CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALISTS WITH 50 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Fernandez & Karney is a prominent Los Angeles family law firm with over 100 years of combined experience. Our founding partners, Steven Fernandez and Mark Karney, are Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS).
In order to become a CFLS, an attorney must demonstrate a high level of experience in family law, pass additional testing, and receive favorable reviews from judges and other attorneys. This certification, given by the California State Bar, ensures that you will have highly qualified attorneys working on every aspect of your family law matter.
Additionally, Fernandez & Karney has an experienced team of associate attorneys and paralegals committed to protecting your rights and improving your legal position. We understand the stress involved when dealing with a divorce or family legal related matter. You can rest assured that you will have a highly qualified Los Angeles family law attorney handling your case and communicating with you in a timely manner throughout the entire process.
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When dealing with a family law matter such as divorce, property division, or child custody, you need a Los Angeles family attorney on your side with a proven track record. While family law court orders are often modifiable, the courts tend to give deference to the past order. Therefore, getting it right the first time is important.
Our family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, complex property division, domestic violence, post-judgment enforcement and modifications, spousal support collection of child and spousal support arrearages, and paternity.
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At Fernandez & Karney, we understand how difficult the legal process can be and will use our extensive experience to help you achieve your objectives. We are skilled negotiators and seasoned trial attorneys, which means we are prepared to secure a favorable outcome for you whether it’s through mediation or in the courtroom.
Since time is everyone’s most precious resource, let our Los Angeles family law attorneys help you resolve your legal issues and transition into the next stage of your life.
Discovery is the pre-trial process by which parties exchange various formal requests in an attempt to uncover relevant information for use during the litigation process. Evidence uncovered during the Discovery process is used to present the parties’ case in settlement negotiation and trial.
Our firm employs skilled professionals who have many years of experience in handling all aspects of Discovery. Very few boutique-sized law firms have comparable resources to engage in effective and thorough Discovery. Our Senior Discovery Paralegal, Marianne Banchero has been with the firm for over 10 years and manages Discovery under the direction of the attorney assigned to each client’s case.
Our extensive knowledge of the California Discovery Code and our combined legal research and writing skills enable us to apply for court orders when a party or witness refuses to comply with Discovery. When forced to seek court intervention in compelling compliance with Discovery, we have an excellent track record of not only winning on our motions, but also obtaining orders for monetary sanctions and attorney’s fees on behalf of our clients.
Below are examples of typical Discovery instruments used in Family Law cases:
Form Interrogatories – Family Law—general questions regarding typical issues involved in dissolution proceedings. These are used to gather the most basic information including personal history, assets, income, separate property claims, and outstanding debts.
Depositions—opportunities for our clients to hear sworn oral testimony given under oath from the opposing party, their experts, witnesses, and other individuals. Deposition transcripts can be used to prepare for trial and the transcripts of parties can be used in other court proceedings.
Demand for Production of Documents—formal requests for documents or the inspection of property in the possession of the opposing party. These requests often require the opposing party to produce financial documents such as bank statements, stock portfolios, credit card statements, tax returns, wills, and trusts in order to obtain an accurate accounting of the financial aspect of the dissolution.
Subpoenas—formal requests made to third parties to provide pertinent records. Our office typically issues subpoenas to banks, lenders, credit card companies, employers, and many other financial institutions and business entities.
Our Discovery professionals work with our clients to gather specific information to aid in the process of propounding the above formal requests, and also work with our clients to prepare their responses to any formal requests made by the opposing party. The Discovery process can be a daunting task to complete alone, but with our experience, we make the process as easy as possible for our clients.
Our Data Management Department employs the latest technological advances in electronic document storage to facilitate the litigation process. Using high-speed scanners, a secure on-site server, state of the art software, and a sophisticated data management system, all of your case data is electronically stored and systematically organized so that it is electronically searchable and immediately accessible to our attorneys and staff. Digital information maintenance enables us to easily transmit litigation data to our clients and appropriate third parties.
Data Management Goals
Uniformity: The protocols seek to develop a uniform system of information management so as to function as a single unit and not a collection of independently operating cells. This means uniform case management and filing for all departments within the firm, from the time of intake of a client file through final disposition.
Simplicity: Simplicity is intended to make these protocols intuitive and thereby easier to learn and follow. The goal is to keep working systems of information management in place wherever possible and have new systems be only as complex as functionally necessary.
Order: As the single most important goal of these protocols, the order of a given file will make it easier for an attorney or staff member to familiarize themselves with the specifics of a case and make crucial data accessible at the time of meetings, depositions, hearings, and trial.
Aesthetics and Presentation: The information management is intended to be more than just functional. The order and appearance of our client’s files will reflect the consideration taken with client information throughout the litigation process. We are committed to this process knowing that out of comprehensive information management and order emanates strength.
Trust: The overarching goal of these information management protocols is to better serve all of our clients by meticulously managing all of their data.