Many consumers of legal services are unaware that family law is actually the most complex area of law. This is because there is both a burgeoning body of family law in California, and also there is often a tricky overlapping of different legal issues.
Special needs of family members, child custody, tax implications, the identification, valuation and characterization of property, and even domestic violence can simultaneously present difficult and complicated issues in a single case. The best results are achieved when you have quality legal expertise in your corner.
While there are 180,000 practicing lawyers in the State of California, less than three hundred of these lawyers in the state have earned the credential of Certified Family Law Specialist. The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization requires such a candidate to prove his or her expertise and success to a panel of top experts at the California State Bar. As evidenced by the numbers who have actually obtained the certification, this is not an easy task.
An attorney who receives certification as Family Law Specialist has demonstrated success and possesses extensive experience within the specific field of family law. The attorney has not only passed a rigorous exam and demonstrated extensive experience over a period of years, but has obtained the favorable recommendations of the bench and bar. These are the opposing counsel your lawyer will be dealing with and the judges you may be appearing before. There simply is no substitute for a Certified Family Law Specialist if there is a family business, a special needs child, a spouse with significant health issues, domestic violence allegations, pensions or other deferred compensation or stock options, or other substantial assets that must be valued and properly characterized.
While there are more than a few family lawyers, Cindy Lee Cannon is the only Certified Family Law Specialist located in Laguna Beach. What’s more, in one of the higher traditions of the Bar, Cindy rarely charges more than her licensed, uncertified colleagues. Cindy represents clients throughout Orange County, and in certain cases, throughout the state. As a specialist, Cindy is also competent to handle your interstate dispute. She has appeared in New York, Georgia and Hawaii to discover and obtain assets of an estate for matters pending in California courts. Cindy is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and, as such, can quickly come on board to address any International Child Custody and Hague Convention issues.
The decision regarding who you choose to represent you in your divorce or family law matter can impact the rest of your life. Moreover, if child custody is an issue, the lives of your children may also be substantially impacted by the quality of the legal counsel you retain.
Contact our office today for a no-obligation consultation with Cindy and learn about the process and your options going forward from a specialist.