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Beatrice Larsson Snider


Beatrice Larsson Snider

Address:
9663 Tierra Grande St
Suite 301
San Diego, California 92126
United States

Telephone: 858.566.6650
Firm: Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC
Practice Overview:
The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider began in 1974 as a one-attorney office in San Diego. After the Family Law Act of 1970, it became obvious to Ms. Snider that the handling of a family law matter required lawyers with highly specialized skills. Family law encompasses not only the dissolution, custody, support and property division aspect of law but often requires the lawyer to cross over into other areas of the law including civil, corporate, business, tax, bankruptcy, pensions, etc. This need, coupled with the passion to affect positive change in a person's life during a difficult and dramatic time, resulted in Ms. Snider building a law firm to fill that need.

The firm has grown and currently has over thirty skilled staff on the team. The attorneys on the staff are dedicated exclusively to family law issues such as divorce, property distribution, spousal support, child support, custody and visitation issues, grandparent guardianship and visitation issues, pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, legal separation agreements, same-sex issues and cohabitation agreements. Five of the attorneys hold State Board Certification in Family Law.

The firm has been in its current location since 1987. The firm chose this mid-county location based on the comfortable surroundings, accessibility to all family law courts, easy parking as well as easy access for the firm's clientele located throughout San Diego County and bordering counties.

The firm prides itself on having the depth of staff to provide a team with all the experience and expertise that is necessary for your particular case. This office has handled some of the most sophisticated and complex family law cases in San Diego as well as the simplest. We strive to handle all your family law needs with expertise and compassion.

At the Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, the practice is dedicated exclusively to family law. The firm has helped thousands of individuals throughout San Diego County and bordering counties, in matters of divorce, property distribution, spousal support, child support, custody and visitation issues (both parent and grandparent), pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, legal separation agreements and annulments. The firm's lawyers are experienced, knowledgeable, hard working and approachable in their efforts to offer family law representation. The firm is well known in the San Diego family law community for its expertise and integrity.

The firm's offices are located in a brick three story building in a quiet, unassuming area of Scripps Ranch. This location is convenient to courts throughout San Diego County yet provides a welcome change from the congestion of downtown San Diego to clients and employees alike. The firm goes to great lengths to ensure that clients are in comfortable surroundings when dealing with the most personal of issues, their family.
The firm was founded in 1974 by Beatrice Larsson Snider. In 1980, Ms. Snider became a Certified Family Law Specialist becoming one of twelve attorneys in San Diego to receive such recognition at the time. Christine Hayes Sickler joined the firm in 1985, became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 1991and subsequently became a shareholder with the firm. The firm currently employs the largest number of attorneys specializing in family law south of Los Angeles as well as a very knowledgeable and experienced paralegal and support staff. The firm maintains a one to one attorney to paralegal ratio in an effort to provide the highest level of client communication.

Understanding that most clients desire to resolve their matters on an amicable basis, the firm takes great pride in the attorneys' abilities to negotiate equitable and fair settlements whenever possible. In addition, with the knowledge that certain matters cannot be settled, the attorneys are ready, willing and able to litigate complex issues of custody, support, property and financial issues when necessary.

The combination of experience, knowledge and integrity has allowed the law firm to provide quality representation since 1974 and for many years to come. For more information concerning the firm's attorneys, please view their individual attorney profiles.

Jurisdiction(s):
California

Professional Profile:
The youngest of four children, Beatrice Larsson Snider came to the United States from Sweden with her family at the age of 10. The family first lived in Berkeley, California then moved to Westchester County, New York where she graduated from high school in 1967. Certain characteristics separated her from the other teens of her day and her natural instinct to protect the underdog and speak up for her beliefs forecasted her eventual career in law.

Ms. Snider was offered a scholarship as an undergraduate to California Western University in San Diego, California. Halfway through her undergraduate degree in pre-medical studies, her influential philosophy professor encouraged her to study law and set her on her path and pursuit of justice. After completing her undergraduate program in two and a half years, she received a scholarship to California Western School of Law. One of eight women in a class of 423 she graduated in 1973 with a Juris Doctorate.

In 1974 Ms. Snider opened a small office in University City practicing personal injury, criminal defense, civil and family law. During this period, Ms. Snider was one of the first attorneys to file a separate lawsuit against a spouse for assault and battery. The settlement was small but a precedent was set.

In the 1970's, the Clerks and Librarians filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego alleging discriminatory pay practices. Ms. Snider, who was then chapter counsel for National Organization Women, was on the panel of attorneys offering their services to the librarians and clerks who were paid less than their counterparts who had equal or less education and experience. A settlement was reached, one of the first cases to recognize and implement the concept of equal pay for equal work under the Civil Rights Act.

By the mid 70's, the Family Law Act of 1970 had created a seismic shift in family law creating the need for highly skilled lawyers. This fact, coupled with her desire to help clients in need, solidified her decision to specialize in Family Law.

In 1980, Ms. Snider was one of twelve in the first class of attorneys to be board certified as a Certified Family Law Specialist in the State of California. Ms. Snider is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists. Ms. Snider also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court Family Law Division, has written various articles and conducted speaking engagements on Family Law and Business Valuations in Divorce. She is also a Certified Mediator and trained in the Collaborative Divorceâ„¢ process.

As part on her involvement in the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists, Ms. Snider chaired the subcommittee that promulgated the San Diego Local Rules for business valuations in dissolution actions that have now become part of Superior Court Rules.

While Ms. Snider has built the largest Family Law firm south of Los Angeles, she credits the firm's success to her clients and the experienced, dynamic, caring team of lawyers and paralegals who share her vision of bringing order to the chaos of a family going through crisis.

Education:
LevelSchoolDegreeYear
UndergraduateCal Western UniversityPre- med1967
LawCal Western School of LawJuris Doctorate1973

Affiliations & Memberships:
In 1980, Ms. Snider was one of twelve in the first class of attorneys to be board certified as a Certified Family Law Specialist in the State of California. Ms. Snider is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists. Ms. Snider also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court Family Law Division, has written various articles and conducted speaking engagements on Family Law and Business Valuations in Divorce. She is also a Certified Mediator and trained in the Collaborative Divorceâ„¢ process.

As part on her involvement in the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists, Ms. Snider chaired the subcommittee that promulgated the San Diego Local Rules for business valuations in dissolution actions that have now become part of Superior Court Rules.

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