My Mission is your Family
Let me tell you who I am and what I do.
I am a "family" lawyer. A lawyer dedicated to helping families with their problems and aspirations.
This, as opposed to a corporate lawyer, or a lawyer from a government institution.
I help families with their personal affairs, their businesses, and their assets.
It is a unique point of view and it has many consequences. It defines the type of law that I practice and the reason
why people reach to me.
It is not the same, believe me, to work for a bank than to work for a family being sued by a creditor.
It is not the same for the lawyer to go to trial on behalf a defendant that is fighting for her only possession than
to have the full support and resources of the board of directors when sending to collections a batch of cases.
You know, sometimes I find classmates in court, other attorneys who graduated at the same time than me and who became
friends because we went together through the same trials and tribulations. I can tell how big the office they work for is by
the number of files that they carry. And by their beady eyes.
I work for the families. I know the name of each one in the household and I know their story. I know where it went wrong
and how they blame themselves and how they carry that blame trying to avoid that it cripples them.
Do you know what I mean? I work for the single mother raising two kids with two jobs who thought that she deserved more,
but it was too much too soon. I work for the strong businesswoman whose affairs have taken an unexpected dive for the worst.
I work for the old soldier, yes, the old soldier, living now on social security benefits on the verge of being
evicted from his home.
Do you have an idea of the types of persons I have met and know? Travelers of life, most of them courageous and determined,
even in older age.
I am proud of what I have been able to do for some of them. I am proud that they remember me and
still call again years later.
Helping people is a way of life with me but is not new.
I have been like this all my life.
I grew up in Queens and Costa Rica. But particularly, when I was a child in Queens, New York, everybody shared a sense of optimism.
In the early 60's there was this general
feeling, this common knowledge that the whole of society was moving forward. Everything was moving forward, everybody had
high expectations and pushed to be part of that wonderful
thing that was growing. In a way it was an extended feeling of solidarity. Nobody thought that they could or needed to go
at it alone. It was a great schooling in survival skills.
Nowadays it is not so much like that. Everybody struggles to belong. Instead of a deep sense of ownership, common folks
feel displaced. Instead of growing, people need to run to stay in the same place. Distrust has taken the place of
friendship, in many cases, perhaps not all. Ambiguity is what you find when you get closer to somebody, not clean-cut decency.
But these two extremes have defined me.
When the world was new, to me, I learned to help people by the love of my family
and my friends. Now that the world is older, helping people has become a way of life. I am a family lawyer.