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Edna Carroll Straus

Edna Carroll Straus

also known as Carroll Straus

Practice areas:

Family, Mediation, Business, Estate Planning, Debt Collection

About Me

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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 of 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.)

Nowadays, expert lawyers will do the chunk of work you need done-- for a REASONABLE cost. I do that. But----WARNING!! I personally will not work with whiners. Just saying...

Choose your poison, my friends! But choose carefully. And no, I do not offer free telephone consults. I actually like hekping poeple-- a lot--but I also actually have biles to pay, just like you do. Emails, OK. Calls? Not unless you are seriously thinking of engaging me. Thanks in advance.

Oh. And I'm Carroll, which Avvo rfiuses to ackowledge.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1983

  1. Family: 60%
    31 years, 500 cases
  2. Mediation: 20%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Debt Collection: 5%
  5. Estate Planning: 5%



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

87 total 

  • Jeffrey Thomas Gwynn

    Ms. Straus has an immense and broad knowledge of legal issues and has a keen eye on offering practical and thoughtful advice to those in need.


    Jeffrey Gwynn Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Adam A Studnicki

    I have read many of Ms. Straus's answers. She provides consistently accurate and helpful answers to Avvo Askers. These are qualities a client should consider when looking for a lawyer.


    Adam Studnicki Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

24000 Alicia Pkwy Pmb 17-305
Mission Viejo, CA, 92691




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of Acheivement, Advanced Title OfficerTicor Title Insurance Company1986

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Subrogation AttorneyJones, Nelson, Ford & Screeton1991 - 1992
PartnerVillalobos & Straus1990 - 1991
Title officerTicor Title Insurance1986 - 1987
AssociateThomas A. Culbertson & Associates1984 - 1986
AssociateMaxwell, Grayson & Sugarman1983 - 1986


Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2003 - 2006
Peter M. Elliot Inns (American Inns of CourtAssociate2001 - 2007
International Alliance of Holistic LawyersBoard Member1997 - 2000
California State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1995 - 2006
Orange County Professional WritersBoard of Directors1991 - 1995
California State Bar Worker's Compensation DivisionMember1990 - 1995
California State Bar Association groupMember1983 - 2008

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
AnonymousTcame to agreement on all isssueswithout any court appearances
CollborationResolved without court

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Publication NameTitleDate
California Lawyer MagazineCourt funding comment2012
DivorcenetEnding Your marriage Should Not End Your Family2005
DivorcenetYou served her WHEN?2003
California Lawyer MagazineCollborative law comment2002
California Lawyer MagazineComments on "Practicing Kindness"2002
California Lawyer MagazineMaking Nice" (quoted)2001
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Workers Compensation1993
The Disgruntled EmployeeThe Perils of Workers' Compensation1991
Legal PadOf Sharks and Shysters--Does the Law Make Sense?N/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Summit Workshops, IncCommunicationCEUs1990
Community College of the Air ForceApplied ScienceAA1982
Goddard CollegeEnglish LanguageBachelor of Arts1970
Southwestern Univ SOLN/AN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
MCLE WorkshopLaw and Technology2006
Collaborative Law Conference San DiegoSpirituality and Law: Your Spiritual Genie2006
Ethics in Family LawFamily Law Ethics2005
State Bar Annual MeetingTrial Techniques2004
Southern California Mediation Association ConfenrenceMediation using principles of Baha'i Consultation2002
9th Annual International Conference on Conflict ResolutionCollaborative Divorce2001
8th Annnual Conference on Conflict ResolutionLawyers as Peacemakers2001
Collaborative Law: A New ApproachCollaborative Law1998
California State Bar Annual MeetingPractice Congruent With Your Values1997