I have been a solo practitioner since 1997 in the field of family law. In 2008, I became a certified specialist in family law (CFLS) which means I took another bar exam in family law and passed certain certification requirements with the California State Bar.
I have successfully handled hundreds of amicable divorces, and I have also litigated those cases which could not be settled. I really care about my clients and their families, and I try my best to achieve the most beneficial outcome for each case. I try to settle cases when I can because divorce litigation is not the best solution for the typical divorcing couple. There is a better way to divorce, and I try to make that happen.
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This message is signed by "Beth A." I have never had a client named "Beth A.," which tells me either this is an opposing party who is trying to diminish my reputation, or it is a former client who never came forward to ME to tell me there was ever a problem with my performance. If there is ever an error in my billing, I will correct the billing. However, if I do not have all of the facts from the client, I can't do a good job for the client. For example, if the client gives the other parent 50% custody without consulting me first, and then blames me because her support went down, I can't really accept the blame for that one. The client needs to ask first for the advice, not ask me to be the Monday morning quarterback.
For the record, this comment does not accurately reflect nor summarize the facts. The first time Wife hired me, she changed her mind and did not proceed with the divorce for months. I did not cash her retainer check the first time she paid me. The second time she retained me, I attempted to mediate the case between the parties. We filed the case, served Husband, and as the parties were discussing the assets and debts to be divided, there was no resolution at the first meeting. The parties were given homework to do and return to the Attorney to get the case moving forward. Wife did not return her homework on time, and the case was stalled not because of anything I did. I prepared pleadings, and responded to several calls and emails. I refunded the fees I did not earn. Advice for any client - If you are not happy with the way the case is going with your Attorney, please be advised that the Attorney cannot fix what she does not know is broken. It's called communication. The Client needs to communicate with the Attorney to keep her informed on the case as the matter progresses. Attorneys are not mind readers. We can only fix the problem when we know there is a problem to be addressed.