Law Office of Nancie Yomtov

Selected as "Northern California Super Lawyer" 2005-06

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Firm Overview

I have always been a solo practitioner. However, I have often been associated with other attorneys either to handle the custody aspects of a case, or by non-family law attorneys who need guidance in the area of family law. I have always preferred to work closely with fewer clients rather than have many clients. I have the good fortune to share the office with my son, who is also an attorney. We are not partners, but we both strive to provide excellent service to each of our clients.

Example cases

I enjoy working on complex cases and searching for solutions that fit the needs of my clients. I have handled many unusual scenarios, such as enforcing judgments in family court after the death of one of the parties. I have helped people focus on the best needs of their children, providing more time for my clients with their children, which in turn creates a better relationship between the children and both parents. One of my clients went from very limited visits to an equal time share. I did not change the facts, but rather helped my client present the facts in a better manner.

Main Office

Main
210 N 4th Street
Suite 101
San Jose  CA  95112

Phone
  • (408) 993-0808

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I charge my regular hourly rate for time spent with clients.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I charge hourly, except for probate matters which are generally fixed by statute.

Hourly Rates

$375.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Office Manager

Sandra Mena

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Some Spanish is spoken in the office.

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

I didn't choose Family Law, it chose me. After representing a few clients, I kept getting referrals from my former clients, opposing parties, and opposing counsel. Almost all of my cases are referral-based.

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

I believe that the case belongs to the client, and that the more the client does on his or her behalf, the better off the client will be. However, many situations are more complex than meets the eye, and may have implications that are not immediately obvious. It is important for the client to realize that as an attorney and also as an emotionally uninvolved person, my judgment and knowledge of the law may be better than the client's as to procedure and what a court is more likely to accept.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I have always been ready to help people with their own matters so long as the case is not too complex. Clients have often brought documents to me that were drafted by others, such as their spouses, and I have helped to interpret them and explain the meaning and long-term effects as I see them to the client. However, if the case is too complex, it is not a good idea to be unrepresented.

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

I have often coached clients as to how to present their cases. I have helped clients prepare simple declarations or simple motions on their own. I strive to present their cases in clear, unambiguous prose so that the opposing party and the court can quickly understand the client's position and the facts.

Nancie Yomtov

I previously worked as a Social Worker with the New York City Department of Child Welfare, and thereafter, as a Probation Officer in the New York City Juvenile Court. In the Department of Child Welfare, I worked with people who voluntarily sought services to help get them through a particular crisis in their lives, such as an illness.

My background as a social worker has been very helpful. Mediating cases and acting as a judge pro tem has also given me a good prospective on seeing the whole picture, and not just the point of view of my client.

Again, I am detail oriented, but also try to see the whole picture. I do my best to know the law and stay calm so that I can use my energy to my client's best advantage and maintain my composure so that I can think on my feet.

I am calm, thorough, and a good listener. I am courteous to the court and opposing counsel.

Personal interests:

My family, gardening, sailing, and traveling.

License
  • Bar Number: 96252
    California , 1980
Education
  • Santa Clara University
    J.D. , 1980
    Santa Clara, CA
    Law
  • City University of New York
    M.A. , 1972
    New York, NY
    Social Psychology
  • Ohio State University
    B.A. , 1959
    Columbus, OH
    Social Psychology. I was granted two fellowships for graduate school which, unfortunately, I could not use.

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