Q: What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer?
A: One's a slimy scum-sucking bottom-dwelling scavenger; the other is a fish.

It’s true. There are some dreadful lawyers out there and we have seen them in action. We often hear about them after their clients have come to us to fix their case. Honestly, just meet with us for a few minutes and you will see that

we are lawyers; just different.

We love New Mexico and are happy to travel wherever the need may arise, but we are most frequently in Albuquerque, Sandoval County, Santa Fe, Chaves County, and Eddy County.

We are a small firm delivering quality legal services without breaking your bank by utilizing technology, reducing administrative overhead, and individualizing your case to avoid unnecessary steps that don’t achieve any results. We evaluate your problem, determine a course of action, and if we aren’t the right lawyer to represent you going forward we guide you to the area of law that you’re really needing. If you just know you need help, but don’t even know what area of law you need or what your “help” looks like, just call us.


Q: I appreciate that you want to help but at what expense?

A lawyer dies and goes to the end of a long line at the Pearly Gates. To his surprise, St. Peter leaves his desk, walks over and greets him warmly. An angel takes the lawyer by the hand, guides him to the front of the line and settles him into a comfortable chair.

The lawyer says, "I appreciate all this attention, but what makes me so special?" St. Peter replies, "Well, we've added up all the hours that you billed your clients, and by my calculation, you must be about 193 years old!"

Not us. We left those law firms, got a life, and now we love what we do and how we do it.

Our Albuquerque Law Firm is here to represent you and your individual and personal needs. We get it. We provide unbundled price options so you can have a say in how much you spend on your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, so that you can speak with an attorney about your situation and we can decide together if our team will be a good fit for your needs. We listen. Lawyers; Just Different.

Read below to glean an understanding about some of the services we provide.

Q: Do I need a family lawyer?
Q: What is the difference between marijuana decriminalization and legalization in New Mexico? 

If you are dealing with any sort of family issues that will require legal decisions and agreements, it is likely in your best interest to hire a family law attorney. Legal Solutions of New Mexico offers an initial consultation specifically to answer this question. In your initial consultation you will be able to speak with a family law attorney from Albuquerque to discuss the specifics of your situation, and understand the approach they suggest based on their experience with family law.

In July of 2019, New Mexico became the 24th state to decriminalize cannabis with House Bill 356. It is important for businesses and marijuana users to know that decriminalization is not the same as legalization.

Prior to this date, possession of cannabis came with criminal penalties such as jail or prison time. Now, those found to possess less than a half of an ounce of marijuana will owe a $50 fine instead. There are also lesser penalties for possessing drug accessories. If you are interested in getting into the hemp, CBD, or cannabis industry, your first step should be to consult with a knowledgeable Albuquerque cannabis lawyer.


It is the most challenging area of law because it is the most personal. You are at a crucial crossroad in this time of your life if you need a family law attorney. Perhaps it is to protect your assets and you are looking for advice on a prenuptial agreement. Maybe it’s a joyous occasion and you’re looking to adopt. No matter what, family law involves the highest combination of legal and psychological proficiencies that most attorneys just don’t have in their DNA. The many scenarios that require going to family law court are often incredibly sensitive and carry heavy ramifications if not handled strategically from day one. Whether it’s the proper division of property, the custodial arrangements for children, or who to use for settlement facilitation, family legal matters are both emotional and complex. A New Mexico family court will scrutinize the case from both sides, the slightest misstep or unaddressed issue will weaken your case.

Details matter. We work to ensure that your case is not only strengthened, but you also receive the proper representation in the court with experienced litigators. Our dedication and professionalism ensure that your case is thoroughly examined and your best options explained. As difficult as your family law case is, having us, as your legal professional with experience in this area of New Mexico law will alleviate the stress and unpredictability of your divorce or other legal matter so you can focus on other areas of your life.

Albuquerque Law Firm

Carlos N. Martinez, Esq.

Managing Partner

McKenzie St. Denis, Esq.




Family Law


Litigation & Consulting


Cannabis Law


Administrative Law


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