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Attorney Fee Awards Under Family Code 2030

Posted by James J. Salmons | May 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

Can I Get an Attorney Fees Award in My Divorce Case? It all starts with the California Family Code Section § 2030 et. seq. Under Section 2030, the Court may award attorney fees to either party upon request, upon a showing of need and ability to pay.  This is an oversimplification, of course. Th...

Free Consultations in Divorce – Why and Why Not?

Posted by James J. Salmons | Apr 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

There are two distinct schools of thought on free consultations. In some areas of law, a fee for taking up an attorney's time is the standard. After all, our time is our most valuable asset, and if I'm spending an hour speaking with you, that is time I cannot spend working for a paying client. Si...

Fee Agreements: When Needed and What to Look Out For

Posted by James J. Salmons | Apr 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

Under current regulations, any time an attorney's efforts will or reasonably expect to exceed $1,000, there must be an agreement in writing. That agreement must contain certain disclosures, the most important of which (in my opinion) is how the attorney will bill for his time (hourly rate), what ...

My Attorney Is Withholding My Records, What Can I Do?

Posted by James J. Salmons | Apr 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Generally, 10 days is the standard time for an attorney to get a copy of your records to you after the representation has concluded. No attorney may withhold your files if you request a copy, and even if you haven't yet paid the final invoice (assuming any monies are due). You are the owner of th...

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