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Kari Desiree Rawlings-Hoyer

Family Attorney at Monterey, CA

4.5   13 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

About Kari

Learn Kari’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Divorce, separation, custody, child and spousal support, DCSS, move away, complex business valuations, tracing of separate property interests, contested trials, temporary restraining orders, prenuptial agreements

    17 years

  2. Family
    25%
    Divorce, separation, custody, child and spousal support, DCSS, move away, complex business valuations, tracing of separate property interests, contested trials, temporary restraining orders, prenuptial agreements

    17 years

  3. Litigation
    15%
    Business litigation, shareholder disputes, business valuations, general business advice, corporate creation and dissolution, buy-sell agreements, employment disputes, construction defect defense.

    17 years

  4. Personal injury
    15%
    Car accidents, slip and fall, dog bites.

    17 years

  5. Child custody
    10%

    17 years

  6. Domestic violence
    5%

    17 years

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    17 years

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A HIGH QUALITY, COST EFFECTIVE AND AGGRESSIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY? CALL KARI.

When going through a divorce in Monterey County, it is imperative to have the guidance of a well-trained, family law attorney with significant experience in Monterey County on your side.  Experience matters.  Ms. Rawlings has been practicing law in Monterey County for more than a decade and has experience with the procedures, judges, opposing counsel, and issues involved in family law matters which is crucial for achieving success in divorce and custody matters.

Evidence and honesty are two of the most important keystones to presenting a winning argument in family court, and Ms. Rawlings understands that concept.  She prepares cases in such a way that when presented to the family law court judge, the judge knows our representations to the court are accurate and therefore the likelihood is stronger that our arguments will be seriously considered by the court.

If your attorney is unknowledgeable or unprepared, your case will suffer.  Don’t let that happen to you.

Discover why our clients return to us and recommend us to their family and friends.  Contact us today and put Rawlings Law to work for you!

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Rawlings Law:  located on the corner of Bonifacio and Alvarado Street in beautiful downtown Monterey.
Rawlings Law, located on the second floor on the corner of Alvarado and Bonifacio in beautiful downtown Monterey.
Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Kari

Rawlings Law
149 Bonifacio Place
Monterey, CA, 93940
Rawlings Law
149 Bonifacio Place
Monterey, CA, 93940
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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Kari received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Eric | May 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!
I went trough an ugly custody battle and Kari was there for me the whole time. I do not know how I would have done this without her. She defended me and my reputation vigorously and I ended up with 50/50 custody (which is what we wanted). Do not try to represent yourself in family Court cause you will end up confused and upset. Pay the money for that piece of mind so you can sleep at night and live during the day. Thank you Kari!
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Posted by Scott | May 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
High quality, reasonable prices
Kari handled a complex bankruptcy and family law matter for me. She got right to the point and handled the matter quickly and with great results. She represented me in court aggressively and explained the process to me every step of the way.
Posted by Debra | April 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Kari is extremely competent. Always kept in touch with us regarding our case and explained everything that we could expect. She is compassionate and caring.
Posted by Ssenkumba Joseph | September 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney Service
It's a great and reliving experience working with Kari and her professional team. Her Attention to my family law case made me feel very confident and the positive outcome is testimony to her strict attention to detail, knowledge and professionalism. I can definately refer her to any one seeking distinguished legal service. Thanks Kari.
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Posted by Amber wiess | September 26, 2017
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Excellent and honest
Shes timely in responding to any and all questions. Shes easily accessible and knowledgeable. Kari and angela are a great team and care for their clients. The greatest thing is her genuine nature and to know that theu are not just after your money like most other typical lawyers that i consulted before hiring kari.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2017
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Great attorney
Kari helped me with my child custody case and my divorce. I'm so thankful for her help especially when my son was wrongfully taken from me. She even worked over the weekend to help get him back to me. She always gave me the best advice and nothing but good things have come from her services. Kari is also very easy to talk to and isn't pushy, very sweet lady. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2017
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The MOST OUTSTANDING Attorney in the world!
Ms. Rawlings is so very knowledgeable, totally professional, deeply understands the needs of all parties involved, is extremely compassionate, kind, and patient and always makes sure all my questions and concerns are answered and addressed quickly and in full. Ms. Rawlings also employs an exemplary staff who are also the absolute best! Ms. Rawlings is top-notch in every way. I spoke to several attorneys and I honestly do not believe there is anyone better. If you need an excellent family law attorney, look no further-Ms. Rawlings is the answer to your prayers...she certainly is an answer to mine.
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Posted by Stephanie | March 17, 2017
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BEST LAWYER EVER!
Kari is extremely dedicated to her field. Compassionate and professional. She saved my business, kept my children's best interest always as the priority and protected me at every turn. I really can't say enough about Kari other than you would be very lucky to have her on your team.
Posted by Morgann | March 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
awesome
Kari is amazing. She kept me calm and comfortable. Always eased my mind, and helped me do what was best for my daughter. Ultimately I gained physical and legal custody(what HAD to happen) and gave me back piece of mind . I know am ultimately going to be receiving child support. She also helped combat his aggressive lawyer. Just LOVE her and Angela
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Posted by Sandy | May 19, 2016
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former client
Kari handled my divorce and did a remarkable job. She was easy to work with and almost always available for me with regards to questions, etc. She is highly qualified and also sympathetic with regards to all the emotions one goes though with going through a divorce.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2014
Excellent Lawyer-Highly Recommend
Extremely satisfied with Ms. Rawlings and the legal services she provided me. She is knowledgeable, gets down to the facts, does not "drag" a case on, and fights for you and your best interest to the best of her ability.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mixed review
Pros: Intelligent, highly knowledgeable about Monterey family court system, years of experience, efficient with her time and yours Cons: Often difficult to reach; calls and emails sometimes not returned for months, or at all. Reluctant to pursue cases that weren’t an easy win. Refused to help with a medical neglect/medical custody case, which several therapists and teachers told me I needed to pursue or myself be guilty of neglect. Preoccupied with wins vs doing what is right.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2022
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Waste of money
After $400/hour to Kari and $150/hour to paralegal. At the end of the day after 5 months of representation and thousands and thousands in legal fees you have no positive results. You will be pitched with experience and how aggressive and her matchups against other attorneys in town. Tooting one’s own horn and you get nothing to show for it. I hated the opposing attorney of my ex cause she lies and plays dirty. What am I telling you? The more aggressive attorney gets you results. You won’t find it here. Go elsewhere please. Ask why such a successful business can’t get the website working?
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rawlings Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Duffy & Guenther, LLP
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Keegan & Myers, LLP
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Extern
  • Sacramento Superior Court
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • California St Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Monterey County Parentage Case - Confidential
  • Court granted Mother permission to move
  • Steven Managar M.D. & Brad Carpentier M.D., a Medical Corporation v. Mangar
  • Decision for Respondent

Associations

  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Family Law Executive Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Honors in Trial Advocacy
  • University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • 2004
  • Honors in Judical Externship
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge Scool of Law
  • 2004

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Monterey Family Lawyer Kari Desiree Rawlings-Hoyer
Kari Desiree Rawlings-Hoyer
Family Attorney
Monterey, CA
Licensed for 16 years