Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you give free consultations?
Yes, just go to the Contact page and fill out the form to schedule a 15 to 20 minute free phone consultation.
- What kind of fees and expenses should I expect?
This varies from case to case. This Firm offers very competitive rates.
- How long have you been practicing law?
Mr. Flores has been practicing law since 2010. He worked at a Firm in Downtown L.A. from March 2011 to June 2016. Since then, he has been operating the Matias Flores Law Firm out of the city of Downey. Prior to, and while attending Law School, Mr. Flores worked as a professional Spanish Interpreter for private firms and for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
- Do I have to go to court?
Many divorces and other family matters, such as custody and support issues, can be resolved without ever setting foot in Court. This is normally accomplished when the two sides- through their attorneys if represented- can reach an agreement. Most family law cases, however, do require at least one court appearance and other cases require multiple court appearances. In each case, Mr. Flores is highly prepared to attend all family law hearings and tries to minimize the stress involved in such appearances.
- How long does a divorce take?
By law, a divorce takes a minimum of months to finish. If the parties are not contesting any issues and generally in agreement about how to proceed with their divorce, all the paperwork can be accomplished and the divorce finalized in a matter of few months. In cases where the parties are not an agreement requiring the Judge to make certain decisions, the divorce normally lasts one to two years.
- Do I need a lawyer for divorce?
Yes. Divorces can be very stressful and complicated. An attorney can help you navigate through all the paperwork necessary even in simple divorces, let alone complicated ones, and make sure that all your options are explored and your rights protected.
- What types of cases do you handle?
The main area of focus at the Matias Flores Law Firm is family law. Family law is a general term that applies to the following: divorce; child custody; child support; spousal support; distribution of assets; domestic violence restraining orders; and other matters that arise when two people end a romantic relationship. The Firm also represents clients who have a criminal record they wish to expunge. The Firm prepares and files all the necessary documents at the appropriate Court. Most expungements are completed, satisfactorily, without a court appearance by the client.