Mary Ann T. Juco

Mary Ann Juco is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mary Ann directly using the contact details listed above.

The Law Firm’s Managing Partner, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from De La Salle University (1995-1998) and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the San Sebastian College of Law (2000-2004). She has extensive exposure to taxation, government contracting, corporate organisation, family law, judicial recognition of foreign judgment, annulment and divorce.

She has worked successively with the Court of Tax Appeals and with the Court of Appeals as an Attorney, developing her expertise in her areas of practice.

Attorneys Jorge Juco and Mary Ann Juco have decades of combined legal experience in a number of fields and are prepared to advise and assist clients with their legal requirements. They build a positive and informed relationship with clients, with dedication to their interests and a focus on results.

What Sets Us Apart?

Unwavering Commitment To Excellence

We are a Philippine Law Firm that builds a positive and informed relationship with our clients that goes beyond the rendering of legal advice.

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Hélène Carvallo

Hélène Carvallo is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in New York on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hélène directly using the contact details listed above.

Hélène is a French attorney and mediator residing in New York, dedicated to international family affairs. Admitted to the Paris and New York bars with extensive binational legal practice, Ms. Carvallo is honoured to be a legal adviser for the Consulate General of France in New York.

Through the years Hélène has developed a multilingual international practice, focusing in Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning – Anticipation, Litigation and Settlement – involving cross-border couples and international families.

Within her scope of services are: prenuptial and postnuptial agreements or ‘contrats de marriage’, cross-border separation and divorce, support, division of assets, domestic violence and order of protection, child custody and visitation rights, relocation cases or the enforcement of foreign orders in New York.

Over the years Hélène has also worked as co-counsel on several child abduction cases.

Firm Overview:

The Law Office of Hélène Carvallo focuses on international practice for married and unmarried couples in all areas of family law, including cross border estate planning and inheritance cases.

To better serve our transnational clients, we count on a network of excellent professionals on both sides of the Atlantic who support our team when specific expertise and local intervention is needed.

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Gillian Crandles

Gillian Crandles is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Scotland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you would like assistance in this area, please contact Gillian directly using the contact details listed above.

As Managing Partner and head of the Divorce and Family Law team at Turcan Connell, Gillian brings extensive experience to the firm. Gillian is accredited as a specialist in Family Law by The Law Society of Scotland with a particular expertise in complex high net worth cases involving professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers, land and estate owners and those in the public domain, who require a highly proactive approach to sensitive and private matters.

Gillian is dual qualified as a solicitor in Scotland, and in England and Wales, and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. She is frequently instructed in cross border and international cases, particularly so in relation to asset protection, including pre and post nuptial agreements and cohabitation, disputes regarding children, and in respect of jurisdiction for financial claims.

With an MA (Hons) in Italian and English Literature and LLB from the University of Edinburgh, her training and experience was honed with renowned firms including Dundas & Wilson, Loudons WS and from 2001 onwards Turcan Connell.

Gillian has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution models. She is an interdisciplinary collaborative practitioner, a trained mediator and a family law Arbitrator.

Gillian is a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland and Resolution in England; member and past secretary of Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland (FLAGs); founder member and past secretary of Consensus; fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Gillian has published various articles on family law, was a contributor to the SIFA Handbook on Working with Matrimonial Lawyers, and co-author of Scottish Chapter in ICLG to Family Law 2019. She has spoken at various seminars and conferences to wide-ranging audiences in Scotland, England and Europe.


Chambers and Partners

“Absolutely brilliant, excellent with clients and tenacious; technically skilled at navigating the complexities which arise from cross-border matters and maintains a pragmatic approach.”

“Highly regarded in the market for her work advising on high-value and frequently international matrimonial financial matters. As well as being head of the divorce and family law team, she is also the firm’s managing partner. She is very pragmatic and approachable but happy to dig in when needed. She is very astute in identifying the red line in negotiations and knows when to push and when to let things lie.”

The Legal 500

“In the very top category of family lawyers in Scotland.”

“Offers clients clear and approachable advice. She will tell it as she sees it, is highly knowledgeable and articulate and clients will leave a consultation with all the information they need to make the right decision. Gillian’s management of the team is excellent and she allows her team to get on with their jobs but offers guidance and support when needed.”

Firm Overview:

The vision for Turcan Connell has always been to offer all the professional advice under one roof that an individual might need during their lifetime. This means offering a full range of legal services alongside a complete range of tax services.

We believe that this joined-up, interdisciplinary approach of combining legal and tax expertise really sets Turcan Connell apart and enables us to provide the very best advice and counsel to our clients.

Our team of solicitors are often there at the most important and sometimes difficult times in our client’s lives. Our clients trust us to advise, guide and support them in the right way through changing circumstances, whether on an issue regarding employment or on the breakdown of a relationship.

We recognise that many of our clients lead busy lives and they value our responsive approach. Our solicitors are committed to them and to understanding their circumstances as fully as possible. We want them to succeed, we want to preserve and enhance their wealth now and for future generations and we want to provide sensible and workable solutions for all the issues that they face.

Founded in 1997, today we have 23 partners and staff of around 220 lawyers and tax advisers offering a unique combination of skills and expertise covering tax; estate and succession planning; employment; dispute resolution; entrepreneurs, family and rural businesses; divorce and family; land and property; and charity law.

Turcan Connell’s offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London serve a broad range of clients who value the focus our team of solicitors can bring to their affairs.

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Ana Maria Kudisch Castello

Ana Maria Kudisch Castello is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Mexico on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ana directly using the contact details listed above.

Ana Castello has 30 years of experience.

At present, Ana is the owner of Kudisch Law Firm, which has been rendering professional services in the area of civil and family litigation for the past 10 years.

Born in Mexico City, on October 27, 1959, she studied at the Alexander Von Humboldt A.C. German School. Ana did her undergraduate studies at the Universidad Anáhuac from 1978 to 1982, where she obtained the best generation average and Honorable Mention in her professional thesis as a law graduate, obtaining professional license number 943032. She speaks four languages, English, German, French and Spanish .

Ana is the sole administrator of Kudisch Abogados S.C. She with more than 18 years of being an independent professional, counting on highly experienced lawyers in her firm as well as experts who support her in her professional practice.

Ana completed the Master’s Degree in Family Law at the Institute of Legal Sciences today Tepantlato University, with professional ID number 5784528

Ana is a Private Mediator Number 002 certified by the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City, in the third recertification.

Ana has been appointed as an expert witness in Mexican Family Law in Mexico and Canada and has vast experience in child restitution lawsuits.

Ana is an active member since 2012 of the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, A.C. She has the certification for continuing education from 2015 to 2019, in which she has participated as a speaker and assistant in various conferences and sessions, as well as in a radio and television program.

Ana was a counselor for six years of the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados A.C., she was coordinator of the Equality and Gender Commission, currently a Counselor of the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, and counselor of the National Bar Association.

In 2019, she was appointed Vice President of the Fundación de la Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados A.C and she was awarded a pro bono award in 2016 by said Foundation.

She is also an active member of the National College of Mediators CONAMEC.

Mohamed Baiross

Mohamed Baiross is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Singapore on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mohamed directly using the contact details listed above.

Mohamed is one of the founders and managing partners of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 2008. He has an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas. He advises clients on matters relating to divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, Syariah law, and general civil litigation.

Mohamed Baiross is known for delivering effective solutions to legal problems with empathy and patience.

Firm Overview:

IRB Law LLP was founded with a vision to build a law firm that delivers effective and efficient legal services to everyone, from the man on the street to large corporations. IRB Law LLP now has over 50 employees, allowing us to maintain a highly personalised level of service, whilst enabling us to cover a significant range of service areas across individual and corporate law.

We are able to offer top-quality legal services at affordable prices by leveraging technology and falling costs of information. Unlike other law firms, we transfer these cost savings to our clients, which keep our prices very reasonable. Our areas of practice range from family, probate, criminal, personal injury, and personal debt recovery, to international arbitrations, construction and infrastructure, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, asset tracing, and enforcement actions.

The firm’s matrimonial practice has dedicated lawyers who regularly undertake both contested and uncontested ancillaries such as divorce, adoption matters, pre-nuptial agreements, division of matrimonial assets and care and control of children. IRB Law LLP boasts Singapore’s largest Syariah law practice, advising and representing clients in all aspects of Syariah law, such as wills and inheritance matters and divorce.

On civil and commercial matters we have represented clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts, including the Court of Appeal. Elsewhere in the world, our international arbitration team has been representing large international contractors, companies and consultants in arbitrations in Singapore, Malaysia and the wider region, as well as in more distant jurisdictions such as India, China and Romania, primarily in construction, infrastructure, engineering, and commercial disputes.

Gianna M. Assereto

Gianna Assereto is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in California on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gianna directly using the contact details listed above.

Gianna has practiced family law exclusively for over a decade, and she has been consistently recognised as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2015-2020, a recognition only awarded to the top 2.5% of up-and-coming lawyers in California. Gianna honed her skills as an associate attorney for Hanson Crawford Crum for nearly seven years before becoming a partner at the firm.

Gianna’s commitment to family law drives her practice. She draws on her experience to help her clients resolve the difficult personal and financial issues they may face throughout the dissolution process. Gianna represents a wide variety of clients, including tech executives, founders of companies, real estate developers, physicians, lawyers, and stay-at-home moms and dads. Gianna routinely represents clients with spousal support, child support, property characterisation and division, and child custody and visitation issues. In addition, Gianna has a sub-subspecialty in cases that involve complex business issues such as venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, equity compensation, and  privately held businesses. Not only does Gianna have experience negotiating the complex and nuanced details of a divorce settlement, she is highly effective in contested proceedings in both the public courts throughout the Bay Area and private adjudication, when settlement is not possible.

Gianna also drafts and negotiates premarital agreements, post-marital agreement, and cohabitation agreements for her clients. . Gianna works with clients to ensure that their needs are met and they feel secure in their future.

Additionally, Gianna is skilled in assisting clients through the mediation process and often acts as a consulting attorney to mediation.  To expand her mediation skills, and build-upon her negotiation and litigation experience, Gianna completed 40 hours of intensive mediation training with Gary Friedman at The Centre for Understanding in Conflict and continues to take courses to improve upon these skills.

Regardless of the type of case presented, Gianna strives to maintain compassion and an awareness of her client’s individual challenges to determine the most effective and efficient path to resolution.

When she is not in the office, Gianna enjoys traveling and playing with her Cavalier King Charles named Archie.