The Law Offices of Soheila Azizi & Associates, P.C.

Soheila S. Azizi Esq.

Top Rated Lawyer Award, America’s Most Honored Professionals Award, Women of Distinction Award, Women in Business Award, Service to Community Award, Excellence in Peace Making Award . . .

In her professional life of nearly three decades, Soheila Azizi has practiced law as a trial lawyer, and the sole owner, of her litigation civil practice in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino county, as well as a conflict resolution professional for her non-profit Arbitration & Mediation Services non-profit entities. 

In her personal life, Soheila is a social actor and a community activist. Soheila has founded or co-founded various public benefit organizations in San Bernardino county such as Women on the Move Network (for advancement and empowerment of young girls and women), CAMS (California Arbitration and Mediation Services, offering low cost mediation and conflict resolution services), the Upland Interfaith Council (a collaborative to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between community members and civic and business leaders), and People for Peace and Prosperity (A platform for change through community building models and best practices in inspirational education and empowerment founded on principles of oneness and justice).

Ms. Azizi’s passion and advocacy for justice sparked at a young age when she escaped her birth land in the midst of Iranian Revolution in 1979, desperate to change the consequent religious persecutions and gross human right violations committed against her faith community. 

For the past 30 years, Ms. Azizi has dedicated her professional career and personal life to serving peace, justice and equity, in a compassionate and altruistic manner.

While her love for law and advocacy for those needing a voice has been the key to her very successful law practice, it is her drive to promote peace, justice and equity which has inspired her to dedicate her life to so many socio-economic projects, humanitarian movements and peace-making initiatives. Her approach to justice begins with the individual crusade to freedom from prejudice, an honest search for truth, a humble posture of learning, willingness to adopt new perspectives, abandoning all notions of “otherness” and a true commitment to action towards oneness.

Without this paradigm shift, Soheila believes, legislative action and legal authority can only go so far to fight the destructive forces so rampant in our society today. Among Ms. Azizi is the recipient of many humanitarian awards and recognitions, has taught courses as Adjunct Professor of Law, offers voluntary mediation, arbitration and judge pro-tem services to local courts and county bars, offers numerous hours of free legal services to public, writes articles, holds regular monthly educational workshops and discussion series, serves on the administrative body of many boards including the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i Faith in Upland, is a regular TV show guest and co-host on various subjects related to social action, justice and equity, and sponsors/co-sponsors conferences on various human rights violations.

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Areas of Practice:
  • Family Law
  • Child Custody, Child Visitation, Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Spousal Support
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorships
Classes/Seminars Taught:
  • Adjunct Professor, ULV College of Law
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles
  • LA County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino Bar Association
  • Inland Valley Arbitration and Mediation Services (IVAMS)
  • Women on the Move Network – Founder and Board of Directors- Founder, Board of Directors
  • Women On the Move Network- President
  • San Bernardino County Superior Court and San Bernardino Small Claims Court- Judge Pro Tem
Past Employment Positions:
  • San Bernardino County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem

The Business Leader Spotlight Show Featuring Soheila Azizi

In a recent episode of the The Business Leader Spotlight Show, Head Counsel Soheila Azizi offered insight into divorce litigation, mediation, and family law in general.

Ms. Azizi, an expert in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, discussed in detail what California residents can expect when seeking a divorce. Each unique situation requires a unique solution, and the Law Offices of Soheila Azizi and Associates, P.C. prides itself on coming up with creative solutions.

“I feel that [family law] is an area of the law that needs the most amount of education for the public, and it gives me a special sense of satisfaction to see the parties being presented with options,” Azizi said in the interview. “An attorney’s job goes beyond knowing the law. It has to deal with knowing psychology, having people skills, and being able to listen, create, and draft a solution for that particular individual.”

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The Human in the Making Foundation, Andisheh TV (A-tv)

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Saturday November 14, 2015, focusing on the exemplary role of Tahirih, the 19th century Persian Heroine, writer, poet, and the far reaching effects of her sacrificial contribution to the global women’s movement , as well as to the emancipation of men and women from the oppressive dogmas imposed by the social, cultural, and religious forces of the time.

Tahirih Role in the Fight against the Reactionary Orthodoxy and Oppression of Women

برای فیلمبرداری اینجا را کلیک کنید

How do you manage clients and their expectations?

Client expectations are one of the most difficult issues that an attorney will face, and family law attorneys should be equipped to handle these expectations.

 

“In a family law area, [client] expectations are much more difficult to handle because emotions are extremely high. You deal with people who come in with frustrations, the highest levels of anxiety, fear of the unknown, and often feelings of defeat and betrayal,” Azizi explains. “People are not given education on what to expect when they enter into a union, and most certainly many people are not given information about how to deal with children and raising children with differences of opinion between partners to a union. Those are the major causes of conflict, and when people come to an attorney’s office looking for answers, they often feel that they have the answers—they just want the attorney to deliver those results to them. That’s one of the most difficult expectations that an attorney must know how to deal with.”

 

Head counsel Soheila Azizi also explains how she works to treat clients and their expectations with respect in family law practice.

 

“Knowing ahead of time that people’s expectations should be handled gently and with a lot of care is what I have used as a tool in my practice,” she said. “I listen to them and I create a solution for them. And once they learn and they realize that there are solutions, it decreases their anxiety level, it decreases their anger and frustration level.”

What is the timeline like for a typical divorce?

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to give a “standard timeline” for a California divorce.

 

“It’s almost like asking ‘How can I see Europe and how much will it cost me?’” Azizi said. “It is all dependent on the manner in which people wish to travel this journey of litigating a divorce.”

 

However, there are ways to speed up the litigation process while at the same time decreasing the stress and conflict involved. Mediation and arbitration are two alternatives to traditional divorce litigation that allow both parties to work together to come up with a solution. If two parties can come to an agreement about division of assets, child custody, and other issues of divorce, an attorney can write up a stipulation; once signed, this agreement becomes legally binding.

 

It is important to note that, in the state of California, there is a six-month buffer period in place. In other words, a divorce cannot be finalized until six months and one day after the initial paperwork is filed. This time period allows both parties to think through the situation completely and make sure they are satisfied with the final decision. For couples with a more “simple” divorce (i.e. no children, limited assets), the process may take only six months. For couples with children, many shared assets, shared business, or other issues, it could take considerably longer.

 

“[Clients] come in saying they learned about an affair, they learned about something that creates urgency in their life, and they want to file a divorce document that day. When I explain to them that this process, in California, can take as short as a few months or as long as several years, they are surprised and shocked,” Azizi said. “However, they are pleasantly surprised to learn that it is in their control to reduce the amount of tension so that this process does not take years and years.”

What can a client expect during the consultation?

It is important for clients to be wary of the “free consultations” offered by attorneys throughout the state. These consultations may have hidden fees, or they may not offer all the information that a client is looking for when he or she comes in seeking a divorce.

 

“My experience and understanding in this area is that the attorneys who offer free consultations are mostly to screen the individual, to get to know [the attorney], and for the attorney to get to know them. That’s where the initial consult ends,” Azizi explains. “A client might say ‘I went in, they told me it was a free consult. Next thing I knew, I got my retainer reduced by about $1,000 for that very first session.’ Again, talking about expectations. Do people know what they’re getting into?”

 

Before setting up a “free consultation,” ask the attorney the following questions:

  • Is there a free consultation?
  • How many minutes? (or what is the time frame for the consult)
  • If I choose to retain after the free consultation, what are my obligations at that point?
  • If I choose to have another hour with the attorney on a consultation basis, am I being charged for that?

Listen to the audio below to learn more about Mrs. Azizi and her practice.


Customer Reviews

The Law Office Of Soheila Azizi & Associates, P.C.

Customer Reviews

Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

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Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

Yelp
This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

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Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.