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Posted by Ayahnna, a Probate client, Flag
My 20 year old sister passed away this August and left behind a 20 month old daughter. The father received full custody of my niece because he signed the birth certificate. My sisters death is still under investigation. I was informed the father was planning a trip out of state with the baby and started seeking help to sieze his rights to take my niece out of state until my sisters case is closed and to gain custody/visitation. My boss informed me she knew a great lawyer and would exchange our numbers. I hesitated at first due to financial circumstances but Attorney Karlsson called me that day and stated he wanted to help. I met with him that afternoon and he explained the process, gave me several options and asked me how I wanted to proceed. I was very impressed by his demeanor and assertiveness to make a few phone calls and get the ball rolling prior to my arrival at his office. Based on Attorney Karlsson's recommendation, I decided on filing an Emergency Care and Custody petition. We arrived at the courthouse thirty minutes before close on a Friday afternoon and didn't leave until I was gratned a hearing the following Tuesday. It was the first time I smiled since my sisters death. Attorney Karlsson and I spoke prior to the hearing to prepare me for the outcome whether good or bad, discuss what happens during a hearing and what questions I might encounter. When Tuesday arrived, I was fully prepared. I received visitation of my niece and her father was ordered not to leave the state with the baby until the investigation was closed. I was ecstatic! Attorney Karlsson fought for what I wanted, he kept me informed, never made a decision without consulting with me first. He cared about the welfare of my niece, I never felt like I was just a case to him. I am forever grateful for the hard work and time he put into my nieces hearing. Without his help, I don't know what the outcome would be and thanks to him I don't have to think about it. I will refer him to everyone I know. He goes above and beyond the expectaions of a lawyer.