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Frequently Asked Questions

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What type of law does Liberty Legal practice?

Our team handles various California family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, nullity, paternity, and domestic violence, as well as establishing, modifying and/or enforcing orders for child custody and visitation, child and/or spousal support, property division, and attorney fee awards.

How can Liberty Legal help with my family law matter?

Our team can provide a variety of legal services based on your budget. Central California family law matters are often complicated and full of forms to complete. We are here to guide you through the divorce process quickly and knowledgably for a reasonable rate.

How long does it take to get divorced?

The length of the divorce process can vary greatly depending on whether your matter proceeds as a default, uncontested, or contested matter. In California, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period for termination of marital status, which can happen automatically without a court hearing if all issues have been resolved prior to that time by either an agreement or court order, all mandatory steps have been completed, and all final paperwork has been submitted for court approval. The six-month waiting period starts with the service of the Summons and Petition. If litigation or compliance with mandatory steps exceeds six months, the marital status will usually be terminated on the date the final judgment is approved by the court.

How do the services offered by Liberty Legal compare to those offered by a paralegal or legal document assistant (LDA)?

Liberty Legal employs both an experienced Central Coast family law attorney and a paralegal. Only an attorney licensed to practice law in California can provide legal advice and make court appearances on your behalf.

Does Liberty Legal offer full representation?

Yes. When a client elects full service representation from Liberty Legal they are represented in most all aspects of their legal matter by a licensed attorney. This includes dealing directly with the other party, opposing attorney, witnesses and/or experts; drafting and responding to all documents and correspondence; accepting service of documents on behalf of the client and negotiating settlements on behalf of the client; formulating strategies and guiding the client every step of the way.

“What does ‘Limited Scope Services’ mean?

Limited scope services permits an attorney to represent a client on a specific issue or issues within their action, while the client continues to represent themselves in all other matters. Unlike full representation, the scope of the services and representation are limited. For example, a client may need the assistance of an attorney to appear in court on their behalf or assistance in negotiating a divorce settlement with another attorney. Limited scope services are ideal for clients who have limited financial resources or who are working within a budget.

Does Liberty Legal offer services to clients who are representing themselves?

Absolutely! Our team helps clients get through the self-representation process as quickly as possible with every effort made to work within your budget. We can help as little or as much is needed at affordable rates, including drafting documents on your behalf, providing you with legal advice and strategies for success, and even preparing you for court hearings and trials.

What does an initial consultation at Liberty Legal include?

A consultation with a licensed  California family law attorney who will explain the legal process, discuss applicable law and strategies, answer questions and, if applicable, review proposed orders. It also includes drafting the initial paperwork needed to file or respond to a dissolution, legal separation, or paternity action.

Does Liberty Legal require a retainer deposit?

That depends. Services can be rendered on an hourly basis and paid at the conclusion of a consultation or when the agreed upon services have been rendered. A modest retainer deposit is required for full and limited scope services and may vary depending upon the complexities of your case. Specific quotes for services can be discussed during your initial consultation.

Call Liberty Legal today for answers to more of your questions and to learn more about our custom-tailored legal services.

 With a central location in Atascadero, California, Liberty Legal provides quality legal services, advice, and representation to clients throughout California’s Central Coast North and South Counties, including the cities of Paso Robles, Los Osos, Creston, Cambria, San Miguel, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, and Grover Beach.