Firm Overview

The focus of this firm is approximately half family law and half consumer bankruptcy. The focus is on helping family law and bankruptcy litigants in crisis, to assist and guide them through a very difficult time period in their life.

Established in June 1998 by two partners, Anita Gumm and myself, in Westlake Village, California, we cater to clients in both Los Angeles and Ventura County in the areas of family law and bankruptcy law.

Example cases

Harry and Wanda have net disposable income of $5,000 per month and necessary living expenses of $4,200 per month. They are homeowners. Their house has a current fair market value worth $400,000 with $410,000 owed on the first mortgage and $150,000 owed on the second mortgage. Wanda has a 401(k) from Biz Co. of $50,000. Their consumer credit card debt is $50,000.

Main Office

Main
5743 Corsa Ave
Suite 111
Westlake Village  CA  91362-6440

Phone
  • (818) 707-4233
Fax
  • (818) 707-4262

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, up to 30 minutes.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes, only in regards to pre-nuptial agreements.

Hourly Rates

$350.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Jolene.

Emergency After Hours

No

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

I was introduced to family law in January 1994, when I met my mentor who convinced me to try family law. I had a great affinity for this practice from the start.

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

What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
The more educated the clients can be, the more informed they can be in assisting in their case. However, the particular areas of family law and consumer bankruptcy law are complex, and clients should pay particular attention to the advice of their counsel when litigating these issues.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It is encouraged, particularly in terms of declarations of clients in regards to family law issues. However, the clients should know that the attorney will make the final product one in which he or she is comfortable with presenting to the court.

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

I have done so in the past and will continue to do so. This process oftentimes is referred to as "ghostwriting."

Lindsey Green

Prior law firm, Wilkinson & Sood, from December 1996 through May 1998, as associate attorney in areas of family law, bankruptcy law, and immigration.

I was an intramural referee in college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as a referee for flag football, softball, and baseball. I presided over many fraternity games. Many fraternity brothers thought that cash game was the World Series or the NBA Championships, and I spent a great deal of time focusing on the players, making tough calls and keeping the peace.

I am a very good listener, and my style is to aggressively advocate for my clients, as well as settle cases when it makes absolute sense for my clients.

Personal interests:

I have a wonderful wife and two young children, ages 7 and 9, with whom I spend a great deal of time when not working. I am involved with the Y-Indian Guides with both of my sons, as well as AYSO soccer. In my limited free time, I enjoy playing golf and tennis.

License
  • Bar Number: 184597
    California , 1996
Education
  • University of West Los Angeles School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1995
    Los Angeles, CA
    Moot court participant.

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