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Jeffrey L Hoffer, 805 Divorce and Family Law Attorney

805-449-4290

You may not need an attorney, but if you want to hire one, this is what you should look for.

That is correct.  You may not need an attorney.  Some issues are so simple, you can handle it yourself.  But, if you decide to take the plunge, you need to consider the following:

1. Do not be suckered by an offer for a "Free Consultation".  No attorney worth his/her salt will just give you something for free.  "Free Consultations" are nothing more than 1 hour high pressure sales pitches.  You are going through a divorce.  It is a very stressful time.  Do you want to experience even more pressure, a sales pitch from someone who wants you to sign on the dotted line right now and pay him/her a massive retainer?  More pressure is something you most certainly do not need right now.  Do the right thing by making an appointment for a real consultation which will provide you real value. 

2. What is a Certified Family Law Specialist?  A CFLS is an attorney who took and passed an exam given by the State Bar of California.  That is all.   They are no more qualified than other family law attorneys.  Their specialist denomination in their minds justifies a higher fee.  When I have a case against a Certified Specialist, I get inspired to kick his butt.  So, while you might be attracted to the title "certified specialist" like a fly to honey, remember, to lawyers like me, the title is a target.    In fact, I am considering a promotional tagline "Jeffrey L. Hoffer, kicking the crap out of certified specialists since 1993."

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