Rita Evans

Rita Evans was admitted to the Bar in October, 2000. Rita practices Criminal Law, Wills & Estates, Conveyancing and Mortgages, Family Matters, Personal Injury Matters, Civil Litigation (Magistrates & High Court), Company Incorporation and Small Business Registration, Debt Collection.

Education:

The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law
1995 – 1998

Harrison College, St. Michael, Barbados
1984 – 1990

Wills & Estates Law Practice:

A term used by the law to describe that part of the law which regulates wills, probate and other subjects related to the distribution of a deceased person’s estate.

Although the term ‘estate’ is not restricted to the law of property; it relates to the deceased, the term ‘estate law’ has evolved to refer, primarily, to the law as it relates to:

– The property of the deceased;
– Of persons who cannot manage their affairs because of age (child), physical or mental infirmity and who would have their estate extracted from their person and managed separately; or
– The management of property which is being held beneficially for a person (trusts).

A law firm which professes to specialize in estate law is one who deals mostly with wills, probate and trust cases.

Distinguished from real estate law which focuses on the law as it relates to real property.

Rainier Mamangun

Atty. Rainier R. Mamaňgun, formerly a lawyer for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, DFA, worked on labor, civil and criminal cases involving migrant workers and overseas Filipinos in distress. In this connection, he spearheaded various legal missions abroad to such countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. His work involved diplomatic representations with foreign governments as well as appearances before a foreign court. During his stint with the DFA, he was instrumental in rescuing countless victims of human smuggling and trafficking and in saving the lives of Filipinos on death row abroad.

Prior to this, Atty. Mamaňgun worked as a legal consultant to the National Federation of Labor Unions, NAFLU, one of the biggest labor federations in the Philippines.

In 2003, he was chosen by the Office of the Vice-President of the Philippines to be part of the Drafting Committee composed of distinguished professors of the University of the Philippines Law Faculty and representatives from concerned government agencies to draft the “Magna Carta for Seafarers”— a bill that aims to promote the welfare of millions of Filipino seafarers worldwide.

His experience in dealing with OFW concerns and involvement in the labor movement made him adept at tackling civil, criminal, immigration and labor matters.

Affiliations:

Atty. Mamaňgun is a member in good standing of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He belongs to the pool of lawyers par excellence of the Fraternal Order of Utopia – an academic organization based at the Ateneo Law School. He renders free legal service to indigent OFWs and their families as a volunteer lawyer for the Kanlungan Centre Foundation. He is also a member of Singles for Christ – a Catholic group composed of individuals committed to living a life in Christ. He was also member of U.P. HARIBON – an organization dedicated to the protection of the environment.

Professional Experience:

Atty. Mamaňgun is adept at handling cases in and out of court. His training with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs enabled him to hone his diplomatic skills which now prove crucial in his dealings and negotiations with the court and the opposition. His skills at legal drafting and the defense of existing legislation were developed through years of service at the Office for Migrant Workers Affairs and in appearances at Congressional hearings and various inter-agency meetings that dealt with law and policy formulation. He had, for instance, defended the constitutionality of the “Migrant Workers’ Act” before the Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals, in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor General.

Publications:

Atty. Mamangun’s work on “The Policies and Laws Governing Filipino Seafarers,” co-authored by Dean Merlin Magallona, was published in in 2003 in the official organ of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He likewise authored the article entitled “Comparative Analysis of the Philippine Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Part I)” published at Hieros Gamos.

Education:

It was at the University of the Philippines where Atty. Rainier Mamaňgun took up his bachelor’s degree in Political Science as a “Iskolar ng Bayan,” or State Scholar. He was a consistent College Scholar and University Scholar at the said University. He served as the Deputy Academic Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Utopia in SY1997-1998 at the Ateneo Law School. In high school, he graduated with honors at the Don Bosco Technical College and was the recipient of the coveted St. Dominic Savio Award for excellence in conduct. He was class valedictorian in grade school and a Leadership Awardee – a distinction given to the most promising youth leaders of the country.

Firm Overview:

Atty. Rainier R. Mamaňgun is a senior partner and founder of a full-service Philippine law firm involved in Civil Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Labor Law, Immigration Law, Corporate Law, and special concerns.

In the general area of Civil Law, the Firm handles cases involving change of name or correction of entry in birth and marriage certificates; collection of sum of money; breach of contract; torts and damages; and ejectment, among others.

In the specific area of Family Law, the Firm handles cases involving child custody; spousal and child support; paternity suits; domestic or inter-country adoption; legal separation; annulment; declaration of nullity of marriage; recognition of foreign divorce; settlement of estate of the deceased; and reprobate of wills, among others.

In the area of Criminal Law, the Firm handles the prosecution or defense in cases of Adultery or Concubinage; Bigamy; Anti-Violence against Women & Children; Estafa or Fraud; Theft; Falsification of Documents; Libel or Oral Defamation; Threats; Coercion; Physical Injuries; Bouncing Checks; Violation of the Electronic Commerce Law, and verification of pending cases in court or the prosecutor’s office, among others.

In the area of Immigration Law, the Firm provides assistance and advice in applications for spousal or fiancée visa, Philippine passports, watchlist or hold-departure orders, and dual-citizenship acquisition; verification of derogatory records with the Bureau of Immigration; and preparation of parental travel consent affidavits, among others.

The Firm likewise attends to special concerns such as assistance in securing documentary requirements for marriage; assistance in DNA paternity tests; preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, last will and testament; demand letters, legal briefs or legal advisories; document preparation in real estate transactions; contract drafting and review; verification of titles with the Registry of Deeds; service of summons and notices from foreign courts; and notarial services.

“The passionate pursuit of legal excellence” is the Firm’s guiding theme. The same is evident in all aspects of the Firm’s dealings with its clientele, the opposition, the courts of justice, and the public in general.

The partners adhere to the tenet that as lawyers, they should, at all times, observe candor and fairness with their clients and serve them with competence, diligence, and zeal within the bounds of law. The Firm’s mission is to pursue its clients’ cause to the utmost of its abilities and, in the process, bring to realization its vision of according dignity to the legal profession and advancing the greater interest of justice.

Ruth Dayan Wolfner

Ruth Dayan Law Firm is one of Israel’s leading firms specializing in family law. Our practice includes managing procedures and legal representation in cases of divorce, wills, and inheritances, and various aspects of family law as well as mediation. The firm was established in 1998 by Ruth Dayan Wolfner and has grown rapidly due to the sensitive approach, comprehensive understanding of the complex aspects of all areas of family law and effective results achieved in the various courts or through mediation. We offer the highest standard of legal representation in divorce cases, contesting wills, challenging inheritance, providing legal documents of all kinds, mediating, drawing up legal agreements, taking statements and investigating witnesses.

Practice Areas:

The firm specializes in all aspects of family law and has expertise in managing procedures in the Family Matters Courts including:

  • Division of Property: This specialization includes an equitable balance of resources, liquidating partnerships in assets and family companies, protecting rights and locating concealed assets.
  • Support Claims: The firm has extensive experience in claims for alimony and support for women and children, including claims for decreasing or increasing payments, verifying amounts of salary and income, and standard of living.
  • Child Custody: The Firm handles custody arrangements including claims for joint custody, changes in custody arrangements, protecting the rights of children regarding their relations to both parents and the extended family, and claims relating to abduction of children.
  • Abduction of Children: The firm handles legal procedures, as dictated by The Hague Convention, concerning the abduction of children to and from Israel.
  • Rabbinical Courts: The Firm is highly experienced in appearing before the Rabbinical Courts including an understanding of relevant Hebrew Law and matters related to receiving a Jewish divorce (“get”), obtaining alimony and child support payments, and the division of property according to Jewish Law (“Halacha”).
  • Drawing up Financial and Divorce Agreements including Mediation: Until reaching an agreement that is acceptable for both parties, the firm has special expertise in carrying out short and effective mediation procedures.
  • Wills and Inheritances: The firm’s expertise includes drawing up wills, contesting wills, drawing up requests for inheritance court orders, and submitting claims on various issues relating to bequests, acting as executors of inheritances and other issues concerning this field.
  • Common Law Marriage: Claims and protecting legal rights of cohabiting couples. These claims include property claims, inheritance rights, support payments, and recognition by various institutions and organizations.

Maurice Giro

Bringing over ten years of experience to his practice, attorney Maurice Giro of Giro Attorneys at Law, LLC is committed to helping individuals protect their assets and provide for their families after death. Mr. Giro takes a compassionate approach to estate planning and elder lawmatters and takes the time to truly understand his clients’ situation and goals. He is familiar with the various laws affecting the transferring of assets after death and can help his clients and their families have peace of mind when a death occurs. Mr. Giro’s estate law experience enables him to assist in a wide variety of circumstances: Whether his clients need to protect valuable and complex assets through a trust, to plan for Medicare and Medicaid benefits to assist with long-term care, or to pass on simple assets and personal items through a will, Mr. Giro is able to help deliver exceptional results.

When the death of a loved one or family member produces estate contests and strife, Mr. Giro draws upon the experience he has gained serving as Union City’s municipal prosecutor as well as a municipal prosecutor and public defender for West New York to help his clients prevail in the courtroom. A successful litigator must be comfortable with both the substantive law of the dispute and the procedures and techniques necessary to present the law and facts persuasively in court, and Mr. Giro’s two decades of experience have given him both. Mr. Giro’s education and experience make him a trustworthy advocate and ally in the courtroom to family members seeking to carry out their loved one’s final wishes.

Mr. Giro is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the courts of both Hackensack, New Jersey and New York.

Experience:

  • Union City Municipal Prosecutor (current)
  • West New York Municipal Prosecutor
  • West New York Public Defender

Organizations:

Mr. Giro is a proud member of:

  • Elder Counsel
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Hackensack, New Jersey State Bar Association (Family Law Section)

Education:

  • B.A., Thomas Edison State College – Humanities (graduated with Honors) J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
    Bar Admissions
  • Hackensack, New Jersey – State and Federal Courts New York – State, Federal Court pending

Mr. Giro is fluent in Spanish and English

Dato Fion Wong

Fion Wong is a Partner of Shang & Co. and holds an LL.B. (Hons) Degree from the University of London and a Certificate in Legal Practice (C.L.P.) from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia.

Fion is actively involved in:

  • Matrimonial and Family Law: mainly in contested matters of family and divorce including but not limited to claiming/enforcing wife and children maintenance orders, child custody, cross-border child abduction, matrimonial property division, adultery, adoption and international aspects of family law, involving matters in Malaysia and other jurisdictions.
  • Contracts and Agreements: for family and marital agreements, including but not limited to divorce settlements and also the drafting of Endorsement Agreements involving celebrities in Malaysia.

Fion is often sought by clients and peers for representation in Family and Divorce matters in Malaysia as well as in other jurisdictions as a result of her dedication in implementing different efficient and effective strategies for her clients which have delivered excellent results.

Firm Overview:

In Shang & Co. we measure our success by our clients’ success. We adapt professional and comprehensive approach in reaching our client’s OBJECTIVES & GOALS whilst ADVANCING our clients’ INTEREST. We are committed to tailor our legal services in order to meet our clients’ diverse needs.

Trudy O. Glasgow

Ms. Trudy O. Glasgow obtained her first degree, B.A History from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados. She graduated from the University of Hull having completed the LL.B (Honours) degree in 1999, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle the following year. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales with the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2000 and to the local Bar in the same year. Ms. Glasgow obtained her Masters in International and Commercial law as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (P.C.H.E.) from the University of Sheffield, where she taught for almost five years. Ms. Glasgow is a qualified university lecturer.

On her return to Saint Lucia, Ms. Glasgow was in private practice with a local law firm for five years until she opened her own office in the Rodney Bay area. She is an active member of the Saint Lucia Bar Association, and was instrumental in launching The Brief, its legal magazine, as its first Managing Editor. Ms. Glasgow was chosen as one of 12 young professionals pursuing excellence and featured on 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited’s calendar for 2009.

Ms. Glasgow is the author of the popular weekly legal column entitled ‘Simply Law’ in The Voice newspaper since July 2007. She is the 2006 recipient of the Victoria Fisher prize for her essay on Women and the law. She is also a Director of National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) and Chairperson of its Training and Marketing Committee since October 2010. Ms. Glasgow is also one of the founding members of the recently launched Lincoln’s Inn Caribbean Alumni Association.

Firm Overview:

Welcome to the law firm of Trudy O. Glasgow & Associates. Our main goal is to cater to the legal needs of our clients in an efficient way. We listen to our clients’ concerns and look for the best, most cost-effective legal solutions to their problems. Our relationship with our clients is central to our success. We recognise that clients come first. Our clients benefit from our guiding principles of honesty, efficiency, knowledge and communication.

We communicate with our clients using clear, every day language via whatever method of communication is preferred including: telephone, fax, mail, email, text messages, and Skype.

Our consultants are former Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Sir Brian Alleyne; Justice Ephraim Georges (retired); and Judge John Samuels, QC, a Bencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, in London, England.

We cater to a wide range of practice areas including: divorce, adoption, wills and succession, real estate law, company and corporate matters, hotel and catering law, banking, insurance, employment, immigration, civil and commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and notarial services. For further details, please visit our ‘Practice’ page .

To find out more about the services we offer, please call us at (758) 4509748/(758) 4889748 or (758) 4859759 or email us at [email protected]. Our Skype name is Trudy O. Glasgow.

We look forward to hearing from you.