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William Paul Bratton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   137 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, and Domestic Violence.

    30 years

  2. Family
    30%

    30 years

  3. Mediation
    15%

    30 years

  4. Alimony
    10%

    30 years

  5. Guardianship
    5%

    30 years

Family Law Attorney in Riverside, California handling the following cases: Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, Department of Child Support Services Cases, Paternity Actions, Collaborative Law and Domestic Violence.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 7 ...

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Location

Bratton Razo & Lord

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  137 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by James | June 11, 2024
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Terrific Attorney
Bill was terrific during a very difficult time. Divorce is never easy but Bill listened, advised, and was able to negotiate a settlement that both of us could quickly agree. Thank you Bill!
Posted by Jim | June 5, 2024
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Amazing Lawyer & Staff
My experience with Bratton & Razo was nothing short of amazing! Their team was truly dedicated to providing excellent service, making me feel confident that my case was in the best possible hands. Mr. Bratton and his team demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment and expertise in managing my case. I found Mr. Bratton to be knowledgeable, hardworking, fair, honest, organized, and diligent. He was incredibly responsive and respectful and worked in concert to provide an efficient, effective client experience. Everything was handled in a timely manner with excellent communication. The outcome exceeded my expectations, all thanks to Mr. Bratton’s remarkable experience and unwavering dedication.
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Posted by Leah | May 3, 2024
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Exceptional Representation
I had exceptional legal representation by Bill during a challenging time in my life. He is very knowledgeable in family law and was always very professional and supportive. Bill showed a genuine concern for my well-being and the best interests of my child. He guided me through every step of the legal process, alleviating much of the stress associated with child custody cases. I am grateful for Bill advocating for me and my child. He was committed to achieving a favorable outcome. I absolutely recommend Bill to anyone in need of a compassionate and highly competent child custody lawyer.
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Posted by Jamie | March 12, 2024
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No more sleepless nights......
Bill and his team were beyond professional and were finally able to put my divorce behind me. My situation was unique as I was dealing with an ex who was self-employed, no need to further elaborate on that. Bill and his team dug in and worked amicably with opposing counsel to present a settlement so that I could move on with my life. They were ALWAYS responsive, timely and best yet, encouraging, especially during moments when I had lost all confidence. If your are looking for professionalism, honesty and someone who truly cares about their clients, I recommend Bratton & Razo.... Bill is top quality!
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Posted by Dawn | December 1, 2023
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Great Divorce Attorney
I thought I had a difficult divorce going in. Bill helped me through this with class and professionalism and got Me through this very quick and it ended very well. He’s a Good Man. I Highly recommend him. Feel free to contact me. Dawn
Posted by Nancy | November 12, 2023
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Exceeded my expectations
I felt confident Bill would do a good job because I was referred to him by a deputy DA. Well, he and his team did an awesome job! Bill doesn’t waste time and spoke frankly and clearly helping me understand how to navigate a very complex and difficult negotiation with my spouse. Our settlement was unusual and unique but Bill understood my situation (because he LISTENS) and went the extra mile to make sure I was protected and achieved the end goal. Special thanks to Juanita for all her hard work, patience, and kindness.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2023
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Doesn’t waste time and very well respected
I have been represented by Mr. Bratton over the course of a very difficult divorce. He has always been extremely helpful, straightforward, and is not interested in wasting anyone’s time or money. It is clear that his advice comes from years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, and it can be trusted. He is obviously very well respected by fellow attorneys and judges, which I believe to be extremely important. I always felt like I was in good hands working with Mr. Bratton, and he always got the job done well. I would highly recommend working with him.
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Posted by Dave | August 16, 2023
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Excellent and Reasonable
Bill was both easy to work with and reasonable with costs. He helped me navigate my divorce while I lived in another state. His team was also very helpful. Bill walked me through all the details, answered questions, and was patient. He also guided me on how to save on fees by doing a lot of the legwork myself regarding discovery requests from opposing counsel and other items. While he was not the lowest cost attorney I contacted, he saved me money with his knowledge and guidance over the course of my divorce. He had a mastery of the law, and his ability to advocate on my behalf with the judge and opposing counsel was invaluable. I would highly recommend Bill to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Pamela | June 5, 2023
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Finally!
Bill did in a few months what two other firms couldn’t do in almost 3 years. My high conflict divorce was going nowhere when I found Bill. At long last I am divorced after 3 1/2 long torturous years. Bill and his firm are exceptionally professional, experienced, sensitive and made a miracle happen. I could not be happier. Don’t bother looking elsewhere or trying another firm first. There’s no point as I found out the hard way. I am forever grateful. Bill is a genuinely good person and handled me perfectly. I was so skeptical by the time I found him. I panicked a couple times and Bill responded right away and on his personal time when necessary. It meant the world to me. 1000 stars!
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Posted by Brian | April 11, 2023
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Very helpful
I hired Mr. Bratton to represent me during my divorce. Mr. Bratton was always quick with responses whether by email or phone call and always had an answer for me. There was never a point where I felt I was not getting the best advice for my situation. The billing was extremely fair I thought, and the entire staff was always very professional. I greatly appreciated all the support and advice throughout the process.
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Posted by Mart | January 29, 2023
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From messy to amazing!
My case with an angry, bitter ex-husband was a difficult road. Bill Bratton helped me save my retirement when the Dissolution of Marriage document was a mess from a previous attorney. He kept me informed and was also patient with my questions. He gave me the worse-case scenario, but fortunately, we came out on top! I so appreciate Bill, his staff, and his expertise!
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Posted by Cory | December 16, 2022
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Superb
I am very grateful for Attorney Bratton and his staff. If you are walking through a divorce, you need him on your side. A divorce is a very daunting, emotional and complicated process, you can’t afford not to have him on your team. They responded to all my calls and emails. They handled my divorce seamlessly. I am so grateful for their guidance and professionalism. Now back to living life! I highly recommend Attorney Bratton.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2022
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Excellent and Ethical Family Law Attorney
William Bratton provided me with excellent legal counsel during my divorce and even afterwards. Because of his expertise, efficiency and overall decency, he saved my children and I from the nightmare and financial ruin of a contentious divorce. He greatly minimized my legal expenses by his efficiency, sound advice, brevity and determination to stay focused and on track. He was always to the point, very clear and made an effort to keep our phone calls as brief as possible thereby saving me a lot of time and money. In a matter of months my divorce was finalized when it could have taken years due to the complexity and the potential for high conflict. He helped me keep my emotions in check when communicating and negotiating with my ex husband resulting in a divorce judgement that truly benefited everyone involved; especially our children. He’s fair, honest and measured. His staff is very helpful and efficient and my calls and emails were always returned promptly. Divorce can be a traumatic experience. So if you have to endure one, I highly recommend you seek the representation/counsel of William Bratton to navigate you through the storm and get you and your loved ones safely to the other side.
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Posted by Luis | June 22, 2022
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Custody and Child Support
I highly recommend William Bratton, last year I separated from my partner whom we have 2 Children with, she did everything she could possibly do to separate me from my children and was seeking for a ridiculous amount for child support, I was under lots of stress and looking for help, thank god I found Bratton and Razo, I want to thank BR Family family law Bratton & Razo for the luxury service provided in the handling of all legal aspects and tasks throughout my entire legal process, I specifically want to thank my attorney William Bratton for the professionalism, efficient and great costumer service, thank you for the persistent fight for the best interest of my children and me, thank you for representing me, thank you for your commitment to my family matters, I know the outcome of my legal process could not have been possible with your help. Thank you for the equal time share and fair child support results..
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Posted by Jolene | June 2, 2022
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Wonderful
I received exceptional service from both Bill and his office staff. What made his team stand out from the rest was their knowledge, experience, compassion, and honesty. I felt Bill truly cared about my children and fought for their best interest. My monthly statement reflected many ‘no charge’ emails and phone calls so I was always comfortable contacting them with any questions or concerns. Family court is stressful enough and I appreciated the ease of communication. I would highly recommend Bill and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2022
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Need a divorce attorney, hire Bill Bratton!
The first time I met with Bill I instantly knew he was the right choice to represent me, that he was going to take care of me and put me at ease. I was in uncharted waters, surrounded by the beginning of a separation, custody issues, having to get a restraining order, not to mention my personal responsibilities, including a move, raising children, and things I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy. Bill was always in communication, would take the time to explain things, and always had my best interest in mind. He knows family law, and will fight for you every step of the way.
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Posted by Donna | April 18, 2022
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Seasoned Attorney
Entering into a divorce is not what I had ever prepared for. Bill Bratton took every step in stride. He was open and honest about outcomes. My lack of knowledge in the divorce process and my never-ending questions were handled with grace and patience. He led and supported me through the many issues that arose during the two years of handling my case. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a confident and knowledgeable lawyer.
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Posted by Wade | January 18, 2022
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Highly Recommend
After having a consultation with Bill, I knew there was no other attorney that I wanted and needed. Having been falsely accused and presented with a DVRO, I needed someone with expertise in this area, and who was going to fight for me. Bill did an incredible job of not only representing me, but helping to clear my name from these slanderous and false accusations. Without his representation and support I may have lost my son. He and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. I can’t thank him enough and would refer him to anyone needing legal assistance. Thank you again Bill for everything!
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Posted by Sonja | December 31, 2021
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Highly recommend
If you are looking for an great attorney that knows what they are doing look no further. Bill and his staff are very knowledgeable, they respond quickly they kept me up to date through out the entire divorce process. Bill's advice on everything was spot on. I would refer him over and over, it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.
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Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2021
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Fantastic advice and service
Bill did a great job of helping me navigate a complicated divorce. His advice help me avoid critical and costly pitfalls. In addition, his support staff, Juanita, is fantastic. They are efficient, knowledgeable and responsive. Thank you Bill and Juanita for such great service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Bratton Razo & Lord
  • 1994 - Present
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Bratton Enterprises
  • 1986 - 1994
  • District Sales Manager
  • Fleetwood Enterprises
  • 1983 - 1985

Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Univ of California Riverside
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Smith V. Jones
  • Move Away Denied

Associations

  • San Bernardino Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Inland Empire
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar Of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Riverside Superior Court
  • Elkins Task Force
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • Pro bono attorney for children
  • 1996 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Recognition of Service
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 1999
  • Recognition of Service
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Riverside County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Ethics In Family Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (38)
Endorse William
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is a total professional and, certainly, a worthy opponent. He fights hard, is fair, and honest."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had prior cases with Mr. Bratton and he is very knowledgeable and assertive in advocating for his client. A worthy adversary indeed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bratton is truly the consummate professional. He is a highly experienced litigator. He seeks to explore settlement opportunities before engaging in litigation. He is respected by his peers and judicial officers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Bill Bratton. Bill is an exceptional attorney. He is well versed in the law and has an outstanding presence in the courtroom. Moreover, Bill is well respected by his colleagues and the local bench."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional attorney who zealously represents his clients. I've had the good fortune of knowing William for over 25 years both personally and professionally. He is trustworthy and a thoughtful person. He has the reputation for thoughtful and honest interaction with everyone. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is an asset to out legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He works hard and is aggressive in representing his clients. He works diligently to resolve cases in a timely matter and achieve good results for his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a great attorney who places his client's interests at the forefront of his cases. Would not hesitate to select him as counsel."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bratton is one of the my experienced and professional lawyers in the area. I would highly recommended him."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse William Bratton. He is highly knowledgeable, is an excellent advocate on behalf of his clients and has an impeccable reputation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill Bratton is a consummate professional, very prepared, and a strong advocate for the clients that he has represented in cases where he has been my opposing counsel, and also someone who is able to work with counsel to reach a negotiated resolution of cases where such settlement is in the best interests of the parties."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding attorney. As a former Accountant, he brings with him special skills that can serve family law clients very well. Additionally, Bill is a real gentleman to work with. I recommend Bill highly."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. William Bratton epiomizes the pinnacle of the legal community in his knowledge, professionalism and ethics. I would absolutely recommend him for any type of family law litigation regardless of the complexity."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A consumate professional and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended."
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Riverside Divorce and separation Lawyer William Paul Bratton
William Paul Bratton
Divorce and separation Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 29 years