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As one of the most renowned and distinguished family law attorneys in the United States, Elisabeth Camaur founded Camaur Crampton Family Law, PC in 1994 to provide strategic and powerful legal services for clients facing complex issues.
With impressive credentials from the Harvard Business School, Wharton, the London School of Economics & Politics, Pepperdine University and Georgetown University, Ms. Camaur is well known for her dominance in the family law legal community in litigating and settling complicated business, income, high asset and child custody issues for litigants during divorce, paternity and support actions.
“A family law crisis is an opportunity to get control and take your life by the horns. If a client has to go through a family law crisis, we are going to strategize so that this problem can be an opportunity. Many family law attorneys use cookie cutter tactics to react and do damage control. I’m a strong believer that when facing your biggest problems, instead you should pivot to turn that problem into an opportunity for a better life. In order to do that, we need to have a clear understanding of what the client’s goals are. Then we design a road to reach those goals.. we think through this strategy while anticipating potential obstacles and the other side’s potential tactics … how we can handle these obstacles along the way. Being reactionary, is like a ‘Whack a Mole’ game with no strategy, just aimlessly putting out the fires as they arise. Our clients get strategy, not just aimless tactics.”
“Instead of regretfully looking back and affixing blame, we are forward thinking. I like to turn divorce into an opportunity to change people’s lives for the better,” says Camaur. Having the right attorneys makes the difference. Camaur is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. “In the middle of the chaos and pain, there is an opportunity for a better life,” says Camaur.
Camaur encourages clients that it is usually best to work toward a settlement rather than go to trial. “People tell me they want their day in court,” Camaur says. “But, what that really means,” she says, “is giving your power to the person in the black robe — someone who doesn’t know anything about your unique circumstances and has limited time to hear evidence.” Ideally, spouses should work through as many issues as they can before facing a judge, Camaur advises. “The only people I can guarantee will win in court are the lawyers,” says Camaur, unequivocally. “Both parties have more control over the outcome if they can settle.” “And, many times clients can reach their goals through settlement with the right legal strategy.”
When court is unavoidable, Camaur is a top notch litigator well known for her expertise and courtroom presence. Camaur offers tenacious, aggressive and powerful representation. Her prevailing litigation approach provides clients with unmatched representation. Outside of court, clients enjoy Camaur’s creative solutions and bedside manner, complete with an ever-present box of tissues and candy treats on the conference room table. “Once the tears dry at the initial consultation, we focus on the client’s future,” she notes. “I help people take life by the horns to find a strategy for their future and dreams through the chaos and pain of the family law issue.”
Camaur also recommends that high income, high asset and/or business owners who plan to marry (or remarry) consider a prenuptial agreement (prenup or premarital agreement). Many times people get married with very little discussion of their expectations concerning finances. A prenup can clearly outline the spouses’ expectations and intent on their finances. Moreover, a prenup or postnuptial agreement may be needed for estate planning purposes. In some cases, a living trust alone will not prevent an estate from going into probate unless there is a prenuptial agreement. It is essential that people with blended families or significant assets before marriage discuss a prenup or postnuptial agreement as part of their estate planning.