My Legal Case Coach

My Legal Case Coach My Legal Case Coach is a legal coaching service designed to assist individuals representing themselves in a Virginia civil court matter. We offer comprehensive DIY case form packets and one-to-one virtual coaching sessions with a licensed attorney.

The costs of consulting with an attorney can add up, but getting the appropriate guidance can be absolutely critical for...
04/06/2020

The costs of consulting with an attorney can add up, but getting the appropriate guidance can be absolutely critical for someone handling a DIY family law or probate matter. That's why My Legal Case Coach offers one free hour of virtual, 1:1 legal coaching with the purchase of any legal case form packet. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com/quiz to see if one of our packets is right for you.

Naming a legal guardian for your minor child is usually as a precaution, in the unlikely event of your premature death o...
04/03/2020

Naming a legal guardian for your minor child is usually as a precaution, in the unlikely event of your premature death or incapacity. However, in times like this, you may be concerned about the health and safety of your children in your home.

If you are an essential on-the-job worker and are worried about exposing your children to COVID-19, you may wish to consider signing a Designation of Standby Guardian agreement or filing a petition with the court, along with an agreed order to grant temporary guardianship of your children to a trusted family member or friend who is able to work from home to provide a safety-net for your children’s short-term or long-term care.

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your circumstances and learn how My Legal Case Coach may be able to help: mylegalcasecoach.com/15

For many women seeking a divorce, changing back to their maiden name is an important part of the process. Taking this st...
03/30/2020

For many women seeking a divorce, changing back to their maiden name is an important part of the process. Taking this step can help you reclaim your personal identity and symbolize the beginning of the next chapter in your life.

My Legal Case Coach offers all the legal forms you'll need to initiate a divorce-related name change. With your packet purchase, you'll also receive one free hour of 1:1 legal coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney to answer any questions you may have about your forms.

Just want to change your legal name? We can help with that, too. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to take our 30-second quiz and find the right packet for your needs.

Need to make changes to your Virginia child support or custody arrangements? Don't go it alone – turn to My Legal Case C...
03/26/2020

Need to make changes to your Virginia child support or custody arrangements? Don't go it alone – turn to My Legal Case Coach for help.

Whether you're dealing with an uncontested or contested case, we can provide you with sample forms and ongoing 1:1 legal coaching to help you position yourself for the best possible outcome.

We can also help if you're not yet eligible for divorce but are seeking to establish a child support or custody arrangement in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Visit mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to book your free 15-minute consultation with a licensed Virginia attorney.

Making the decision to get divorced is never an easy one. But if your marriage is simply not working, you and your spous...
03/23/2020

Making the decision to get divorced is never an easy one. But if your marriage is simply not working, you and your spouse owe it to yourselves to seek happiness – even if it's no longer with each other.

Separating from your spouse can be an emotionally confusing time, and if you're planning to file for an uncontested DIY divorce, you need someone in your corner to help you navigate the legal process. My Legal Case Coach offers legal case form packets and 1:1 virtual legal coaching to assist you throughout your Virginia divorce, from drafting your settlement agreement to making decisions on child custody and support.

Message us today to schedule your free 15-minute consultation, so you can take your first step toward a new chapter in your life.

Family law and probate matters are often complicated. Tackling these issues alone can be intimidating, but retaining an ...
03/20/2020
MLCC Legal Coaching Sessions: How Our Services Work

Family law and probate matters are often complicated. Tackling these issues alone can be intimidating, but retaining an attorney to represent you might not be in your budget.

That’s why My Legal Case Coach (MLCC) offers flexible, affordable legal services for Virginia residents who are taking a DIY approach to their case. If you're interested in our 1:1 virtual legal coaching services, here's a look at how the process works.

My Legal Case Coach offers affordable advice and resources for your Virginia DIY legal matter. Here's how our 1:1 legal coaching sessions work.

Every parent wants what's best for their child. When you're raising a child with special needs, protecting her future me...
03/18/2020

Every parent wants what's best for their child. When you're raising a child with special needs, protecting her future means thinking about what arrangements you'll have to make when she reaches adulthood.

When your child turns 18, it's wise to have a guardianship/conservatorship arrangement in place to give you and your spouse the continued legal right to make important care and financial decisions for her. This formal arrangement allows you to ensure that your child remains safe and comfortable, while also protecting any property or financial assets she may have throughout her adult life.

If you're thinking about setting up a guardianship/conservatorship for your soon-to-be adult child, contact My Legal Case Coach to discuss your circumstances. During your free 15-minute consultation, we'll talk through your options for such an arrangement and share how our legal case form packets and 1:1 coaching services can help you. Message us to learn more or visit buff.ly/2IDj1Fc.

Since 2018, My Legal Case Coach has been helping Virginia residents who wish to represent themselves in civil cases such...
03/15/2020

Since 2018, My Legal Case Coach has been helping Virginia residents who wish to represent themselves in civil cases such as divorce, custody, support, guardianship/conservatorship, step-parent adoption, and more.

Our easy-to-use legal case form packets come with step-by-step instructions to help you customize each document to suit your needs. But we don’t just give you case forms -- we put you in the proper mindset to succeed. Every packet purchase comes with one free hour of 1:1 legal coaching with an experienced Virginia attorney, and you can purchase hourly blocks of coaching time for additional attorney guidance.

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation and find out how we can help you with your DIY legal case: mylegalcasecoach.com/15

If you're a parent facing divorce, the thought of raising your child alone can be intimidating. Lean on your family, fri...
03/12/2020

If you're a parent facing divorce, the thought of raising your child alone can be intimidating. Lean on your family, friends, and community members for support. Be strong and talk to others about how you’re feeling. You may be surprised at the inspiration you get and just how many people have gone through similar trials.

Find strength in your child. Open their eyes to new experiences in the world and encourage them to try something new. You’ll find your own personal growth watching them grow up.

My Legal Case Coach can help support you and your child through your Virginia divorce, child support, or custody/visitation case. Message us for details on our case form packets or schedule a free consultation at mylegalcasecoach.com/15.⠀

A step-parent adoption can cement your familial relationship from a legal standpoint, and offer important rights to both...
03/10/2020
Step-Parent Adoption in Virginia: What You Need to Know

A step-parent adoption can cement your familial relationship from a legal standpoint, and offer important rights to both you and your step-children. Our latest blog post explores some critical things you need to know about step-parent adoption in Virginia.

Adopting your step-children can legally cement your familial relationship and offer you rights. Here's what to know about step-parent adoption in Virginia.

A DIY divorce may help you avoid expensive hourly attorney fees, but it can cost you in other ways if you’re not careful...
03/08/2020

A DIY divorce may help you avoid expensive hourly attorney fees, but it can cost you in other ways if you’re not careful. If you’re representing yourself in divorce case, be mindful of these common financial missteps:

1. Not fully understanding your marital finances
2. Underestimating future expenses
3. Ignoring the tax implications
4. Assuming that ‘equal division’ is the fairest arrangement
5. Fighting for assets you can’t afford

My Legal Case Coach can help guide you through your Virginia divorce proceedings and avoid these financial mistakes. Our ongoing case coaching services can help you find the best approach to drafting a settlement agreement, and, when you’re ready, help you complete the forms needed to file your uncontested divorce case.

With any packet you purchase, you will receive one complimentary hour of 1:1 virtual legal coaching to ensure you feel fully prepared to represent yourself in court.

Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with us to discuss your circumstances with a licensed Virginia attorney and find out if our DIY legal coaching service is right for you: mylegalcasecoach.com/15

Civil cases can often go on for months, and the cost of retaining an attorney for that amount of time can be daunting. S...
03/05/2020

Civil cases can often go on for months, and the cost of retaining an attorney for that amount of time can be daunting. Sometimes, it’s more economically feasible to do it yourself.

But representing yourself in a legal matter doesn’t have to mean doing it alone. My Legal Case Coach can guide you through many common family law matters, including divorce, child custody/visitation, legal guardianship, step-parent adoption, and more.

Our convenient legal case form packets are templatized to help you easily fill in the details of your case. You’ll also receive one free hour of 1:1 virtual legal coaching with a licensed Virginia attorney. There are also options for ongoing DIY case coaching services if you need more help along the way, starting as low as $100 per hour.

During your sessions, your Case Coach will provide you with invaluable input on your specific case. We’ll offer pointers for drafting your forms, review any completed documents before you file, assist you with preparing custom documents beyond our case form packets, and give you guidance in preparing for your court date. ⠀

DM us with questions or book a free, 15-minute consultation at mylegalcasecoach.com/15.

One thing our clients love about us is our convenient legal coaching services. The licensed Virginia attorneys who serve...
02/29/2020

One thing our clients love about us is our convenient legal coaching services. The licensed Virginia attorneys who serve as MLCC's Case Coaches offer flexible scheduling and ongoing support for your family law case, even outside of traditional office hours.

Here's what some of our past clients have said about our founding attorney-coach, Patricia Tichenor:

"Her flexibility in scheduling coaching sessions during the evening made it possible to finish up the process in a timely fashion, without daytime disruptions to my work schedule." – Allison

"She was extremely quick in response, and understanding of my situation with exceptional empathy and knowledge. Her coaching was easy to understand, and she made herself readily available when I had questions or concerns." – Victoria

"Patricia was very available and took the time to listen to my concerns and painstakingly answered all of my questions (I had LOTS of questions). I trusted her input and was thankful for her guidance throughout the process." – Katherine

Find out why so many Virginia residents are choosing My Legal Case Coach for their DIY legal matters. DM us or visit mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to set up your free consultation call.

Divorce is not just about you and your spouse. There are often children, finances, family members, properties, assets, a...
02/27/2020

Divorce is not just about you and your spouse. There are often children, finances, family members, properties, assets, and more to consider when you begin to untangle your lives.

That's why it's so important to handle your divorce carefully and thoughtfully, seeking legal guidance to ensure you're making the right decisions for you and all those involved.

Whether you need to draft a settlement agreement, file temporary support-related court documents, or begin your divorce proceedings, My Legal Case Coach is here to offer the support you need from an experienced Virginia attorney as your DIY coach at affordable rates as low as $100 per hour. Your DIY success is our No. 1 priority.

Contact us today to learn about our easy-to-use case form packets and 1:1 legal coaching services for your Virginia family law case.

Getting divorced when you have minor children means you and your spouse will need to have a detailed discussion about yo...
02/25/2020

Getting divorced when you have minor children means you and your spouse will need to have a detailed discussion about your custody and visitation arrangements. You'll need to decide what works best, not only for the two of you as co-parents, but also for your children.

Consider these five factors in your arrangement:

1. Who is in the best position to provide a stable home for the child(ren)?
2. What arrangement will cause the least disruption to the child’s life?
3. Is the child old enough to express their preference?
4. What kind of relationship do you want your child to have with their other parent?
5. Most importantly, ask yourself if the custody or visitation schedule you are proposing is one you would accept if the shoe were on the other foot?

Interested in learning more about custody and visitation? Check out our blog post on this topic: https://buff.ly/35aR01g

Representing yourself in court can be intimidating, especially if you have limited legal knowledge and experience. But i...
02/23/2020

Representing yourself in court can be intimidating, especially if you have limited legal knowledge and experience. But if you're unable to afford to retain an attorney, it can feel like the only choice you have.

When you work with my My Legal Case Coach, you won't have to go on your legal journey alone. We offer affordable, customized guidance and insights via 1:1 ongoing legal case coaching, so you're prepared for your Virginia court date. We also offer affordable ongoing case coaching with an experienced Virginia attorney for as little as $100 per hour for a 10-hour block of coaching time.

Schedule a free consultation with a licensed Virginia attorney at mylegalcasecoach.com/15 to discover if our case form packets and legal coaching services are right for you.

It is possible to successfully take a "do-it-yourself" approach to your divorce, and it can potentially save you both a ...
02/20/2020
DIY Divorce Challenges: 3 Issues You May Face in Self-Representation

It is possible to successfully take a "do-it-yourself" approach to your divorce, and it can potentially save you both a lot of money in attorney retainer fees. However, if you're planning to go this route, it's important to be prepared for some common DIY divorce challenges that many couples face.

In our latest blog post, we explore a few unexpected obstacles you might encounter on the path to a DIY divorce.

While representing yourself in your divorce case may save you money on attorney fees, there are some DIY divorce challenges you'll want to be prepared for.

We love hearing from our satisfied clients. Here's what Mike had to say about working with MLCC attorney-coach Patricia ...
02/17/2020

We love hearing from our satisfied clients. Here's what Mike had to say about working with MLCC attorney-coach Patricia E. Tichenor:

"Patricia … helped me closely review the papers from my original case and prepare a Reply to what the prosecutor filed. She then helped me prepare to go to court to argue it to the judge. Well…the judge ruled in my favor. I don’t think I would have had that outcome without my amazing Coach.
This is really the best money I ever spent on any legal professional, even though I was handling my case on my own. I cannot say enough good things about my experience [with] My Legal Case Coach. Thank you!"

It's clients like Mike who keep us motivated and inspired to continue offering our customized services and legal guidance.

Read Mike's full testimonial: https://mylegalcasecoach.com/testimonials/mike-m/

Representing yourself in an upcoming legal matter? Don't do it alone.At My Legal Case Coach, we guide our clients throug...
02/15/2020

Representing yourself in an upcoming legal matter? Don't do it alone.

At My Legal Case Coach, we guide our clients through their DIY family law, adult guardianship, and probate cases in our 1-to-1 virtual coaching sessions. Your Legal Case Coach can provide you with their expert input on your specific case, assisting you through each step and legal form you'll need to complete.

We also offer affordable ongoing case coaching with an experienced Virginia attorney for contested matters for individuals representing themselves in a Virginia court, with as little as $100 per hour for a 10-hour block of coaching time.

With MLCC in your corner, you'll receive the support you need to prepare and present your own case, at a fraction of the cost of retaining an attorney.

Have questions? Visit mylegalcasecoach.com for more details on our services or to schedule your free 15-minute consultation.

Valentine's Day can be difficult when you're newly separated or divorced. You may feel empty. You may feel the pain of t...
02/12/2020

Valentine's Day can be difficult when you're newly separated or divorced. You may feel empty. You may feel the pain of the love you lost, or you may feel guilt for hurting the person you vowed to love forever.

But no matter what your circumstances, it's important to remember that self-love is truly the greatest love of all. As Brene Brown says, we must own our story and love ourselves through that process, no matter how painful it might seem.

If you're hurting this Valentine's Day, you're not alone. Feel that hurt, embrace the lessons it's teaching you, and use it to fuel a life of self-love.

Divorce can take a financial toll on you and your spouse – even if you're not retaining an attorney.Beyond the cost of f...
02/10/2020
Common Financial Mistakes Divorcing Couples Make

Divorce can take a financial toll on you and your spouse – even if you're not retaining an attorney.

Beyond the cost of filing a case in court, many couples struggle to untangle their joint finances during a divorce. If you don't both have a clear picture of your assets, debts, and shared accounts, it's easy to make some common financial mistakes during the transition process that can ultimately set you back.

Our latest blog post explores some of the top financial mistakes couples make as they're going through a DIY divorce.

If you're going through a DIY divorce, making these common financial mistakes can put an even greater strain on you. Here are a few to watch out for.

If you and your spouse are filing for divorce, you may be concerned about the negative emotional impact the split will h...
02/06/2020

If you and your spouse are filing for divorce, you may be concerned about the negative emotional impact the split will have on your child. The key to minimizing this impact is being as open and transparent with your child as possible (based on their age and maturity), and sticking to the facts of the separation.

Never speak ill of your child's other parent, and don't try to get them to choose sides. It may sound cliché, but it's important to reinforce that the divorce is not your child's fault, and that both of you will always be their loving parents, even if you're not all living together anymore.

Divorce will affect your child, but if you and your soon-to-be ex collaborate and cooperate as co-parents, it can have a net-positive impact. Your child will know they are truly loved when they see you and your spouse putting aside your differences to do what's best for them.

P.S. – Getting divorced in Virginia? My Legal Case Coach can help. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com or DM us to learn how.

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My name is Patricia E. Tichenor, founder and principal attorney with My Legal Case Coach. I've spent most of my career working with Northern Virginia families on a variety of family law and estate planning matters, including divorce, settlement and prenuptial agreements, child custody and support matters, step-parent adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, probate and estate administration, and more. I earned my law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, where I graduated cm laude in 1996. After five years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel, I opened my own law practice in Leesburg, Virginia in 2001. My primary focus was providing strong personal advocacy and compassionate legal advice to clients in various legal matters.

In my nearly two decades of practice, I met many individuals who simply did not have the financial means to hire an attorney to fully represent them in their civil court matter. I found it very difficult to turn away these individuals, and, at times, I would try to provide "advisory only services" to assist them in representing themselves. In 2018, I decided to take the forms and documents I developed over my many years of legal practice, along with my prior case coaching experience, and launch a first of its kind, online DIY legal case coaching platform: My Legal Case Coach (MLCC). Many people filing civil cases choose to represent themselves to save on attorney fees, but it can be confusing and intimidating to navigate the court system all on your own. The key to success for any DIY legal matter is having someone in your corner to hold your hand through the process; specifically, an experienced attorney who has been there, prepared the kinds of documents you might need to prepare, and understands what you will need to do to properly prepare your own case in a logical, step-by-step manner. Let's face it, handling your own legal case comes with extraordinary stress and anxiety. The key to your preparation is not just having the right packet of forms but, also, having the right mindset to get through what may be one of the most difficult times in your life. MLCC is here to help you keep proper mental focus by offering the kind of hands-on coaching you may genuinely need to get through the challenges of handling your own DIY legal case. With MLCC, you will get more than just a packet of forms. You will also receive one hour of complimentary coaching services with me or another experienced attorney with any packet purchased from MLCC. In addition, you will have the option to purchase reasonably priced blocks of additional pre-paid coaching time, should you have a legal case that you feel requires more hand-holding or customized assistance from us. Lastly, you will have access to complimentary webinars intended to provide further guidance and support.

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