There are some common questions we regularly encounter. To help address these questions we have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not listed or you have additional questions please contact us. We are here to help.
Q: Why should I hire a Certified Family Law Specialist? Doesn’t every attorney know family law?
A: The California State Bar has set rigorous standards for knowledge and experience in various areas of law before an attorney can become board-certified. Your case is important and deserves a specialist. California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work. Fewer than 1,000 of California’s 200,000 California attorneys are board-certified in Family Law. Lindsey A. Bannerman is a Certified Family Law Specialist, recognized for her knowledge, training and reputation in family law.
Q: How do I select a family law attorney?
A: We recognize that it is difficult to find an honest and hardworking family law attorney. We are grateful that the majority of our clients are referrals from current and former clients as well as other attorneys. Look for a family law attorney that is able to explain your case to you in plain language. Select an attorney who answers your questions and assures you of your rights. We pride ourselves in representing our clients in an approachable manner. Questions and concerns are answered in a prompt and efficient manner. Our firm recognizes that while we regularly participate in court proceedings that our clients are new to this experience and we work hard to insure that our clients understand the legal process in such a way that they feel in control of their situation.
Q: Do you charge for a consultation?
A: $150 for 1/2 hour consultation for cases regarding child custody, visitation, domestic violence, support, adoptions, name changes.
$300 for 1 hour consultation for cases regarding guardianship, dissolution of marriage or legal separation.
During the consultation, our attorney will discuss your case with you and answer your questions and concerns. Our consultations are not high-pressured and are held in a relaxed and private environment. Please contact us at (209)529-0969 to schedule your consultation today. Please bring with you any and all documents related to your family law matter, existing court orders and current pay stubs to your consultation to make the most of your appointment time.
Q: How much is your retainer?
A: Every case and client is unique. Unlike some attorneys, we do not have a set schedule for retainers. During the consultation, our attorney will be better able to estimate the actual cost of representation. Our office recognizes that many families are struggling to make ends meet, therefore we do not overcharge our clients.
Q: What payments do you take?
A: We currently accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards, personal checks and cash. Payment arrangements are available on a case by case basis.
Q: Do you represent clients on a limited scope basis?
A: Yes. California allows attorneys to represent individuals on a “limited scope basis.” This provides clients with the opportunity to retain the services of an attorney on a limited basis, such as representing a client at one hearing, or on one particular issue. Securing services of an attorney on a limited scope basis reduces fees and insures that proper legal representation is available to all individuals.
Q: What is mediation and how may I benefit from it?
A: Mediation is often referred to as facilitated settlement negotiations. By participating in private mediation, parties are able to resolve conflict with the assistance of a mediator who acts as a neutral individual free from judgment. Often participants in mediation remark that they are pleased with the outcome and that the ability to resolve conflict has provided them the ability to continue relationships as co-parents in a healthy manner. Our attorney/mediator, Lindsey A. Bannerman, can assist you in mediation, at any stage in a family law matter.
Q: Where is your office located?
A: We are located at 810 Fourteenth Street, Modesto, California. Our office is located on the corner of Fourteenth Street and H Street. Our entrance is facing Fourteenth Street. Parking is available in our parking lot as well as street parking.