The Law Office of Karen Suri is a family law firm that
handles issues such as divorce, uncontested and default divorce, child custody, visitation, domestic violence, child
support, including LGBTQ issues. I also handle guardianship cases.
I am a Certified Family Law Specialist with a deep and advanced knowledge of
family law. This only increases the deep
strategy that needs to take place for your individual case, and the knowledge
it takes to resolve the issues in your case.
The first priority of my law office is to provide excellent
service to my clients. I understand how frustrating it can be to wonder what is
happening in your case, or feel that you cannot get an answer to your
questions. As your attorney, it is most important to me that you understand
your case, agree with the strategy, and receive a timely response to your questions.
My ultimate goal for every client is to provide a
transparent and efficient experience, thereby minimizing the litigation in your
case. This goes hand-in-hand with following the custom tailored case strategy that
works for you. My concern is to find the
best and most efficient strategy for you to approve in order to resolve the
issues in your case.
Family law issues can be emotional, draining, and sometimes
you just feel like it will never end. My goal is to provide you with clarity in
your case through agreed upon strategy so you know what will be happening in
your case, and can easily follow up.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
This is a deeply personal question that I am often asked.
The truth is, you do not need an attorney in order to finalize your family law
action. Anyone can represent themselves throughout their case. However, an
attorney can make the difference between many hearings where you do not know
how to move your case forward, or ask for what you need, versus finishing your
case with a minimum of court hearings and time to resolution. Having an
attorney, or access to the advice of one, can save the time and stress that you
may incur if you do not have an attorney.
What services do you provide?
The Law Office of Karen Suri is a family law firm that
handles issues such as divorce, child custody, visitation, domestic violence, child
support, including LGBTQ issues. I handle uncontested and default divorce, and I also handle guardianship cases.
Why Hire Me?
I know that talking to an attorney can be intimidating. I
enjoy making the process accessible and as stress free as possible for my
clients in order to encourage them to seek quality legal help.
I care about your case strategy, and I care about guiding
you through your litigation in a way that makes you comfortable, and that you understand.
I love creative problem solving and apply that passion to each and every one of
I want to make representation work for you, and provide
different services and fee structures in order to get you the help you need. If
you only need to answer a question, I am happy to do that. If you need full
representation in your case, I am happy to do that. If you want me to do a part
of your case, we can also do that. I provide flexible options so you can have
the help you need in a way that works for you.
Why hire a Certified Family Law Specialist?
As a Certified Family Law Specialist, I have been recognized
by the State Bar of California as having an expertise in the area of Family Law.
In order to become a certified specialist, one must pass an exam in addition to
the Bar Exam. Hiring a Certified Family Law Specialist gives you the peace of
mind that your attorney is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in family
law in the State of California. This will give you peace of mind that your
attorney is able to handle your complex issues, assets, and concerns.
How much does a divorce cost?
There is no flat fee answer to this question as every
divorce, and family law case, is different as are the needs of each individual
client. It is through the consultation that
we can both figure out the best strategy for resolving your issues. For example, if you have an uncontested or default divorce where both
parties are in agreement or the respondent is not in the case and there is no need for litigation, I may be able to
provide you a flat fee for that service. In a lengthy child custody case, it
may be better to explore unbundled representation to make it affordable.
I offer different fee structures to fit your needs. Sometimes a one-hour consultation is all you
need to get you on the right track in your case. I provide the following options
to maximize the flexibility you have in resolving your case. You can choose a
combination of services if it the right fit, or just one:
- Initial consultation: In the one hour
consultation my goal is to answer your questions, provide you with a case strategy,
and discuss representation options.
- Retainer agreement: An hourly agreement where I represent
you in your case until the agreed upon services are resolved.
- Unbundled or Flat Fee Services: A flat fee for
an agreed upon portion of that case, with the understanding that you will handle
all other portions of the case.
How do I start a case with you?
Please contact my office via phone to set up an appointment
to meet and do your consultation. At the consultation, I will discuss your case
with you and provide you my opinion on what needs to be done. If that is all
you need to finish your case, then I am satisfied that my job is done. If you
need additional services, we will discuss putting those in place according to
what works for you.
Once your contract for services is signed, and I have received
payment according to our agreement, I will begin work on your case.
Do you accept payment plans?
I am happy to provide payment plans when I am able to do so.
It is important to me that my clients
have access to affordable and excellent representation.
How do you accept payment?
I accept cash, credit cards, and checks.
Do you work by phone or email?
I prefer to minimize phone tag and my client’s time spent
coming to meetings if at all possible. I am happy to do phone meetings to
answer questions, and I work through email to communicate more quickly and efficiently
in your case. I also accommodate requests to work solely in person and phone if
that is more comfortable for you.
My goal is to provide clear, efficient, excellent and affordable
representation in your case. I apply my problem solving skills both to your
case and to what structure will best suit you to finish your case with my
office in an efficient and transparent manner.
I am a first-generation Indian-American, and the
first member of my family born here in the United States. I have practiced
family law since passing the Bar in 2011. I find it truly rewarding in that I
am able to help people in one of the most difficult and important moments in
their life. I became a Certified Family
Law Specialist in 2015 in order to provide even more excellent service to my
A native to New Jersey, I attended the University of
Southern California for my undergraduate studies, and earned a B.A. in
Economics. Afterward, I attended the California Western School of Law where I
earned my J.D. This balance of economic and
legal study truly gives me a rounded knowledge to assist my clients in their
In addition to my private office, volunteerism and community
assistance has always been a cornerstone of my legal career. I have been a
volunteer with the non-profit organization Community Lawyers Inc. in Compton,
CA since 2011. I am also a Member of the Board of Directors at Community
Lawyers Inc. and the Treasurer.
My passion is to provide access to justice not only through
my own law office, but also through volunteer work and supporting various legal
assistance organizations. I am able to help people through Community Lawyers
Inc. who may not have had access to quality legal services otherwise. This
furthers my goal of helping as many people as possible successfully navigate
their legal cases and minimize time and frustration spent on these cases to get
people back to their lives.