Nullity of Marriage ("Annulments")


  • Canonical Counsel and Representation for Petitioners and Respondents

  • Drafting and Filing of initial Petitions ("Libelli"), Advocate's Briefs, Recourses, Appeals, and Complaints of Nullity before local Appellate Courts, the Sacred Roman Rota, and the Supreme Tribunal  of the Apostolic Signatura

  • Translation from Latin into English of Decrees and Sentences of the Roman Rota and other Vatican Dicasteries

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Clerics and Religious


  • ​Defense of Priests, Deacons, and Religious

  • Appeals and Hierarchical Recourse against Sentences and Decrees of the Diocesan Bishop or Vicar General

  • Expert Counsel in Administrative or Judicial Penal Processes

  • Dismissal from the Clerical State under Special Faculties Processes

  • Canonical Counsel and Advice for Vatican Trials and Processes (e.g. CDF, Congregation for the Clergy, Roman Rota)

  • Referrals to Advocates of the Holy See and Rotal Advocates

  • Denial of the Right to Remuneration, Sustenance, or Benefits

  • Removal from a Parish

  • Transfer from a Parish

  • Limitation or Withdrawal of Faculties, Total or Partial

  • Excardination

  • Exclaustration


Diocesan Assistance


  • Advocate's Briefs by Ex Officio Appointment

  • Animadversions of the Defender of the Bond 

  • Vota pro rei veritate of the Promoter of Justice in Nullity of Marriage or Penal Cases

  • ​Assessor ad casum for Briefer Process Nullity of Marriage cases (cf. cann. 1676, par. 2; 1685 CIC)​

  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Italian

  • Translation from Latin into English of Decrees and Sentences of the Roman Rota and other Vatican Dicasteries


Penal Cases 

  • Review Board Defense of Clergy

  • Administrative/Hierarchical Recourse 

  • Appeals to the Holy See

  • General Clergy Procuration and Defense

  • Obtainment of Due Sustenance and Remuneration


The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and other Sacraments

  • Illicit Denial of Holy Communion 

  • Invalid Eucharistic Matter

  • Invalid Absolution from Sins

  • Grave Violations of Liturgical Rubrics and/or Diocesan Norms

  • Innovations in the Liturgy

  • Problematic Homilies and Sermons

  • Introduction of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite


Defamation

  • Slander or Libel

  • Illicit Psychological Testing

  • Denunciations

  • Cease and Desist Letters


Laity

  • Hierarchical Recourse against Illegitimate Decisions of the Pastor or Bishop

  • Associations of the Faithful

  • Reparation of Harm suffered by the Faithful as a Result of Illegitimate Acts of Clergy


Temporal Goods (Ecclesiastical Property)

  • Reduction of Churches to Profane Use



Nota Bene​: The above represent the most common, but not exclusive, areas of practice.


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