Archives for February 19, 2018

3 Signs You Could Use Guidance from a Family Law Specialist

Going through a relationship breakdown or a divorce can be such a daunting reality to face. There are a lot of emotions involved which can incapacitate your ability to make well-informed decisions. Concurrently, being in love is also another crossroad since the bloom might have not yet come off the ross, we are equally bound to make uncalculated moves during those times when all we see is either him and him alone or her and her alone. The three signs that there are legal matters you should refrain from tackling by yourself but instead seek the counsel of a Family Law Specialist include;


When he or she (fiancée) asks for prenuptial agreement or when your spouse asks for a distribution of family property

It is possible that your fiancée can ask the two of you to have a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle. This is a legal consensus made by a couple, before they wed, concerning the ownership of their respective assets, should their marriage plunge into failure. Considering the weight bore by a prenuptial agreement, it is not a mere document that you can just draft all by yourself with the hope that it will work to your advantage when things get pretty rough. An aggressive and conscientious legal representation by attorneys such as Dean Hines, who have seen decades of proficient Family Law litigations, will ensure that both parties are well represented on the settled prenuptial agreement.


On a different note, your marriage might have unluckily come to an end without having a prenuptial agreement drafted before the commencement of your marriage. Still the guidance of a family lawyer can largely play a successful role in ensuring that each one of you gets a fair share of the assets during the separation process.


When one of you is overworking to steer the relationship towards the right course but the other doesn’t show concerns


Every form of human interaction is certainly unpredictable, it can always hit a bump and when it does, every party involved should take it as a personal responsibility to restore the relationship back to the levels they once enjoyed. For instance, if you have been attending marriage counseling sessions to seal the loopholes experienced in your marriage but you do not seem to make progress as a result of your spouse’s lack of interest, this might be your sign, you could benefit from the wisdom of an attorney who will help you keep vigilant.  


When you can no longer amicably agree on any matters concerning your relationship

Finally, perennial disagreements on any matters concerning both of you is an indication that things are heading in a bad direction. When every suggestion and decision is met by sharp criticism, including those aimed at improving your existence, it could be an indication that you have lost respect for each other as a couple, and once disrespect is displayed by one party, it will definitely erode to the other over time. When worse comes to worse and things can no longer work out, it is best that you seek separation assistance from a family law expert.


Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 47th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES With Family-Friendly Ocean Activities March 3-4 & 10-11

The County of Orange, OC Parks and Dana Point Harbor invite families to experience the 47th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales on March 3-4 and 10-11 from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. Visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual, and enjoy exciting activities including whale watching, sand sculpting, live music, the Dinghy Dash, Art in the Park, delicious harbor eats and educational hands-on activities.

“The Festival of Whales is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the majestic marine mammals we share our coast with,” said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “This event combines educational programs about the ocean and environment with fun activities for the entire family.”

The Dana Point Festival of Whales offers two weekends of outdoor fun in the “Whale Capital of the West.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the festival on land or by sea to celebrate the migration of California gray whales as they pass through the ocean waters of Dana Point.

Whale watching excursions will depart every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the wharf during both festival weekends, offering views of majestic ocean life found off the coast of Dana Point. Prices and trip durations vary.

The Festival of Whales Parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Attendees can view the parade from the side of Pacific Coast Highway between Selva Road and Street of the Golden Lantern, where onlookers can enjoy the parade featuring giant helium balloons, community organizations and more.

Marine life enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy Ocean Awareness Day on March 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baby Beach for free interactive displays, demonstrations, activities and more.

Festival-goers can take part in Westwind Sailing’s Cardboard Classic Dinghy Dash & Expo at Baby Beach on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., when teams of all ages will create cardboard dinghies and compete in a friendly race.

Wrap up the weekend with delicious barbeque and live music at Baby Beach during the Whale of a Concert BBQ on Sunday, March 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. Guests 21 years and older can also enjoy a Spirits Garden as they watch bands perform atop a floating stage.

Parking will be available in different lots throughout the Harbor. All lots are serviced by free shuttles, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the festival with extended service hours the morning of the parade on March 3 and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert on March 11.

The Ocean Institute will be a stop for the official 2018 Festival of Whales Water Taxi. Daily service will be offered between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute from 12 to 5 p.m. on the days of the event. Tickets are $5 per person, available on the taxi or at Dana Wharf.

Enjoy a variety of events and activities during the 47th Annual Festival of Whales including whale watching, classic car display, Rubber Ducky Derby, Diamond Dig, sand sculpting, the Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off and more. Activity and event dates vary. For more information visit and

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Global Genes® Celebrates 11th Annual World RARE Disease Day February 28, 2018 Global Genes Raises Awareness for Rare Diseases with First-Ever RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams and Social Media Movement

Global Genes, a leading rare disease patient advocacy organization, and the rare disease community of more than 350 million people worldwide, are preparing for a special month of celebrations in observance of World Rare Disease Day. In addition to nationwide events, this year Global Genes has partnered with the Festival of Children Foundation to create the first-ever RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams. The inaugural fundraising event will be held February 28, 2018 in San Francisco, at the Children’s Creativity Museum, and will provide a unique opportunity for the more than 30 participating rare disease foundations to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases nationwide.

World Rare Disease Day is an annual observance to help raise awareness about rare disease and the impact of living with a rare disease on patients, families, and caregivers. Global Genes raises awareness  throughout the entire month of February, with the final day of the month recognized as World Rare Disease Day. During the month, Global Genes and rare disease advocates worldwide will host awareness and fundraising events for the more than 7,000 rare diseases.

This year, Global Genes is raising awareness in observance of World Rare Disease Day across the nation by sharing their top 3 ways to get involved:

  • Recognize a RARE Caregiver Hero with a short “selfie” style video to post on social media, using the hashtags #RAREhero and #GlobalGenes.
  • Upload a picture of your favorite rare patient or family into a customized World Rare Disease Day picture frame and share it on social media, using the hashtags #WRDD2018 and #GlobalGenes.
  • Attend an event, or host and share details about your World Rare Disease Day event, and take your involvement to the next level.

“World Rare Disease Day is a unifying day that promotes awareness and support for rare disease patients, advocates, families and disease champions in this fight. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 10 individuals live with a rare disease,” stated Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO of Global Genes. “It takes a day like this to help the world take notice, and grow the much needed support. We’re happy to be a part of something so amazing, and do our part to help expand engagement and involvement around the globe.”

The inaugural RARE Carousel of Possible Dreams will take place on World Rare Disease Day, Wednesday, February 28, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the historic LeRoy King Carousel at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. For more information, to register, join a team, or donate visit

To learn more about Global Genes and to get involved in World Rare Disease Day 2018, please visit

Credit: Global Genes.