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Bustillo & Acton was founded on the premise that large, complex matters do not require hordes of lawyers and should not entail the exorbitant cost structure associated with large law firms.

We pride ourselves on our passionate team of professionals, our creative and innovative thinking, and our cost-effective services to solve complex business and financial issues.

Bustillo & Acton’s founder have worked together for several decades, establishing a firm based upon dedication, hard work, collegiality, “out-of-the-box” thinking, efficiency, and most importantly, putting our clients first.

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Putting you first is a simple philosophy, but it is one that flows throughout every part of our business and underpins everything we do.

We listen to our clients, understand their needs and only then do we provide legal advice. And it is this simple approach that ensures we forge strong and close relationships with our clients that are built on trust.

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We are certificated to ISO 9001:2008, an internationally recognised quality management standard.

Certificatted to this standard enables continuous improvement of our quality management systems and processes, managing our ability to consistently meet customer expectations.

Constantly Improving

We are not complacent and recognise the need for consistent improvement.

Continuous improvement of our concern for; business improvement, compliance and customer service, along with our new product and service specialists, ensure that we constantly strive to improve our service and respond to your demands now and in the future.

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Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Products Liability

Professional Malpractice

General Civil & Liability Litigation

Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation


Family Law

Employment Law & Sexual Harassment

Criminal Defense

Property & Land

Insurance Law

Will and Inheritance

Aviation and Maritime

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  • P. Ambrose

  • CEO * Lead Attorney * CFLS

  • p.ambrose@greatambroselaw.com

  • Personal Injury | Wrongful Death
  • Products Liability | Medical Malpractice
  • Litigation | Taxation | Will and inheritance
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Greg C. Merson

  • Senior Managing Trial

  • greg@greatambroselaw.com

  • Personal Injury | Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Law | Will and Inheritance
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Aviation & Marine Matters
  • Maria Perez

  • Senior Managing Trial Attorney

  • m.perez@greatambroselaw.com

  • Personal Injury | Insurance Claims
  • Will and Inheritance Claim
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Caroline Stanfield

  • Associate Attorney

  • c.stanfield@greatambroselaw.com

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Wrongful Death Claims.
  • Mark J. Stone

  • Associate Attorney

  • m.j.stone@greatambroselaw.com

  • Products Liability
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Criminal Defense | Employment Disputes
  • Peter Bakersfield

  • Associate Attorney

  • p.bakersfield@greatambroselaw.com

  • Employment Law & Sexual Harassment
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • General Civil Litigation | Property & Land
  • Family Law | Inheritance | Lands & Property

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Court proceedings should always be a last resort in matrimonial cases. Parties who are willing to settle a dispute without the help of a third party should be encouraged to do so as a starting point. Agreements can be reached 'over the kitchen table', via solicitor correspondence, by way of mediation, via the collaborative process or through arbitration. Any of these options coupled with the correct legal advice mean that in the majority of cases it should be possible to avoid the cost and stress of going to court. On other occasions disputes are intractable and it is inevitable that court proceedings will ensue.

• In the event the issues being discussed are too complex or there are tensions between the parties, it may be easier to approach a solicitor to negotiate matters on your behalf. Solicitors are used to such negotiations and understand what is a fair and reasonable settlement. They can remove the burden of resolving financial matters from the client whilst being able to talk them through the process.
• During the process of mediation the parties attend a series of face to face meetings, assisted by a mediator who is a professional trained to help resolve disputes over all issues faced by separating couples, or specific issues such as arrangements for children. The mediator will assist the parties to identify those issues in dispute and try to enable the parties to reach a consensus without proving legal advice. Clients are advised to see independent legal advice before coming to an agreement in mediation.
• By virtue of the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and all parties meet face to face with their appointed representatives to attempt to reach an agreement.
In the event an agreement is reached, each of the parties and their representatives sign an agreement that commits them to trying to resolve the issues without going to court and prevents the representatives from further acting in the event the agreement breaks down.
• In family arbitration the parties appoint an arbitrator, who acts as an unofficial judge. The arbitrator's decision on financial and property disputes arising from family relationships will be final and binding between the parties.
Without a will the state decides who will inherit your assets, so your partner, relatives, friends and favourite charities may get nothing. It is important to make a will if you are not married or in a registered civil partnership. This is because the law does not automatically recognise cohabitants (partners who live together) as having the same rights as those who are married or in a civil partnership. As such your partner may be left with nothing if you die without making a will, irrespective of the length of your relationship. It is essential that you make a will if you have minor children or dependants, so you can direct who should look after them and how they should be provided for. By making a will you can decide how your assets will be shared out.
If you do not make a will, the state will direct who inherits your estate under the rules of intestacy. It is a common misconception that in the event of your death, everything will pass automatically to your spouse/civil partner. If you die without any living relatives your estate will pass to the Crown. Without a will your estate will cost more and most certainly take longer to administer.
No, but it is advisable to use a solicitor to ensure that your will has the desired effect. It is easy to make mistakes when preparing a will, which can cause problems following your death. Sorting out misunderstandings and disputes after your death may result in considerable legal costs and delays, which will reduce the amount of money in the estate. Common mistakes include:

• Failure to follow the formal requirements to make a will valid
• Not disposing of all property resulting in a partial intestacy
• Failure to appoint appropriate persons (executors) to administer the estate
• Not taking into account the fact a beneficiary may predecease
• Being unaware of the effect of marriage, a registered civil partnership, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership on a will
• Being unaware of potential claims against the estate which may result in the provisions of the will being overturned

We recommend that you use the services of a solicitor for making a will so that the finished document accurately reflects your wishes and there are no unpleasant surprises for your loved ones later on.
Public funding
This funding is available to people who may have a low income and would otherwise not be able to put forward a case. In most cases there will be a ‘means’ and ‘merit’ test in order to establish if a client is eligible for this and funding will only be given if there is a strong benefit to the client. You can obtain legal aid (provided you qualify on capital and income) in the following scenarios: If you can evidence you are a victim of domestic violence. If you can evidence you have a child who is at risk of abuse from a partner. If you and your partner agree to go to mediation.

Other forms of funding
• Funding assistance may be available for union members.
• Under your domestic household insurance? Check the policy terms.
• Litigation loan funding. There are specialist providers and a solicitor can assess whether you can use such a facility. You will pay a small amount of interest on the loan and you will need some capital assets (such as property) in order to pay off the loan at the end of the case.
• Commercial lending from banks. Unsecured loans available on the high street or online.
• Credit card borrowing is acceptable in the short-term if the borrowing can be discharged in the settlement.
• Cashing in any existing investments. If you possess savings accounts or ISA’s these could be utilised, but do not do so before discussing the matter with your solicitor.
• Borrowing from family and friends. If you opt for this, it is important to ensure it is a ‘hard loan’ – ie one that must be paid back and is evidenced in writing. If the loan is seen as ‘soft’ by your partner’s lawyers, they may argue it is not to be paid back and therefore you cannot count it in as a liability when determining finances.
• A ‘Sear Tooth’ agreement is an agreement between you and your solicitor. The solicitor commits to carrying out the case work by securing legal fees against the settlement. These agreements are risky for solicitors because the final settlement or court order may differ from what was expected. There can also be delays in solicitors getting paid.
• A voluntary payment from your spouse or partner towards your legal fees, which can be credited to them in any financial settlement, with a view to avoiding court proceedings.
• In the case of divorce or civil partnership financial orders: applying to the court for an order that your spouse or civil partner pays your legal fees. If you are married or a civil partner you can apply for interim financial help towards your outgoings called maintenance pending suit.
• If you are making a financial claim on behalf of children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. It is possible to seek interim lump sums on account of legal costs but certain tests have to be satisfied.
It is difficult to put a time scale upon this as it can depend on a number of factors. Our Specialist Team work closely with Barrister’s to bring cases to a prompt conclusion. We also issue Court Proceedings out of the Royal Courts of Justice who have a specialist team of Masters (Judges) who strive for a swift resolution for related claims.
In the vast majority of cases, our Specialist Team resolve all claims without the need for litigation and a Trial.

However this is not always possible as external factors may influence the path of the case.

Your case will be run by a Specialist Solicitor and dedicated Barrister who will meet with you to discuss your case and should Court Proceedings be issued, your team will be on hand to guide your case through the Proceedings and will bring the case to conclusion.

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