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Posted by Mari, a Child Support client,
My nephew had been hoodwinked by this young, but not truly a lady, who was claiming that he was her baby's daddy, and she lied saying she could not get any support from the State unless he signed a paper. The form was really a paternity form - two weeks after signing the form his check was being garnished. His mother was introduced to the child and unlike her husband, knew immediately that the child was not her biological grandchild. An unofficial DNA test, one not sanctioned by the Court, was done and it proved what the would be grandmother thought. Because of the DNA results, the Court was asked to order a DNA test - the Magistrate seemed like she worked for the baby's mother, and in spite of the fact that the form that my nephew signed was flawed the Magistrate would do nothing. That made Mrs. Stark more determined and did not stop until the Magistrate's supervisor made sure that a Court ordered DNA was done, and my nephew was off the hook for the child support- which he should never had paid since it was not his child. So after two years, the free lunches stopped thanks to Attorney Stark. I wish she could handle all of my legal issue! AAA Plus for Ms. Stark - she is the best!!!
Posted by Max, a Child Custody client,
Vivien handled my case from end to end, while keeping it within my budget, and setting realistic expectations.
My case was involving interstate child support, divorce and child custody (with some very compacted twists).
She got to know my case very well, did an outstanding representation and subsequently won it.
I'm very glad that I've chosen Vivien to work on my case.
Posted by ELIZABETH, a Divorce client,
I am Thanking Vivien Stark and her staff for helping me with my difficult divorce.
Vivien Stark and her assistants not only gave me the most professional service but they helped me with professional care. Ms. Stark encouraged me to keep the faith and that she will handle all my needs. Her staff I have to say we're very attentive to my needs. The mannerism I loved from Ms. Stark's company, I started with Ms. Starks company about 9 months ago and was completely done with my divorce. I am very impressed with Ms. Stark and her company and was very happy with the price that was quoted to me, I also have to say Ms. Stark's company was very reasonable because Ms. Starks company was also able to give me a payment installment.
Posted by Natalie, a Family client,
I have been represented by Vivien Stark for 8 years in an extremely complicated, from every point of view, case. Child support, visitation, abuse, medical mistreatment - you name it. I can't praise this attorney highly enough. She's very smart, dedicated, knowledgable, and well-respected in the court rooms. Vivien always comes 100% prepared for the hearings; she is very honest, detail-oriented and thorough. Ms. Stark fights fiercely for her clients putting all her knowledge and dedication into her cases. Legal fees for that level of legal work and representation are very reasonable.
Posted by a Family client,
I used Vivien for a prenuptial agreement less than a year ago, and I was more than pleased with the results.
I was dealing with a fragile situation and had no idea what to do. Vivien quickly came up with a course of action, and was always prepared and knowledgeable at every turn. She took the time to answer all my questions in a way I could understand the agreement and my options, when my previous lawyer did not.
She was a strong advocate for me without being overly confrontational in the process. This was key for my particular situation and her extra care made it a pleasure for everyone involved. She is the most genuine lawyer I have yet to encounter, and was fair with all her hours and rates.
Overall I am grateful for all her help and would recommend her to anyone needing a lawyer in her field.
Thanks again Vivien!
Posted by a Family client,
Vivien Stark, is the worst lawyer in the world. This lawyer was hired at an extremely high $400 per hour rate after reading her friends and co-workers reviews all trumpeting her. The first problem I should have realized afer traveling 1200 miles to get visitation with my son is that she did not "serve" the mother of my son properly, thus the case was rescheduled (my travel wasted) although I absolutely told her to be sure that the mother of my son got it properly and legally.
Next, while sitting outside the court room upon the first hearing the mother of my son approached me with retalitory child support increases, as well as false accusations of restraining orders to be "served" on me. Ms. Stark turned her head and looked the other way without speaking up for the mother not to approach me. Ms. Stark was certain to remind me during multiple proceedings that the process was to be long and costly.
She bills for nearly every paper or email however doesNOT tell you when she recieves important documents from you thus causing you to call her and be billed. I started out simply wanting to have a simple visitation with my son, I even begged for supervised visitation, finally I was denied even a phone call with my son. Ms. Stark, did nothing to convince the court, nothing to proactively defend me, turned her head in the air most the time, and finally when the judge asked her to make a motion to dismiss an unfounded restraining order, Ms. Stark refused as I pleaded with her to agree with the jusdge.
Later, outside the court she told my family and me that "she was not retained to do that"..apprently she only wants money and does NOT look out for her clients. Nearly a year later I had to give up on seeing my son, overwhelmed with the handling of cases I had to handle on my own.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
When I hired Vivien Stark, my case had been going for three years and was being strung along by incompetent and unethical lawyers (on both sides) who just wanted to profit off of the acrimony between my son's father and me.
Vivien was able to get my son's father, who was trying to obtain sole custody, to accept a settlement offer, and I think that was in part because she is truly a shark in the courtroom. One day of cross examination by her was all it took to bring him to the table.
Vivien is charismatic and extremely intelligent. She is responsive, hard working, down to earth and a straight shooter. A true professional in every sense of the word. I am so grateful to have found her, because now I can finally get on with my life.
Posted by Paul, a Child Support client,
Get Vivian on your side before the other side does cause then your toast. Vivian even had my opponents lawyer shaking in their shoes. She won my case that was very complex. The presiding Judge could only agree with Vivians argument on my behalf. She was unstoppable, relentless and refused to stop until she had secured my request from the court. I refer to her by her first name because she is very personable. Thanks Vivian
Posted by George, a Divorce client,
Vivien Stark is a dynamic, effective attorney. She has a very direct style that makes it easy get to the core issues of a case quickly, instead of wasting time (and your money) on extraneous details. I came to Vivien after consulting two other lawyers and she was by far the most impressive, not by big-office standards but by giving me a very real idea of the strengths and weaknesses of my case. When we did move forward, she was always prepared and well-versed on whatever issue came up, even if it required additional legal research. If I had questions, she always responded quickly and completely. Most importantly, she did not overcharge (as many NYC attorneys do, at every opportunity) or overstate her hours. Her prices and her time charged were fair and ethical. I have recommended her to two friends, both of whom were also more than satisfied.
Posted by Jonathan R., a Divorce client,
she represented me in my divorce case a couple of months ago, and I was pleased with the result (or as pleased as you can be in a divorce). I got the sense that Ms Vivien really cares about her clients and isn't just in it for the money. She's very knowledgeable in family law and gives excellent advice. His hourly fee is a bit high but I felt I got good value for the $$. I would recommend her.