The San Diego County Bar Association and Wills for Heroes Program

A graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, Terry Chucas has operated his local practice since 1990. In the past 14 years, he has focused on representing families in dependency court appeals. Terry Chucas also holds membership in professional organizations, such as the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).

Since its establishment in 1899, the SDCBA has grown to become the largest law-related organization supporting legal professionals in the region. It offers its members multiple volunteering options and various educational and career advancement opportunities. One of them is the Wills for Heroes program, taking place every fall for one month.

In September 2022, the SDCBA announced its recurring participation in the Wills for Heroes Foundation’s eponymous program. The program provides free estate planning legal services to first responders (emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, and police officers) and licensed frontline healthcare workers (doctors, registered nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, residents, and medical students), as well as their spouses or domestic partners.

For 10 consecutive years, through the Wills for Heroes program, the SDCBA has assisted eligible first responders and health care professionals in the greater San Diego area with preparing wills and other estate planning documentation, such as durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives, at no cost.

To qualify, participants must meet specific eligibility criteria. For example, their estate and net worth should be at most $500,000. Net worth encompasses cash, savings, stock and bonds, personal property, and retirement assets. The SDCBA matches each qualified participant with a volunteer licensed California attorney. The latter works individually with their matched participant to prepare the documents via conference calls or video meetings.

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Hockey in Sweden

An attorney with decades of experience assisting San Diego clients, Terry Chucas began overseeing parents and children on appeal in dependency court appeals in 2008. As someone who enjoys the arts as well as various sports, Terry Chucas played in the 1984 International Tournament In Sweden.

The NOTBF welcomes prospective members at least 33 years old who cannot compete with younger players but want to continue participating in the sport. It divides its teams into five age divisions: players from 33 to 42 years, 43 to 49 years, 50 to 56 years, 57 years and above, and classic. The first tournament took place in 1993, using a typical format where teams competed against teams in a shared pool, before the winners of each pool faced off to decide the winner of the event. Inspired by an alternate format used in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, in 1995, the organization changed its format so that the second, third, and fourth place winners in each pool also played against each other, so each age division comprised of two winning teams.

The NOTBF hosts its tournament in early August of the given event year. Teams meet at the designated location, which changes each year, over the course of four days.

What Is a Martindale Hubbell Rating?

Terry Chucas holds a JD from Thomas Jefferson University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of British Columbia. A San Diego, California resident, Terry Chucas also holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, the AV Preeminent.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings is the United States’ and Canada’s rating service for attorneys. Attorneys and judges use it to rate lawyers’ ethical and legal abilities. Once an attorney is reviewed using the service, they can receive an AV Preeminent, Distinguished, or Notable rating.

AV Preeminent is the highest rating an attorney can get. It shows that the attorney’s peers believe they have the highest level of professionalism, legal knowledge, and ethical standards. The Distinguished rating signifies that attorneys are widely respected by their peers and have high ethical standards. The Notable rating indicates that attorneys’ peers recognize their strong ethical standards.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have been used for over 140 years. Attorneys use the ratings to recommend the best lawyers to their clients, while individuals use the ratings to find credible attorneys to help them with their legal issues.

Types of Hearings in Dependency Court

Terry Chucas of San Diego possesses decades of experience as a family attorney. Selected for the Dependency Appellate Panel for the Fourth District Court of Appeal (San Diego), Terry Chucas represents parents and children in dependency court appeals.

In dependency court proceedings, there are three common types of hearings. Detention court hearings happen when children are removed from their parents. At the hearing, the judge decides if it is safe for the children to go back into the care of their parents until the next hearing.

In a jurisdictional hearing, the judge hears the allegations against a parent whose child has been removed. If the judge determines that the child is unsafe with his or her parents, the child will become a dependent of the court.

In a dispositional hearing, a judge determines what, if anything, a parent needs to do to improve conditions for his or her child. Dispositional hearings are sometimes a part of the jurisdictional hearing.

The True Story of Evita

Bekaa Valley – Lebanon’s Little Known Wine Region

 

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Bekaa Valley
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Experienced family attorney Terry Chucas has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year by San Diego Magazine for his exceptional legal ability and ethical representation practices. Outside of his law practice, Terry Chucas is an avid traveler who enjoys a well-vinted bottle of wine.

Though not as well known as wines from the producing regions of France, Italy, or California, Lebanon’s wines are becoming increasingly popular with wine lovers. Much of Lebanon’s wine is produced in the Bekaa Valley, a region about 1000 meters above sea level.

Grapes have been grown in this temperate plateau since Roman times. Today, about six million bottles of wine are produced in the valley annually. Some popular red varieties include Chateau Musar and Chateau Kefraya.

Lebanon’s wine industry has faced some setbacks over the years due to the volatile political atmosphere in the country and the wider Middle East. The Wine Union of Lebanon, established in 1997, aims to bring more Lebanese wines to European and American markets.

San Diego Bar Association Hosts CLE Session on Immigration Law

 

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San Diego County Bar Association
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Attorney Terry Chucas graduated from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law at the University of San Diego. During his career in the San Diego area, he has handled more than 1,500 cases and about 350 trials. In addition, Terry Chucas belongs to the San Diego Bar Association (SDBA).

With a goal of serving the county’s lawyers and the San Diego area as a whole, the SDBA helps residents find qualified lawyers, educates the public regarding specific laws, and assists in resolving disputes. Founded in 1899, it offers more than 300 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities as well as numerous networking opportunities for its members.

One of the CLE sessions offered by the SDBA took place on September 6, 2017. Entitled What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Immigration Law, the webinar was worth 1.5 ethics and professionalism CLE credits. The one-hour program helped practitioners who wanted a refresher on immigration law. They learned how immigration law can affect just one person or a larger corporation. The session also touched on ethical issues, the rights of non-citizens in the country, and H-1B visas.

International Ice Hockey – A Brief History

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International Ice Hockey
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San Diego attorney Terry Chucas has more than 20 years of experience in the field of family law. His independent practice is largely dedicated to matters involving child dependency, and he has worked extensively to assist clients going through high-stress divorce proceedings in the Superior Court of San Diego. Terry Chucas is also a dedicated philanthropist, traveler, and sports fan, who began playing hockey at age 7.

International ice hockey as we know it today got its start in the 1870s, when James Creighton developed formal rules for the sport in Montreal, basing them on the way Canadians had played similar games since the 1850s. But the game’s roots go back much farther.

Experts aren’t precisely sure where and when ice hockey originated, with some theorists tracing it to early games similar to lacrosse played by Native Americans in Nova Scotia. Others point to Northern Europe for ice hockey’s origins, while still others cite an early Irish game known as “hurley.”

The modern-day rules drawn up in Montreal more than 100 years ago replaced a ball with a puck and stipulated the number of players on a team as nine. There have been few rule changes since then, with the most important being the reduction of a team’s players to six.

San Diego County Bar Association Offers CLE Courses

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San Diego County Bar Association
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A graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Terry Chucas works as a family attorney in San Diego, California. Concentrating on dependency appeals, he has qualified as a panel member with the California Appellate Project in Los Angeles and with Appellate Defenders Inc. in San Diego. Terry Chucas also maintains membership with the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).

Established in 1899, the SDCBA represents lawyers within the San Diego County and community. In addition to helping local residents find qualified lawyers and resolve disputes, SDCBA educates the public about specific laws. Further, SDCBA members have opportunities to garner continuing legal education (CLE) credit through the organization’s supplemental education programs offered each year.

One of the CLE courses offered by the SDCBA was a court practice series on family law court. Held on November 29, 2016, at Family Law Court in San Diego, this course featured the Honorable Patricia Guerrero and Brigid Campo, Esq., who is the chair of the SDCBA Family Law Section. New attorneys who completed the course partook in practice-focused discussions such as the importance of professionalism and specific court etiquette. Those who finished the course earned 1.0 general CLE credit.

Padre’s Renfroe Named Hitting Prospect of the Year

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Hunter Renfroe
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Named one of San Diego, California’s top attorneys in 2013 by San Diego Magazine, Terry Chucas is a veteran private practitioner who represents children and parents in dependency cases. Experienced in representing the interests of children in high-profile divorce cases, Terry Chucas is an avid sportsman and a big fan of the San Diego Padres.

Hunter Renfroe, the Padres’ 24-year-old outfielder and third-ranked prospect, just added another prestigious feather to his cap. After being acknowledged as the Pacific Coast League’s (PCL’s) Most Valuable Player and then later being named National League Player of the Week, Renfroe was named the Padre’s hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com.

Renfroe cruised through the PCL slashing .306/.336/.557 with an impressive 30 homers, helping his Triple-A El Paso team win its first championship. He played 133 games with the Chihuahuas, finishing on top of the PCL leaderboard for extra-base hits and homers and second in slugging and RBIs.

The player made his debut in the majors on Sept. 21 with an impressive performance in the season’s final week hitting .409/.409./909 with three homers in just six games.