When facing legal issues, it is important to choose an attorney who can advocate for your interests without increasing the antagonism in your case. One of the most important decisions during an impending divorce is to choose an attorney that can best represent you while balancing the financial and emotional costs of litigation. I understand that most clients desire to resolve their matters on an amicable basis outside of court and I negotiate equitable and fair settlements whenever possible. If certain matters cannot be settled, I am ready, willing and able to litigate the unresolved issues. Our firm represents clients throughout San Diego County in family law matters such as divorce, legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, domestic violence restraining orders, paternity, marital settlement agreements and post-judgment modifications.Example cases
Unlike many civil and criminal cases, the privacy of the parties and children involved in family matters are greatly valued and details should not be discussed. Our firm handles divorce (dissolution), child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), property division, post-judgment orders and other family law issues.
2851 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego CA 92108
I offer a 30-minute consultation, with me, at no cost to you. After the 30 minutes, you will be charged my hourly rate.
No. All services are performed on an hourly basis. We cannot estimate, nor guarantee, what the total cost of your case will be.
Attorney Puja A. Sachdev: $315/hour. Associate: $225/hour, Paralegal: $175/hour. Legal Assistant: $125/hour.
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
J. Marie Halstead
Yes. This is called unbundled services or limited scope representation. When a client wants representation during the most important part of their case, for example, at a hearing for child custody and visitation, we can determine what our involvement will be and what will work best for the client and the issues at hand.
Generally, work is completed by the most cost-efficient team member. We also understand there are times that this may not always happen when there are deadlines, vacations or when a team member is sick. However, in that circumstance, for example, an attorney may prepare pleadings or make a phone call that a paralegal would normally do, but that attorney will bill our client, for that specific activity only, at the hourly billing rate of a paralegal. We will NOT unnecessarily delay a client's case.
I understand that most clients desire to resolve their matters on an amicable basis outside of court and I negotiate equitable and fair settlements whenever possible. If certain matters cannot be settled, I am ready, willing and able to litigate the unresolved issues.
I am a member of the Modest Means panel of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the San Diego County Bar Association. For this program, potential clients are screened to determine if they qualify and meet the program's income and asset guidelines and then matched with an attorney on the panel.
I spend a great deal of time explaining the legal process to my clients so they have a better idea how pleadings, deadlines, and procedural requirements affect their case. In my experience, a better understanding of the process helps to ease some anxiety and answers many questions. Some clients want to know and comprehend the legal issues in depth and others do not. I understand it is a personal preference, but I encourage clients to take ownership in their case and understand the legal process and issues and support them in any way I can.
Yes. Individuals may seek to participate in preparing for their case in different ways and depending on their level of involvement, together we can determine the best way we can work as a team to best pursue our client's objectives.
Yes. Sometimes understanding and complying with the procedural requirements of preparing for a case is half of the battle. I understand that, because of limited financial ability, a person may not be able to afford representation at a hearing or trial. Our firm can help prepare documents, declarations and exhibits for you and walk you through the process while you prepare to represent yourself at a hearing.
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