925-283-2500 derek@wagleylaw.com

~The Practice~

I am Bay Area attorney Derek M. Wagley,   Having begun my career as a Licensed Real Estate Broker, I have successfully represented hundreds of clients in the real estate field.  This induction into real estate led to the opening of my law practice in Lafayette, California, where I can go beyond negotiating contracts for clients, and can advocate for their rights when problems arise. Having represented clients in both State and Federal court, my office is well versed in representing clients in a variety of legal issues.  

ESTATE PLANNING | REAL ESTATE LAW | DIVORCE LAW

~Estate Planning~

Wills, Trusts and other testamentary documents are not just for the wealthy. Regardless of how much or how little money you have, these documents assure that whatever personal belongings or assets you have will go to the beneficiaries of your choice.  Without these documents, the court makes the decisions and the laws of the court will be applied irrespective of your actual testmentary desires.   While most people do not want to think about their own mortality, making preparations ahead of time to protect one’s family and friends is of great importance and allows most to feel piece of mind, knowing their testamentary wishes will be carried out and their family and friends will be protected in their absence.

WILLS | LIVING TRUSTS | SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS | POWER OF ATTORNEY | HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

~Real Estate Law~

Ownership and protection of real property interests are crucial for just about everyone’s financial stability.  Whether you own a home, investment or commercial property, when legal problems arise you need an attorney who can assist in the protection of both your investment and legal property rights.  Real property ownership is for most people the single most valuable asset to their financial portfolio.

LANDLORD / TENANT | SELLER NON-DISCLOSURE | REAL ESTATE BROKER FRAUD & NON-DISCLOSURE

~Divorce~

In California, there are three main ways to end a marriage, divorce, legal separation or an annulment.  Various issues can arise while you are in the process of obtaining a divorce such as child support, custody and visitation, spousal support and division of marital property.  It is important to have an attorney on your side who understands the intricacies involved in the various issues that can arise and take you through the process in a smooth and proficient manner. California is a no fault state.  This means that there is no need to prove “fault” on the other spouse before receiving a divorce.  The two standards in California for obtaining a divorce are irreconcilable differences and incurable insanity.  If you have questions about the process, you can call the office at 925-283-2500 for a no cost informational appointment.