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Posted by Tom, a Divorce client, Flag
Where may be other things Chris could do with his life and excel at, the practice of law certainly seems to be his calling. He has a very quick mind, focused on the important issues that wil bring you to the fairest resolution via the shortest path. He knows the court system, he understands how overburdened they are and does his all to minimize the time it takes to resolve your issues in the fairest way possible, while minimizing the cost it will be to you. A fairer man couldn't be found, nor a more qualified attorney. After years of feeling like a tennis ball inside a dryer, being bounced around with no end in sight, Chris presented my issues to the court in an articulate and compact manor, drawing the court's attention to what we felt were the most egregious concerns, and through his legal skills and his interpersonal abilities, was able to wrap up so many of my long-standing issues very successfully. Winning is about being fair, not destroying your adversary, and his good heart was evident every time we met. So to Chris and his great staff, I thank you.
Posted by Mimi, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
My experience with the Kleister law firm was a very good experience. Mr Kleister assured me that he would work on my behalf and he did. The Kleister Law Group were very professional and they all kept me up to date on my case. There were times when I needed answers to some of my questions and Jenn and Rachel kept me up to date on everything. I would definitely refer the group regarding any kind of issue you may have.
Posted by Anthony, a Lawsuits & Disputes client, Flag
Wise, able and honest, his fees are fair. You simply cannot ask for a better lawyer to guard your rights. He has a kind heart, a quick mind, and he understands human nature. His years are yet youthful, but his experience is seasoned, which is to say that he knows the law, and that very little is beyond his practice. When he represents you, he is always well armed in his arguments for your case. He’ll step forth and be an earnest and strong advocate on your behalf. But while a fierce, fiery warrior in court, he can be compassionate, generous, even gentle in your private conferences with him. I could highly recommend Chris Kleister as a first-rate, astute attorney, but by his trustworthy conduct, his ethical uprightness, and his skillful, accomplished professional presence, he recommends himself.
Posted by Karen, a Divorce client, Flag
In 2008, my husband decided that he wanted a divorce after 25 years of marriage. He decided that he never loved me and wasted his life on me. As shocked as I was, I knew I had to speak to a Lawyer about protecting myself and my then 19 year old daughter. I had a house with a mortgage and I only was able to secure part-time employment. I had made a few appointments with different lawyers and it was always the same during the free consultation. The first thing that was discussed was the fee and how it had to be paid. They did not care abour how I felt or what I was going through. I finally decided to speak to a Lawyer whose daughter was friends with my daughter during
High School. Legal Separation/Divorce was not his speciality. However, he knew of a lawyer who handled this type of work and recommended me to Chris. When I had my initial consultation, the main focus of our conversation involved mine and my daughters welfare. He asked alot of questions
and showed honest concern for my situation. He also explained about pensions, social security benefits and why it would be better for me to have a legal separation in place first before a divorce. I felt very comforable speaking with him and knew he was the right Lawyer to handle my case. Only at the end of the consultation did we discuss his fee, which I might add is extremely reasonable. Thanks to Chris's diligent work on my behalf, I have an Iron Clad Separation Agreement which will turn into a Divorce Decree when the time comes and will protect me for quite some time. I must also add that Chris has the most wonderful staff any Lawyer could ask for. I have asked Jenn numerous
real estate questions and she always took the time to answer, even if she was in the middle of something and no matter how ridiculous my questions were. I have called Rachael too many times to count, asking questions that she was very skillfull at answering without having to ask Chris. In closing, I have the utmost respect and appreciation for all of you. I do not even want to think what would happen if I had used another Lawyer. Thank you
Posted by a Bankruptcy client, Flag
Easy to work with. Completed business in a timely and professional manner. His assistant is extremely helpful and understanding. They made me very relaxed and explained everything.
Posted by Nancy, a Chapter 13 client, Flag
Jenn assisted me with each step of the process and thoroughly explained what would happen.
There were no surprises that caught me off guard. Chris represented me and also handled the court hearing with me. Even after my bankruptcy was final, they continue to answer my questions and provide guidance.
Posted by John, a Divorce client, Flag
Very professional. A real go getter and fighter, very knowledgeable and takes the time to sit with you to answer all your questions. Also willing to work with you on a payment budget for your retainer. Makes you feel very competent and comfortable when in the courtroom.
Posted by Harold, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
my wife and i were happy with the service they provided,we had a chapter7and they were very informative they helped us a whole lot
Posted by Frederica, a Lawsuits & Disputes client, Flag
When you walk through the doors into Chris Kleister's office for the first time, you will have chosen the best attorney in Orange County. Congratulations! You have made the right decision. Look no further, as it is a decision you will be glad you made. A decision you will never regret. I certainly haven't. After 7 years of multiple cases, both as Plaintiff and Defendant, involving neighbors - easement use - contempt of court, the list goes on, and with Mr. Kleister's expertise and without exception, in each case we succeeded. What an accomplishment!!
I have used many lawyers for various reasons in Fl, MI, & NJ. All were very good for my needs. Then I found myself in need of a NY attorney within a day's notice. A neighbor recommended Chris Kleister as the lawyer they had been using. That recommendation introduced me to an outstanding attorney. There are many lawyers in Orange County, but Chris Kleister is nonpareil. He is the Best. You will not find another with all the outstanding qualities that Mr. Kleister has to offer in his field of law. He is a phenomenal human being.
Christopher Kleister makes you feel at ease whatever the reason that brings you into his office. He is kind. He is trustworthy. He is honest. He is understanding. He listens. He is concerned. He is fair. He is up front with you concerning the possible outcome of your case, and up front concerning the estimated cost to you of him handling your case. He is very knowledgeable about the law. He will always have your best interest in mind. He will become as knowledgeable about the facts of your case as you are and will live with it as if it were his own. He is very accommodating with his time and your schedule. He moves quickly on issues. He corresponds quickly. He cares. He believes in you. He does not prolong your case. He will work for you and with you.
Mr. Kleister has two outstanding paralegals, Rachel Goldstein and Jennifer McCarthy. They are both very busy ladies, but you will always receive a friendly hello whether calling or walking into the office. They will do anything to help you whenever you come calling. They are very knowledgeable. They are very interested in you and your concerns. They are very understanding of your situation.
Chris, Jennifer and Rachel make up the Kleister Law Group. They are a very cohesive legal trio who always work together as a team.
Needless to say, I highly recommend The Kleister Law Group.
Posted by a Foreclosure client, Flag
Christopher Kleisters' expertise is why you hire a lawyer. The laws of our country are complicated and were suppose to be made for the protection of our rights. Big companies, banks and other businesses can use these same laws to threaten and destroy hard working people like you and me. It is extremely important that your lawyer knows the laws and how they work. That knowledge is what you will get when you hire Christopher Kleister. He will explain the situation and make sure you know what you need to do and what can be done to keep the law on your side. I can't say enough about his staff. No lawyer can be available every moment you need them - but if they have caring and efficient people in the office your needs will always be me met. His Paralegal Jennifer will make sure all paper work is done correctly and on time. Calls and questions will always be forwarded to Chris in a timely and accurate manner thanks to his assistant Rachael. Our family has the home we worked so hard to build thanks to the Kleister Law Group.
Posted by Dennis, a DUI client, Flag
I'm not proud of this, but I had received my 4th DWI about 5 years ago. My life was a complete disaster and I was spiraling out of control. I was terrified of the thought of going to jail, which I knew was most likely a possibility being it was my 4th arrest. I couldn't eat or sleep and I was a total basket case. Chris Kleister guided me in the right direction. His advice helped me immensely and he was able to keep me out of jail and be home with my family. I am happy to report that I have been drug/alcohol free for 5 years now and owe it all to The Kleister Law Group! They really are a great group of people and truly care about their clients. If it wasn't for Chris, I don't know where I would be today.
Posted by Anthony, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
The legal services provided by Christopher and his staff for me recently were top notch.
I would not heistate at all in recommending Chris to anyone I know both professionally and personally, if they needed any type of legal services
Posted by Max, a Chapter 11 client, Flag
I called Chris after I lost my job and was no longer able to pay my bills. His office contacted my creditors & handled my bankruptcy fillings all the way until it was discharged. Jenn and the staff were very efficient and kept me updated and always informed.
Posted by Anthony, a Real Estate client, Flag
Chris kleister and Jenn McCarthy are a great team! They both helped my closing go smoothly back in 2005. I continue to use them to this day because of their commitment to their clients. I highly recommend using Kleister law group!
Posted by Anthony M, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Once upon a time I did everything right, followed the rules, lived well and paid my bills in advance. I lost my job and financially went backwards over time. For a period I lived off my credit cards so that I would not loose what I worked so hard to achieve. Unfortunately, the time took a little longer and my dependency resulted in hefty balances. At the time my APR was fixed at 3.7 - to max of 7 on a few cards. I did manage to get back into the workforce, but was not making what I used to. The result, I started a trend of being late on my payments. I was too much of a basket case to read the fine print of the new credit card policy (hook) and my APR from the jump went from low to over 27% on balances over 10k. I wanted to die, and years were spent trying to catch up, making payment plans and living pay check to pay check....trying to do the right thing. Not one of my creditors adjusted my rate, and told me that in order to get any assistance I needed to default. As much as it killed me, I did just that. What I did not know was that my accounts would be turned to collection agencies immediately. The game changed and attempts were made to garnish my wages and freeze my assets. I was an absolute mess trying to work things out with animals that did not care, and all the time I was making payments, late....but made them. It was not enough, and I had no choice. If I allowed wage garnishment it would have placed me in foreclosure. They did not care, but I had to.
I immediately called Christopher B Kleister's office, he was my first and last call. The idea of filing a BK was like being on the Titanic, but when I was schooled on the reality of the game (creditors), I became very comfortable with the option. At no point was I pushed into filing, at no point did I feel like I was surrounded by a hungry attorney looking to prey on the weak. I encountered the opposite, I was given space to really think about what I needed to do and they were there to answer my questions before I came to the decision on my own. In fairness to them, I did not allow much time....they made me feel so comfortable in the decision, the process, and made every step crystal clear without a miss. My motivation was to take back my independence, which was sold to the devil with these creditors wanting to play by their rules rather than to work with me. "Team Kleister" came in and saved me in the only way a person can get saved in my situation, filed quickly, gave me a homework assignment (checklist) to compile (they got the following day) and it was just a matter of time. The work was on me, but the expertise was on them. I cannot thank them enough for taking my call, for listening to my story, to counseling me from start to finish, and for fulfilling their promise that they would work as hard with me to get this done. The paperwork was grueling, but hey its a BK, not a parking violation.
In the end it was seamless, there were no issues at all, and all happened exactly as it was explained to me. Don't get me wrong, the decision in filing a BK was life altering for me. I used to be in the 800 FICO bucket and working on Wall Street. Never thought in a million years that I'd join the masses. Life lesson 101 "It can happen to anybody". Nonetheless, I felted protected, I felt I made the right choice.....even if it was my first and only call, but that was because "Team Kleister" nailed it at "hello". Would I recommend this office? Are you kidding me? I have angels in Washingtonville, NY. They are experts, have been there and have done many thats and they are people in suits. They are people that care, that go above and beyond for their clients. I was very lucky, and have no regrets thanks to them. May 7th marks a year since my discharge. I am debt free, still have my house, and have me. Thank you, Team Kleister! There would not have been a me, if it wasn't for "us". I hope my review brings solace to another. Choices are hard, results are easier.
Posted by Lisa, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Initially, I was so nervous going into their office. But they made me feel at ease instantly when I walked through the door and greeted me with a big smile. They have made my entire legal experience a pleasure to deal with. Thank you so much for all of your help, Chris & Jenn. I couldn't have made it through this tough time without your guidance, patience, advice, kind words and helping hands. I will forever be indepted to you for how much you have helped me.
Posted by Robert, a Divorce client, Flag
I needed a compassionate, professional attorney to represent me in my divorce. The Kleister Law Group went above and beyond my expectations! And the fee was so reasonable!! I highly recomment this law firm!!
Posted by Kevin, a Residential client, Flag
The Kleister Law Group handled my home closing like it was their own. They reviewed every document and then went over all of them with me. Christopher even caught a mistake that they bank had made. For professionalism and honesty, the Kleister Law Group is the way to go.
Posted by Gina, a Real Estate client, Flag
As a first time home buyer I had a lot of mundane questions. Chris and Jennifer took the time to answer all of them in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Chris' level of professionalism and knowledge is outstanding.
Posted by Colin, a Real Estate client, Flag
Mr. Kleister is a knowledgable, kind and compassionate attorney. He has always been responsive and caring, and made me feel as though I was his only client. I would highly recommend his law firm to any client looking for the best representation available.
Posted by Jim, a Real Estate client, Flag
His law firm handled a real estate deal for me and I was very pleased with the service I received and the low price I was charged.