Paula S. Hall, Attorney at Law

Estate Planning, Collaborative Family Law, Probate and Uncontested Conservatorships - serving all of Sonoma County

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Firm Overview

I help families in all stages in life. I assist married couples and registered domestic partners in planning their estates. In a divorce situation, I work with individuals or couples to mediate and collaborate to divide assets, and agree on child support and custody plans. Following a death, I guide families through trust administration and probate. My practice focuses on estate planning, post-death administration, and collaborative family law. Specifically, my estate planning practice includes probate and trust administration, as well as uncontested conservatorships. My family law practice includes divorce, legal separation, annulments, custody and support issues.

I joined the Law Offices of James F. DeMartini in Cloverdale, California, in 2001. Our firm blends heavy civil litigation, with collaborative family law, mediation, divorce, custody and support issues, as well as transactional services in business and estate planning, and post-death trust administration and probate. Jim DeMartini has been an attorney since 1977.

Example cases

I help families achieve peace of mind by assisting them in planning their estates. Following a death, I guide families through trust administration and probate. I help clients navigate the maze of legal issues associated with the dissolution of a marriage, child custody and support, by offering full service representation, mediation or unbundled services to suit the client's neeeds. As a collaborative attorney, I work with a team of professionals to arrive at an informed and mutually agreeable solution.

Main Office

The Law Offices of James F. DeMartini
115 West First Street
Cloverdale  CA  95425

Phone
  • (707) 894-5000
Fax
  • (707) 894-3127

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, I offer a 1/2 hour free consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Due to the unpredictability of divorce, custody and support, I generally do not charge a flat fee for family law matters. However, I do offer unbundled legal services to suit the specific needs of clients.

Hourly Rates

$250

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Elaine Reese is the office manager. Tina Graska is the legal assistant.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

German

Other Offices

  • Windsor Office

    Windsor,  CA 

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

As a legal assistant in an estate planning and probate firm, I enjoyed working with the attorney to help clients. I became an attorney to help clients in my own practice. I expanded my practice to include family law, so that I could help clients in all aspects of their lives. Estate planning and family law complement each other.

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

I encourage clients to educate themselves on legal issues. The information assists them in making educated decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients and assist them in making certain the documents meet their goals and needs.

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

There may be situations where I could coach a particular client in self-representation. However, I prefer to help clients avoid litigation by working collaboratively with each other.

Paula Hall

Before becoming an attorney, I worked as a legal assistant in Davis, California. As an attorney, I worked in San Francisco for the law firm of Bancroft & McAllister. When the commute became too much, I joined the Law Office of Kim Marois.

I try to be approachable and make my clients feel comfortable meeting with an attorney. For many, it is their first time. I try to avoid conflict. I feel that this characteristic helps me recognize and avoid potentially volatile situations for my clients. I enjoy the challenge of working out solutions that will help the family. As a mother of three children, I understand the importance of family. Family relationships are a priority. I strive to maintain family relationships. I try to help my clients make informed decisions for the best interests of the children. As an estate planning attorney, I can also help clients analyze whether to get a divorce or a legal separation, how to plan their estate plans following the divorce, and provide them with information to make the best decisions for their future and their family's future.

I feel that I am approachable and at the same time knowledgeable and professional. I try to inform my clients regarding the law and help them understand it, so that they can make the best decisions possible. I try to anticipate potential problems and solve them before they become conflicts. I feel it is important for my clients to understand the process of divorce, as well as the issues of custody and support. While I cannot make the emotional side any easier, I try to make the legal issues easy. I try to help clients get through their divorce smoothly, so that they can heal and move forward, while preserving the family relationships that are so important to all of us.

Personal interests:

I am actively involved in the lives of my three children. However, I could not do what I do without the support of my husband.

License
  • Bar Number: 196134
    California , 1998
Education
  • University of California, Davis
    B.A. , 1989
    German/Medieval Studies.
  • University of California, Davis
    M.A. , 1990
    German
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
    J.D. , 1997
    Taxation

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