orders been drafted, pursuant to the terms of the Judgment? This highly important step ensures that each party gets their ordered share of any retirement account(s) in which the community has an interest.

Also, we point out that the list regarding the accounts acts as an important reminder for anyone who changed their name as a result of marriage (these days, it's not just women that change their names sometimes; some men have been known to change their name, or the parties join together to create a completely new/different name or a hyphenated name).  Or, if you have joint bank accounts, you will want to make sure that only one party's name remains on the account, or that it is closed.

To that list we add the importance of ensuring continuing health care coverage.  If you currently cover your spouse's health care through your employer, we note that it is important to let your HR department know of the divorce, so that the plan can send the ex-spouse information regarding COBRA coverage.  The law requires that the "qualified beneficiary" (can be the employee or the ex-spouse) notify the plan administrator within 60 days after divorce.  Read more about COBRA coverage and your responsibilities at the Department of Labor's website. 

Still confused, or believe that something was left undone in your Judgment? Contact us today at 925-228-0800 to ask how we can help.

Welcome to our new website

Dear community members:

We have been working on this new website for the past few months.  While it is by no means complete (we intend to update it periodically with blogs, new pictures, and such), we are very proud of the progress made.  We hope that you will find our website useful and informative.  If you have any suggestions for how we can improve our website, or are a former client who wishes to write a testimonial for us, please do not hesitate to write to us through the "Contact Us" page.  

Thank you for your continued support.  We look forward to serving you.

The Whatley Law Family

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