Hello, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us today on “This needs to be said”, our friend, Attorney Beshoy, he’s, I’m going to call him B after this. But Attorney Beshoy has joined us today from Family Law Matters. And he’s going to discuss with us how COVID has an impact on family law cases, and COVID has affected everything. So, you know, this is, this was no escape from it. Welcome to the show. Welcome back to the show Beshoy. How are you? Good morning, Katherine. It’s a pleasure to be with you. I’m doing well and yourself. I am fantastic. Tell us about Family Law Matters and what you do for the firm. And then of course, tell us about yourself. Like, how did you get into family law, family law practice? Absolutely! So our firm was designed to help our clients protect their loved ones using Christian principles. I’ve been with the firm for seven years this past April. I was admitted to the bar in 2017. So I’m surrounded by a lot of, experienced attorneys, the work for the firm. Our goal is very simple. Leave no stone unturned in our efforts to protect our clients and their loved ones.
So you went into law school. Did you know this is what you want it to do for sure? Or did it evolve I did not. I initially wanted to be a district attorney, so I was pursuing the criminal field and family law justice found me. Wow. Okay. I like it. Speaking of, just this past year, how much time we had to be away from loved ones. So I’m wondering like, actually, this is a question on the question. I want to know how COVID has impacted family law cases, but how has, how has it affected families Cause I know you see that cause you deal with, you know, the people that are coming through. so it’s sort of, does that look like in this past year to answer your first question COVID when it first happened around March of 2020, it put everything on pause for a couple of months.
So from March until May, the courts were trying to figure out how they’re going to hear the cases as well as the bid by the governors, ruled at the time since then the court actually COVID forced all of the courts to go virtual. So the courts are now holding a hybrid. They actually started out delaying all of the trials and then, hearing all of the standard motions, telephonically. Some courts have gone completely- virtual, so now they hold video, trials as well as telephonic hearings. But in my opinion, it definitely pushed the courts, at least in the civil realm to become more efficient because now they can hold more hearings since everything is telephonic and they don’t have to wait on the parties of hearing. They don’t have to take into consideration the amount of hearings on calendar and the number of parties in the courtroom.
So it actually made it a lot more efficient in my opinion. Wow. Okay. So, and to answer, to answer your second question of how that impacted the families, it’s put a little bit of a strain on the families. Obviously COVID, again, put everything on hold. it pushed a lot of the, companies to force their staff to work from home, the children not being in school that added a lot of childcare, labor and as things progressed through the year, it’s becoming more and more again efficient most companies, most families do a hybrid of working from home. Some families send their children to school part-time and do a hybrid of virtual versus in-person. So it’s really kind of taught everybody that you can actually accomplish a lot more virtually than you can physically being, the, the physical plant work or school or core. So it’s kind of helped speed up the process, which is great because then people get to be heard quicker. For example, before COVID, when we would file a new case in family law, the turnaround time for the clerks to get the paperwork back to us, considering mailing, et cetera, was about, you know, five to six, maybe seven days now the turnaround to get the initial paperwork because it’s all done electronically online is about three to four days. Okay. Yeah.
That’s a significant with anybody who’s been to court for anything, whether you have to stand in line, pay a ticket, be heard it, you know, that’s half the time so for these families to be able to get resolutions to know what their next steps are. I see in my head, I can see it being something, more efficient. You were beginning to tell us about yourself and what you do specifically for the practice. I know you all have a team, with Family Law Matters. So w what’s the thing that we will come to you, just in general, if we were on your team, not as a consumer, they come to you for their, for their, their personal consultations, but, on your team there at Family Law Matters what do you do?
Okay, so we operate in a team. We work as a unit. So in our office, let me first back up and say that we handle Family Law Matters. So, if you’re going through a divorce, we handle that child custody dispute, asset division, domestic violence, guardianships adoptions, step parent adoptions, and enforcement motion. So we handle a lot within the area of family law with respect to my team. We work as a pod. We work as a unit. So there’s always a supervising attorney, which is my role. There is an attorney that’s assigned to the case and the paralegal assigned to the case. The clients or our clients have access to the team. So we’re always working as a unit. We meet every Friday to go over the cases to make sure that the cases are on track. Our office is extremely efficient. It’s way more efficient. I, in my opinion, than most offices around the area, because where attorneys, typically fail is, communication with the client. So there’s always communication. The case has always got some progress and, you know, that’s, we, like I said, we leave no stone unturned in trying to achieve our client’s goals.
Now, what I also know about you all is that you have, that I want to, is it like your mantra or your thing Because while you are a family law attorneys, you also, like you’ve said, you operate as a pot, but you have principles that you also operate yourself by, which I think is a unique mix for the consumer’s view of an intro of an attorney when you want to share that.
So we protect our clients using Christian principles. This, our company was founded on two principles and that is faith and giving back to the community. We do so by taking care of, our clients guiding them, I don’t wish a divorce or a custody battle upon anyone. It’s hard. It’s tough. It sucks. I always compare divorce to a death in the family because you’re really tearing up everything that you have built together as a unit, not to mention the psychological damage that a can, have on the children as they grow in a separated family. So our goal is, to help achieve the best possible result in a case, using God’s message. I personally, and my team, we go above and beyond trying to help our clients achieve their goals. I, we don’t play games to say it simply, our goal is we’re hired to achieve a, B and C. If our client’s expectations are unreasonable, we will tell them because at the end of the day, it makes no sense, to take a case or to accept the case and promise results that are just impossible. So our goal again, is to remain as professional as possible, to help our clients guide them through this difficult process and shine the light of Christ.
That’s what I was looking for. Absolutely! I think that’s so unique, because out of all of the attorneys I’ve interviewed, you guys are the only ones that have that mix. And the compassion that goes with that makes a consumer say, Hey, Wait a minute, an attorney, isn’t the bad guy. There’s someone to help me through the process. And not only that, if my faith, because if someone’s going, if someone’s going through a divorce and they’re Christian, their emotions are involved, you know, they’re, they’re convicted and so just as you said, I don’t wish anyone to have a divorce. However, they need someone to help them, you know, make this transition as smooth as possible for whatever reason they had to come here. Right! So that’s what I really wanted to make sure that the listeners heard, during this time together. Now I have another question about COVID is a year later, are there still restrictions in the courthouse for filing a new family case?
Absolutely not! There are no restrictions. Like I said, the cases or the courts are actually more efficient. I know I hear it time and time again, throughout my consultations, you know, is the core open Can I file I’m my, is my case going to be delayed And my answer is absolutely not. I can give you an example. We operate out of the San Diego courthouse, the San Bernardino courthouse, and, Riverside, I can tell you that San Diego now holds, video trials, as well as telephonic hearings. I can tell you that Riverside is doing a hybrid. They do telephonic hearings, they do in-person trials, and I think they’re going, starting in June, they announced that they’re going to start going back to, in-person mandatory settlement conferences. I can tell you that San Bernardino is completely in-person, but they still have the option if you want to appear telephonically. So it depends on the county. About it all three counties that we practice out of haven’t missed a beat.
Excellent! We’re going to come back and talk some more, but before we wrap up today’s discussion Beshoy, I want you to tell people how to get in touch with you and your team outside of this needs to be said. Okay.
Absolutely! So we are located in Riverside County. We have two office locations, one that is in Temecula, California, and one that is in Corona, California. The easiest way you can reach us is by phone. You can call us at (951) 587-0505. You can also reach us online, through our website, which is www dot Temecula, divorce.com. Our other website for our kroner location is www.mycustodydivorce.com. You can also reach us using social media. We have our Instagram page, so you can just get on the computer and Google our name, Family Law Matters. And that’s the easiest way to find that.
Fantastic until next time have a super day.
Thank you so much, Katherine, for having me.