Engaging the Law Offices of Matthew Smurda

What are my first steps as a client?

The first step is to contact us and discuss the issues of your case (either by telephone or by setting up a free consultation).

How much do your services cost?

This is one of the most common questions asked by any potential client involved in a family law matter.. The amount of fees incurred will be determined based upon a number of factors, all of which can be discussed with Matthew Smurda. But, attorney’s fees are billed hourly and the standard rate for Matthew Smurda is $335 per hour. An initial retainer payment is required in most cases. In some limited instances, the Law Offices of Matthew Smurda will enter into fixed fee arrangements with clients who do not have the means or resources to afford a “billable hour” fee arrangement.

Do you charge for a consultation?

The firm offers free 20 minute telephone consultations.

What should I do to prepare for an initial consultation?

Typically, the best preparation is to review the factual history of your case and to make copies of relevant financial documents (such as tax returns, paystubs/W-2s, bank statements, deeds, estate plans, etc.) If you have a complex financial estate, it may be helpful to put together a personal financial statement. If you have a premarital agreement, then you absolutely should bring a copy with you to the consult or perhaps provide a copy to the Law Offices of Matthew Smurda in advance to make the consultation even more productive and efficient.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, the Law Offices of Matthew Smurda accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX). Credit card payments can be made any time through LawPay (www.lawpay.com)

What types of clients do you typically represent?

The Law Offices of Matthew Smurda will represent anyone facing a family law issue in Southern California. Matthew Smurda, Esq. has represented a wide variety of clients, including entertainers, corporate executives, medical professionals, professional athletes, stay-at-home parents, first responders, attorneys, and retired seniors.

Where are Your Cases Located?

The majority of the firm’s cases are located within Los Angeles County, but cases are regularly handled in other areas of Southern California (such as Ventura County, Orange County, etc.). The firm will take on cases anywhere from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

Family Law

Do you handle cases outside of family law?

We can definitely refer you to other expert attorneys, but our expertise is in family law specifically.

During Litigation

Is information disclose during the case private?

Any communications between attorney and client are privileged and confidential pursuant to the attorney-client privilege that is codified in the California Evidence Code. This includes any information discussed during an initial consultation.

Post Case

Is there anything I need to do after a case is settled?

You will sign concluding documents and then you can contact us at anytime about your matter.

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