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Laurel Alexandra Buchanan

Divorce and separation Attorney at Riverside, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Laurel A. Buchanan


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Learn Laurel’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Family Law Attorney for: dissolution of marriage, child custody and visitation, spousal support, dissolution of property and assets, domestic violence, and other family law needs

    6 years

  2. Car accident
    20%
    Personal Injury including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, injuries resulting from someone else's negligence and or intentional behavior.

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    DUI, DWI, Drug Crimes, Expungements, Theft, Embezzlement, Assault, Battery

  4. Business
    10%
    General civil litigation including contract disputes, business related lawsuits, partition cases (separation of real estate, buy out of interest/sale of property in non-marital relationships/partnerships) creditor claims, other civil lawsuits.

  5. Real estate
    10%

Laurel Buchanan is a partner at the Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan Inc. which focuses on Family Law and Civil matters including Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, and Business Law. The firm also handles Criminal Law and Probate matters in the Inland Empire region.

Ms. Buchanan is a Southern California native who has been active in the legal community for over 10 years. While obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management, Ms. Buchanan was chosen to intern for local County Counsel in the Temecula area. After interning for County Counsel in Dependency Court, Ms. Buchanan pursued a Juris Doctorate degree. Ms. Buchanan attended California Southern Law School in the evenings while working as a Law Clerk on civil law matters during the day. After graduating first in her class, Ms. Buchanan went on to open her own firm.

Since opening her own firm, Ms. Buchanan then partnered with Attorney Jeffrey Decker to form the successful law firm of Decker and Buchanan. Decker & Buchanan continued to grow and has recently transitioned to the new corporation, The Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan Inc. Attorney Jeff Decker still works with the firm and is available to take select cases.

The Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan is proud to have also made several new additions to both full time and part time staff and has retained the help of independent contractors as well to ensure that clients have access to the best attorney for their particular case. These additions include attorneys Jeff Gerber, Linda Vose and Julia Weiner. Attorney Jeff Gerber has over 40 years of experience in the practice of law including family law, workers compensation, personal injury and civil litigation. Attorney Jeff Gerber has been working for the firm since 2017, bringing great experience and depth to the firm. Attorney Linda Vose has 24 years of experience in criminal law and countless jury trials under her belt. Ms. Vose assists the firm on criminal matters and domestic violence issues on an as needed basis. Attorney Julia Weiner has 10 years of practice in family law, personal injury, criminal law and complex financial litigation. Ms. Wiener works on family law and civil matters generally with the firm as needed.

Ms. Buchanan is aware of the challenges that individuals face when having to deal with legal problems. Ms. Buchanan and her staff enjoy spending the necessary time to educate clients and assist them in navigating the complex legal system.

Licensed for 9 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/29/2022

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

Contact Laurel

Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan Inc.
6329 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506
Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan Inc.
255 N. D Street
San Bernardino, CA, 92401
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Posted by Lucy | April 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Grateful
I met with Laurel and Jeff at Decker & Buchanan during a stressful time when my family was served with a lawsuit from a car accident from 2 years ago. When Laurel was contacted our insurance had denied our legal defense, which led to us to contacting Laurel. I came across Decker & Buchanan during an online search, and I'm glad I did! The attorneys answered all of our questions throughly and even provided a wealth of additional information that I probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere else without retaining. Laurel provided all options and explained the process clearly. She and her colleagues were easy to contact when I had questions. We originally retained her however in the midst of retaining I received notice that my insurance would, after all, handle the claim. Therefore, we did not end up retaining Laurel, but I'm extremely grateful for all of her help and guidance. I definitely recommend Laurel and will certainly refer friends and family to her and use her in the future, if need be. Thank you Laurel!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Determined,professional, honest
I just met with Ms. Buchanan for my child custody battle. From the phone call to meeting her she is very professional,knowledgeable, caring, and one of the best attorneys I have met.I am looking forward to getting my custody situation to be resolved; I also am very confident in Ms. Buchanan as my attorney.. I highly recommend her to everyone that is in a stressful divorce and custody battle!! She will do everything in her to help you out.
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Posted by DP | June 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A Truly Amazing Attorney!!!!!
Ms. Buchanan took the time to learn all of the details regarding my case. She explained my legal dilemma in depth and advised me of all of my options. She greatly assisted me during the most difficult time of my entire life. This lawyer exhibited amazing wisdom, compassion, patience, understanding and toughness towards achieving the desired results in my case. I highly recommend this attorney!
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Posted by James | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right lawyer at the right time.
I had a major legal problem and was referred to the Law Office of Laurel Buchanan, who had represented a friend of mine. Ms. Buchanan assured me that she would do everything possible to assist me with my legal dilemma. She listened to my story and was able to identify a course of action that would seek a positive outcome. As a result of her legal insight, persistence and tenacity, I overcame a legal mess, and now I am forever grateful for having such a wonderful litigator that fought for me and put me in a position of strength rather than weakness. I walked away from a bad situation and could move on with my life. Ms. Buchanan was the one person who was willing to take on my case and that made the difference.
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Posted by Brian | December 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Labor issues
Laurel was able to successfully negotiate an agreement between myself and a group of friends with an attorney that specializes in beinging discriminated against for country of national origin workers.
Posted by Irene | October 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, professional and knowledgeable
I had the pleasure of meeting Laurel through a extremely stressful divorce. From the consult to the judgment she showed her concern for me and her firmness towards opposing counsel. She informed me of my options and thoroughly explained the legal process regarding my case. I wasn't thinking clearly due to the whole ordeal and potential outcomes, but she maintained her professionalism and got my case settled on terms that were agreeable to me. She is a very understanding and caring attorney, I didn't think they made them this way. Thanks to her I am able to smile again and I have moved on to a new chapter in my life in such short time. I didn't feel like I was just another retainer fee, I actually felt like she cared. I highly recommend her for her expertise and compassion. Contact her for your legal needs, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Laurel you are the best .
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Posted by D.W. | July 28, 2015
Honest, Reliable and Smart Attorney
I have had the pleasure of working with Laurel Buchanan in a family law child support case. I appreciated her honesty and hard working ethic. Laurel is kind and very smart and I can tell you that when she sets her mind on a goal she does not waver until it is reached. Even through tough times Laurel stays calm and in control. She is always professional, sensitive to emotions and takes charge when necessary with respect to you. She is dependable and efficient and it is my sincerest pleasure to highly recommend Laurel because she is an honest lawyer with integrity who is extremely smart. Thank you Laurel.
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Posted by Dora | July 28, 2015
Honest, Reliable and Smart Attorney
I have had the pleasure of working with Laurel Buchanan in a family law child support case. I appreciated her honesty and hard working ethic. Laurel is kind and very smart and I can tell you that when she sets her mind on a goal she does not waver until it is reached. Even through tough times Laurel stays calm and in control. She is always professional, sensitive to emotions and takes charge when necessary with respect to you. She is dependable and efficient and it is my sincerest pleasure to highly recommend Laurel because she is an honest lawyer with integrity who is extremely smart. Thank you Laurel.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2015
Laurel is a Terrific Family Law Attorney!
Laurel took over an extremely difficult child support modification dispute for me. She was attentive, prompt and compassionate. She has a no-nonsense approach while being incredibly supportive and empathetic. I felt comfortable with her immediately and knew that I could trust her expertise. She was accessible and easy to contact; she always responded right away. After several years of a grueling battle with my former spouse, Laurel’s knowledge and expertise led to a favorable outcome. I will always be grateful!
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Posted by Dawn | December 10, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Ms. Buchanan is thorough and ethical in working on any matter before her. Additionally, she truly cares about her clients and works hard to get the best possible outcome for them.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney, Owner
  • Law Offices of Laurel A. Buchanan
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Decker and Buchanan Law
  • 2015 - 2019

Education

  • California Southern LS
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Phoenix
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She cares about her Clients and how the litigation effects them. Her services are focused toward getting the best outcome for her Clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very thorough in her representation of each one of her clients. She is very straightforward with her clients. She makes sure her clients have realistic expectations of the likely outcome of their matter."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms Buchanan is a problem solver. She knows her stuff."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse and recommend Ms. Buchanan for any of your legal needs. She possesses a unique blend of calm, wisdom, and savvy that results in clear, tangible benefits for her clients and shown by her results. Ms. Buchanan his highly experienced in handling some of the most complex and highly emotionally-charged cases where she can distill the complexities into tangible, actionable steps to achieve your goals. While she is patient and compassionate with her clients, she is a formidable litigator for opposing counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laurel is a pleasure to work with. Her high level of competence and pleasant demeanor makes collaboration a joy. Just don't get in her cross-hairs as opposing counsel!"
Personal injury Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"endorse this lawyer. Ms. Buchanan is conveniently located right next door to my Family Law practice. It is so comforting to my client's whom require help with their personal injury matters (car accidents, slip and fall, etc) to walk them next door to speak to a trustworthy, knowledgeable, attorney. Thank you Decker & Buchanan! You guys are life savers!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer with high ethics. She works diligently for her clients."
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Laurel Alexandra Buchanan
Divorce and separation Attorney
Riverside, CA
Licensed for 9 years