Don’t Hire A Divorce Firm That Won’t Put Your Interests First-Divorce Mills and Celebrity Lawyers Don’t Care About You
Celebrity family law attorneys and Divorce Mills don’t care about you
The law is a business, sure. But it is not a sock factory or a grocery store. The bottom line has to take second place to the best interests of the client.
There are two common traps into which persons seeking to hire a Beverly Hills Divorce Attorney fall. First, they hire a well known “celebrity” divorce attorney. That sounds great…except you are not a celebrity. Be honest with yourself. Do you really think you’ll get the attention Ashton Kutcher gets if you are a well to do person but not in the public eye? Of course not.
You need a firm that will put your interests first. A fim that will spend the necessary time to ensure you receive the appropriate property settlement (and if it’s a part of your case spousal support and child support.) Your attorney must have years of experience, a proven track record, positive reviews from satisfied clients, and must know the venue where your divorce case will be heard. Knowing the judges is critical. Knowing how the courts handle custody issues and temporary orders is essential.
The second trap people seeking to hire a Beverly Hills Divorce Attorney fall into is hiring a divorce mill. A divorce mill is a firm that relies on numerous paralegals to prepare cases for hearing trial. If you or your spouse is a person of means your initial interview will be with an experienced attorney a name—the owner or a name partner.
After the initial meeting, your papers are prepared exclusively by paralegals (not lawyers–glorified secretariess) or associates (inexperienced lawyers with little skill). Experts are interviewed and employed by these paralegals or associates. Your interrogatory answers and questions are prepared by paralegals or associates. Your whole case depends on them. You won’t be able to get Mr. Big on the phone. Even important, substantive questions about your case will be filtered through secretaries.
Your spouse and other witnesses may be deposed by an associate lawyer. The owner or partner appears at the hearings. Even if Mr. Big/Ms. Big is prepared to argue the matter in a decent way, he/she is not familiar with the particular file and cannot discuss settlement in a cogent manner. He or she does not have time to review each file and engage in fruitful settlement discussions with opposing counsel. In a divorce mill your file is in a “factory” of trial preparation. This is not in your best interest.
You need to hire a lawyer who will prepare the files with the help of one or two other attorneys and will be familiar with the status of your case at all times; and be willing and able to begin settlement discussions at reasonable intervals. An attorney must prepare for trial, but for your dissolution to be cost effective your attorney must make reasonable settlement offers at sensible intervals.)
Three Reasons Why You Should Hire Our Firm For Your Divorce or Custody Matter (In other words what distinguishes us from the divorce mills and celebrity lawyers)
- Lawyer accessibility
- Unique approach to pricing and case preparation
- Substantial experience and winning results
Accessibility: Most law firms have layers of personnel between the attorney and the clients. Clients who have switched to our firm from another have told us that attorney inaccessibility was their major problem (with expense and lack of performance being numbers two and three). At our firm when clients have substantive questions, they speak directly with the attorney responsible.
Unique Approach: With respect to uncontested divorces and premarital agreements our experience allows us to perform the tasks for a flat rate quoted up front. When a person knows the cost up front and knows how long it will take to accomplish the task it simplifies their decision making and planning. In litigation we can avoid the hourly fee approach by charging per legal task.
What if you have no money for attorney’s fees? Where appropriate we can obtain an order from the court that allows our fees to be paid by the opposing party. This is possible in divorce and custody matters and often occurs when one spouse is a homemaker and the other spouse is the one who earns the family income.
In contested divorce and custody cases, we prepare every matter as if it will be presented to a judge. We have a reputation for aggressive litigation. Since most cases settle, average lawyers never think about trial until it is almost upon them. We start every case by looking at the law and facts that will govern the issues of the trial. Everything we do is geared toward obtaining the best result for our client. By preparing for trial, we help ensure the best possible settlements in those matters that are resolved outside of a court hearing.
Winning Trial Experience: We always put our client’s interests first. We usually invite an open exchange of information with the opposing side followed by hard negotiation aiming for a fair result. But if the opposing counsel or spouse attempts to gain an unfair advantage we will litigate the disputed matters to ensure our client’s interests are served. I have practiced law for 20 years. I have the highest rating for legal skill and ethical conduct from the two most popular attorney rating sites–avvo.com and martindale.com. See the ratings from avvo here and from martindale here. Only 5 percent of U.S. attorneys have Martindale’s highest rating.
I am a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
At trial, we present an understandable, plausible theme of the case. We use experts on child custodyissues and property valuation where necessary. We ensure that the judge understands the facts and relevant law that reinforce our client’s theme. We show the judge why our theory on the disputed issue is right, and why he or she should rule for our client. Sounds simple, but it takes years of experience to perfect.
The Law Offices of Galen Gentry offers the following services throughout Los Angeles County:
- Divorce Advice
- Prenuptial Agreements — Premartial Agreements
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Property Division, Asset Division
- Restraining Orders
- Marriage Planning For Business Owners
If you are looking for a Beverly Hills Divorce Attorney who is experienced in handling complex divorce and custody matters, we can help. I have the knowledge and experience needed to help guide you through your divorce with as little stress as possible. I have been a Southern California divorce lawyer for 20 years and I’m prepared to fight for you.