Firm Overview

At my law office, we are client-centered. Every client is our most important client, and we do our best to meet the legal needs of each and every one. Whether someone walks into my office needing legal counsel on a family law or criminal matter, that person is assured that I will personally handle their claim and give them personalized attention.

After working for and with other attorneys in Massachusetts, I decided to break off and start my own firm in 2007. By establishing my own firm, I am able to provide clients with one-on-one legal advice outside of the typical Monday through Friday, 9-5 work week.

Example cases

I had a client who had been allowed minimal visitation at best with his daughter. I was able to negotiate a fairer visitation schedule, doubling visitation time and succeeding in helping him achieve a divorce agreement he was happy with.

On a contract dispute, I had a client who was being assessed in excess of $5,000 in fees. I advised my client of the best approach to his situation and he ended up paying nothing.

On a charge of possession with intent to distribute:  Result:  Not Guilty
 
On a divorce matter where issues centered on division of assets and end date of marriage:  Result:  Settled, payment to client $24,000
 
On a divorce where I represented the Defendant, Plaintiff sought to have as a condition of Defendant remaining in the marital home, Defendant assume full responsibility for the mortgage: Result:  Court ordered Defendant to pay one-half of the mortgage while the Defendant resided in the marital home.

Main Office

Main
54 Main Street
Suite 003B
Leominster  MA  01453

Phone
  • (978) 870-4045

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

$195

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Both my in-court and out of court rates are the same, $195 per hour.

Hourly Rates

$195 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Emergency After Hours

Yes

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

I chose family law/divorce and criminal law as my primary areas of practice because I have always felt that people with these types of cases can benefit the most from an attorney's guidance. Not only do these cases have lasting effects on a client's life, but in the lives of their families. It is important for clients with these types of cases to hire an attorney who is familiar with family, divorce and criminal law to work to achieve the best outcome.

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

Clients should educate themselves on legal issues but must also be mindful of the fact that each case has specific details upon which cases can turn. Clients should feel free to approach me on legal issues they are curious about and I can advise them where appropriate.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am more than happy to review documents prepared by clients.

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

I am happy to review client documents and help clients represent themselves where appropriate. I have experience doing this through my work at Volunteer Lawyer Services as well as with my personal clients.

Karli S. Fernandez

Not only am I a licensed attorney, but also a Professor of Criminal Justice. I have taught criminal justice classes for the past six years in addition to my pro bono work at Volunteer Lawyer Services of Worcester County.

What makes me a good lawyer is the fact that I practice law because I have a passion for it. This isn't just a job or a career. I work for each and every client with the same vigor and determination because being a lawyer is its own reward, one that I have worked for from a very young age.

I feel my strength is that I use a common sense approach. In my opinion, the best results are gained through being reasonable. I have seen many cases where people lose sight of what is important. This is especially true in family law and divorce cases. By being reasonable, not only are my clients assured the best representation with their interests at heart, they often end up with results that are better than they anticipated for them and their children.

In terms of criminal cases, the reasonable approach allows my clients and I to look at best case scenarios and strive for them. My personal style and treatment of all clients as individuals and not numbers or dollar signs lends to the treatment of clients and cases with dignity.

Personal interests:

I enjoy reading, researching and technological advances, especially concerning music.

License
  • Bar Number: 652693
    Massachusetts , 2002
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    J.D. , 2001
    San Diego, CA
    President, Women's Law Caucus, Editor-in-Chief.
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
    B.A. English , 1998
    Honolulu, HI
    Editor-in-Chief, Silversword Student Newspaper.

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