James L. Arrasmith

James L. Arrasmith

Skilled Lawyer Dedicated to Helping People and Companies in Need
  • Landlord Tenant, Family Law, Divorce ...
  • California
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Attorney James L. Arrasmith takes immense pride in his role of assisting the California legal community with its diverse legal requirements, regardless of the complexity or difficulty posed by each case. He practices in all California Counties. Mr. Arrasmith's unwavering pursuit of excellence underscores his approach. He ensures that cases are handled in a professional and timely manner, characterized by meticulous care and precision.

When seeking a reputable attorney in California, Mr. Arrasmith's law firm stands out as the optimal choice. Renowned for his commitment to clients on both personal and professional fronts, Mr. Arrasmith has earned prominence in the legal community. His authorship of multiple legal articles further cements his reputation.

James L. Arrasmith is fueled by a fervent desire to assist clients in navigating their legal needs. His paramount objective is to facilitate the realization of clients' desired legal objectives and outcomes. By offering competitively priced legal services, he endeavors to extend support to all members of the California community in need. Diligence, compassion, responsiveness, and dedication serve as the cornerstones of his approach, and he places profound importance on upholding confidentiality and preserving the attorney-client privilege.

Practice Areas
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Social Security Disability
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Civil Rights
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Animal & Dog Law
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Antitrust Law
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Municipal Law
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
Foreclosure Defense
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Elder Law
International Law
Human Rights, Imports & Exports
Native American Law
Legal Malpractice
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
White Collar Crime
Communications & Internet Law
Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Environmental Law
Nursing Home Abuse
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Agricultural Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 332498
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney & Owner
The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
J.D. (2016)
I graduated as summa cum laude (valedictorian) of my law school class with the highest of honors. I maintained the highest GPA in the law school's over 50 years of history. I hold the current record for the most Faculty Achievement Awards given out in the law school's entire history.
Honors: Valedictorian, suma cum laude
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Accredited Business, "A+" Rating
Better Business Bureau
James L. Arrasmith, Owner and Chief Legal Counsel at The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith, has been recognized for his exceptional legal services and dedication to client satisfaction, earning the firm an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This prestigious rating reflects the firm's steadfast commitment to maintaining the highest standards of trust, integrity, and customer service.
Clients' Choice Award
Top Contributor
Client Champion - Platinum
I am honored to have received the prestigious Client Champion - Platinum Award from Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to my unwavering commitment to client satisfaction and exceptional legal representation. This recognition reflects the trust and confidence my clients have placed in me, motivating me to continue delivering personalized attention, clear communication, and effective advocacy. With a proven track record of success, I am dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for my clients.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
I am honored to be recognized as a rising star under Super Lawyers, a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of all attorneys in California, highlighting my exceptional legal skills and promising career trajectory. This prestigious accolade reflects my dedication, expertise, and commitment to delivering outstanding results for my clients. Being part of this elite group underscores my position as a top legal professional in the industry.
Client's Choice Award
Client Champion - Platinum
Top Contributor
Clients' Choice Award
Lincoln Law School of California
I am proud to have achieved the prestigious honor of valedictorian, reflecting my dedication, intelligence, and exceptional legal acumen, setting me apart as a prodigy and phenom in the legal profession; with a solid foundation of academic achievement and a passion for the law, I bring unparalleled expertise and innovative thinking to every case I handle, ensuring consistent outstanding results for my clients and earning their trust in my proven track record of success.
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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State Bar of California  # 332498
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Articles & Publications
The Basic 8 Steps in Divorce Filing
The Basic 8 Steps in Divorce Filing
What Are the Landlord and Tenant Rights in California law?
What is a Declaration in a Family Law Case?
Mobile Home Laws in California
Mobile Home Laws in California
Top 5 Divorce Questions – Answered for California
Understanding and Calculating Alimony (Spousal Support) in California
California Workers Compensation Law
California Living Will Forms | Sacramento Estate Planning
Did Kim Kardashian Pass the Bar Exam?
Attorney Client Privilege In California
Sacramento Estate Planning Attorney
Sacramento Family Law
Eviction FAQs
Divorce Process In California
What is Cash for Keys
Divorce Process In California
California Security Deposits after Lease Termination
How to Seek Asylum In The USA
5 Key Points of Rental Law in California: Know Your Tenant Rights
Can You Sue Someone for Lying?
Is It Legal to Record a Conversation in California?
California Personal Injury Law
Wrongfully Terminated in California: Know Your Rights
california living will
Speaking Engagements
An Introduction to California Law, 9719 Lincoln Village Drive, #500, in Sacramento, CA 95827
The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith
I recently hosted a seminar titled "An Introduction to California Law." It was a pleasure to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of California's legal framework, covering key topics and regulations relevant to various aspects of law in the state. Through this seminar, participants gained valuable insights into navigating California's legal landscape with confidence and understanding.
Modernization: Running a Law Firm in 2024 in the Age of Technological Revolutions, 9719 Lincoln Village Drive, #500, in Sacramento, CA 95827
Creative Minds University
I recently had the privilege of delivering a keynote address on the topic "Modernization: Running a Law Firm in 2024 in the Age of Technological Revolutions." It was an honor to share insights and strategies on how to adapt and thrive in today's rapidly evolving legal landscape, leveraging the latest technological advancements to enhance efficiency, productivity, and client service. Through this speaking engagement, I aimed to empower fellow legal professionals with practical knowledge.
The Modern Employee: How To Manage Employees In 2024, 9719 Lincoln Village Drive, #500, in Sacramento, CA 95827
Creative Minds Staffing Co., Inc.
I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address titled "The Modern Employee: How To Manage Employees In 2024." It was an honor to share insights and strategies on effectively managing employees in the digital age. The session focused on innovative approaches to leadership and employee engagement to navigate the evolving workplace landscape.
How to Launch a Business Into Space, 9719 Lincoln Village Drive, #500, in Sacramento, CA 95827
I had the privilege of delivering a keynote address titled "Launching Your Business into New Heights." It was an honor to share insights and strategies on effectively managing employees in the digital age, focusing on innovative approaches to leadership and employee engagement to navigate the evolving workplace landscape.
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
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15573 Questions Answered
Q. I was served with divorce papers. We shared 4 pets and she is denying me custody or visitation. How do I get this added?
A: In California, pets are considered personal property in a divorce, but the court may consider the care and well-being of the animals when deciding who gets ownership. To request visitation or custody of your pets, you should follow these steps:

1. Respond to the divorce petition: In your response, state that you disagree with the proposed division of property, specifically regarding the pets, and that you want to request custody or visitation rights.

2. Propose a pet custody plan: Develop a plan that outlines how you and your spouse will share custody of the pets or arrange visitation. Consider factors such as who has been the primary caregiver, who has the most suitable living situation for the pets, and how you will handle veterinary care and expenses.

3. Attempt mediation: If possible, try to negotiate a pet custody agreement with your spouse through mediation. A mediator can help you and your spouse reach a mutually agreeable solution without going to court.

4. File a motion: If mediation is unsuccessful, file a motion with the court requesting custody or visitation rights for the pets. In the motion, explain why you believe it's in the pets' best interest to have a shared custody arrangement or to grant you visitation rights.

5. Attend the hearing: The court will schedule a hearing to consider your motion. Be prepared to present your case and explain why your proposed pet custody plan is in the animals' best interest.

Remember, the court's primary concern is the well-being of the pets, so focus on demonstrating how your proposed arrangement will ensure their proper care and maintain their quality of life. It's advisable to consult with a family law attorney experienced in handling pet custody issues to guide you through the process and help you present a strong case.
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Q. causes of action in complaint vs table of facts/evidences in msj
A: The causes of action in a complaint and the table of facts/evidence in a motion for summary judgment (MSJ) are closely related, but serve different purposes in the litigation process.

Causes of Action in a Complaint:

1. A complaint initiates a lawsuit and lays out the plaintiff's legal claims against the defendant.

2. Each cause of action represents a specific legal theory or claim under which the plaintiff seeks relief.

3. The complaint must allege facts sufficient to support each cause of action.

Table of Facts/Evidence in an MSJ:

1. An MSJ is a request for the court to rule in favor of the moving party because there are no genuine disputes of material fact, and the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

2. The table of facts/evidence in an MSJ presents the undisputed material facts that support the party's legal arguments.

3. The evidence cited in the table of facts must be admissible and may include documents, deposition testimony, affidavits, or other materials.


1. The causes of action in the complaint provide the framework for the entire lawsuit and guide the discovery process.

2. During discovery, parties gather evidence to support or refute the allegations in the complaint.

3. When filing an MSJ, the moving party uses the table of facts/evidence to demonstrate that there are no genuine disputes of material fact regarding one or more of the causes of action in the complaint.

4. The table of facts/evidence in the MSJ must be directly related to the causes of action and support the moving party's legal arguments.

5. If the court grants summary judgment on a particular cause of action, that claim is resolved without the need for a trial.

In summary, the causes of action in the complaint set the stage for the lawsuit, while the table of facts/evidence in an MSJ seeks to resolve one or more of those causes of action by demonstrating the absence of any genuine disputes of material fact, based on the evidence gathered during discovery.
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Q. If the deadline passed twice are they supposed to drop charges?
A: I'm sorry to hear about your uncle's situation. Criminal cases can be very complex, especially when serious charges like attempted murder are involved. To address your specific questions:

1. Deadlines and dropping charges: In California, there are time limits (deadlines) for bringing a defendant to trial, known as the "speedy trial" right. If these deadlines are not met, the defense can file a motion to dismiss the charges. However, there are many factors that can extend or waive these deadlines, such as the defendant agreeing to delays, the unavailability of witnesses, or other legal issues. Just because a deadline has passed does not automatically mean the charges will be dropped.

2. Evidence and testimony: Even if the alleged victim and other witnesses cannot be found to testify, the prosecution may still have a case based on other evidence, such as the bullets allegedly found, any statements made by your uncle or the niece, or other circumstantial evidence. The lack of a gun does not necessarily mean there is no case, as the prosecution may argue that the gun was disposed of after the crime.

3. Speedy trial: If your uncle has invoked his right to a speedy trial, the court must set a trial date within a certain time frame (usually 60 days in California). However, this right can be waived by the defendant, and there are certain exceptions that can extend the time limit.

It's important to remember that the public defender is there to represent your uncle's best interests. If your uncle believes that his lawyer is not providing effective assistance, he can raise this issue with the court and request a new attorney.

Given the seriousness of the charges and the complexity of the legal issues involved, it is crucial that your uncle has effective legal representation. If you have concerns about his case, you should raise them with his attorney or consider consulting with another criminal defense lawyer for a second opinion.
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The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith
Sacramento Office
9719 Lincoln Village Dr
Sacramento, CA 95827
Telephone: (916) 704-3009
Fax: (916) 329-8145
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Sundays available by appointment only.