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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my case cost me?

This is the question of most concern to many people, and the one we can give the least concrete answer to. While we would like to be able to set a fee up front that will be acceptable to you, many factors beyond our control will ultimately determine the final fee. We do offer a 30-minute initial consultation during which time the factors influencing your case and, by extension, your fees can be discussed.

What documents/information should I bring to my initial Consultation?

If any documents have been filed with the court we request that you bring them. Also if the case is regarding child or spousal support it is useful to have a copy of your most recent paycheck stub along with a copy of your most recent tax return. Finally please bring a notepad so you can take notes and retain the information that is provided to you during the consultation.

How long will this take?

Just as it is impossible to say how much a particular case will cost, it is impossible to say how much time a case is going to take. Please be assured that we will try to resolve your case as rapidly as possible given the particulars of your case and while still making sure that all issues in the case dealt with appropriately.

What if I have an emergency after hours?

An answering machine is available for you to leave a message and we will respond within 24 hours. E-mails can also be accessed after hours if an emergency should occur.

What counties/cities does this law office cover?

This practice covers the whole of Santa Clara County including but not limited to: San Jose, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Gilroy.

What is the difference between litigation, mediation, collaboration, and negotiation?

Litigation means that both parties have an attorney, or they may choose to represent themselves, and the case is decided in court by a judge based upon evidence presented.

In mediation the two parties use one attorney to facilitate an agreement that resolves all of the issues of their case. Each party is encouraged to use a separate attorney to review all agreements prepared by the mediator and to provide legal advice as necessary throughout the mediation process.

Collaboration involves both parties being represented by attorneys, but the parties decide not to go to court and the issues of the case are resolved through a series of negotiation sessions. Negotiation is a situation in which the two parties and/or their attorneys negotiate an agreement with partial or no court involvement, depending on the particular case.