Yes, a 1/2 hour
Yes, Uncontested Evictions, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Criminal Defense, and Limited Scope Family Law Representation.
$225 - $275
Monday - Friday; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Our objective is to set a new standard for quality, affordable legal services, by extending an exceptional level of experience, personal attention and timeliness, at a price that cannot be matched by large or specialized boutique firms.
We refer to this as "The JVS Difference," and it is our duty to ensure that our clientele experience and benefit from our pledge to quality assurance, without compromise based on compensation.
Let's face it, quality legal services have a well-earned reputation for being downright expensive. So much so, that many of those who need these services most are turned away, or simply too apprehensive to seek the professional help they require.
James Sansone, sole practitioner of JVS Law, is an experienced attorney with a different breed of business savvy. While many Sonoma County law firms rely on costly advertising campaigns, flashy billboards and phone book covers to drive business, JVS gains the majority of our clientele though referrals from satisfied clients and friends in the community. And while others are spending large sums of money on over-inflated staffing and extravagant office buildings, JVS maintains a modest executive office suite and relationships with a carefully selected team of expert independent contractors, including highly-trained associate attorneys and paralegals. This "lean and mean" low-overhead business model translates to substantial cost savings-the bulk of which are passed along to JVS clientele.
What does this mean for you?
At JVS Law, our clients receive the same level of sophistication and expertise found at the costly large and boutique firms, at hourly rates that are below the Sonoma County median.
We do everything possible to make professional legal representation affordable, by providing competitive rates and flexible payment options.
Integrity means everything at JVS. You can rest assured, knowing you're case is being handled by an aggressive, yet compassionate professional, whose mission is to provide an exceptional level of experience, personal attention and timeliness- without compromise based on compensation.
Most of my cases, approximately 75%, get settled through an alternate dispute resolution (ADR)process. However, these cases normally don't start off down the ADR road. They start off, like most family law cases, confrontational. While I consider myself a litigator, which is my strongest quality, and my firm has a reputation for aggressive litigation, I will be the first one to recommend some from of ADR, for the right case. I also am willing to work, behind the scenes, with a client who is engaged in mediation to ensure they are getting a fair shake.
Is Mediation An Option for You?
You always worked hard, took care of the children, and managed the household. When your husband was away from the home, you trusted him when he said he was working.
But recently you discovered that your once loyal spouse has a lover and you want to file for divorce and get what you deserve.
Or perhaps youâre marriage has simply devolved into petty fights. You fight over who forgot to return the milk to the refrigerator or about who was supposed to make the bed in the morning.
If any of these scenarios seem familiar, then you are probably not a candidate to resolve your divorce with mediation.
But if you donât have children and you and your spouse still like each other, then mediation is a better option for separating your assets and moving on with your lives.
You Can Save Money with Mediation
A mediator is a neutral third-party, which can be a lawyer, who assists couples in reaching agreements as they separate their community property.
Mediation has become an increasingly popular alternative to divorce lawsuits. In fact, in 1998 California's legislative branch revised the California family code to accommodate consumers' desire to have a more affordable divorce option.
Mediation is definitely less costly than a lawsuit as long as the parties agree to amicably reach agreement on how they will separate their assets.
How to Work with a Mediator
The first step to finding a lawyer to mediate your divorce is to find someone who isn't a friend or colleague of one of the spouses. To be effective, mediators need to be impartial otherwise only one of the parties will benefit. It's also important to find a mediator with whom you feel comfortable.
The mediator will expect you to be able to communicate openly and honestly, despite what can be an emotional situation.
Mediation works best when both parties communicate well with each other and can easily agree to an outcome.
Even though you elect to resolve your differences through mediation, it is still important to hire a family law lawyer who can advise you on how to proceed during the mediation and help you to determine what might constitute a fair settlement. Without this additional review of your assets, you might settle for less than you should.
A lawyer can also inform you of your legal rights and options, coach you through the negotiations, help you to come up with settlement ideas, and assist with the preparation of final paperwork.
* Nolo has confirmed that every member attorney has a valid license and is in good standing with the state agency that licenses lawyers. Any past disbarments and suspensions (with possible exceptions for minor violations or nonpayment of dues, in our discretion) will be indicated accordingly in the badge. Member attorneys are required to notify Nolo immediately if they become the subject of any disciplinary action by any state licensing agency.