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Posted by a Divorce client,
I found Ms Schmidt to be very knowledgeable regarding the specifics of my case, timely with document preparation and honest when presenting the available options. While my case may not have been complicated, it felt complicated to me. Ms Schmidt calmly walked me through each option, defined the possible results of any chosen option and made several valid suggestions.
Posted by Mary, a Domestic Violence client,
Amanda Schmidt is an outstanding lawyer.
My case involved domestic violence. When I needed immediate assistance on a Sunday night, she was informed of the circumstances, and had all the necessary paperwork needed for court on Monday morning. She thoroughly explained what I was to expect, and gave outstanding advice along the way.
I ended up going back to court numerous times, as there was a child involved, as well as criminal charges. Amanda was there for every court appearance, made sure that all outcomes were fair, and pulled me back in line when emotions ran high. I not only gained a great lawyer, but a good friend as well. During one especially stressful court date, I told Amanda that every time she met me at the courthouse, she would look for me and shoot me a smile. Once I saw her smile at me, I always felt like I was being hugged and knew that everything was going to be alright.
Amanda spent a year handling my case and never failed to keep me informed, up to date, and aware of all procedures that would be expected of me. She was fair, always upbeat, and extremely knowledgeable of the whole legal process. My outcome was more than I ever could have hoped for.
I highly recommend Amanda Schmidt's services for legal counsel.
Posted by donna, a Divorce client,
I met with 2 other lawyers before meeting with Amanda and I am grateful to the friend who recommended her to me. Amanda was willing to invest in my need and desire to get what was rightfully mine by law. She understood the anger and hurt I experienced at the surrealistic ending of a 40 year marriage. I always felt she had my best interest at heart and I felt comfortable asking questions. She worked hard to get to the truth by getting court orders for financial information not disclosed during discovery. She always kept me informed of options. I will be forever in her debt for helping me trudge forward at a time when it would have been easier for me to sit down and cry.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
I generally don't trust lawyers. I know all too well how they like to fill your head full of hope, then give you a ton of excuses on the day of the trial. I know the trick where they smile in your face, tell you they believe you, then throw you under the bus in front of the judge.
I wasn't sure what to expect w/ Amanda. I knew I had an uphill battle as a man accused of every type of violent crime imaginable in AA County, against a vindictive ex. I was trying to get more time with my young son, who I "share" with the ex.
When I finally saw Amanda in action, in the courtroom, I was grateful and impressed. Amanda was the polar opposite of some of the crap lawyers I've hired in the past. She was well prepared. Her examinations were thorough and aggressive. Her arguments were logical and convincing.
In regards to evidence, Amanda manged to enter significant items that other pricy, high profile local attorneys didn't seemed concerned with. For example, I had accumulated several years' of emails in which the ex admitted to physical abuse, a drinking problem, and a history of false claims. These emails were criticized by 3 more expensive, more experienced attorneys during consultations. Also, the emails were rejected as evidence at a hearing with Child Protective Services. However, as I said, Amanda had them admitted as evidence at our trial at the Circuit Court.
As much as I pondered and scrutinized the details of my case over the past 4 years, Amanda pointed out important details that I had overlooked. Overall, Amanda and the team of paralegals and assistants at Ward, Pratz, & Associates obviously did the best they could with my case, under the circumstances. I can't say the same about other law firms in the area.
Amanda is young, ambitious, aggressive, thorough, and competitive. From a cost standpoint, she is also easier on the pockets than most. I get a feeling in my gut that she is also more conscientious and morally sound than your typical lawyer. If I felt cheated in any way, believe me, I would bring the wrath of God to this review. I would want to warn the world. I would shout it from the rooftops.
For all of the positive things that came about in my case, I credit Amanda and the team at W, P, & A. I hope she remains hungry in her representation of others, and moral among the many wolves she is likely surrounded by on a typical work day.
In a nutshell, I have and will continue to recommend Amanda Schmidt, and will surely be calling on her again.
Posted by a client,
As if going through a divorce isn’t Bad Enough, hiring an attorney like Amanda Schmidt with the law firm Ward Pratz & Associates located in Glen Burnie, Maryland just makes the whole situation that much more abusive, painful and expensive. My brother’s wife had plotted/planned and was able with the help of the State of Maryland to get him restrained from his home, with nothing but the clothes on his back. My brother’s wife had soaked him in mace and called the police. When the police got there they asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital and when he said no they gave his wife possession of everything (all his keys) and took him to jail. When he got out of jail he had “NOTHING” thanks to the police and our useless judicial system, so my mother helped him financially. She was 85 years old and working in a school cafeteria for less than the attorney fees a month, but would put some of her savings with her pay check and pay the bill every month. Now for why you should stay clear of Ward Pratz & Associates. When we met with Amanda Schmidt she came on strong. She stated that men aren’t treated right in the state of Maryland (if you’re a woman you can probably replace the word men with women because I’m sure a woman would hear the same sell pitch), got into what all she was going to do and wanted a retainer of $1200. She missed her calling she should have been a salesperson. Anyway, she convinced us that she was going to help my brother. I spent hours searching the internet for case info, printing pictures to present as evidence, coping laws to reference, writing to Judges, etc. I printed out and gave Amanda so much stuff to work with, if she would have used it I think my brother would have gotten something out of his 37 year marriage. I could fill the internet up with things she didn’t do for my brother, but it would take but a second to tell you what she did “Nothing”. After the court gave his wife everything and the case was over my brother, mother and I met with Cathleen Ward about how Amanda had handled the case. During this meeting Cathleen Ward said that “it was a difficult case”, at which time mother replied “if it was too difficult for you why didn’t you said so instead of just keep taking my money”. What this tells me is that if you could settle out of court and really don’t need an attorney (in other words, uncomplicated, straightforward and requires no labor/work), and you just want to pay thousands of dollars to have someone sit beside you in court than this is the law firm for you. Going though a horrible divorce and losing everything is abusive enough without being totally used up financially and mentally by attorneys. The result would have been the same without this law firm, BUT mother would still have her $12,000. Amanda was totally useless.
Posted by a Divorce client,
I used Amanda for a divorce in 2009. I could not have been satisfied with her. While I did not want the divorce, she made it easier on me.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
Amanda was great, she has been representing us since 2009 in an ongoing custody battle. She is on top of all paperwork and proceedings and very knowledgeable about the law and your rights. We have received what we wanted plus more in the standing court order regarding custody and child support. I would recommend Amanda and will continue to use her for custody issues in the future.