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Ariel Rief, Esq.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph W.
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Ari Rief is one of the very BEST young Defense lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area!!!! He is Knowledgeble, Articulate, Witty, and 100% Committed to each one of his clients. He will do whatever research is needed and spend as much time as needed to get his clients the very best judgement possible!! You will be overly pleased with this Defense Attorneys expertise!!!

ELV LAW FIRM
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joann P.
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She is a knowledgeable lawyer with great skills. I'm very, very impressed. And, since I'm a lawyer licensed in two states I think I have some background to comment. I would highly recommend her.

  • 28 years in business
Scott S.
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The lawyers made the difficult loss of my mother easier. We wanted to seek justice but we also wanted the time to grieve and reflect. Mr. Cohen made all of those things possible with very little time or effort from me and my brothers. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and are proud to have fought for justice for my mom.

Basic Document Services
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Diane D.
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David got the job done at a very reasonable price. I wish I had started with him earlier since getting through the court system is not so easy and using a lawyer for an uncontested divorce is not necessary.

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Michael G.
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I have worked with a lot of lawyers over the years and I feel very lucky to have finally found a law office, that has very reasonable fees, and great service. Thank you Elizabeth L. Martin .

  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
G. M.
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Hands down the best lawyer I've ever hired. First personal injury attorney I've had to hire, but still the best attorney I've ever worked with for business or personal matters. To the point and no nonsense and a flat fee.

Law Office of Karen Schulz
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Steve K.
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Thank you Karen for all your help, you saved my family in more ways than one. I'm so glad we met each other if there is anyone that needs a great lawyer look no further give Karen a call.

rui | attorneys
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lilly L.
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Mr. Lee is AMAZING, and will manage your situation - no matter how complex - with Dignity, Understanding, and Strength. He is Knowledgeable, Patient, Supportive, and firm. Moreover, he understands human nature AND the law. Even having worked in law, it is Rare to find an attorney who is actually interested in his clients' well being - first. That is what we have found and what you will find, too, in Michael Lee.

  • 14 years in business
Jae M.
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After years of meeting with a variety of immigration attorneys about my case, I was beginning to get extremely discouraged with the feeling that there was no solution for me out there. Considering my case was one that was quite complex, I had lost almost all hope until I met Daniel. At our initial meeting, he gave me an honest assessment of my case and let me know that he felt we had a fairly good chance of prevailing. After some consideration, I decided to retain Daniel as my attorney. Throughout the entire experience going through the citizenship application, Daniel and his staff were responsive, helpful, and honest. The day of my interview, he came with me and was right by side as the immigration officer asked me some questions. After 12 years of carrying around the weight of feeling as though I had to live in the shadows due to what all the other attorneys told me, Daniel, for a reasonable and fair fee, helped me to obtain my citizenship and begin life anew. I can't fully express how grateful I am to Daniel and if you have any immigration related issues I couldn't recommend him strongly enough.

  • 41 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Anna F.
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I highly recommend Dennis Lempert. He was very very responsive. He talk to me straight forward and help me with what my case is. I felt so comfortable while I was talking to him. I felt like a father talking to a daughter. He straight forward tell me what to do and make me feel so comfortable. So if you need someone to represent you on any criminal case he's the wright one. I'm positive he will be on your side all way. He will never let you fail. He have a lot of experiences and he will listen to you and contact you keep you update on everything. Thankyou again Mr Lempert and God bless you with your good work and your family.

California State Lawyers
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Kenia G.
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I hired citylawyers after a school bus crashed into my car and they were able to get me over 200,000 dollars for the damages to myself and my car. I highly recommend their attorneys to anybody who is looking for legal representation. Kenia G.

  • 5 years in business
Lori D.
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Julie has to be the amazing lawyer ever. Could not ask for better!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alonzo B.
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Great, painless upfront, very professional

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Being charged with a crime, any crime, is serious. I am an experienced trial lawyer specializing in criminal defense. I have won dozens of jury trials. It’s important to have an attorney that is willing and able to go to trial. If the District Attorney does not think you are serious about fighting your case you are not going to get the best deal. If a plea is in your best interest there are often alternatives to jail and prison. My office is located in downtown San Jose. If you are charged with a crime and you want to know what you are facing and what you can do to fight your case, please call me and schedule a free consultation. I am experienced in all types of criminal charges, including: Domestic Violence Vandalism Assault and Battery Petty and Grand Theft Burglary Prostitution and Solicitation Driving under the Influence Felony DUI DUI homicide Drug possession and Sales Failure to Register 3-Strikes Romero Motions

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We are a leading provider of low-cost bankrutpcy services under chapter 7 and chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code. We are a debt-relief agency helping residents of Fremont, Union City, Newark and the Bay Area file for bankruptcy protection to receive a fresh start. We offer free consultations.

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If you have been injured by a negligent party in San Jose, contact the skilled attorneys at The Law Office of Freeman & Freeman today.

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We are proud to serve those in Alameda County and the surrounding areas. Our office is conveniently located in Castro Valley, California. We are dedicated to finding solutions to our clients' bankruptcy problems. We have successfully handled a broad spectrum of bankruptcy-related issues for individual and corporate clients. We have also successfully represented hundreds of immigrants before the Department of Homeland Security and before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court). We have also represented clients in bankruptcy law and family law in various Northern California Counties and Central Valley.

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I provide hands on, personal service to all my clients needing a bankruptcy attorney. When you call I answer the phone myself. I walk you through the process in a comfortable and respectful way. There is typically lots of stress and tension surrounding someone's life when they call me for the first time - they're not calling to tell me how great everything is going. What I do is ease those tensions, working with my clients through the bankruptcy process so they have peace of mind as well as confidence and are able to hold their head high. © Robert S. Tyson III

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Richard D Givens is a business attorney, specializing in business litigation in Redwood City, CA

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I am a family lawyer with 38 years of experience who is "fighting in your corner". I offer services on all areas of family law: * Divorce * Legal Separation * Child Custody * Child and Spousal Support * Modification of Previous Court Orders * Paternity * Domestic Violence * Temporary Restraining Orders * Guardianship * Ex Parte Applications * Property Disputes and Division * Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) * Preparation of Pre and Post Martial Agreements * Settlement Agreements and Related Documents * Hearings and Trials of All Issues

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I am an experienced attorney, with 35 years of bankruptcy experience. I represent debtors in chapter 7 liquidation, chapter 11 reorganization, and chapter 13 individual adjustment. I have extensive experience in bankruptcy and state court litigation. I offer free initial consultation.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does an immigration attorney do?

Immigration lawyers help their clients through all phases of the immigration process. Experts on immigration law, they are legally qualified to represent U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented immigrants. Immigration lawyers also provide assistance to visitors here on student, work or travel visas, and can represent clients who may have an expired visa or who have overstayed their visa.

You can hire an immigration lawyer to assist you with petitioning for renewing a permanent resident or green card, navigating the naturalization process, submitting an employee-based petition for a work visa, filing a petition for a family member, or representing you or a loved one who is facing detention or deportation, as well as replacing, extending or changing a current visa, green card or work permit. The immigration process is highly complex, with multiple hearings, paperwork and requirements. Hiring a legal expert to represent you can help you make your best effort in the process. When researching immigration lawyers, it is very important to verify their qualifications and find a reputable attorney. Read reviews and verify that the immigration lawyer is licensed by your state before paying any fees.

How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

  • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
  • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
  • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
  • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
  • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
  • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
  • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer fights on your behalf if you’ve been injured physically, psychologically, economically or in reputation. This injury may be the result of neglect or malicious intent of another person, or it could be at the hands of a business, government or other entity. Personal injury lawyers specialize in tort law, which is the law of civil wrongs like car accidents, company wrongdoing, unlawful imprisonment and more.

To become qualified to be a personal injury lawyer in the United States, a person must earn a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from a law school. Most states then require the person to pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. Unlike many attorneys who require a retainer, personal injury lawyers often work on contingency fees. This means that in lieu of payment upfront, they receive an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement in case of a win.

What does a real estate lawyer do?

A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse
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