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Marcus William Morales

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

5.0   30 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Marcus

Learn Marcus’s areas of practice.

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  1. Divorce and separation
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    12 years, 200 cases

Since 2011, attorney Marcus Morales has represented the interests of clients in Santa Barbara facing family lawsuits. He has fought for and obtained favorable results in lawsuits with issues related to divorce, such as spousal support, child custody, child support, property division, business valuation, and more. Marcus Morales believes in helping his clients forge new paths toward new possibilities, and ensuring any children involved with your case find the safest environment to call home. When you’ve reached a difficult place in your life, Marcus Morales wants to help you find a way out. Immediately speaking with an attorney about your case can be a comforting prospect. Morales Law is a small but effective firm, so chances are good your call could be answered by Marcus Morales himself. Contact him today to discuss your case.

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Morales Law
718-B State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Posted by tyler | December 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Morales Law Firm was excellent and won my child custody case for me this year. A child custody case can be an incredibly stressful time in anyones life and the team at Morales Law and Mr Morales made the whole process less stressful and very manageable. Mr Morales is tenacious, knowledgeable, determined and will win the case. And what I really appreciated is that Mr Morales did what he said he was going to do and now I can rest easy and enjoy my holidays. I will use Morales Law in the future should I need to and I am so thankful for what he has given my family.
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Posted by Jaime | December 21, 2021
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Couldn’t have asked for more
I have hired attorneys before and never had so much confidence that I would get the results I was asking for. Been dealing with child custody courts for over 10 years for my two children. Mr. Morales and his law staff are always there if you have questions, they keep you well informed about what the courts and the other party are doing. I know my case was a hard one what I don’t know is how Mr. Morales and his team made it look so easy. I have full custody of my kids now and it’s all thanks to Morales law. I’m thankful ,my children are thankful we couldn’t have asked for more.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2021
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Get the job done!
My divorce was filed in 2/2019 with another attorney, where his office assistants were very incapable, I had to repeatably send in the paper work because it was misplaced. A friend told me about Marcus. I was able to set up the free consultation immediately. Marcus fully understand what I was looking for. I switched to Morales Law in 12/2020, the settlement was reached in my favor in 6 months (6/2021), final settlement paper was signed in August 2021. I got what I was looking for in 8 months. I highly recommend Morales Law.
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Posted by David | July 5, 2021
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Excellent Family Attorney and Law Firm
Marcus and his law firm are currently handling my divorce case. I’m very glad to have chosen them, they are handling my case with extremely care and dedication. Marcus, Hana and Allyson are very profesional and talented. They understand the priorities and the minor details of my case, which involves a minor. They are fully advocating for my daughter, fighting for her stability and safety, getting successful results.
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Posted by Tim | June 29, 2021
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Breath Of Fresh Air!!
Before retaining Marcus Morales, I had a pretty prominent local attorney (who's represented clients here in SB since at least the 80's) that didn't give me much hope & tried to force me to sign into a mediation that I was not confortable with in the slightest. Good thing I switched to Morales Law! With the unparalleled help of Mollyanne, Marcus was able to get me an even better outcome than I had expected! He is confident and extremely knowledgeable in what he does, and I believe he genuinely cares for his clients!
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Posted by Debbie | June 29, 2021
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Hands down the best attorney!
I'm so glad I chose Morales Law to handle my divorce! Everyone at Morales Law were so helpful. Always courteous, kind and professional. Marcus is amazing! Very knowledgeable and extremely confident. He definately knows what he's doing!
Posted by Tara | May 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney!!
Morales Law, particularly Marcus Morales himself, is an excellent attorney. I came to Mr. Morales with a difficult case and knew nothing about family court or how to navigate the complex process. I was so grateful that Mr. Morales and his staff, were all there to help and support me. Mr. Morales is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy and strategic, while providing transparency, and being cautious not to "sugar coat" situations so that my expectations were unrealistic. In the end, I could not have been happier with the outcome. I am quite certain that there is no other attorney that will work as hard and as diligently as Mr. Morales. He went above and beyond for my case and I know he gives that same attention to every client. I highly recommend!
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Posted by Ron | March 26, 2021
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Morales listens and fights for your rights
Had a great experience! Initially tried to complete the process by myself, but eventually, got inundated by the amount of paperwork forms and rigid divorce procedures. I called around and was referred to Morales law for divorce cases. My initial consultation was comforting. He actively listened to my situation, cared for my mental/emotional well being, and assured me he would fight for my individual rights. The very best part, he heard my approach to the process, and enacted my plan. He let me lead the strategy and implemented my requests. I absolutely felt he understood my point of view, supported me, and acted accordingly, which lead to successful divorce proceedings. Great experience, I would 100% refer him to anyone else going thru a divorce and needs help.
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Posted by Joe | March 23, 2021
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Child Custody
Want to start off by saying that I highly recommend Morales Law. Mr Morales, Molyanne and the rest of the team at Morales Law were hands down amazing. Very professional, caring and understanding. They take their time to listen and give their honest best advice. They stood by mine and my child side every step of the way, and fought hard for us. They definitely were and are a blessing. I just can't thank them enough.
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Posted by Lara | March 10, 2021
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Marcus Morales & Team offer Exceptional Representation
Marcus Morales was highly recommended by a mutual friend as I was searching for attorney representation in a complex divorce. From our initial consultation to present, Marcus’ esteemed knowledge and confidence in family law has given me peace of mind as I navigate through the legal process that is difficult and emotional. Marcus has and continues to be dedicated and focused on identifying any complex issues while advocating persuasively and proactively for myself and my child. My results in court have been overwhelmingly favorable due to Marcus’ perseverance and diligence. Marcus leads an experienced and committed team of associates and staff that are compassionate, dedicated and proactive. Together, as a team they work strategically with patience, care and compassion supporting favorable results for my case. Morales Law is also current with technology trends and offers clients a private and secure portal that is accessible 24/7 to shared files/documents, calendar and tasks. This software has simplified an otherwise complicated process for me. It has allowed me to work cohesively with the Morales Team so our communications and case progress is always up to date allowing us to focus on my case issues. I highly recommend Marcus Morales. He has exceeded my expectations in representing me in my divorce.
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Posted by Carlena | February 11, 2021
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Honest, confident and knowledgeable
If I could turn back time, I would have chosen Morales Law to represent me when I got divorced a little over a year ago. At that time I had no clue what questions to ask or what to look for in an attorney or what my rights were through all of this. I’d never been through a divorce or custody situation and had so many emotions going on. Needless to say, I did not have good representation and ended up with an agreement that I should’ve never been advised to take. Fast forward to now and I’m trying to remedy the issues that concerned me before. This time I opted to go with a different attorney. I’m so thankful that I was referred to Marcus. I was looking for someone who would fight hard for me and my kids. He is confident, knowledgeable, tells you like it is and on top of all that, the entire staff in his office are so kind and always willing to help as much as possible. You feel right at home. I also want to give a special thank you to Hana for putting up with me and responding so quickly to all of my questions and concerns. You helped me keep my peace of mind. A word of advice from me to anyone reading this and looking for the BEST family law attorney they can find. Don’t be like me and waste your time and money elsewhere. See for yourself. Take advantage of the free consultation they offer and do it right the first time! You won’t be sorry.
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Posted by Amber | February 7, 2021
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I'm glad I hired Marcus!
Going through a custody trial is a challenging and sometimes scary process. I felt that Mr. Morales did a really good job of helping me navigate the experience so I felt more in control of the situation. He was always prompt in his responses with me and ready to answer any questions I might have or alleviate my fears on the proceedings. My favorite part was watching him confidently and eloquently crush my Ex in the cross exam, it was satisfying to witness. I’m certainly glad he was on my side! Thank you Marcus for you professionalism and service to my case.
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Posted by Casie | January 14, 2021
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So pleased with his representation!
I came to Marcus Morales Law after blasting through an initial $5,000 retainer at another firm and then trying to represent myself through the court system. I was so frustrated and felt like I had a simple case but was getting nowhere. Like many separated people, I just wanted it all over and wanted to move on with my life. Marcus did a great job by being fair, honest, and optimistic abut my case. His communication was always wonderful and he uses a data system so you can access document 24/7 and message as well. I felt like I was always knew the latest on the case, understood the billing, and was aware of next steps. Furthermore, his office staff was always kind, called to check on me, and always answered. I even had a document due the night before Thanksgiving and it was submitted at 11:45pm. The communication is amazing but the results blew me away. He is well respected by the judges and other attorneys understand he is a finisher. He knows the laws but he also is realistic with you and will tell you what to expect. He was thorough and his court submission were always on time. He never needed an extension or was too busy for me. Since I retained Marcus, I have sent three others to him and all have had wonderful results. He is compared to a quality surgeon with good bedside manner! Divorce attorney aren't usually used more than once, so I am glad to choose someone who is effective, efficient, and fair.
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Posted by Tami | November 23, 2020
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Marcus is a confident attorney
I came to Marcus with a very complicated divorce case. Upon our first meeting, Marcus was compassionate with my situation. He was quick to understand what I was explaining and what I needed to do going forward and yet I didn't feel pressured to retain his services. I would describe Marcus as an attorney who definitely went to bat for me. During the case he was aggressive, proactive, knowledgeable, encouraging and consistent in keeping me informed of the process. Additionally, the entire staff at Morales Law was friendly, yet professional, helpful and quick to communicate with me. I also appreciated the ease of their online portal where I could view my case documents, send emails or upload information to them. Though my case ended up changing jurisdictions in a different state, I felt Marcus did everything he could have. He even followed up later to see how things were going with my case. I would definitely recommend Marcus Morales to anyone looking for an attorney in Family Law in Santa Barbara.
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Posted by Julie | November 9, 2020
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Morales Law helped me through a difficult divorce!!
The Morales Law Team was absolutely professional - everyone handled me and my case with care - I am so thankful to them and relieved for myself and family that it is over and ended as best it could thanks to Morales Law's support and counsel.
Posted by Dan Rogers | September 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Attorney Around, Hands Down!!!
When my wife served me with divorce papers, I knew I had to find a good lawyer. I was completely lost on what to do. I knew Marcus Morales had very high reviews and was highly acclaimed. Meeting with Marcus put me completely at ease. He explained everything that would happen in the divorce process and what to expect further down the road. Talking with Marcus, you soon realize his knowlede of Marriage Law is unsurpassed. His attention to detail is incredible. His staff is friendly and works seamlessly with you. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing. I felt well represented in court. He stood up for me and I knew I had made the best choice. He got me everything I deserved and I felt victorious. Marcus, you are the best!
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Posted by Leilani | September 7, 2020
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Marcus & Team
I have to give a huge shout out to Marcus & his Team! Any questions or concerns I may have had along the way, were always dealt with promptly. The knowledge in my individual case gave me confidence while going through the court process. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you
Posted by Megan | September 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Marcus is knowledgeable about the law and about the specific dynamics of the Santa Barbara court setting. He listens well and thinks clearly, and he comes up with creative solutions. Marcus doesn’t waste your time or your money. He is quick to respond, and he and his team make you feel like your case matters to them. He recently added Mollyanne to the team—all of the work I’ve seen from her has been thorough, clear, and timely. I know I can depend on Marcus and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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Great Santa Barbara Divorce Lawyer. Highly Recommend!
Marcus handled my divorce. From the beginning, I made it clear that protecting my business was the most important thing. Marcus counseled me from the beginning, taking steps even before filing for divorce to ensure my business assets would be protected. There was always a plan that was discussed and he always sought my other input. The other attorney I spoke to before Marcus were difficult to get a hold of and would not seek my input and would instead bark orders at me. Not Marcus. In the end, I was awarded my business. He is a great, tough lawyer and really cared about my life after divorce. He was accessible and always returned calls and emails. I don't think I will get married again, but if I do, I'm going to call Marcus for a pre-nupt!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2017
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A gifted divorce attorney (Highly recommended!!)
I retained Mr. Morales for a divorce over a year ago and though the actual divorce was difficult, his communication was timely, his demeanor professional and most importantly, his ability to protect/advocate for my interests was exceptional. The divorce is drawing to a close and I feel that he has consistently brought me value and expertise through this divorce proceeding. I would highly recommend him to assist in your separation, or divorce.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Morales Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Legal Assistant
  • Ferrini Law
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Assistant
  • Held, Held & Held
  • 2008 - 2010

Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • $2,400,000 Settlement
  • Santa Barbara Child Custody Case (names omitted for confidentiality)
  • Full custody to client

Associations

  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Barristers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Rental Property Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2016
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Contibutor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Dean's List
  • New York Law School
  • 2011
  • Dean's List
  • New York Law School
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Morales Law Annual Client Newsletter
  • Personal Injury Law- Should California Move To a No-Fault System?
  • 2015
  • Lewis Plumbing inc Annual Newsletter
  • Child Custody and Your Employment
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Lewis Plumbing and Ingalls Plumbing Monthly Conference
  • Equal Protection and Bias In the Department of Labor
  • 2015
  • New York City Inner Youth Outreach
  • Criminal Rights
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (60)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Marcus as opposing counsel in a civil contract dispute. He is energetic, passionate, and very dedicated to doing the best he can for his clients. I feel confident Marcus will be an exceptional attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Marcus without hesitation. I have opposed Marcus in litigation matters and I found him to be well-prepared and effective. I have also referred cases to Marcus and I have learned those individuals were pleased with his representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morales has distinguished himself as a relentless advocate. His diligent work and satisfied client reviews - in both divorce and personal injury proceedings - speaks for themselves - I endorse this lawyer. WM"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcus is very thoughtful, creative and energetic in analyzing legal issues presented to him which set him apart in the legal community. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Morales. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcus would be an excellent choice for anyone in need of a personal injury or family attorney. He is smart, dedicated and cares about people."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Morales regularly provides knowledgable answers to legal questions on this forum. He has a demonstrated competency. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Morales provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marcus for many years now. We are on opposite coasts of the country - him being in California, and me being in New York City. I have referred several California cases to Marcus, and he has exceeded client's expectations. I endorse Marcus."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Morales is a well-respected attorney in the legal field. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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