Why Choose Us?
For high-quality representation, you need an attorney with demonstrated skills and experience. Nothing increases the cost of your case more than hiring the wrong attorney. Most family law attorneys can help you through a non-complicated divorce and set up basic custody and support. Much of what we do in our practice is cleaning up the mistakes of previous attorneys. Why? Because not every attorney understands complex situations. Nor can every attorney understand how mental illness can impact every aspect of the divorce process. We can help you develop strategies to maintain your wealth, preserve your relationships with your children, or help you put in place the support you need to move forward.
How do you know if we are the right attorneys for you?
Look for an attorney who specializes in the type of case that you have, in the County where your case will be heard. You need to feel comfortable with the level of experience and expertise of the attorney you hire.
There are a lot of family law attorneys who are “Certified Family Law Specialists”. We are not Certified Family Law Specialists. What is a Certified Family Law Specialist? A Certified Family Law Specialist is an attorney who has met the minimum requirements to become a certified specialist by the State Bar of California. These requirements include having been in practice for at least 5 years, passing a written examination, appearing for a contested hearing at least 20 times as lead counsel, and handling at least 5 hearings or trial of more than 3 hours in length. Some certified family law specialists are excellent, while others are not. An attorney may be a certified specialist, but if they shy away from a difficult fight, they may not be the best fit for your case.
We have over 50 years’ combined experience in the Bay Area handling complicated motions and have more trial experience than most other family law attorneys.
Look for an attorney who has the experience you need. Sometimes the most complicated part of divorce is finding the light at the end of the tunnel. Often, this can mean setting a date for a trial so you can finally complete the process. We recognize that closure is just as important as protecting your rights. Some attorneys have the trial experience needed to get you to the finish line, while other attorneys focus on amicable, out-of-court resolutions. If you have been to court and seen the process, you may realize you need an attorney who goes to court often, who is experienced in trial and familiar with the procedures in the courtroom.
We have experienced trial attorneys. We don’t shy away from litigation or complicated settlements, but we also have the experience to know when avoiding a trial is the best option. We work with some of the best experts and know how to use the information they provide to resolve your case. We are very aware that going through a divorce is an incredibly difficult and sensitive time in your life. We have the experience to help you through this most difficult time with compassion.
Ask for Referrals
If family, friends, or co-workers have hired a lawyer for a divorce or other complicated issues related to a divorce, ask them for recommendations. Better yet, ask them who they thought had the better attorney. Our best referrals come from the opposing party after we have successfully represented our client against them.
Finding an attorney is one of the most important decisions of your life. Interview afew attorneys before you choose the one to represent you. We charge for an initial consultation, but others may not.
Ask About Service Options
Ask the attorney what their fee structure is and what options they have to reduce fees. For example, we offer a range of services, from full representation by one of our highly experienced but more expensive attorneys to a consultation-only fee structure where you meet with one of our junior attorneys for a limited time but otherwise represent yourself. We will work with you to make you comfortable with your level of representation.