Mediator and Attorney at Law

Mediator & Attorney with 30+ Years Family Law Experience and a background in psychology.

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Firm Overview

Eva Herzer is a mediator and attorney with over 30 years of family law and mediation experience. Her practice focuses on mediation of divorces and other partnership dissolutions, including property division, child custody, and child and spousal support. Ms. Herzer also mediates, prepares and reviews pre-marital and partnership agreements and assists clients in resolving post divorce issues, such as modification of child custody and support orders. Ms. Herzer will prepare and file all the necessary documents to obtain appropriate judgments and court orders.

Ms. Herzer also provides legal consultations.

Main Office

Main
901 Peralta Ave
Albany  CA  94706

Phone
  • (510) 526-5146
Fax
  • None

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, feel free to call for an initial discussion of how I may best be able to assist you.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Not applicable.

Hourly Rates

$300 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

No

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

No

Divorce
My practice focuses on mediation of divorces and partnership dissolutions, as well as post-divorce issues such as modification of child custody and support.
I am committed to helping couples reach fair and enforceable solutions for themselves and their children. While recognizing the often deeply painful emotional realities of my clients, I offer a forward looking, practical approach to reaching balanced and informed decisions. I know that many of my clients experience financial stress at the time of divorce. I therefore work hard to guide them through the process in a timely and cost effective way.
Family
I mediate, prepare and review pre-marital and partnership agreements and provide legal consultations regarding family law matters.
I act as consulting attorney for clients who are in mediation and seek an independent review of their proposed settlement agreement. I also consult with people who represent themselves in court in family law matters.

Planning for marriages and partnership can avoid many bitter disagreements later. I therefore mediate, prepare, review and provide consultations for pre-marital and partnership agreements.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

During my many years as an attorney representing clients in court, I came to see how detrimental our adversarial legal system can be to families. I wanted to find a way to help people avoid the polarization and financial and emotional costs involved in litigation. As a family law mediator, I feel, I have become a part of the solution, rather than the problem.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I enjoy working with informed clients. The more informed a person is, the better prepared s/he is likely to be for mediation and for negotiating sound decisions. I review relevant law, from a neutral perspective, in the mediation process and encourage informed decision making.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am glad to review documents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

While my practice focuses on mediation, I also consult with clients who are in mediation with someone else or who seek an understanding of their legal rights and obligations.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

I bring more than 30 years of combined family law and mediation experience to my practice, as well as a background in psychology.

I offer a forward looking, respectful, compassionate and structured approach to resolving financial, legal and practical disputes in a timely and cost effective manner.

Eva Herzer

From 1981-1985, I worked as a legal aid attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and served as directing attorney for the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in Truk, Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific. I then worked for Lyon & Beverly, a small firm in Kensington, focusing on family law litigation, until I started my own office in 1993.

31 years of legal and mediation practice and my background in psychology have helped me to become a compassionate and efficient mediator.

I am a focused person and brings both a compassionate heart and helpful structure to the process. I am very able to hold and honor opposing views and feelings and to tolerate differences. I believe my strengths lie in my understanding of people's emotional realities and in my focus on resolving the practical aspects of their disputes.

I have a practical approach which focuses on the future, not the past. While I honor my clients' feelings and make room for emotions in the process, I tend to structure mediation sessions around the practical aspects of the dispute, in a dissolution for example, the property division, care of the children and support. On each issue, I look for ways to bring together the essential needs expressed by both parties. I work on keeping the discussion focused and thus keep the number of sessions to a minimum.

Personal interests:

I love being with my young son and family, being in nature, hiking and gardening and doing international human rights work.

License
  • Bar Number: 98109
    California , 1981
Education
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J. D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence) , 1981
    San Francisco, CA
    Family and Employment Law

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