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I know what people think of lawyers. Those stereotypes have some truth-- but there two sides to every "story" and almost always a lot of emotion. And guess what? with EVERY court case SOMEONE WILL LOSE!! Whereupon somebody is gonna cry foul. Many will just cry--especaily the children.
Real "divorce "smarts" = "don't start a fight." As Danny DiVito told Hubby in "War of the Roses; "Tthere is no winning... there's just degrees of losing."
Law is not like Walmart. Nordstom's provides a different product and a different service than Walmart. So too with lawyers. Cheap or free is NOT the same as full freight --with real dedication and expertise. BUT-- you can get a customized, tailored amount if work. It is called "limited scope representation".
But if any lawyer tells you ONLY what you want to hear... beware. And if I tell you something you didn't want to hear? Guess what? It is bacause IT IS TRUE! I am not on Avvo trolling for clients. I am just the (no longer quite "lone") voice telling it like it is. Feel free to ignore me. People do. But I am still right about... almost eberything. (And quite a few nthon lawessih tings too- like the value of expertise, mastery of communcation, and what works-- such as that.) Google me if you want the full picture. (Carroll, not Edna.)
WARNING!! Nowadays, expert lawyers will do the chunk of work you need done-- for a REASONABLE cost. I do that. But I personally will not work with whiners. Just saying...
Choose your poison, my friends! But choose carefully.
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I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Straus is a clear thinking, straight talking attorney who knows her law. I've been enriched by her answers on Avvo and believe she is a valuable asset to this community. I would not hesitate to refer her clients in her area and hope to have that opportunity soon.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certificate of Acheivement, Advanced Title Officer||Ticor Title Insurance Company||1986|
|Subrogation Attorney||Jones, Nelson, Ford & Screeton||1991 - 1992|
|Partner||Villalobos & Straus||1990 - 1991|
|Title officer||Ticor Title Insurance||1986 - 1987|
|Associate||Thomas A. Culbertson & Associates||1984 - 1986|
|Associate||Maxwell, Grayson & Sugarman||1983 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2003 - 2006|
|Peter M. Elliot Inns (American Inns of Court||Associate||2001 - 2007|
|International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers||Board Member||1997 - 2000|
|California State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1995 - 2006|
|Orange County Professional Writers||Board of Directors||1991 - 1995|
|California State Bar Worker's Compensation Division||Member||1990 - 1995|
|California State Bar Association group||Member||1983 - 2008|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Court funding comment||2012|
|Divorcenet||Ending Your marriage Should Not End Your Family||2005|
|Divorcenet||You served her WHEN?||2003|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Collborative law comment||2002|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Comments on "Practicing Kindness"||2002|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Making Nice" (quoted)||2001|
|California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)||Workers Compensation||1993|
|The Disgruntled Employee||The Perils of Workers' Compensation||1991|
|Legal Pad||Of Sharks and Shysters--Does the Law Make Sense?||N/A|
|Summit Workshops, Inc||Communication||CEUs||1990|
|Community College of the Air Force||Applied Science||AA||1982|
|Goddard College||English Language||Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|MCLE Workshop||Law and Technology||2006|
|Collaborative Law Conference San Diego||Spirituality and Law: Your Spiritual Genie||2006|
|Ethics in Family Law||Family Law Ethics||2005|
|State Bar Annual Meeting||Trial Techniques||2004|
|Southern California Mediation Association Confenrence||Mediation using principles of Baha'i Consultation||2002|
|9th Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution||Collaborative Divorce||2001|
|8th Annnual Conference on Conflict Resolution||Lawyers as Peacemakers||2001|
|Collaborative Law: A New Approach||Collaborative Law||1998|
|California State Bar Annual Meeting||Practice Congruent With Your Values||1997|