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Our office is devoted to legal representation in divorce, property division, support, custody and related family law matters.

We serve clients throughout all of Northern California and routinely practice in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and San Joaquin counties. | 916-877-9353


The Law Office of Dougherty & Associates
Our Team

Owner/Attorney: Frank E. Dougherty, J.D., Ph.D., C.F.L.S., A.B.P.P.

Frank E. Dougherty, J.D., Ph.D., C.F.L.S., A.B.P.P. (diplomate in forensic psychology), is a certified family law specialist with a more than 40 years of experience as a psychologist before switching to a law practice in 1995. He has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. (law degree) from King Hall (U.C. Davis School of Law). Having a "diplomate" in forensic psychology (A.B.P.P.) means having national recognition, after peer examination, by the American Psychological Association of specialized expertise in applying psychological principles to the legal arena. He presently practices law in the Sacramento Valley region in the areas of family law, juvenile dependency law, guardianships and writs and appeals.
Previously, he has worked as a custody evaluator, clinical researcher, a chief psychologist in upstate New York, a practicing neuropsychologist, a professor of Psychology at several universities, a local director of mental health in El Dorado County, a CEO of a corporation conducting psychological evaluations for the California Department of Mental Health, a law clerk to Justice Levinson in the Hawaii Supreme Court and a lecturer on law and mental health issues to various legal and professional groups.

Office Manager/Paralegal: Lisa Beguin

Ms. Beguin is the office manager for Dougherty & Associates. As manager, she is the first contact for all clients. She greets each client individually on their initial contact/visit to the office. She handles all billing concerns and manages the schedules of the firm’s attorneys and paralegals. She is the cornerstone of administration and operations. She is also happy to assist the paralegals should they need back up.

Ms. Beguin was born and raised in Northern California and is a 1991 paralegal graduate of Sawyer Business College, Santa Clara, CA. She started out her paralegal career working in the Bay Area in the Estate Planning/Trust/Probate field. Upon her relocation to the Sacramento County area in 2000, she made her move into the Family Law arena. Ms. Beguin is a founding member of Mr. Dougherty’s team when he opened his Family Law practice in 2004.

Paralegal: Margo Scott, J.D.

Ms. Scott has been in the field of family law since 1991. She is experienced in all aspects of family law including divorce, custody, support issues, step-parent adoptions and paternity actions. At Dougherty & Associates she has polished her skills in CPS cases as well. She is the most experienced professional in family law proceedings in the Sacramento region. She feels she is fortunate to meet clients from all walks of life in this profession who happen to need assistance navigating the waters of divorce. Divorce can be stressful; however, done the correct way, both parties come out on the other side stronger and ready for a new direction. She is a graduated from Sacramento State University with honors. She attended law school and graduated in the top five percent of her class at Lincoln Law School, while working full-time and raising several children as a single parent. Her favorite time of year is Christmas, even in the family law arena. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Sacramento Ballet and enjoys working out, yoga and shopping. She is a native of Sacramento but was raised bi-coastally.


Dougherty & Associates is a family law firm based in Sacramento, California. We serve clients throughout all of northern California, and routinely practice in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and San Joaquin Counties.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Please call the Law Offices of Dougherty & Associates at (916) 877-9353 for legal advice as it relates to your specific case.

Dougherty & Associates
650 University Ave., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: 916-877-9353
Fax: 916-567-0909
Business Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m
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