Currently located in Fullerton, California, Indu Srivastav, Attorney and Counselor at Law, has been practicing family law as a licensed attorney in California since 2000 and a Family Law Specialist certified with the CA board of legal specialization. Additionally, she is licensed to practice law in India, and has practiced for 2 years in the Court of Appeals.
Attorney Indu Srivastav’s extensive professional experience also includes working at a top rated transactional firm in Newport Beach, CA. Her passion for family law began shortly thereafter, while working for a law firm in Anaheim Hills, CA which handled international custody disputes.
After guiding many clients through different difficult situations, Attorney Indu Srivastav can confidently tell you, “you need to protect yourself, this is a divorce process and this is how it works.” Information provided here on this website is based on her experience in helping real people get through to the other side. She personally assists her clients by telling them, what they need to let go and how they can look to a new life while still maintaining the same stability and love for their children.
The Law Offices of Indu Srivastav, a Professional Corporation, understands that each case is different; and, as such, each client is different and has different needs. Thus, we give each client personalized attention essential to developing a clear strategy and optimal course of action.
If your case can be settled without the intervention of the court system, we will use our legal skills to get you the best negotiated deal. However, if the case cannot be settled and a trial is inevitable, we will stand by you, as our client, to ensure that you are fully supported and represented throughout the trial process. Our extensive court room experience helps our clients to achieve their goals.
The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization grants certification status to qualified lawyers in the practice of family law. Certified family law specialists have recognized expertise in all areas of California family law including divorce, annulment, property division, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, domestic violence, tax consequences of divorce, settlement negotiations, and trial of disputes. Of the nearly 200,000 lawyers in California, approximately 1,100 have been certified as family law specialists. That 00.55 percent are distinguished by substantial experience, successful completion of a demanding specialist’s examination, focused continuing legal education, and peer recognition.
But why would anyone need a certified family law specialist? In his highly regarded book Divorce Handbook for California Judge James W. Stewart (Ret.) has this to say:
“Certified versus noncertified practitioners. Another difficult question is whether you should limit your list to attorneys certified as specialists in family law by the California State Bar. As a general rule, this is a good idea, at least for three of the four attorneys you interview. Certified specialists have passed a fairly rigorous examination in family law to obtain certification and are required to take a given number of hours of instruction each year to keep their knowledge of the law current.”
To be eligible for certification in family law, an attorney must meet certain qualifications set forth by the California Board of Legal Specialization, including (1) having been engaged in the practice of family law for a minimum of 25 percent of the time spent in occupational endeavors during the previous five years; (2) being an active member of the State Bar of California; (3) passing a written exam; (4) demonstrating a high level of experience in the field of family law by meeting specific task and experience requirements; (5) completing at least 45 hours of continuing education in family law; and (6) being favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with the attorney’s work.
Thus an attorney who has achieved certification as a specialist has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of legal competence. ACFLS members in particular have access to a large network of experienced practitioners and to publications and continuing education programs that can constantly enhance and enlarge their skills and knowledge of an ever-evolving area of the law.
Certified specialists must renew their standing every few years and keep their practice focused predominately in their particular field of expertise.
All family law attorneys must have significant knowledge and expertise in other legal areas, such as a general understanding of federal and state tax and estate planning laws and procedures. They must be familiar with bankruptcy procedures and federal bankruptcy laws. They must know social security law and, to some extent, federal securities laws, as well as understand the workings of state, federal, and private pension plans and other employment benefits. In addition, many California family law practitioners are familiar with the laws in other states and countries, because so often people live or come from or have property in other states or countries.
Because couples who split up also must deal with custody of their children, family law practitioners must also understand child development and other topics touching on emotional and psychological concerns of families. Part of the certification requirement involves psychological and counseling education.
As the above makes evident, a good family law attorney must devote a significant amount of time, money, and energy to stay informed in all of these areas in order to effectively represent the family law litigant. When your attorney is a certified specialist, you know that he or she has devoted those resources to attaining and maintaining the highest standard of legal knowledge and ability.