Bay Area Law Associates

Bay Area Law Associates

2 employees
7 years in business

About this pro

Family & civil practice centered on communication & concern for the client's peace of mind & financial well-being.  Working as an expert for a malpractice attorney makes me particularly focussed on providing high quality ethical legal services at a fair price.

Rates can be negotiated as well as payment plans. Discounts for military & first responders. 

A divorce is not just the end of one life but the beginning of another. If children are involved, the emotional & financial considerations are even more important. I pride myself in helping with the transition as well as planning for an uncertain future. 

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El Cerrito, CA 94530
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I generally meet with prospective clients for an hour or more in a free consultation as a time to learn about your circumstances & let you gain a better idea of who I am & how I work. Choosing a divorce or custody/support attorney is a very personal thing; you should not only look for someone who has the experience & expertise you need but someone you can trust with your most personal information & helping make the best decisions. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am different from most attorneys in that I worked in other fields before becoming a lawyer over a decade ago. I have been an educator, counselor, psychological researcher, software & security business owner, and writer prior to studying law. This gives me knowledge & experience most attorneys lack. I look not only to getting clients the desired results but helping them through a stressful & frightening time dealing with a legal system that is foreign to most. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

My standard hourly rate is $350/hour, negotiable depending on the client's financial circumstances. I offer discounts to active/former military & first responders. I can generally work with clients who need payment plans.

I also believe communication is essential, & do not charge for phone calls less than 5 minutes or text messages (unless we get into very long exchanges). I've worked as an expert on malpractice cases where attorneys charged more a month for phone calls than their clients made that month. I've also seen attorneys charge over $20k for text messages, or $7 to text "no." That's outrageous. I want my clients to feel free to give me a call with a question that might otherwise keep them from sleeping with worry; I don't want them not to call because the meter is running. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have represented multinational media companies, software company CEOs, nurses & dog walkers. I've worked with the unemployed, 83-year old retirees, & undocumented immigrants where we work using a translator or software translation to work together. I've represented clients living in other states & other countries. Everyone is different & has their own unique story. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Take the time to get a feeling for whether your personality & the attorney's are a good fit. While you might think a cold, no nonesense lawyer might be the toughest & best, such tend to be less likely to take the time to listen to you & understand what you are going through & what your goals are. Divorce is very intimate & personal, & you need to feel comfortable as well as trust their expertise.