Law Office of Sally Cooperrider

Family Law Witout Family War - Sally Cooperrider is an experienced attorney who practices divorce mediation, collaborative law, and estate planning. She pays attention to your individual needs, and can help you resolve your legal issues with care.

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Firm Overview

Sally Cooperrider (formerly Sally Nixon) has been practicing law in San Jose for over 20 years. She is trained and experienced as a family law mediator, Collaborative Law attorney, and estate planner. She tries to help clients resolve the issues in their divorce or other family law matter by mediation or collaborative processes, when possible, but she also represents clients in court, and in other contested proceedings. Ms. Cooperrider also prepares Qualified Domestic Relationship Orders (QDRO)s to divide pensions in marital dissolutions. She is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

Sally Cooperrider was a partner in the firm Johnson and Nixon until the retirement of Karen Johnson. She now shares space with two other attorneys. Sally Cooperrider's office is in a Spanish style building near downtown San Jose.

Ms. Cooperrider was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Santa Clara Law School.
She sings with a chorus and plays flute, piano, and guitar. She also teaches music to children as a volunteer.

Main Office

Main Office
142 George St
San Jose  CA  95110

Phone
  • (408) 287-7717

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

$100 for a 1 hour consulation, or $50 for 1/2 hour

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Wills and Trusts are prepared for a flat fee.

Hourly Rates

$300

Office Information

Office Hours

9:30 - 5:30 M-F

Office Manager

Tonya

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English, some Spanish

Divorce Mediation
Sally Cooperrider been practicing mediation in San Jose, California for over 10 years, and family law for over 20 years. She gives couples the help they need, such as by resolving disputed issues, writing agreements, or preparing legal forms.
Sally Cooperrider (formerly Sally Nixon) has been practicing law in San Jose for over 20 years. She is trained and experienced as a family law mediator and has helped many couples resolve the issues in their divorce, domestic partner breakup, or other family law matter. Ms. Cooperrider prepares Settlement Agreements for divorces, prenuptial agreements or pre-domestic partnerhip agreements, along with the required legal forms. She also prepares Qualified Domestic Relationship Orders (QDRO)s to divide pensions in marital dissolutions.

Sally Cooperrider is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley and the Association for Conflict Resolution

Collaborative Divorce
Sally Cooperrider is a trained Collaborative Law Attorney. She assists clients as part of a team to resolve the issues in their divorce, or pre-nuptial agreement.
Sally Cooperrider (formerly Sally Nixon) has been practicing law in San Jose for over 20 years. She is trained and experienced as a Collaborative Law attorney, and has helped many couples resolve the issues in their divorce, domestic partner breakup, or other family law matter.

Collaborative Law is a new approach to help couples and families go through the difficult process of re-making their family structures and settling their finances without the financial and emotional drain of a contested divorce case.

In a Collaborative Law case, the parties work with their attorneys (and optionally other professionals) to come to a mutually satisfactory agreement, without asking a judge to make decisions about their case. They agree to disclose all their financial information, and to try to look at the needs of the family as a whole, as well as looking out for their own needs.

In Collaborative Law each party has their own attorney to advocate for them and to advise them. If you choose Collaborative Law, the four of you (two parties and two attorneys) will work as a team to gather information and to come to an agreement about your case. You can also involve other professionals, such as an accountant, appraiser, a communications coach and/or a child specialist , if you choose to do so. As a team you will gather documents and information to help you come to an agreement about your property, child and/or spousal support, if appropriate, and custody and visitation matters. After you come to an agreement, one or both attorneys will put it in written form, and will prepare the necessary court papers.

If any party in a Collaborative Law case feels that the process is not working, he or she still retains the option to use the court system, but cannot use the Collaborative Law attorney to do so.

The Collaborative Law attorneys are trained to keep the process positive and forward looking. The parties can learn new skills for communicating with each other after the divorce process, as well as working through the re-structuring of their family without the emotional wear and tear of going to court.

Sally Cooperrider is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley and the Association for Conflict Resolution

Estate Planning
Sally Cooperrider prepares wills, trusts, and Powers of Attorney. She has been practicing estate planning for over 20 years.
Sally Cooperrider can meet with you to decide what kind of estate plan is best for your needs. She can then prepare a trust and/or will, if needed. She also prepares powers of attorney and can help you fill out an Advanced Health Care Directive.

To prepare for an appointment with Sally Cooperrider you will need to think about who will receive your assets after your death (and after the death of your spouse or partner if you have one), and who will distribute your assets (your trustee or executor). She will also ask about alternate beneficiaries and trustee/executors. Sally Cooperrider will need a copy of your grant deed for your property if you are going to put your property into trust, and a list of your other major assets.

Sally Cooperrider will then discuss with you whether a trust or will would be best for you, and what type.
As part of your estate plan she can prepare a Special Needs Trust if you have a beneficiary who receives public benefits such as SSI. Or if you have a large enough estate that federal estate taxes would be an issue, she can prepare a bypass (AB) or disclaimer trust.

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

Sally Cooperrider enjoys helping clients make their own agreements through mediation and collaborative law. The process of working through the issues in a respectful way can be satisfying to all parties, even in a difficult situation such as divorce.

Sally Cooperrider also enjoys helping clients decide on the best estate planning solution for their situation. The clients often feel more at peace after they know that they have made the process of settling their estate easier for their loved ones.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Sally Cooperrider has been practicing law for over 20 years in San Jose, California. She has completed many divorces, prenuptial agreements, trusts, and wills during that time.

Sally Cooperrider graduated from Santa Clara University. She has had extensive training in mediation, collaborative law, and estate planning since graduation.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Sally Cooperrider is an experienced, thoughtful attorney, who can help you resolve your issues in an efficient and respectful manner.

Sally Cooperrider

Sally Cooperrider was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and moved to Santa Clara County while she was in high school. She graduated from Awalt High School in Mountain View, California.

Sally Cooperrider is a member and past trustee of the Santa Clara Bar Association. She is the chair of the Modest Means Committee and on the board of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley. She is also a member of Association for Conflict Resolution.

Sally Cooperrider plays the flute, piano, and guitar and sings in a chorus. She has volunteered with Music for Minors for 6 years as a volunteer music teacher.
License
  • Bar Number: 98328
    California
Education
  • Santa Clara University
    J.D.
  • San Jose State University
    B.A.

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