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Jim R Canaday

Family Attorney at Bakersfield, CA

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
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LAW OFFICES OF JIM R. CANADAY. APLC
5558 California Ave, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA, 93309

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Posted by Camille | June 30, 2023
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You & Your Children Need The Best
You need the best. There are some things you simply cannot afford not to spend every single penny on. The top of that list would be protecting your family/children. Find a way to make it work so that you get the best counsel possible because it truly makes a world of difference in family court. I came to Mr. Canaday with a custody situation that was malicious and truly based on parental alienation. The opposing side was trying everything they could to defame me as a parent by dredging up every blemish of my history—which admittedly wasn’t always the best. We ended up needing to go to trial as the opposing side was very manipulative. Mr. Canaday came to court with a tour-de-force performance. He was sharp, completely prepared, knew my wishes, knows all the pertinent laws without needing to be shady like some attorneys and he will absolutely defend your rights as a parent. Things may not move as quickly as you may expect but that is simply what happens when you have the best and are working toward a goal that can keep you from needing to return to court in the long-term. Nearly the entire courtroom came up to him asking for his card after seeing him argue on my behalf. After a lengthy trial, I was ultimately awarded in my, and (more importantly) my child’s best interest. He has a very concise examination style and incredible respect for the court/judicial system that always plays to your interest because your lawyer represents you! He is clearly well respected by his peers/judges and has a long history working in Bakersfield/Kern county. I spent a lot of time with Mr. Canaday and cannot recommend him with higher praise if I tried. I always felt he was honest and willing to answer my questions and fiercely negotiate on my behalf. I owe him more than money could ever re-pay for helping to protect my relationship between my child and I.
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Posted by BWJ | April 5, 2018
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Property settlement
Jim settled my case quickly and fairly. His office staff is great. If you have property or retirement to divide make an appointment.
Posted by T | April 4, 2018
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Divorce Property Division
Jim was very professional. He listened and applied what we discussed. He offers IN HOUSE QDRO preparation, so you can be sure that you understand your rights regarding valuing and division of Pensions, 401(k) accounts, and IRA accounts. It made the process less painful.
Posted by Jb | June 26, 2017
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Ethical and Very Professional
After experiencing what havoc an inexperienced and unprofessional family attorney could have on my family, I was relieved to find Mr. Canaday through a colleague referral. Not only was he generous with his time and vast professional knowledge, I felt he truly cared about the outcome of the child support and custody matters he represented me in. Although family matters in court are never easy because no one ever truly wins and the children always lose in bitter feuds between parents. The "war" that was waged against me was better fought with Mr. Canaday's ethical representation in my corner.
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Posted by Dave and Cindy | April 22, 2017
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Long Battle
Mr. Canaday and his staff in the office were great! He fought for over two years to help us save our grandchildren from a guardian that was not fit but was very good at acting the part. He got to the bottom of her underhanded actions through decation and perseverance. If it was not for him and his staff our grandchildren would still be in harm's way. He stayed in constant contact with us and kept us up to date on everything. My husband and I highly recommend him for the most complex case you can have. He always was upfront and honest with us even if it was something we did not want to hear. The staff in his office are professional and on top of anything we needed. The only words I can think of to finish this review is " thank you for all you did to help us , Jim".
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2016
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By the book
Mr. Canaday is the only attorney I have come across who actually puts in the time, does the research and applies the law. Mr. Canaday does not charge a hourly rate and he does flat fees. If your case gets continued several times or is finished within a few months, there will not be an extra charge (my case was continued due to opposing parties lack of cooperation). My case was tricky and complex, however, Mr. Canaday let me know what I was going to be dealing with from the start. I was very happy with the outcome of my case. I would not trust a review that states they "knew the law more than he did" when their review has several typos and grammatical errors. I would recommend anyone to make their own judgment of Mr. Canaday by getting a consultation done with him. I was surprised when his staff told me the consultations were free. I went in and he took over an hour discussing my case and the possible outcomes (mind you, I was a free consult). If he is willing to put that much time and effort into his consults he will invest more energy into his clients. Overall, I was very satisfied with Mr. Canaday and his staff. I have and will continue to recommend Mr. Canaday to all my friends and family.
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Posted by Courtney | October 24, 2013
DEDICATED AND UNDERSTANDING
I was informed by a different attorney that Jim was the Attorney I needed, and he was right. My case was child custody, and the other parent was far from reasonable. Jim advised me of the all aspects of my case, and when all the right information (evidence) was gained Jim went full force in the court room. It took some time, due to the complex situation of my case, but his staff was a great support when I was lost and worried. Jim was able to get my custody back to joint and then some on our first formal court appearance. I am forever great full to Jim and his staff.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2010
aweeesome!
Jim r canaday represented me in court for a move away to oklahoma, I was afraid it wasn't going to be granted because the other party was very hateful, and use every nickle and dime he could about me. But JIM CANADAY got the job done, he hasn't lost a move away case ever! I would deff choose him!
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2017
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Worst Attorney Ever!!!!
WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND TO MY WORST ENEMY!!! HE PUTS ON A GOOD SHOW TO GET A CLIENT, WE BELIEVED AS YOU SAID, "YOU SHOULD GET WHAT EVERY PARENT DESERVES 50/50." YET YOU LET A WOMAN WHO DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A LAWYER KICK YOUR ASS IN COURT!!! YOU DID NOTHING BUT ROB US AND LIE. THIS CROOK ALSO BAILED WITH NO EXPLANATION JUST ADVISED HIS ASSISTANT TO ADVISE ME, I NEEDED TO RELIEVE MYSELF OR HE WOULD DO SO HIMSELF!!! JIM CANADAY IS A COWERED!!! HE NEVER EVEN FINISHED WITH OUR COURT HEARING, YET NOW STATES I OWE HIM MONEY, WHEN I PAID CASH UP FRONT FOR A FLAT RATE?!!
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Response from Jim Canaday January 28, 2017
While I can't comment on the specifics of a case, I will say that when a client is not forthcoming with accurate information regarding employment and income, a favorable outcome is less likely. There is a difference between an involuntary and voluntary reduction in income. As a client you promise to be truthful with me so I can represent you honestly in court. I can argue the law but I can't change the facts. Unfortunately I couldn't be of any further assistance to this client in light of the new information revealed to the judge during the hearing. If I had had the true information during the hearing the client would possibly have had a more favorable outcome, regardless of what representation the opposing party had.
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • FAMILY LAW DEPT.
  • GREATER BAKERSFIELD LEGAL ASSISTANCE
  • 1997 - 2001

Education

  • California Pacific School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Associations

  • Kent County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

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Bakersfield Family Lawyer Jim R Canaday
Jim R Canaday
Family Attorney
Bakersfield, CA
Licensed for 15 years