What Can You Expect From Christian N. Wijnberg Esq.
Initial Free Consultation
I recommend that we meet in person in my San Rafael office for half an hour before you make a decision. This will give you an opportunity to assess my character and competence. If you prefer not to meet in person, I am available by phone. If you decide after this initial free consultation that you do not need my services, you will not have to pay me anything.
Written Retainer Agreement
If you do decide you want me to be your lawyer, the next step will be for me to provide you with a written Retainer Agreement spelling out the terms of our engagement. I believe in putting as much as possible in writing so that there is no misunderstanding later about what we expect from each other. At the time you sign the Retainer Agreement, you will pay me an initial non-refundable retainer. The Retainer payment proves to me that you are serious, and at the same time provides you with a credit for the first 10 hours of work I will do on your behalf.
My Full Attention
I am a solo practitioner. If you hire me, you will get me and not a substitute. Having worked in large law firms, I know that a lot of the work is often done by junior associates. That will not happen here. You should expect my full attention. I will respond to your communications quickly. In an emergency, I am available outside normal business hours. However, I have my own family and outside commitments so I would ask you not to call after 7PM or on weekends except in a genuine emergency.
Understanding Your Ultimate Objectives
You are the ultimate judge of your own wishes. My first duty is to pay careful attention to what you tell me. However, a lawyer should also serve as an advisor and sounding-board. My role will be to explore questions that you might not have considered, and suggest alternative approaches. This is where wisdom and creativity are valuable gifts which you should look for in any lawyer you decide to hire.
Attention to detail is the signature of a good lawyer. If I do not know the answer to a question, I will research the subject until I am convinced of the right response. I will not charge for unnecessary research, but I will make all reasonable efforts to educate myself on the facts of your case and the applicable law.
Subject Matter Expertise
I am a generalist, not a specialist. If your situation involves arcane questions of fact or law that are beyond my ability to comprehend, I will recommend that you hire someone else.
Law suits are expensive and time-consuming. I will almost always recommend trying to resolve your dispute without ending up in court, where the outcome is out of your hands. My experience as an arbitrator and mediator may be helpful in this regard.
If we are unable to negotiate a settlement that is acceptable to you, I will be a zealous advocate on your behalf. No lawyer can guarantee that you will win your lawsuit, but we can make every effort to work harder and smarter than opposing counsel.
Exceptional Service, Caring, and Very Experienced
I first met Christian back in 2012 when in represented me he helped me get custody of my then 7 year old ( we won the case). He then represented me in my divorce in 2013 again he gave exceptional service (we also won) and I was given sole custody of my son. I retained his services again and he helped me get sole custody of my youngest son in 2018. When it comes to family law he is one of the best lawyers there is. You are not just a case to him; he takes the time to really understand and even after his services are done he remembers you and asks how everything is going should you see him in passing. He is also very experienced where criminal law in concerned as well. I retained him this past year and he was able to get my case dismissed in California. I have used his services several times and every time he has come through for me. He is the only lawyer I recommend to anyone. If you have him representing you then you are in good hands.
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