Law Office of Patricia Van Haren

Mediation; Affordable emotionally and financially.,I have a family too. Let's work together.

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Firm Overview

I focus primarily on family law ranging from paternity actions, divorces, child custody & visitation, child and spousal support and property division. I also focus on guardianships and adoptions. I handle uncontested divorces and mediations as well as litigation.

I have been a paralegal for approximately 20 years. In that time I have acted as an Independent Contractor/Paralegal and Document Preparation Assistant. I have worked with large firms as well as solo practitioners. For several years, I have assisted couples through uncontested divorces as a paralegal. I am now incorporating all of my skills into my law practice.

Example cases

Custody/Paternity: I have two pending matters with substantially similar facts. In both cases, I represent the father of the action. In these cases, the mothers of the children have a long standing history of drug and/or alcohol abuse. I have been able to obtain orders for drug and alcohol testing with safety measures in place to protect the children where the mothers are unable to refrain from their drug and alcohol abuse.

Divorce/Mediation: I recently settled a case which involved issues of property division, medical insurance, and support. I was able to assist the couple in coming to a resolution which met both of their needs. The parties were able to save a significant amount of money through being able to resolve their differences in mediation.

Main Office

Main
19900 MacArthur Blvd
Suite 1150
Irvine  CA  92612

Phone
  • (800) 727-4680
Fax
  • (310) 606-2068

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No, however we offer free case anaylisis with assistant

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No.

Hourly Rates

$350-$450

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Office Manager

Tammy Herrada

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Torrance - By Appointment Only
    3655 Torrance Blvd, Suite 300
    Torrance,  CA  90503

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

I have worked in the field of family law for approximately 20 years. I have also been through my own divorce. I have compassion for my clients and their children, and I am able to assist those who wish to have a smooth transition as well as fight for their rights. I have a great passion for family law and I feel that it provides me with an attorney to assist my clients through what will likely be the most difficult time of their life.

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

I believe that the role of an attorney is to be a counselor to their clients. I feel that a client should be informed and educated about all options available to them. I welcome questions from my clients and I am always happy to provide clients with knowledge of the legal issues which are relevant to their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am open to bundled services. I am happy to review and aid clients in document preparation. While I was a paralegal, I often assisted parties in the preparation of their own documents.

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

I am willing to coach clients who wish to be self-represented. I am also open to a limited scope representation in certain circumstances.

Patricia Van Haren

I have been employed for several law firms ranging in practice areas from Family Law to Intellectual Property. For the past 10 years, I have been working as an Independent Contractor for several attorneys as well as focusing on my own cases. Prior to that, I worked at family law firms, civil litigation firms and intellectual property firms in the Los Angeles area.

I feel that my years of experience in family law as well as going through my own divorce assists me in being a better lawyer. I am able to empathize with my clients as I have been a single mother for almost 15 years. During that time, I went back to school while continuing to work full time as a paralegal and raising my three children. I feel that it is my determination and my knowledge of the struggles that a family goes through during a divorce or break up that make me a better lawyer.

I have a passion for knowledge and I keep myself educated by reading new cases as they are decided. I have been through a divorce and custody battle so I am sensitive to the needs of my clients. I am aggressive when the case calls for it and I am a negotiator when it will assist my client in obtaining a favorable outcome with minimal conflicts. In matters of child custody, I act as an advocate for my client while seeking what is in the best interests of their child/children.

Personal interests:

I enjoy going to Disneyland with my three children. I am a dog lover and an avid reader. I am actively involved in the Robotics Club at the local high school.

License
  • Bar Number: 276010
    California , 2011
Education
  • Abraham Lincoln University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  • American Intercontinental University
    Bachelor of Sciences , 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Marymount College
    Associate's Degree , 1992
    Palos Verdes, CA

Patricia Van Haren

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