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Linda Calderon Garrett

About me

In 2001, my law practice primarily focused on family law (divorces, custody, child and spousal support, domestic-violence restraining orders, adoptions, etc.) and probate (probating of wills, conservatorships and guardianships).  As the years passed in my family-law practice, I started to realize that I was spending more time dividing my client's debts than dividing my client's assets. To make matters worse, divorce caused my clients to go deeper into debt and financial crisis.  Feeling the outcry for financial help, in 2003, I started dividing my time and energy between family/probate law and learning as much as I could about debt and money-management matters--the good, the bad and the ugly as I call it.  For instance, I learned that a vast majority of my many clients, friends, neighbors and acquaintenances, in their mid-40s (to include attorneys, doctors, professors), had no savings, little or no retirement and lots of debt. (This was before the real-estate market crashed!)


 


Then, as providence would have it, I started expanding my educational base to include training and education in mortgage-related issues, insurance-related issues and retirement-related issues. (I also received my insurance license about 2007; and, am currently a candidate to become a Certified Financial Planner).  The point is this: I realized through the study and research of multiple disciplines (legal, financial, insurance) that there many factors that need to be looked in order to best serve my clients and prospective clients during this scary financial time. Some factors that are important to consider  include marital status, family status, age, health, income, job security, amount of debt, spending habits, short and long-term goals, and so on.  So, if you are looking to file bankruptcy or settle your debt with your creditors,  modify your home loan or foreclose on your home and your marriage is also at risk, these and many other factors need to be considered before taking the next step.  Failing to properly "diagnose" your financial situation can have consequences that you didn't expect, e.g., having to deal with a deficiency judgment post foreclosure that you didn't expect to get from your lender(s).


 


So, since 2003 I have not stopped--I have now expanded my legal practice to include bankruptcy, debt settlement advocacy (an alternative to bankruptcy), mortgage-related advocacy and education and assistance (e.g., loan modification, short sales, foreclosures, deed-in-lieu of, etc.) 


 


What makes me unique is that my overlapping areas of law benefit my clients--as I undertand the interwoven intricacies of how divorces, trusts, probate, bankruptcy, consumer debt can (and somtimes do) affect one another.   For instance, depending on the stage a person is in connection with their divorce can affect the outcome of their bankrutpcy. So, timing is sometimes a key issue that needs to be addressed before proceeding with bankruptcy and/or mortgage-related issues, such as loan modification, foreclosure, etc. 


 


 


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Divorce: 25%
    15 years
  2. Child Support: 25%
    15 years
  3. Child Custody: 25%
    15 years
  4. Debt Collection: 15%
    15 years
  5. Debt Settlement: 10%
    15 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jay Carl Stoegbauer

    Based on Ms. Garrett's contributions here on AVVO I endorse her. Her answers are thorough and articulate, and if she spends that much time for strangers without compensation, I can only imagine the effort she puts forth for paying clients.

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    Jay Stoegbauer Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Arasto Farsad

    I endorse this lawyer. Mrs. Calderon-Garrett is an excellent local family law attorney.

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    Arasto Farsad Real estate Attorney
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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200105/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2016
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2015
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2014
2014 Top Contributor--Family LawAvvo.com2014
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2013
2013 Top Contributor--Family LawAvvo.com2013
"Client's Choice Award" BankruptcyAvvo.com2012
"Client's Choice Award" ForeclosureAvvo.com2012
"Client's Choice Award" Family LawAvvo.com2012
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2012
Certificate of A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2011
Certificate of AppreciationAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerLaw Office of Linda C. Garrett2009 - Present
AttorneyBryan * Hinshaw2001 - Present
Law ClerkFortune, Drevlow1998 - 2000
Law ClerkWest Coast Center for Law & Justice1995 - 1996
Law ClerkCommunities for a Better Environment1994 - 1995
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
Solano County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoFamily Law Committee2001 - Present
Volunteer Legal Services Program--BASFVolunteer Attorney2001 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoStanding Member2001 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoCommittee General Law2001 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco--VLSPPartifcipating Attorney--Consumer Defense/Bank'y2006 - 2009
Bar Association of San Francisco-VLSPParticipating Attorney--Family Law2001 - 2011
Bar Association of San Francisco-VLSPParticipating Attorney--Eviction Defense2001 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Marriage LawrenceCourt denied ex wife's request for arrears, future support and attorney's fees.
Marino v. ChaseBank levy terminated by Judge after we challenged the creditor's bank levy attempt!
Rualo vs. Wachovia Bank--Loan Mod/Trustee's Sale PendingHelped borrowers receive loan mod after 4 previous denials.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
California Family Law & Divorce BlogCalifornia Divorce 1012012
California Family Law and Divorce BlogWhat is Legal Coaching and Why Do I Need It?2012
California Family Law & Divorce BlogHow Much is it Going to Cost Me to Get My CA Divorce?2012
California Family Law and Divorce BlogDo CA Courts Favor Mothers In Child Custody Cases?2012
California Family Law and Divorce BlogShould Octomom Loses Custody of Her Children?2012
California Famiy Law and Divorce BlogSamel-Sex Marriage--A CA Family Law Attorney's Perspective on This Issue2012
California Family Law and Divorce BlogWelcome to the CA Family Law & Divorce Blog2012
Solano County Consumer Lawyer BlogWhat Exactly Is a Creditor Lawsuit and Do I Have Options Besides Bankruptcy?"2012
Solano County Consumer Lawyer BlogDenied a MHA HAMP Loan Because of the NPV Test? The "Fat Lady" Hasn't Finished Singing!2012
Solano County Consumer Lawyer Blog"I'm Freaking Out--I've Just been Served with Legal Papers From My Creditor!"2012
Solano County Consumer Lawyer BlogStart 2012 Off Right--Take the Test2012
Solano County Consumer Lawyer BlogAre You Judgment Proof? Take the Test2011
Solano County Consumer Lawyer BlogBeware! Scammers Pretending to be Homeowners and Getting Away With It--A New Scam2011
AvvoShould You Walk Away (Foreclosure) On Your Home2010
Avvo5 Important Steps To Take When Contemplating Divorce2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New College of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State University, San DiegoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Individual EventThe Mortgage Meldown--Explaining Options2006