We believe in helping people help themselves. Having a legal case is very difficult and we help you make informed decisions about your case by helping you to understand the law and the legal process. We explain your options so that you can decide what is the best way to proceed in your particular situation.
We provide a free one-half hour consultation to help you make important legal decisions. We provide the full range of legal services from aggressive litigation, to mediation, to document preparation, and coaching. Let us help you decide what is best for you!
We are also very well experienced in dealing with difficult people. We can help you create good boundaries to make dealing with a difficult person easier.
Debra underwent a divorce a few years ago and understands the challenges faced by a person being divorced. This has helped her gain a deeper understanding of what you are going though. She has remarried and is now facing the challenge of raising children and working with her former husband.
She is also facing the extreme challenge of a difficult former wife of her husband. She has had to obtain a 3-year Civil Harassment Restraining Order against this woman. Debra knows first hand what it is like to have your life exposed to the public in a case and she can help you through your case.
She can help with your situation!
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I have known Debra Crawford for more years than is polite to say. She is a 10.0 attorney in my estimation with huge family law experience and knowledge and takes a personal interest in each and every client. She is a must-interview for any prospective client seeking the finest, cost-effective representation in either family law or mediation.
Michael Doland Business Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Debra on several cases and she is a knowledgeable, well disciplined and ethical attorney. Often times when my office files paperwork and serves the other side, clients always ask what happens if the other side gets an attorney. My answer is that with an attorney on the other side, it helps the case management flow more efficiently. However, there are some attorneys that if hired actually make the resolution more difficult. Debra is an attorney whom my office is always happy to have representing the other side because we know that she is ethical and honest and will ensure that neither client has to spend any unnecessary fees nor spend any unnecessary time on resolving issues. She is a good attorney a pleasure to work with.
Daniel Williams Divorce and separation Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superb Rating 10/10||Avvo||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Superb Rating 10||Avvo||2015|
|20. Year Certified Family Law Specialist||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2004|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||Califirnia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization||1993|
|Outstanding Achievement||Mayor Tom Bradley, City of Los Angles||1989|
|Outstanding Achievement||Women's Legal Clinic||N/A|
|Owner||Debra Vaniman Crawford Law & Mediation Offices||2010 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Crawford & Crawford||1991 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Debra D. Vaniman||1985 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Chairperson||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Non-profit Committee||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Vice-President||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club Foundation||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Realtors||Member - Realtor||2015 - Present|
|California Association of Realtors||Member||2015 - Present|
|Monterey County Association of Realtors||Member||2015 - Present|
|Carmel Valley Women's Club||Member||2015 - Present|
|Monterey County Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||1985 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Alumni Member||1983 - Present|
|Monterey State Historic Park Association||Board of Directors||2011 - 2013|
|Carmel Valley Ranchers' Days||President||2008 - 2009|
|Cachauga Property Owners Associaton||President||2005 - 2005|
|Cachagua Community Park||Board Member||2005 - 2007|
|Cachagua Fire Wives||Board Member||2004 - 2007|
|Carmel Valley Ranchers' Days||Board of Directors||2001 - 2009|
|Cachagua Area Property Owners Association||Board Member||2001 - 2007|
|Women's Legal Clinic||President||1991 - 1991|
|Women's Legal Clinic||Board Member||1987 - 1991|
|Women's Legal Clinic||Volunteer Attorney||1985 - 1991|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Convention Delegate||1982 - 1982|
|Phi Alpha Delta||Justice (President)||1982 - 1983|
|Zenide v. Superior Court||N/A|
|Hudis v. Crawford||Dismissal upheld.|
|Pukini v. Superior Court||Upheld on appeal.|
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|Cal Divorce 123||Cal Divorce 123||2011|
|Carmel Valley Country||Reflections on Motherhood||2006|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Holding Title||2002|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Restraining Orders||2002|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Advanced Health Care Directive||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||Storytime Extra Ordinaire||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Strict Liability||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Is Marriage Just a Piece of Paper?||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Adult Child Support||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Elder Abuse||2001|
|Carmel Valley Newsletter||The Civil Lawyer - Living Trusts||2001|
|DIY Book||Divorce 123||2000|
|Client's Guide to the DissoMaster||Client's Guide to the DissoMaster||1987|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|CoParenting Workshop||Move Away Cases||1997|
|Family Law Presentation||Divorce Trials||1989|
|Adoption Alliance||Special Needs Adoptions||N/A|