also known as Carroll Straus
"Congratulations. Avvo's SEO has snagged you.
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--especially the children.
Real “divorce "smarts" = "don't start a fight." As Danny DiVito told Hubby in "War of the Roses; "There is no winning... there's just degrees of losing."
Law is not like Wal-Mart. 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 because 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 everything. (And quite a few non-lawish things too- like the value of expertise, mastery of communication, 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 helping people-- a lot--but I also actually have bills to pay, just like you do. Emails, OK. Calls? Not unless you are seriously thinking of engaging me. Thanks in advance.
Oh. And, AGAIN... I'm Carroll, which Avvo refuses to acknowledge.And yes. I will piss you off, if the truth hurts. I'm not rolling for clenits here, silly me. I belive the trith is what serves people. I'm looking to be of service, to people who are willing to listen. (And I can pick up your attitude by how you post.) So sue me.
Or email me at https://www.facebook.com/carroll.straus (since Avvo took away thje email info on my profile)
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I endorse this lawyer. She is so dedicated to answering questions on Avvo and has taught me many things. She is a fount of complex, difficult concepts and useful information. I admire and trust her. Caroline Forbes, LCSW Attorney at law
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Carrol Straus combines years of experience and compassion with humor. While I tend (Ed: tend?) toward verbosity, her advice is generally brief and succinct. She is very quick to answer questions and often I am only left with the choice of clicking "Agree" because she has already said it all, in 1000 fewer words than I would use.
Randall Hornibrook Family Attorney
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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 - 2008|
|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|
|Collboration||Resolved without court|
|AnonymousT||came to agreement on all isssueswithout any court appearances|
|See all legal cases|
|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|