At Hyden Zakheim, LLP we provide trusted legal counsel to and representation of the people and businesses of the extended Bay Area. With over 30 years of experience, our Contra Costa County family law lawyers understand that clients do not want to hear excuses - they want problem solving and they want results. From providing personal attention to people in a range of family law matters, to offering legal advice and representation to our litigation clients, we are able to deliver a personal approach to address your legal matters. Our goal is to provide you with quality service, sound legal advice, practical solutions, and competitive, reasonable rates.
"YOUR PROBLEM IS OUR PROBLEM" - DELIVERING PERSONALIZED LEGAL COUNSEL TAILORED TO MEET EACH INDIVIDUAL CLIENT’S NEEDS
When a client first meets an attorney, a relationship forms. An attorney’s job is to address their client’s issue as his or her own. This is our approach at Hyden Zakheim, LLP: our Contra Costa County family law lawyers advocate for clients as we would for ourselves. Every client wants an attorney who cares about their case, vigorously and effectively advocates the client’s position, and searches for the most effective problem solving tools available. Sometimes a problem is best solved by litigation; other times it is best solved by mediation, settlement and other non-litigious strategies. In addition to advising clients on their rights, managing fees and costs is of primary concern in determining the correct legal approach. Whatever the case, establishing a personalized legal strategy for each individual client is the key to successfully resolving client problems.
"OUR DIVERSE CLIENTELE DICTATES A MULTI-CULTURAL APPROACH TO OUR LEGAL STRATEGIES."
We strive to provide personalized legal representation to the Bay Area's diverse population. Our clients hail from many countries including Ireland, Russia, Italy, India, Mexico, France, Brazil, Israel and more. These diverse families seek help with divorce, custody, support, estate planning and probate matters, immigration, visas, naturalization, as well as business owners who need personalized legal representation. At Hyden Zakheim, LLP, our Contra Costa County family law attorneys look forward to learning about a client’s culture and background and work hard to blend these traditions with US law. No matter the issue or the cultural background and unique set of circumstances, we offer a personalized, tailored approach specifically designed to meet the individual client’s needs in the following areas:
Family Law * Immigration * Litigation * Estate Planning * Probate
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From our office in San Ramon, we serve our client’s various legal needs in the following counties: Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano, San Joaquin and throughout the Bay Area of California. To speak with one of our lawyers about your legal issue, call 925-831-0636 or contact us online.
Tim Hyden, Attorney & Partner
18 Crow Canyon Crt. Ste. 380
San Ramon, CA 94583
Business and Real Estate, planning and litigation
Probate and Probate Litigation
I have had the pleasure of growing up and living all my life in the Bay Area. Over the years I have seen Northern California transform from a group of small cities to a multi-cultural metropolis. The growth and development of this unique area has played an important role in the way I practice law. Since 1986 I have provided legal counsel in a variety of areas to an ever emergent population. My approach to the practice of law is as distinctive as my clients: 1) Clearly identify the Client's legal problem, 2) Strategize with the Client to determine the most effective and least expensive approach to solving the Client's problem, 3) Attempt to resolve the problem informally outside of Court, 4) If informal resolution of the Client's problem is impossible, aggressively represent the Client in court proceedings, while protecting the Client and resolving the Client's problem.
J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, 1986
B.A., University of California, Davis, Davis, California, 1982
Professional Associations and Memberships
Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, Board of Directors
Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Affiliations Member
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
Adjunct Professor of Law, John F. Kennedy School of Law, Pleasant Hill, CA, 1999 - Present
Speaker, Continuing Legal Education, Contra Costa County Bar Association
Speaker, Brown v. Board of Education Seminar, John F. Kennedy School of Law
Simona Zakheim, Attorney & Partner
18 Crow Canyon Crt. Ste. 380
San Ramon, CA 94583
My family immigrated to the United States in 1978 when I was 8 years old. I still have childhood memories of life outside the United States. Some memories are pleasant, others are not. Growing up in the US under the watchful eye of hard working immigrants taught me to strive for success at every turn. I learned to fight for my beliefs, I learned perseverance and most of all I learned that I can define the direction of my achievements. These lessons helped me graduate toward the top of my class from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans in 1995.
My first position after law school was with a firm in down town Los Angeles, focusing on general civil litigation. In 1997 I moved to Northern California where I married my husband. After a few more years as an employee in the legal field, I decided to take some of my parents' lessons and strike out on my own.
My family background coupled with my experience in law and running a business provides my clients with an attorney who is strong, compassionate and has the resolve and determination to fight for her clients. As an attorney I have learned the law. But as a business owner, I have developed strategies to problem solve, negotiate and help my clients achieve their goals. When taking on a new matter, I work with my client to first determine the most effective course for the case. This includes defining the goals and objectives, but it also requires a careful analysis of my client's personality. Some clients are fighters and need an aggressive knight who battles for the client's beliefs. Other clients prefer a more collaborative approach and need an attorney who finds creative solutions outside the courtroom. Finally, I believe that as a good advocate I need to provide not only a "legal win" for the client, but a "win" that can actually translate to that client's real world.
In sum, I believe an attorney and her client share a bond that reaches a step beyond the law. It's no accident that attorney-client communication is privileged just as communication between doctors and religious leaders. Clients often share their confidences, their concerns and their fears. It's my job to tailor my representation for each client to independently match the needs of that individual. It is with these beliefs, convictions and human understanding, that I offer my services to my clients.
Mrs. Zakheim has been practicing law in California since 1996. Her areas of practice include family, immigration, estate planning and business. In the area of immigration her visa approval success rate is over 98%. Although there is no way to quantify success in family law cases (unfortunately almost all end in divorce) her typical client's have this to say about her:
"For me, the process of divorce was a confusing and often overwhelming experience. It was a relief to have Simona Zakheim representing me. Simona was a knowledgeable and reliable advocate for my interests. She was thorough, efficient and resourceful in reaching the best possible resolution for me." (Actual client 2010 case)
"Dear Simona, I want to thank you again for all of your help and expertise. I know your heart was really involved and I appreciate that more than anything." (Actual client 2009 case)
"Dear Simona, You have done a great job on my case. Thank you very much. I will recommend you to my friends." (Actual client 2008-2009 case)
"Simona, thank you for not only the thousands of dollars you saved me but for the countless hours of stress and heartache. Your guidance was invaluable." (Actual client 2007 case)