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Posted by a client
First thing is first. Ms. Mehaffie handled just some paperwork for me for a custody matter. I did have her change a couple things in my order, set by a dauphin county judge, that did not suite my situation. I never met anybody from her office in person face to face. She and I talked on the phone 3 times very briefly and when I did call to consult her about some things that was going on I was told by the secretary to email her instead of talking. There was times i felt she did not want to hear what was going on and she talked over me to go on to the next subject. If you are not a email kind of person then she is not for you. The situation that I had with my ex significant other was very difficult but was never heard. Most communication was all threw emails. She wanted emails in a certain format for her understanding. Lucky enough for me I know how to do these things, but not everyone is computer capable like me. She was knowledgeable and intelligent when it came to custody, but as far as professionalism she lacked a little. I say this because I was talked over on the phone, she did not listen to the entire situation that i was involved in, and giving somebody you don't know a substantial amount of money without a face to face encounter is a uneasy feeling. My last conversation with her was about recieving my left over retainer money back. At this time I was informed that I could keep $250 at the office so she can remain on my case, or i could put paperwork in to the pothonatary office for self representation to receive my money back. 2 weeks after I put paperwork in to the courts I had to call the office to ask when I would recieve my money. The next day it was taken care of but I was never told about a closing fee of approximately 133 dollars for something I filed myself.
All in all my experience with Ms. Mehaffie was not a good experience. I would not recommend using her, not for her lack of knowledge, but for her high pricing, unprofessionalism, and lack of face to face communication and understanding your situation.
Posted by Eric
Mrs. Mehaffie did an excellent job with my divorce, and her friendly demeanor is what sets her above and beyond other lawyers. Anytime I had a question or a problem it was addressed immediately. All my family still resides in Pennsylvania along with friends, everyone knows of my divorce and asks me "I need a lawyer, who do you recommend", my response is always "Mrs. Mehaffie".
Posted by Richard
Debra handled my case with the utmost professionalism from the very start. The two most noteworthy characteristics were her ability to keep me informed of my case as they happened and she responded quickly and knowledgably to my questions. And, trust me, I had a LOT of them! Once I provided her with all the information and evidence for my custody case, she was able use her skill to help me win my case. Have you ever heard of an out-of-state-father winning custody of his child at just ten weeks old? Now you have thanks to Debra.
I highly recommend her for any family law case in Pennsylvania. The jurisdiction may have change to state in which my child and I now reside but I continue to send her updates and pictures of my child.
Thank you again, Debra!!
Posted by a Divorce client
Ms. Mehaffie is representing me in my divorce. I knew quickly during our initial consult that she was a top-notch, knowledgeable, no-nonsense attorney, which was what I needed. She has been sufficiently compassionate given my specific life circumstances, and simultaneously does not dwell on the emotional aspects of my situation, but focuses on the legal aspects. She has provided solid advice, explaining divorce and custody law in a lucid and sensible way, and she has always made herself available to me. In addition, she does not and would not back down from the toughest of adversaries, which makes her above average.
Posted by a Child Custody client
Deb has gone above and beyond in my case - a most difficult one. Her advice to me has been spot on and our level of success has been beyond my expectations. She has always taken the time to explain issues to me and listens to my concerns and opinions. Beyond that, she has added support from a personal standpoint that makes me consider her my friend as well as my attorney.
Posted by a Child Custody client
Ms. Mehaffie is on top of her game. While I understand that any client's case is their own priority and any attorney has several cases at any time; Deb never misses any detail. Nothing slips by her! I am very comforted to have her as my attorney. She knows the law, is aggressive when it is necessary, and really takes a personal interest in her clients and their best interests. She answers my questions with clear, to the point answers. I would recommend her highly.