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Linda Calderon Garrett

Child custody Attorney at Fairfield, CA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Linda

Learn Linda’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Limited scope (unbundled legal services, such as coaching services) and full-representation in connection with motions for custody & visitation/modification of custody/visitation orders.

    22 years

  2. Child support
    25%
    Limited scope (unbundled legal services, such as coaching services) and full-representation in connection with motions for child support/modification of child support orders.

    22 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Limited scope (unbundled legal services, such as coaching services) and full-representation in connection with divorce/separation, to include bifurcation of status only, division of assets/debts, division of pensions.

    22 years

  4. Family
    25%
    All other areas of family law, e.g. spousal support, modification of orders, QDROs, etc.

    22 years

Dear Reader,

First, thank you for read this "About Me" section.  Like looking to hire a contractor for your next home project, I believe it is important that litigants research and learn about any attorney they are considering hiring for their familly-law matter.  When it comes to spending your money and protecting your most precious assets (children and assets), trusting and having faith in your attorney is vitally important.

I have been practicing family law in California since 2001.  My experience in many California family-law courts has taught me that first understanding the big picture and ultimate goal of their case is so important when commencing or responding to a family law matter--whether it be in a divorce, custody matter and/or support matter--or any other type of family-law matter.  Based on my many years of family-law experience, I work with my full-representation and coaching clients to help them understand the importance of how to best proceed with their family-law matter.  For instance, before a person decides to run to family-law court, for any legal reason, I strongly believe it's very important that the individual first understand the risks, benefits and possible consquences of their actions--as well as understand the chances their lawsuit will be successful.  Also, unlike many family-law attorney, I am a strong advocate of teaching my clients the fundamental basics of the legal process and procedures--since many family-law cases continue for many years--well-after their attorney is no longer in the picture.  A general working knowledge of the law, procedures and local rules (and judges) is vitally important so that litigants can set reasonable expectations regarding the outcome of their case.

My family-law practice consists of  providing full legal representation (traditional legal services) about 80% of the time to clients who can afford full legal representation. For the remaining 20% who cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent them, but genuinely need some type of legal help, I provide what is known as "unbundled legal services." For instance, legal coaching is a form of unbundled legal services.  Regardless of the type of family-law legal services you need, I am able to help.  

My personal experience also helps me help my clients. My first marriage ended in divorce in 1995 and I was a single parent for the entirety of my kiddo's childhod. Thus, I know and also understand the complex and intricate emotional component of  family-law issues--which are unique to this area of law. This is why I am a major proponent of practicing compassionate law and extending a compassionate ear and patient mentality when helping my clients navigate their family-law case. Don't believe me?  Check out on Avvo,  Google and Yelp to learn what others are saying about me.  

I look forward to talking with you about your family-law case,

 

Sincerely,

 

Linda C. Garrett

 

 

 

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1261 Travis Blvd
#330-C
Fairfield, CA, 94533

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Nadine | October 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough, Thoughtful and Kind
Thank you for all the help today. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
Posted by SB | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Honest
Linda Garrett is a gem! I was nervous about the process, I was worried about the quality of service and uncertain about the cost. I called Linda's office and scheduled a consultation. During our complimentary consultation, which she offers for 10 to 15 minutes, as an opportunity to explain her services; I could sense her level of integrity. She explained the process and shared my options in depth, she even gave me some suggestions of what to do and not to do when communicating with the courts, in event I chose to represent myself. I tossed and turned the night after our free consultation because I knew I needed a lawyer, but I was worried about the cost. After obtaining Linda's rate, I researched for hours trying to determine the going rate, and I discovered that Linda's rate of service is definitely the norm within the law industry. Since I had such a good feeling about her, I scheduled a one-hour consultation, where I was able to share the details of my case; at that time, I felt affirmed that I needed to retain Linda. Before the call was over, I asked Linda if she would represent me, and she said "Yes!". What a relief, I thought. Note: She was on time for both calls! And her Assistant is super friendly and accommodating. We synced our schedules, I sent the required paperwork and payment, and about a few days later, we spoke again by phone to complete the court documents (Family Law). It was an AWESOME experience, Linda completed the paperwork with me on the phone, she asked me questions and shared what she was typing as she went. After the paperwork was done, Linda sent me a copy to review and provide any edits, if I had any. I had no corrections, everything was flawless!!!!!! The next communication was when Linda emailed me to confirm that the paperwork had been filed, and the next step after that was our court date. On the court date itself, we met each other 15 minutes early to check-in. I was so happy to see her! Her appearance was very professional, and her energy was kind and supportive. While I was so anxious, I am certain that if I didn't retain Linda, my experience would have been much different; and probably not as promising. The day went smoothly, and Linda's defense granted a dismissal. Linda Garrett is Trustworthy, honest, caring and I can tell that she is passionate about serving her clients to the highest of her ability. She is not in this field purely for the money, she cares, I didn't feel like a number, I didn't feel like her attention was divided, she made me feel like NUMBER 1, like her highest priority! Linda was friendly with the court staff, has a calm confidence about herself, and more than anything, I felt like someone who REALLY cared about my circumstances was there to support me. I am so grateful for Linda. I am hoping I won't need to go to court again, and if I do, without hesitation, I will reach out to Linda, hoping she can fit me into her busy schedule. If you are looking for a great attorney, look no further, Linda Garrett is all that you need!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I worked with Linda on two different occasions dating back to 2012. She has always provided me with thoughtful and well reasoned advice. She also did a great job of letting me know my options.
Posted by Adeliz | January 29, 2015
Assisted with the appointment of conservatorship of my mother in-law
Ms. Garrett was extremely helpful during a very difficult negotiation with a court appointed attorney who had challenged our petition for conservatorship for my mother in-law and was thereby recommending a third party fiduciary to manage her estate. After discussing very immediate issues, Ms. Garrett was able to persuade the attorney that it would be in her client's been interest to support our petition, which she did. If it weren't for Ms. Garrett's assistance, a third party fiduciary would be managing my mother in-law's estate now 15 months later and the cost of managing her estate would be far move expensive.
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Posted by Michael | January 26, 2014
Excellent resource for getting a loan modification or preventing foreclosure
Linda Garrett did an extremely good job helping my wife and I get a loan modification from our bank. She is very knowledgeable about mortgage loans, loan modifications, and foreclosure. She gave us very practical and actionable advice that prevented the bank from foreclosing and ultimately we succeeded in getting a loan modification. I would strongly recommend Linda's services to anyone who is struggling with their mortgage, or trying to prevent the foreclosure of their home.
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Posted by Rene | February 26, 2013
Independent Work Contract negotiation
I recently landed a job requiring me to write up a work contract. I needed help making sure everything was written professionally and with no loose ends. Linda's attention to detail, knowledge, attentiveness and eagerness to make sure the contract was written with my best interest in mind was second to none. She made sure my schedule, pay rate, hours of availability and unavailability were written in a way to eliminate any confusion. She responded to all my question either via email or on the phone with no hesitation. I felt a high level of comfort and confidence that I would have the best contract available and had it not been for her, I would have struggled for days. I would recommend Linda's services to anyone needing professional, smart, and informed advice.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2011
Thank you Linda garrett
Linda is a lawyer that you can depend on, when you need questions answered she is quick to respond very helpful and someone that you can trust to get the help you need. I will definitely recommend her. Thank you again LInda
Posted by Elizabeth | July 14, 2010
Logical, thourough legal advice
My experience working with Linda Calderon Garrett of Bryan/Hinshaw was excellent. Very few people desire to engage in custody issues in court but if they the situation arises, the best help one could get is with an experienced, confident, knowledgeable attorney. Linda was that attorney for me. Her confidence in her knowledge of the law helped to guide me in making informed choices as well as help me consider alternatives to going to court or possible solutions to outcomes which I, as a layperson, had no idea about. By the time I left her office, I felt capable to address the court and not like a victim of the opposing counsel's litigiouos agenda .
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Posted by JoAnn | April 28, 2010
Thankful
I had a 2hr consultation with Linda about possible foreclosure on my house and my options. Prior to our phone consultation she emailed me a list of items I needed for the consultation. When we started the consultation, Linda stated that she wanted me to be able to make an informed decision. With her advise I was able to obtain a modification on my house loan, and save $$. I have and will recommend her to everyone I know. She is very caring, well informed and attentive.
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Posted by Glenn | April 24, 2010
Excellence without compromise
I highly recommend Ms. Garrett's services because of her integrity, knowledge and trustworthiness. Her ability to patiently explain, and guide her client to the best possible solution is brilliant. She just plain cares about her clients.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2010
Get your money's worth, and then some!
I was mostly impressed by her ability to fully explain the law in lay man terms. Her vast knowledge in the field afforded me the opportunity to consider various options and allowed me to gain the confidence necessary to make an informed decision on how to move forward. Her ever present professional demeanor encourages questions and she is most responsive to concerns and reviewing steps and options. She is far removed from the stereotypical "attorney ambulance chaser." She is genuinely concerned that individuals are well informed on the law and one's options. She is highly recommended by our family!
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Response from Linda Garrett August 9, 2011
Thank you for your confidence in me.
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't choose a negative stsr
After spending 10,700 Ms Garrett told me to negotiate my own settlement with my ex husband. All she had to do was help me enforce the divorce decree. She could not remember my name or anything about my case when we spoke but charged me for everything. I got screwed twice, once by my ex and then by Ms Garrett. Do your homework before thinking about hiring any lawyer, don't hire them based on 5 star reviews. Check out their track record first or you might as well throw your money in the toilet.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Linda C. Garrett
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bryan * Hinshaw
  • 2001 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Fortune, Drevlow
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • West Coast Center for Law & Justice
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • New College of California School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • California State University, San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • In Re Marriage Lawrence
  • Court denied ex wife's request for arrears, future support and attorney's fees.
  • Marino v. Chase
  • Bank levy terminated by Judge after we challenged the creditor's bank levy attempt!
  • Rualo vs. Wachovia Bank--Loan Mod/Trustee's Sale Pending
  • Helped borrowers receive loan mod after 4 previous denials.
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Associations

  • Vacaville Public Library
  • Voluntary Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Standing Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program--BASF
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Family Law Committee
  • 2001 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Committee General Law
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Bar Association of San Francisco--VLSP
  • Partifcipating Attorney--Consumer Defense/Bank'y
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Bar Association of San Francisco-VLSP
  • Participating Attorney--Family Law
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Bar Association of San Francisco-VLSP
  • Participating Attorney--Eviction Defense
  • 2001 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognizing Excellence in Family Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Family Law Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney--Family Law
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • BBB
  • 2018
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2016
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2015
  • 2014 Top Contributor--Family Law
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • 2013 Top Contributor--Family Law
  • Avvo.com
  • 2013
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • "Client's Choice Award" Foreclosure
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • "Client's Choice Award" Bankruptcy
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • "Client's Choice Award" Family Law
  • Avvo.com
  • 2012
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • Certificate of A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2002
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Individual Event
  • The Mortgage Meldown--Explaining Options
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (14)
Endorse Linda
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Linda was amazing. I work in San Diego county and needed advice for her county (Solano). She was not only amazingly helpful, but she was thorough, thoughtful and kind. So nice to talk to a fellow lawyer who's willing to lend a helping hand and go the extra mile doing it. Thank you!"
Child custody Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mrs. Calderon-Garrett is an excellent local family law attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Other
"I am very impressed with Linda Garrett and her credentials. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Linda is a top notch attorney. Her responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase her experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of family law."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Linda has been one of the more pleasant opposing counsel's to deal with in family law. She's not into slimeball tactics which very often waste time and money for both parties in a divorce action. She saw the big picture which was to work together, reach a fair resolution and spare our clients thousands that will be better spent for the minor child in our case. I feel comfortable calling Linda for questions on other cases and I hope the feeling is mutual. She's a tough but fair opponent and always willing to lend her ear in discussing legal issues outside the case."
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