My practice focuses on collaborative family law, including divorce, annulments, custody and support issues. My practice also includes estate planning and administration, as well as probate and business law.
I joined the Law Offices of James F. DeMartini in Cloverdale, California, in 2001. Our firm blends heavy civil litigation, with collaborative family law, mediation, divorce, custody and support issues, as well as transactional services in business and estate planning, and includes estate administration and probate. Jim DeMartini has been an attorney since 1977.
I help clients and families navigate the maze of legal issues associated with the dissolution of a marriage, support, and custody. As a collaborative attorney, I work with a team of professionals to arrive at an informed and mutually agreeable solution.
Yes, I offer a 1/2 hour free consultation.
Due to the unpredictability of divorce, custody and support, I generally do not charge a flat fee for family law matters.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Elaine Reese is the office manager. Tina Graska is the legal assistant.
As a legal assistant in an estate planning and probate firm, I enjoyed working with the attorney to help clients. I became an attorney to help clients in my own practice. I expanded my practice to include family law, so that I could help clients in all aspects of their lives. Estate planning and family law complement each other.
I encourage clients to educate themselves on legal issues. The information assists them in making educated decisions.
I am willing to review documents prepared by clients and assist them in making certain the documents meet their goals and needs.
There may be situations where I could coach a particular client in self-representation. However, I prefer to help clients avoid litigation by working collaboratively with each other.
Before becoming an attorney, I worked as a legal assistant in Davis, California. As an attorney, I worked in San Francisco for the law firm of Bancroft & McAllister. When the commute became too much, I joined the Law Office of Kim Marois.
I try to be approachable and make my clients feel comfortable meeting with an attorney. For many, it is their first time. I try to avoid conflict. I feel that this characteristic helps me recognize and avoid potentially volatile situations for my clients. I enjoy the challenge of working out solutions that will help the family. As a mother of three children, I understand the importance of family. Family relationships are a priority. I strive to maintain family relationships. I try to help my clients make informed decisions for the best interests of the children. As an estate planning attorney, I can also help clients analyze whether to get a divorce or a legal separation, how to plan their estate plans following the divorce, and provide them with information to make the best decisions for their future and their family's future.
I feel that I am approachable and at the same time knowledgeable and professional. I try to inform my clients regarding the law and help them understand it, so that they can make the best decisions possible. I try to anticipate potential problems and solve them before they become conflicts. I feel it is important for my clients to understand the process of divorce, as well as the issues of custody and support. While I cannot make the emotional side any easier, I try to make the legal issues easy. I try to help clients get through their divorce smoothly, so that they can heal and move forward, while preserving the family relationships that are so important to all of us.Personal interests:
I am actively involved in the lives of my three children. However, I could not do what I do without the support of my husband.
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