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This attorney caused me and my family a lot of pain and heart-ache. She was my children's law guardian. She almost never met with them before court and when she did, she did so in front of their abusive parent. She acted very inappropriate and unethical as well as unprofessional. In my opinion, she should not be allowed anywhere near children. Since representing my children, I've not been able to see my children in over a yr. The reason why I lost custody...I couldn't afford a big-time lawyer like my ex could. She would often yell at me and hang up on me when I would call her regarding my children. I felt as tho' she had a personal vendetta against me. She was very biased and often ask my ex's lawyer what they wanted instead of what was in best interest of her clients. Please stay clear of this lawyer!
Ms. Bestine was assigned as my children's law guardian for several yrs. She never believed anything I said. She interviewed my oldest child for more than 2 hrs and didn't believe her testimony of abuse she suffered from my ex-called her a liar. My ex was convicted on 6 counts of child abuse and she suppressed that evidence and had custody taken from me and gave him my children. She convinced the judge that I needed to be investigated based on my ex's word. I went almost 6 yrs of supervised visitation and the investigation showed I was a good parent and my ex was the problem. She is very unprofessional and often yelled and cussed at me when I called to tell her that my ex was not complying with court orders. She would tell the judge that she met with my children when in fact, my children said they had not seen or spoken with her in YEARS
This lawyer was extremely disorganized, unprepared and unprofessional. She did not file the proper adjournment for my pretrial hearing in 09 and as a result the judge heard my ex husband without us present.
The judge issued an order that I received in the mail and I had to call Katherine and ask her to check her mail because she didn't believe me. Her lack of proper document filing was the reason the judge never respected her or listened to her.
She also displayed extreme lack of professionalism when communicating with the law guardian. As if all of this was not enough she showed up to court the day of my trial and asked my family members to fill out questionnaires for testimony in the waiting area. During this process one of my family members had to tell her to check her skirt because it was fully unzipped as she frantically ran around trying to slap together her trial information.
The outcome- She took all my money and did nothing but destroy mine and my son's life . I continue to fight in court to this day to try to reverse what her mistake. My son has had to meet with a court ordered psychologist and the Dr. point blank said to me "once the judge hears one party and makes a ruling then they almost never change it". All Katherine had to do was show up and my son would have been protected.
Ms. Bestine is a high priced attorney who delivers low quality service. I think she cares more about getting her name up in lights rather than properly representing her clients.
She was ill prepared for an important court date and then did not fully inform me of the details concerning what was said. This lack of communication caused many problems.
If she was away, her staff knew little about my case, which caused me to spend time and money on phone calls to make sure her substitute had the facts correct.
She communicated very little with me and acted like she didn't care about me or the outcome. It appeared like she had a bias for the other side.
I also didn't appreciate her attitude and foul language.
Stay away from this attorney if you want value for the money. She is not worth it.
I used Ms. Bestine for a divorce proceeding that was almost complete. She had court orders that she never filed on several occasions which cost me terribly.
When I did speak with her she was short and agrumentative. She often would swear at me! I actually took a friend into the meetings just to witness her behaviour. They were shocked.
I ended up terminating my agreement with her since most of my communications with her were to remind her to sumbit court orders that were sitting on her desk for months.
My new attorney reviewed my case and was shocked at the mess I brought in. I paid more to here than my previous attorney and she accomplished nothing! RUN!!!!
I was a client for Ms Bestine. There was never a time when she would return my calls, and i didnt call very often, only in an emergency situation. She never kept me informed of anything..i may as well have represented myself. I felt as though she was for the other side at many times. She forgot to have something put in my divorce decree, and i lost $5,000.00. When my alimony was supposed to stop, she waited 5 months to do anything about it. That was an extra 200.00 per week that was leaving my paycheck, but she didnt care. She never seemed to be in the fight for me, which made me very upset. I often though she was in cahoots with the other attorney. To make a long story short..i lost everything in the divorce, and actually had to pay extra. So i urge anyone that is looking for an attorney, do not go to this firm. It will end up costing you 13,000.00 in attorney fees, and you will loose everyting. OH, and it also took me 3 1/2 years to get divorced. I rate her as two thumbs down!