What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We do not offer free consultations. Typically younger, less experienced attorneys do offer free consultations. In the first half hour of the initial one hour consultation, we asked numerous pointed questions based on 2 decades of experience, so we can thoroughly understand your issues and your circumstances. The second half hour we begin to propose options and alternative paths for our clients. Clients often feel some relief after that first hour.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We are Board Certified in Family Law. We take what are called Continuing Legal Education (CLE) every year in family law to maintain our position in good standing.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Our pricing system is not particularly complicated and is available on our website,
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was always interested in the law but could not afford college or law school after graduating from high school. I joined the U.S. Navy for four years and was able to go to college and graduate while serving in the Navy by working nights and weekends. While in the Navy, I go married, had my first daughter, and, after leaving the Navy, became a housewife. Unfortunately, a divorce ensued and I was left a single mother with two young daughters. I worked three jobs, was able to borrow enough money to put myself through law school and eventually start my own practice. I love the feeling of helping people get through what I had to go through.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We provide legal services to our local community, to the real people around us who help with real family law problems. We work virtually exclusively in family law. Family law includes contested and uncontested divorces, child custody and visitation issues, spousal support, father's rights, grandparent's rights, paternity suits, suits affecting parent child relationship (which are suits to resolve issues related to children for couples who were not married and therefore do not need a divorce), modifications to divorce decrees, child support issues, among others. Clients come from all walks of life, all ages, and both men and women, in about equal numbers
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Jury trials are very unusual in divorces but a recent one was particularly contentious, the ex-wife filing charges of fraud against my client, her ex-husband. Her attorney was experienced in such civil suits. We went through a day of jury selection and testimony, in which the ex-wife was emotional and empathetic. Nevertheless, we focused on the law involving fraud, and were able to persuade the judge to give a directed verdict of not guilty and the case was dismissed. We think we out-prepared the other side.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
1. Find an attorney who is Board Certified in Family Law to insure you will receive the highest quality service.
2. Find an attorney who is experienced (at least 15 years) in the field where you require help. They must understand the Williamson and Travis county courts, and most importantly, know the judges who will decide our case.
3. Select an attorney close to your home. The attorney should be accessible and available, by phone, email, and, importantly, in person. Having to drive downtown and spend 2 hours in traffic will discourage effective communications, essential to a positive outcome.
4. Your attorney should be empathetic and compassionate, someone who listens to you and you can trust.
5. Seek references from friends and family, go to the attorney's website, read about the attorneys, read online reviews, and look for videos on their website which enable to size up your attorney online.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It depends on the specific nature of their legal issue. For divorce, it there are no children, and the divorce is uncontested in terms of division of assets and relatively amicable, a couple might try to do it themselves with Texas state forms. If there are children, or any disagreement or contentiousness, seek a Board Certified Family Lawyer for advice. We try to work things through mediation and collaboration and avoid going to court, which can add considerable expense. However, if we must go to court, we will fight aggressively and tenaciously to protect your interests.