Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of the law can you assist me with?

Pakpour Banks LLP is a full service boutique law firm, specializing in:

  • family law issues like divorce, child custody, and domestic violence
  • eviction-related issues, like unlawful detainer and habitability
  • probate issues, like guardianships and conservatorships, and
  • estate planning issues, such as the drafting of wills, trusts, and advanced healthcare directives.

How much is this going to cost?

The first thing that is helpful to understand is that every case is different. Just a doctor cannot tell you how much your work will cost before you visit her office, an attorney is similarly limited until we meet you and triage your matter.

There are typically two billing-related issues to discuss: the attorney's hourly rate, and how much of a retainer will be required to be deposited to pay for upcoming work.

A retainer is an amount of funds that is deposited into an attorney's trust account. It is this money the attorney pays his office with for the work that he or she has done. In some cases, you will reach the end of your matter and there will be funds left in this trust account to transfer back to you. In others, the funds will run out, and the attorney will discuss with you the possibility of depositing additional funds so that we can continue to assist you.

Pakpour Banks LLP also offers flat fee arrangements in the right cases. This means you pay one time for everything.

How long will my divorce take?

Unfortunately, it depends. Under California law, you cannot be divorced any sooner than six months from the time you serve the other party with the Petition. However, you can finish your case sooner than that. You will just be legally married until that 6-month date.

In most cases, the divorce is completed somewhere between 9 and 18 months, depending on how complicated the matter is.

The attorneys can give you a more specific estimate after hearing more about your case.

Will I be able to reach the attorney when I need to?

Because we are a small law firm, we pride ourselves on staying in constant touch with our clients. Sometimes your calls are immediately connected. E-mails are typically responded to within minutes. In any case, there is always someone you can talk to here.

Common questions?

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Other Questions?

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