Michael Harlin | Tustin Divorce & Family Lawyer

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Michael R. Harlin

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I have been a practicing family law attorney in Orange County, California since 1985. In case you don't know, family law encompasses several hot topics such as: Divorce Custody Visitation (including interstate visitation) Child and Spousal Support Division of Property Over the last ten years, I have completed many, many hundreds of divorce cases. During that time our society has become more technologically sophisticated. In response to the rapidly increasing number of Internet users in Southern California, it seemed time to provide Internet users access to an attorney to answer simple questions concerning divorce or custody problems.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
A client I had represented in post judgment divorce problem during the mid 1990's came back to see me because her exhusband wanted her to terminate a wage assignment for child support and to repay him over $200,000.00 in overpaid support he alleged she received. I took the case mainly on the strength that unless exhusband had perfect records, he could never prove what she received. As she didn't keep complete records too, she was unsure what if any over payment she received. We had two hearings on this post judgment matter. At both hearings, the court agreed with my arguments and objections to exhusband's allegations. My client agreed to terminate the wage assignment. I convinced exhusband's attorney to dismiss the balance of his case with prejudice. My client had the money from other investments to pay if exhusband could prove his allegations. But, my client's new husband would likely have divorced her if she had to pay anything significant. So because of my actions in the matter, she is done with him and her assets are secure.

How did you build a successful practice?
Word of mouth. I have never had much if any success in advertising. I work very hard to create and maintain a rapport with each client. Most have aged over the years and I've lost track of them.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Experience. Counsels with 10 years or less experience can harm more than help. I have been practicing for 35 years. I can't be tricked into a settlement or try a losing case.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Essential. I write my client's pleadings to the judge assigned to the case. Because I've observed their treatment of cases, I will write with their conduct in mind. Without knowing the judge from day to day experience, it is hard to have that advantage as counsel.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
I do not provide free initial phone consultations. After I'm retained, I usually don't charge for the first five minutes of a phone call with a client.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
See number 5 above.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I spend the time to educate the client regarding the law that affects their case. I'm not trying to teach them how to be an attorney. I find that sometimes a Judge will give the parties options, during a trial or hearing on how they should settle their case. I want my client to be comfortable with his/her selection of the available choices. They only way this can happen is if I educate them as we go along in their case. The worst thing for a client is for them to walk out of the court room with buyers remorse. Also, in negotiations with opposing counsels, I will make the best possible settlement offer permitted by my client. If the opposition rejects my offer, then I am ready to try the case immediately. Most attorneys aren't ready. The result is, I will win unless my client's offer is simply impracticable or not supported by law.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
When a client follows my advice in their case. It makes trying the case if need be so much easier. If they don't follow my advice, they will have to pay more and I will have to work harder. The working hard part I don't mind. But, the Judge's decision becomes less predictable.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I am active in my Church and other local charities.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes. I work at various events throughout the year to help raise money for various charitable groups.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyLaw Office of Michael R. HarlinTustin, CAPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
Western State University College of LawJ.D. Law SchoolN/A  
University of California | RiversideBachelorsN/A
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California1985
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(1985) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.February 13, 2020

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Language: English

Update Date: 2019-05-13

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17621 Irvine Blvd
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Tustin, CA 92780
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