Considering Legal Self Representation? Napa County Firm Can Help You.
When it comes to legal self representation, Napa County-area residents have the right to choose this option.
Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office’s experienced Napa divorce, child custody, visitation, and support lawyers Thomas Shields and L. Bailey Penzotti can help you with all of your family law needs even if you do not want to retain an attorney or feel your finances will not allow it.
During your discounted initial consultation of up to one hour in our Napa family law office (or by phone or video conference), our Napa County family law lawyers are happy to discuss your matter with you. We will explore “unbundled” legal service options available with you without the need to retain us as your “attorney of record.”
Our firm offers self-represented family law services to residents of Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga, and American Canyon (as well as other areas) with many flexible service options such as:
- Limited Document Preparation / Unbundled Services: Our Napa family law paralegal prepares legal documents under our attorney’s review and supervision. (Does not include any attorney consulting-coaching beyond the discounted initial consultation except explaining the documents to you prepared by our paralegal).
- Legal Consulting – Coaching (with or without Document Preparation): Our Napa family law attorney provides legal advice, guidance, answers your questions and addresses concerns, reviews documents, prepares you for hearings, and analyzes settlement options but you remain self-represented. Our firm can prepare legal documents and correspondence for you at your option.
- Limited Scope Representation: Our Napa County family law attorney represents you in a limited manner while you handle the rest of your case.
- Family Law – Divorce Mediation: Our neutral Napa family law attorney-mediator assists you and your spouse/partner or other parent in reaching agreements.
Legal Consulting: Napa County Residents Often Choose It Because…
Many people going through divorce in Napa County use our self-represented service options to avoid the unintended appearance of being overly-aggressive or litigious in your sensitive family law matter.
Also, many people going through divorce, custody, or child support issues and/or hearings in Napa use our self-represented services when they are of limited financial means.
Our Napa family law attorneys can help you by providing on-going legal support and advice as needed while staying in the background at all times.
We can prepare complex legal documents and correspondence for you. Or, you can prepare these on your own and we will review them for you. In these instances, we are not your “attorneys of record.” You are “self-represented” (also known as “pro-per”). We do not go to court for you, sign documents, or communicate for you.
Conversely, in a Napa Limited Scope Representation, our lawyer is your “attorney of record” but in a limited capacity to be determined by you. We will appear in court and communicate on your behalf but only for the portion of your case which you specify.
You are in control of all other areas of your case. This service is often selected when a self-represented party only desires an attorney to present their case in court for them on a one-time only basis.
Alternatively, you may wish to utilize our Napa family law mediation services to help you and your spouse/partner or other parent in reaching agreements together.
We are often able to provide legal consulting—Napa County—family law mediation services at a much lower cost to you than our more traditional full service legal representation. However, our Napa self-represented and mediation services are limited in nature and may not be a right fit for you and/or your case.
Please check out our client reviews to see for yourself what our clients have to say about us. It’s our commitment to providing reasonably priced quality legal services in a friendly manner that sets us apart from the pack!
Learn more about legal self representation. Napa County unbundled family law services are available from our firm. Call (707) 669-0841 or CLICK HERE to request your discounted initial consultation of up to one hour to determine if our self-represented services are right for you!