Firm Overview

My firm focuses on providing practical and effective legal representation to individuals and families in Yolo County. My firm was established in November 2005. Prior to that time, I was the office manager and paralegal to attorney Yasmin Spiegel with whom I now share office space.Example casesI recently prevailed in a child custody trial in Yolo County Superior Court where my client regained his equal parenting time with two minor school-aged children. I was also recently successful in a child support trial where the opposing party had continually misrepresented his self-employment income and resources, including obtaining a large attorney fee award for my client.

Main Office

1667 Oak Avenue

Davis CA 95616


(530) 758-0500


(530) 758-0616


Free Initial Consultation?

No free consultations.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Uncontested dissolution: $2,500 plus actual court costs.

Name change petition: $500 plus actual court and publication costs.

Complete trust and estate planning packages from $1,750 to $3,000, plus actual recording fees.

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Diane Brown, Legal Assistant

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

Spanish speaking interpreter available for an additional fee

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

After working in many other types of law, I realized that the areas of family law and estate planning allow me to work directly with my clients to resolve their legal issues in a personalized and pragmatic way.

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

I highly recommend that clients educate themselves about the legal process and about the legal issues they are facing. The more that my client knows about their own situation and legal issues, the better able I am to advise and strategize with them about possible settlement options or, if necessary, litigation and trial.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review and assist in the revision of documents prepared by clients who wish to represent themselves. I am also happy to review documents for clients who are going through the mediation process to ensure that the agreements they are making in mediation are in their best interests.

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

I am happy to assist individuals who wish to represent themselves, including drafting and editing court forms and legal documents. I also routinely meet with self-represented clients to discuss what to expect in court and/or in the child custody mediation process.

Raquel M. Silva

Law Office of Raquel M. Silva

Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a paralegal for 16 years in Encino, Santa Barbara, Portland, Oregon and Davis. I worked on many different cases in the areas of civil and business litigation, personal injury, accounting malpractice, real estate title litigation, corporate law, probate, and family law.

I believe that my prior experience as a paralegal, working in many areas of the law, better enables me to handle the wide-range of issues that arise in family law and estate planning. I enjoy working with people to resolve their issues. I also believe that my own personal experience of going through divorce allows me to more fully understand and empathize with the experiences of my clients.

I try to resolve a majority of my cases through the negotiation process whenever possible and I believe that my ability to problem-solve in creative ways allows me greater success in the negotiations. I am also a zealous advocate for my clients in the court process when negotiation fails or is not a viable option.

Personal interests:

I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and Portugal (my grandparents immigrated to the United States after WWII) and I enjoy traveling in Europe and learning European history and culture. I am a strong believer in Waldorf education and I have two children who attend local Waldorf schools. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, skiing, snowboarding and ceramic tile mosaic.


Bar Number: 237983
California, 2005


UC Davis School of Law - King Hall
Juris Doctorate, 2005

UC Davis
Bachelor of Arts, 2001

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