NEW MEXICO FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE LAWYER ▪ ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY
Serving residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 30 years.
At my solo law practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I help clients protect their families and their assets with estate planning and family law services. I have been practicing law in Santa Fe since 1978, and understand the pitfalls and opportunities that face families, individuals, and businesses in transition. If you would like to speak with me about your divorce/dissolution, a will, or a more complex estate plan, contact my law office and ask to speak with Karen Aubrey.
Divorce ◦ Dissolution • Partnership • Marriage
The process of dissolution of a marital or non-marital relationship is emotionally exhausting. It can also be financially devastating. Whether you are leaving a non-traditional domestic partnership, or are involved in a divorce, you are at risk of serious economic loss.
I understand how difficult this period of your life is, and I will help you look objectively at issues of debt and asset division and support. Even a separation agreement arrived at cooperatively, if poorly drafted, may fail to represent your interests adequately. A full examination of all assets, income and the history of individual property is necessary to begin the process of unraveling the wealth of a marriage. As your divorce lawyer, if mediation or negotiation fails and your divorce goes to trial, I will aggressively represent you in court.
Estate Planning • Business Succession Planning • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
One of the most considerate actions you can take on behalf of your family and friends is to establish an appropriate estate plan. A simple plan for an individual with few assets may include a will, a living will (advance medical directive), and powers of attorney. Those instruments provide direction for the probate court and your medical providers in the event of your death or incapacitation.
More complex estate plans may involve the establishment of an irrevocable or revocable trust, a family limited partnership (FLP), and other devices to minimize tax liability and the cost of probate. If you are a part or whole owner of a business, your business planning should include a succession plan that outlines a smooth transition of ownership.
For many couples contemplating marriage, a carefully drafted pre-nuptial agreement detailing issues related to ownership of assets in the event of divorce or death may remove obstacles and objections that interfere with the relationship.
I also represent clients in civil litigation when a will or trust is contested.
If you would like to speak with me about your family law or estate planning needs, contact my Santa Fe, New Mexico estate planning law office and ask for Karen.