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Experienced Springfield Family Law Attorney

No family expects to have to go to court, and the process of taking your case to family court can be confusing, intimidating and overwhelming. There are strict deadlines to be met, paperwork that needs to be filed, and potentially serious consequences for your family if there are issues with the process. This is why it's so important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side.

Attorney Brittany J. Smith has been representing families in Springfield and Western Massachusetts for decades. Attorney Smith and her team can advocate for you in a wide range of family law matters, including:

In many cases, your legal matters can be resolved through a negotiated settlement or mediation, but even then, the outcome needs to be brought to court and approved by a judge. In other situations, you may need to litigate and fight for your family's needs in an adversarial context. Whatever twists and turns your case takes, you can depend on attorney Brittany J. Smith to fight for you and your family's best interests.

Put your trust in a legal team with decades of experience and a strong reputation for integrity and results. Contact us online or call (413) 781-7170 to speak with attorney Brittany J. Smith today.

Legal Separation

There are several reasons why two spouses may want to live separate lives without getting legally divorced. For example, the couple may want to separate but be unable to divorce for religious or moral reasons. Or one spouse may need to remain legally married to an American citizen for immigration purposes.

The process of going through a legal separation is very similar in most respects to a divorce, and it requires the same level of advocacy from your attorney. Trust attorney Brittany J. Smith and her team to help you navigate your separation.

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Domestic Partnerships

Although domestic partnerships originally became popular among same-sex couples before it became legal for such couples to marry, some cohabiting couples still want to opt for a domestic partnership or civil union instead of getting married. If you believe this may be the right option for you and your partner, an attorney can help you understand your rights and privileges and file the right paperwork in court. Attorney Brittany J. Smith can answer your questions.

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Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract entered into before marriage that establishes financial rights in the event of a divorce. A postnuptial agreement is a similar agreement that is entered into while you are already married.

Massachusetts law limits what can and cannot be addressed in a prenup or postnup - for example, while financial matters can be established, child custody and child support cannot - and specific rules need to be followed to make sure the agreement is legally enforceable. An experienced family law attorney can help you make sure your agreement meets your needs.

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Wills

Formally called a Last Will and Testament, your will determines what will happen to your assets after you die. It can also establish your preferences for a guardian for your children and allows you to appoint the person who you want to be in charge of making sure your wishes are carried out. It is critically important to work with your attorney to make sure you have a will that will take care of your needs and your family after your passing. Attorney Brittany J. Smith has significant experience helping Springfield families with simple wills.

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Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that empowers another person to make financial decisions on your behalf during a time when you are not able to do so, while you are alive. A Health Care Proxy similarly empowers another person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you cannot make or communicate those decisions, including end of life treatment. Both are essential for anyone over 18 years of age. Brittany J. Smith can help you choose the right person to be your Power of Attorney and/or Health Care Proxy and file all of the necessary paperwork to protect your rights and interests.

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Homesteads and Corporations

Under certain circumstances, filing a Homestead or creating a Corporation can help you to protect your home and assets and maintain your quality of life. There are specific requirements that need to be met and paperwork that needs to be filed in order to obtain this legal protection. As a licensed real estate broker as well as an attorney, Brittany J. Smith has the experience and knowledge needed to help you successfully file.

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