You’re smart, successful, self-starting, and conscientious. You’ve smashed glass ceilings, built big businesses, ridden fast tracks to the career of your dreams, and raised incredible kids. You rise to challenges and chew on problems until they’re solved and today’s no different.
You’re separating and getting divorced and want to negotiate agreements without going to court or paying exorbitant legal fees. You’re good at solving complicated problems and meticulously preparing paperwork, so you’re confident you can represent yourself –In Pro Per– or if things get tough, negotiate agreements with a mediator.
But there are a few holes in your plan. Fear and self-doubt hover over you –it’s part of the human condition– and you don’t want to take unnecessary risks while making legally binding decisions about your family, finances, and future. Time is in short supply and you know it’d take years to master nuances and find satisfactory answers to your questions about California family law like:
- Did the Quitclaim Deed or Living Trust transform the asset into community property?
- How do you determine the value of your home or business for purposes of a buy-out?
- Is the inheritance deposited into joint accounts and used to buy stocks still separate property?
- Will your down payment be reimbursed if you rolled money from one house into another?
- Can you count on receiving or, how much and how long will you pay spousal support?
- How is custody determined if you’ve been a full-time stay-at-home parent or primary breadwinner?
You’re unfamiliar with California’s legal process and don’t know things, like:
- When, where, and who files the court papers
- Whether you must file a Petition for Legal Separation before filing one for Divorce
- How to satisfy California’s financial disclosure requirements
- Whether and how to avoid a Case Status Conference
- What to expect at a Settlement Bench Bar
- How to make your settlement agreements legally binding
You have great friends, but none quite like the mentor you want as a sounding board to help you make difficult decisions like, whether to:
- File for Legal Separation or Dissolution of Marriage
- Stay-in, move-out, keep or sell the house
- Make or respond to settlement offers
- Go back to work or school or open a new business
- Ask for spousal support and if so, how much and for how long
- Change mediators or hire a private judge or other experts
- Negotiate with a difficult spouse
So where does this leave you? –In good company.
An estimated 85% of divorcing Californians, including many with significant wealth and complicated legal issues, forego hiring traditional attorneys and choose to be self-represent as In Pro Per parties. But, here’s a secret: most self-representing —In Pro Per parties don’t do it entirely alone –they hire consulting attorneys. You can too.
What is a consulting attorney? A consulting attorney offers a limited scope of legal services. In my California divorce consulting sessions, I provide legal advice and explain legal strategies that a spouse or domestic partner may use to resolve complicated separation, divorce or dissolution problems in court, one-on-one negotiations or in mediation. I also give second opinions to those who are working with lawyers, and help women prepare and process mediation sessions. Ultimately, the goal of my services is to give you clarity and confidence to make difficult decisions, take deliberate action, and resolve complex issues.
My services are offered on an as-needed basis. No long-term commitments or high retainers are required. You pay as you go, at the time of sessions with a credit card. Consulting and coaching sessions are held over the phone or video chat so we can work together where ever you are.
Rates for consulting are: $400 hourly, $600 for two hours, and $1,000 for four hours.
Ready to get clear and move forward? Click here to schedule a free consulting session now.