She always seemed a bit disorganized. I feel like we had to tell her repeatedly the details of our separation agreement and still we had to send the forms back to her twice for corrections. Then we got to court and realized we were missing forms that were critical and could not be overlooked. Since it very amicable between my ex and I there was very little for Carolan to mediate. Her job was strictly to fill out the paperwork correctly for us. The fact that she did not do this doesn't give me a great deal of confidence in her abilities. She's nice enough but I wouldn't recommend her.
I used Carolan recently as a mediator for my divorce process. I found her to be very knowledgeable regarding the process and the outcome was as expected. Obviously, the two parties involved have to be able to agree, to agree, in order to have everything move forward quickly. Time goes by fast during these sessions and I think I would prefer a better payment plan to know where I stand as I move forward. Overall though, the experience was pleasant with Carolan, if this kind of process can ever be pleasant.
Posted by a client
Although Atty. Hardy is very knowledgeable and competent, I would suggest not to give her a large retainer....have her bill as you go. I used her for divorce mediation and gave her a $2,500 retainer that was cashed the next day. Twice she asked me for copies of the cancelled check as she had no record of my payment (!!)
Our second meeting, where both of us had to take time off from work, she was a no show. Her secretary said she had nothing scheduled that morning, although we made the appointment 2 weeks prior. Atty Hardy apologized and promised the next session would be free to compensate.
Since I never received a bill, I have no idea what I was charged. I don't believe I got the free session. Originally, she promised email followups after each session which she never did. Our divorce was not complicated. However, the first set of paperwork had several errors that were sloppy (wrong name of residence street, etc.) or a bad cut and paste.
I felt Carolan Hardy was knowledgeable and had good advice when we met on various topics. However, she was scattered, not reliable on meetings and follow through, and I still am greatly disturbed at the very unprofessional financial accountability.
I recommend her with strong reservations regarding the billing issue. You need to keep your own careful notes on the meetings and times and don't expect the email followups. Again, pay as you go so you know what you are really paying for.
Posted by Bob
Carolan Hardy has represented our case for over 4 years. This has not been a typical case for a number of reasons but she has always handled the situations with the utmost degree knowledge and professionalism. She keeps us informed and updated on all matters.
Posted by Michael
Attorney Carolyn Hardy was empathetic, understanding in caring for myself and my children's best interests during the emotional timeframe of the divorce process. I selected Attorney Hardy for expertise in divorce law, mediation, and genuine concern expressed while interviewing her for my legal representation, and felt compassion for my best interests was always the optimum goal by Attorney Hardy.
Michael P. McGahan
Posted by Deborah
I was going to handle my case on my own however because of the seriousness of the case I knew I needed an attorney. Carolan represented me and was able to get the best possible outcome, better than I could have expected. She is knowledgeable, diligent and compassionate. She thought of things I hadn't thought of. My case was very messy and she was able to cull out the details the Court needed to hear. She "gets it". I would highly recommend Carolan. She is easy to reach and very responsive to her clients needs.
Posted by Deborah
Carolan is knowledgeable, compassionate and warm, she was able to keep me grounded and on point during a very difficult time. Carolan "gets it". I have had two previous attorneys (who were good also) but I have to say Carolan was the best. I had an extremely messy situation and Carolan was able to get to the facts and thought of things I hadn't. Absolutely every time I needed to speak to her, she was available. I HIGHLY recommend Carolan.
Posted by christine
Carolan K Hardy is a outstanding lawyer and person she helped us win a tough case, and won. Bcause of her I have my granddaughter.
Posted by a Divorce client
Carolan is an excellent resource whom I could not more highly recommend. What stands our about her most is that she is a mixture of wisdom and experience in law that she practices, but also, she maintains compassion for her clients and their situations. Carolan is quick to ask the right questions, gather the necessary information, and then offer options. She is excellent at explaining legal matters in full to her clients, I never felt like I did not know what was going on, or why something was or was not happening. I love that she communicates first hand with her clients. She is very accessible and responds quickly to emails or phone calls. She handled a divorce case for me, and in doing so, exercised much patience, grace and support from start to end. She covered me legally in very important matters which I honestly never thought about, I could only think about my immediate need for divorce. Now, I know that my assets are covered not just for right now, but for the future also.
Posted by Mary
Carolan Hardy has always answered my calls/questions promptly, is extremely knowledgable and personable. She is someone that I highly recommend.