Ms. Coleman is licensed to practice law in the states of New Mexico and California.
Ms. Coleman received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California where she was an editor for the International Law Journal and a teaching assistant. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of California Berkeley.
Ms. Coleman clerked for a national law firm throughout law school, where she focused on civil litigation for their Los Angeles and New York offices.
She then worked for Jay Goodman & Associates for nearly six years focusing on the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Landlord Tenant, Probates, Contested Probates and Contested Trust Matters, Construction Defects, Business Law, Breach of Contract Cases, Property Disputes, and Estate Planning including Will & Trust Drafting. She has become a well respected Divorce Lawyer in Santa Fe among her peers.
Santa Fe New Mexico Attorney:
Ms. Coleman's practice philosophy is based on strategy and honesty. She works closely with her clients to identify leverage points for negotiation and relies on her strong writing and research skills for court. She honestly interfaces with clients ensuring they understand all of the pros and cons of proceeding with any given strategic legal route and advises them accordingly.
Ms. Coleman is a firm believer in alternative dispute resolution as it often makes financial sense and brings resolution swiftly, but is a zealous court advocate when litigation is unavoidable.
Ms. Coleman takes Pride in her clients' satisfaction and has received the Client's Choice Award for her positive AVVO reviews from nearly twenty satisfied clients. She enjoys volunteering in the legal community and was recognized in 2018 by First Judicial District Court for her Pro Bono contributions.
Karen Williams has been an asset to various law firms for decades. Her experience in New Mexico includes years of paralegal and legal assistant work for Montgomery Andrews and Jay Goodman & Associates in Santa Fe.
Karen is a professional artist who specializes in watercolor and oil painting.
Some legal services can be offered for a flat rate. These typically include demand letters and Estate Planning Services like Wills. Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Health Directives. Schedule a Consultation to learn more.
The majority of Potential New Clients will be asked to sign a standard retainer agreement. This means a certain amount of hours are accounted for, paid for upfront, and held in a Trust Account. Any unused portion will be returned to the client. This is not a flat rate agreement as the initial retainer is never guaranteed to cover all services. However, depending on proximity to a hearing, the client can terminate services at any time. Ms. Coleman is very cost conscious for her clients.
A minority of legal services can be offered on a limited representation. This means the scope of the representation would be limited to only certain tasks where such limitation is ethical and practicable. These limited engagements for the most part will not be appropriate for those matters likely to result in litigation.
Certain matters are appropriate for a contingency fee agreement. This means no monies are paid upfront or on an hourly basis but rather a percentage is taken by counsel once a settlement or court award is received. For Ms. Coleman's practice, these typically include Personal Injury matters and some Employment Law Matters. At this time Ms. Coleman is only accepting auto accidents on a contingency basis.
Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Landlord Tenant, Restraining Orders, Personal Injury, Probates, Contested Probates and Contested Trust Matters, Construction Defects, Business Law, Breach of Contract Cases, Property Disputes, and Estate Planning including Will & Trust Drafting.
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