Serving Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties for over 15 years
When you need an attorney there’s only one thing that matters. Results. At the same time, legal challenges usually bring personal, emotional challenges. So you also need a lawyer who listens to you, carefully explains all of your options, and compassionately guides you through the legal process. That’s what you’ll experience at the Greg Carter Law Firm. And that’s how we build lasting relationships with our clients.
Free initial consultation.
Divorce, separation, spousal & child support, pre/post marital agreements, parenting plans & domestic violence.
Landlord/tenant, residential/commercial leases, and retaining or re-claiming premises.
Greg Carter provides DUI and criminal defense against threats to deprive you of your liberties and privileges.
Negotiating contract enforcement, business purchase, and business establishment are critical for success.
Injury as a result of a 3rd party negligence in a car or bicycle accident, slip and fall or other situation.
We understand how painful and difficult family law matters can be. That’s why, when these issues arise, getting reliable legal counsel as soon as possible is your best step toward resolution. At Greg Carter Law Firm we work quickly to understand your situation, determine the right strategy for achieving the best possible outcome, and move your case through the California Family Court system as efficiently as possible, while minimizing the impacts and emotional stress on you and your family.
PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY- RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL
Landlords and tenants have every right to expert that the terms of a lawful, properly drafted lease will be honored. If they aren’t, we can help. Whether that means retaining or gaining possession of the premises being contested, to ensuring you are compensated for a breach, Greg Carter Law Firm serves as your trusted counsel and guide throughout the legal process.
CRIMINAL LAW. DEFENDING YOUR LIBERTY
If you are accused of a crime, the legal process can be overwhelming. That’s why you need reliable, aggressive legal counsel to defend you every step of the way. Prosecutors focus on one thing: establish your guilt and extract a punishment that could include loss of liberty, financial costs, or suspension of your driver’s license. At Greg Carter Law Firm we level the playing field by helping you understand all of your legal options, developing an effective defense strategy, and serving as your trusted advisor throughout the legal process.
BUSINESS LAW. PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS
You’ve built a successful business. Now you need to protect it. From drafting purchase or sales agreements, to creating contracts or resolving conflicts with customers, vendors or partners, you can count on Greg Carter Law Firm. We’ll make sure you understand your rights, options, and the legal implications of your decisions. And with more than seventeen years of experience in business law, we have the right expertise to serve as your legal guide on the road to success.
PERSONAL INJURY. PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS
If you’ve been harmed as a result of someone’s negligence or bad decisions, or are dealing with other civil law issues, you need to know your rights, options, and best legal path forward. From auto accidents to unfortunate incidents, we’ll be by your side throughout the legal process, ensuring you are properly compensated.
I have been privileged to practice family, civil and business law in Santa Cruz and neighboring counties since 2006. I cherish our community and the people that make it wonderful.
I am proud of our local resources including UCSC and Monterey College of Law where I earned my Bachelor’s and Law degrees. My career in community advocacy has included serving as Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Santa Cruz Economic Development Council, and President of the Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers’ Association, and Monarch Services Board of Directors officer. As an associate at Bosso Williams and counsel at Thompson Kontz & Brenner I was a strong client advocate appearing in the courtrooms of each of our 16 Superior Court Judges and Commissioners.
The tradition of strong community and client advocacy continues at my practice, Gregory Carter Law Firm. I look forward to helping you with your family, civil or business matter.
DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR MY MATTER?
Guidelines for deciding whether counsel is needed.
Many circumstances are readily resolved between the parties without counsel. Others could be resolved by using one or more of the self-help resources that are available at the Santa Cruz County Law Library and/or online. To determine whether securing attorney services is best for you, consider the 5 questions below.
Remember, each matter is unique and these guidelines are general. They are not intended to be a substitute for an individual consultation with a licensed attorney.
1) DOES YOUR OPPOSING PARTY HAVE LEGAL COUNSEL?
If so, you should move ahead and speak with an attorney – you need a level playing field!
2) IS YOUR MATTER EMOTIONALLY CHARGED?
The Emotions arising from your issues may prevent you from making the best decisions. Legal counsel can help keep you on a strategic, goal-oriented path to resolution.
3) ARE YOU ABLE TO HAVE PRODUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS WITH YOUR OPPOSING PARTY?
If you are discussing the matter in a reasonable, mutually-respectful fashion with your opponent, you may be on a path to resolution without counsel. If communications are non-productive or non-existent, legal counsel may be necessary to open or improve lines of communication.
4) IS YOUR MATTER BECOMING MORE OR LESS CONTENTIOUS WITH TIME?
In some instances, tensions diminish with the passage of time. If your matter is spinning down as time passes, you may be headed for an opportunity to resolve the issue directly with the other party. However, if tensions are rising, it is better to engage an attorney early on and prevent the matter from gaining legal momentum.
5) DO YOU HAVE A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEGAL QUESTIONS AT HAND?
Many times your background, employment or education may have left you with a familiarity of the relevant law. On the other hand, if your issue is governed by policies, laws or regulations that are new or unknown to you, seeking legal counsel make be necessary to equip you to make good decisions.
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Gregory Carter Law Offices are located at the intersection of Rio Del Mar Blvd and Soquel Drive, before Soquel Drive turns into the frontage road
9200 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003