Law Offices of Karen G. Horn

Firm Overview

Our firm was established in 1990 and our focus is to provide personal service.
We specialize in all aspects of family law, including litigation and mediation services, specifically: divorce, legal separation, child support, spousal support, custody and visitation, move-away issues, post-judgment modifications, property division, pre-marital agreements, adoption, guardianship. While our experience in litigation is extensive and aggressive as necessary, peaceful resolutions are encouraged through mediation whenever possible.
We are also a full service firm for all aspects of estate planning and probate administration and litigation.

Example cases

All types of cases in the area of family law and estate planning. Especially in family law, it can be a difficult time for clients. Sometimes what is needed is a supportive environment and I make a concerted effort to provide this.

Family Law:
California divorce, legal separation, child custody, support and visitation, property settlements and division, court orders, paternity and more.

Estate Planning:
Living trusts, wills, probate, health care, power of attorney, financial power of attorney, probate litigation and more.

Main Office
1901 1st Ave
Suite 100
San Diego  CA  92101
  • (619) 702-7709
  • (619) 702-7240


Free Initial Consultation?
Free first half hour consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees are available for: premarital agreements, living trusts, estate planning documents, and cohabitation agreements.
Most estate plans range in fees from $600 for a Simple Will package to $1,600 for a Simple Trust plan to $2,500 for a AB Trust plan.
Hourly Rates
It depends on the complexity of the case.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appointments must be made in advance.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours

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

Most people go through their lives never needing a lawyer until they are getting divorced. Family law attorneys are lawyers for every man and woman in every walk of life and it is natural for me to be able to relate to these common problems that are experienced by everyone.

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

It is a great idea for clients to educate themselves on legal issues. It's a form of being an educated consumer of legal services.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


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

I am available on an hourly basis at my hourly rate.

Karen Horn

Prior to my legal career, I worked as an Assistant Dean for the College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University.

I have a law degree and a doctorate. In my educational career and after 18 years of practicing, I have been able to overcome challenging situations which have made me more sensitive to the challenges that others face in their every day life.

I can be aggressive when necessary, but at the same time work hard to settle cases whenever possible.

I communicate with the client; that is the top priority. I make an effort to return all calls the same day and I listen to the client's wishes and always try to respond accordingly.

Personal interests:

I play golf and bridge and I enjoy movies and theater.

  • Bar Number: 137856
    California , 1988
  • California Western School of Law
    J.D. , 1988
    San Diego, CA
    Cal Western Law Review: Editor, Notes and Comments; Law School Merit Scholarship; American Jurisprudence Awards in Corporations and Trusts and Wills; Academic Achievement Awards in Conflicts of Law & Legal Skills; Wall Street Journal Award; Dean's Honor List
  • Columbia University
    Ed.D. , 1984
    New York, NY
    Focus: Higher and Adult Education
  • Columbia University
    M.A. , 1976
    New York, NY
    Focus: Higher and Adult Education
  • Cornell University
    B.S. , 1975
    Ithaca, NY
    Major: Human Development and Family Studies

* 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.