3.0 stars 10 totalReview Michael Manely
Posted by Charles
I am EXTREMELY disappointed with the divorce representation I have received from the Manely Firm. After a year my case has still not settled and in that time there has been such turnover that I am now on my 4th attorney and 2nd (or 3rd - I've lost count) paralegal. In each case I was not informed of the changes and was only aware of a change when I saw different addresses on emails. I have had to personally initiate most actions on my case when these changes occurred because things stalled and nobody seemed knowledgable about it. The original attorney I interviewed with had more than 10 years family law experience but I ended up with one that had less than a year, and I wouldn't be surprised if this was her first family law case. When I worked with her to draft a proposed settlement agreement she seemed confident we could get a settlement that was acceptable. However, opposing counsel did not respond with a counteroffer until the day before mediation - and I did not see it until 2 hours before mediation. Clearly, as the offer was outrageous, this was a tactic to catch us off guard. In mediation my finances were not taken into account at all in the negotiations concerning alimony (a more experienced family law attorney should have been better prepared to negotiate these points). The mediated agreement progressively moved toward a settlement that was almost entirely in favor of my spouse and left me little to nothing - but my attorney NEVER recommended rejecting the settlement offer and going to court. All I was told was that I would be taking a chance going to court that the judge could make a ruling that was even worse for me. Out of fear of that possibility (an unknown) I felt forced to sign an agreement that was so onesided in favor of my spouse that it was ludicrous. I feel cheated and under-represented by a revolving door of lawyers - subsequent attempts to communicate my frustration and questions about any possible methods to appeal were met with claims that I was "advised" NOT to take that deal and go to trial but I chose to reject that advice and sign the agreement. But that is NOT true! I'm left with a horrible settlement and a law firm that only seems interested in discrediting me as a client, along with continually charging me - did I mention (as other reviewers of this firm have) that you will be nickel and dimed to death! I have been charged even for processing my last payment! I've spent well in excess of $ 12,000 for a settlement in which my soon to be ex will get more than 90% of my assets (outside of retirement accounts) - unbelievable!
I can only say this has been one of the worst experiences of my life and I regret terribly hiring this firm to handle what is a difficult process to begin with. Now I'm left to pick up the pieces financially and move on with my life as soon as my divorce is finalized.
I know Mr. Manely will respond to this and I can only say I stand by my word - this is exactly what my experience has been.
Posted by Lee
We went through three attorneys before we hired Michael to become the lead attorney on our case. Our case lasted two years and we learned so much in that time. You need to choose carefully when you are selecting an attorney. Some are out there just to get your initial payment, and once they get what they want they will avoid you like the black plague. There's also one's out there that just aren't on top of things, or aren't as responsive during critical times in your divorce. Michael is different. He responds to your emails at 10 pm and has conversations with you to ease your mind when you are being harassed. He coaches you on the proper conduct. Michael is an outstanding litigator and thinks outside of the box. Michael eases you through the process while creating the best case for your situation. When we first met with Michael, we were in bad shape. We lived out of state and and my girlfriend no longer had custody of her child. In two years Michael diligently guided us to regain custody, and child support. If it weren't for him our lives would be drastically different. I have the utmost respect for this man, and am thoroughly convinced that being a divorce attorney is his passion. He is helping society by helping families each and every day.
Posted by Tim
This was a case that was just handled poorly by another attorney. Custody/child support case. Please find this review as a recommendation to retain Mr. Manely and his firm. My daughter and myself were very relieved to find the Manely Law firm is Savannah, Georgia. My daughter actually retained one of the attorneys with the firm not aware the Michael Manely in Marietta was also involved throughout the progress of my daughters case. We actually retained one attorney, and got the added benefit and experience from a 25 plus year warrior in this legal field. I was the one who actually found the firm through a lengthy process of "looking around". We had already had a faulty experience with another attorney in my daughters custody/child support, it was terrible and heart breaking for my daughter and our family. Nothing good about the battles you must be prepared to fight and without that experience and knowledge of a committed attorney, you are doomed. I wish we had found Michael Manely's firm months and months ago. There is no doubt that we would not have been looking again for an attorney to represent my daughter and grandson. My daughter and I are so greatful for the results. Visitation and travel for our 7 year old out of state and visitation were greatly increased. Support was reduced 50% which was our original argument. And how Mr. Manely and our Savannah attorney argued for grandparent visitation and ordered by the judge to allow us the grandparents the right to travel/escort our grandson is unheard of. Ain't gonna happen in Georgia. But Mr. Manely and our Savannah Manely attorney new the law to make this possible. Thank You.
Posted by Billy
My daughter has received the final billing and the refund check for the balance in the Trust Account. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Lawyer Michael Manely for the professional manner in which he and all his staff performed the requirements of my daughter's divorce for which I was paying the bill. I was never concerned about her being in "GOOD HANDS" all the way in this matter. It was so comforting to my wife and me to know that such a professional attorney as Mr. Manely was looking after our "Little Girl" who is so very special to us. We had told her to get the best in the business to represent her and we are convinced that she did. My daughter told me on several occasions that Lawyer Manely and his staff were so responsive to her needs and never failed to be available to her and get her concerns addressed in a very timely fashion. The Manely firm was extremely punctual in getting the monthly billings out to me and were always ready to answer any questions I had about them. I will close this review by saying, "If you have to go through a divorce, you really need the Lawyer Michael Manely on your side.
Posted by Laurent
Michael came highly recommended as a divorce attorney. I know why. What I thought would be a pretty simple, straight-forward divorce, turned into a nightmare for me. My ex-wife complicated matters on all fronts...she wanted everything and drug things out as long as she could, but Michael and his staff worked diligently to get my divorce over as quickly as possible while still looking out for my best interests.
They were always there to answer questions, give sound advice and give me reassurance. I know they did their best to save me money while the opposing side just wanted to spend my money. Michael and his team are very experienced in dealing with difficult cases. They always let me know how realistic my expectations were and what to expect from my ex-wife and her attorney. It was worth every penny to have an honest, intelligent and experienced lawyer fighting for me. It meant so much, especially in the situation I was in.
I cannot give Michael and his staff enough credit or praise. If I could not reach Michael for some reason, his associate, Lindsey Harrison, or paralegal, William Callaway, were available. Everyone I dealt with was extremely helpful and always up front with me. Michael saw me through this every step of the way and I highly recommend Michael Manely and the entire Manely Firm.
Posted by Jeff
Mr. Michael Manely and his law firm is the best law firm I have had the pleasure of working with. In my battle I have had to retain several lawyers and in my experience the Manely firm has been nothing but top notch!! I have read other reviews and I must say I have witnessed absolutely NOTHING that has been written negatively against him or his firm. Yes, I have spent a considerable amount of money but that is what you have to do to get the best representation. He by far, is worth every penny!! I have high praise for Mr. Manely and would recommend him to anyone that is seeking a great honest lawyer.
Posted by Scott
Unethical, dishonest, predatory, abusive and disrespectful. I could take the time to explain all that Mr Manely has done to send me into financial ruin and compromise what was almost an air-tight case, but I will save it for the State Bar. Let's just say I've been with this scumbag for over a year and have spent over $20k (I make less than 30k per year). He should be disbarred.
Posted by a Child Custody client
He told me he had lots of experience and described some of the cases he'd done. He promised he could get the kids back to the US. Great. What he didn't tell me was the once here, she would win custody and then leave anyway! I'd prefer if ALL the facts were presented rather than what I want to hear.
I had a consultation with another firm and they laid it out straight to me.
Posted by a Divorce client
Don't believe the 'sales pitch'. The Manely firm is knowledgable in two things...divorce representation and how to extract the most money possible from you. They know you are vulnerable, scared, upset, etc and work that to their advantage. In my particular case, Manely always started negotiations with my ex's attorney in such a hole that he orchestrated that when he got more than he was trying to bargain for he would act as if it was a grand slam, but instead it was not even the basic child visitation that almost everyone gets. Needless to say that i wasted 6 months with him and my requests were never listed to or followed and after withdrawing from the attorney i was able to get much better child visitation on my own negotiations. I am now in the process of hiring a new attorney to finalize my divorce after one year. IN my experience this law firm is very unethical.
Posted by Mike
I worked with a Manely associate last summer who I had to release after nearly 3-months. When I sought assistance from Manely regarding billing, retrieving my records, especially my children's records, my emails, telephone calls were ignored. In the end, I spent over $9,000 and wasted time, having to hire a new attorney to start from the beginning. My new attorney advised me to write a certified letter to Manely to request my records, before resorting to the GA Bar. The letter was responded to 3-weeks later, denying that there were any records. I communicated that I was informed that there were records that remained.
To make a long story short, after approximately 7-months, I finally received all of my records. However, I had to invest quite a bit of time to produce these communications and respond to being ignored or denied, especially during a time when life was more than difficult going through a divorce.
Avoid this company - don't be fooled by the sales pitch.