Gary D. Sparks

Gary D. Sparks

Walnut Creek, CA Divorce Attorney
  • Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law...
  • California
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Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Probate
Fees
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    INTRODUCING FLAT-FEE PRICING. Now offering flat-fee pricing for most California divorce cases. Save $$ and avoid the uncertainty that comes with not knowing how much your attorney's next bill will be.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
John F Kennedy Univ School of Law
J.D.
Honors: graduated magna cum laude at the top of his class.
California St Univ Hayward
B.S. / Business Administration, Marketing Management
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 237776
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Is there a separate evidence code for probate matters?
A: No, the California Evidence Code applies in probate matters, as well as the California Probate Code. This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship between the party posing the question and the attorney who responds.
Q. Can the state take away any inhartence if i owe child support
A: The State has a broad array of powers available to it when it comes to collecting past due child support. One of the powers is the ability to levy against bank accounts. Another is to place a lien on property. If your inheritance is sitting in a bank account, then yes, the State very well might levy the account for your past due support. It may also be able to attach/garnish payments made to you on a monthly basis from a trust. I would need to know more about your situation to give you a more complete answer. This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship between the party posing the question and the attorney who responds.
Q. A 612 rule of the court clerk can the respondent file a exstention
A: There is no California Rule of Court 612. You will need to be more specific with respect to your request so that we can provide an answer to you.
Q. How much does a divorce cost in california?
A: This is a complicated question to answer. The Court filing fees are easy... the "first paper" filing fee in California's superior courts is $395. After that, motions and most other court fees range from $20 - $60 or so. Attorney fees are another matter. On average, we have found that the typical cost for attorney fees for a divorce is between $15,000 - $20,000 per person. There are a lot of factors that go into that cost -- the amount of conflict, whether there are children, how many times you have to go to court to resolve disputes, complex legal issues, etc. Under the traditional model, a family law attorney generally charges an initial deposit (sometimes called a "retainer") of around $4000 - $6000, against which the attorney bills between $300 - $350/hour. Once the deposited funds are down to about $1000, most attorney request a renewal of the deposited funds. And that cycle repeats itself over and over again. However, there are family law attorneys who charge "flat rate" or "fixed fees" for their services. Each attorney does it differently. For example, in my own practice, I charge a flat rate ($6,000 - $9,500) based on the size of the community estate that needs to be divided and whether or not there are any family businesses or professional practices to divide. The flat rate is all a client will ever pay; provided we can settle the case out of court without the need for litigation. If we have to go to court, then an additional fee will apply. In any case, it makes sense to call around and consult with several different attorneys -- not only to discuss pricing and costs, but also to get a feel for whether you and the attorney will be compatible working together on your case. This answer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship between the party posing the question and the attorney who responds.
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Contra Costa County Main Office
2890 North Main Street
Suite 205
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
USA
Telephone: (925) 465-2500
Fax: (925) 465-0013
Solano County Office
1125 Missouri Street
Suite 208
Fairfield, CA 94533
USA
Telephone: (707) 398-6008