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.

Divorce is not something to be ashamed of. It's not synonymous with "failure," nor is a step backwards. It's simply a pa...
04/30/2020

Divorce is not something to be ashamed of. It's not synonymous with "failure," nor is a step backwards. It's simply a part of your personal growth journey, a phase of your life that must happen so you can move forward, closer to where you are meant to go.

What served you once might not serve you forever -- and that's OK. It's OK to change your mind. It's OK to choose yourself. It's OK to start over.

If you're ready to begin the journey of separation and divorce in Virginia, contact My Legal Case Coach to learn how we can help. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to get started and book your free consultation call.

Being a single parent is a job like no other. You're a role model, a caregiver, and a source of love, support, and secur...
04/27/2020

Being a single parent is a job like no other. You're a role model, a caregiver, and a source of love, support, and security for your children – and it's not easy to do it on your own.

You may mess up sometimes, but you don't need to be perfect. You just need to be present and lead with love. As your kids grow up, they might not remember those little mistakes, but they'll never forget how much you love them.

My Legal Case Coach is here to support single and soon-to-be single parents as they navigate their divorce, custody, support, and visitation cases. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to learn more about our legal case form packets and 1:1 virtual legal coaching services.

DIY legal doesn't mean doing it alone. My Legal Case Coach offers easy-to-use legal case forms and personal coaching ses...
04/25/2020

DIY legal doesn't mean doing it alone. My Legal Case Coach offers easy-to-use legal case forms and personal coaching sessions to guide you through the entire process. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to get started and book your free consultation call.

You love your stepchildren like they're your own. If their other biological parent does not play an active role in their...
04/22/2020

You love your stepchildren like they're your own. If their other biological parent does not play an active role in their lives, you and your spouse may wish to file a step-parent adoption case to secure certain legal rights for your family.

My Legal Case Coach was designed for Virginia residents who wish to represent themselves in family law matters like this. We offer templatized legal case forms packets for most common step-parent adoption circumstances, and if your case is more complex, we can help you craft your own customized forms. Whatever the situation, you can benefit from the free hour of 1:1 virtual legal coaching that comes with any packet purchase.

Message us for more details on our services, or schedule your free consultation at mylegalcasecoach.com/15.

Virginia's current stay-at-home order has raised a lot of concerns about exercising visitation during COVID-19. Parents ...
04/20/2020
Visitation During COVID-19: Can We Continue Our Regular Visits?

Virginia's current stay-at-home order has raised a lot of concerns about exercising visitation during COVID-19. Parents are wondering if transporting children back and forth between households is safe, and whether should it be continued while a stay-at-home order remains in place.

The short answer is yes…as long as proper precautions and protocols are followed.

Read our latest blog for an overview of what parents should know about visitation arrangements during the quarantine.

Divorced parents may be wondering if it's safe to continue their regular court-ordered visitation during COVID-19. Here's what you need to know.

As a parent, you want what's best for your children. This should be your "North Star" when you and your soon-to-be ex ar...
04/16/2020

As a parent, you want what's best for your children. This should be your "North Star" when you and your soon-to-be ex are negotiating a plan for legal and physical custody of your children. Ask yourself these questions:

1. Is one of you in the better position to provide a consistent home-base, schooling, routine medical and dental care, etc., or are both of you able to effectively provide two strong home-settings and amicably share these responsibilities?
2. What arrangement will cause the least disruption to your child’s life, given your work-schedules, commute, and the distance between your separate residences (or expected separate residences if one of you has not yet established a separate residence)?
3. Is your child old enough to express his or her preference?
4. What kind of relationship do you want your child to have with their other parent?

If you're going through a divorce with minor children, we are here to support you. Visit mylegalcasecoach.com to learn more about our 1:1 virtual coaching services and schedule a free 15-minute consultation with a licensed Virginia attorney.

When you're in the middle of divorce, there may be some negative emotions between you and your spouse. You may treat co-...
04/13/2020

When you're in the middle of divorce, there may be some negative emotions between you and your spouse. You may treat co-parenting as a competition for who can "win" the kids' affection and be the "favorite" parent.

Instead, look at your current situation as a way to come together and offer the absolute best care for your children. Never try to pit your children against their other parent, and unless they are in danger, you should always respect the co-parenting arrangement you and your spouse have worked out.

Remember, when co-parenting is done right, it can provide children with two loving households and the support they need to flourish and grow.

So you've been named as a loved one's executor in their Will. You may feel honored that they trust you enough to carry o...
04/10/2020
Executor Challenges You May Face in a Virginia Probate Matter

So you've been named as a loved one's executor in their Will. You may feel honored that they trust you enough to carry out their final wishes. However, there are some challenges associated with this role that you may not be expecting.

Check out our latest blog to learn about four challenges you may face if you've been tasked with managing a loved one's estate. You can also contact My Legal Case Coach for 1:1 virtual coaching and guidance for your Virginia probate matter.

An executor ensures that a deceased person’s last wishes are fulfilled. Here are four executor challenges you may face if you're serving in this role.

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

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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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