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Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process.  My goal is to proctor my clients through the legal system as quickly and efficiently as possible in order preserve sanity and conserve assets.  If this can be accomplished through conciliatory means great.  If not, then I will be your advocate in the divorce arena.


Many aspects of a Divorce, Paternity or Family Law matter consist of child issues.  Custody, Visitation and Support.  Most Divorces must address issues of Spousal Support.  Most divorces must address issues related to property, investments, and retirement.  If you have these issues, then you need a diligent representative in the legal world.


Whether you are married, divorced, widowed or single, you should consider having an Estate Plan.  If you have family, a spouse, children, or other relatives, you should consider having an Estate Plan Assuming you have property, whether it be your home, investments, or retirement, you should consider having an Estate Plan.  A basic Estate Plan consists of a Will, a Trust, Advanced Medical Directives and Powers of Attorney.  Each has special purposes, and would make your life, your disability and your passing easier on others.  You should consider having an Estate Plan.




Practice areas


  1. Child Support: 20%
    16 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    16 years
  3. Divorce: 20%
    16 years
  4. Family: 20%
    16 years
  5. Estate Planning: 20%
    4 years



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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  • John Simon Yohanan

    I have known Fred for several years and I highly recommend him for his preparation, abilities and dedication to his clients.


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Contact info

Fred C. Begun

84 West Santa Clara Street Suite 360
San Jose, CA, 95113-1820


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Special AwardCalifornia Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioner2001
Citation AwardCalifornia Parks and Recreation Society District2001
Certificate of AppreciationSanta Cruz Trial Lawyers Association1995
Certificate of AppreciationSanta Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association1994
National Bicentennial of the Constitution - Law School EssayCommisson on the Bicentennial of the Constitution1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lawyer-OwnerLaw Office of Fred C. Begun2001 - Present
LawyerSchwerin & Sumcad Law Offices2001 - 2001
General Manager - General CounselDavid Carey, Inc. dba D.C. Enterprises1995 - 2000
LawyerBaskin, Grant & Joseph1990 - 1995
Lawyer - Law ClerkMitchell & Stock1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Recovery Cafe San JoseBoard Member2014 - Present
Santa Clara County Estate Planning CouncilMember2014 - Present
Rotary Club of San JoseMember2013 - Present
Santa Clara County Superior CourtVolunteer Settlement Attorney2002 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
San Jose Park and Recreation CommissionChairman2001 - 2002
San Jose Parks and Recreation CommissionMember1997 - 2002
Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard Member1993 - 1995
Publication nameTitleDate
Blogger.comEstate Planning for the Recently Divorced2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
San Francisco State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1984