Posted by a client
While he may be good at charging excessive amounts of money for paperwork and phone calls, he wasn't prepared for my case. As we walked into mediation, he still had not even looked at or used the child support calculator in order to make an educated plea for an increase in child support. In the beginning, he didn't even know when the papers were served until I told him, and although he responded to me quickly, he always directed me to 'call the office' when I had questions on the status of my case. He claims he did nothing wrong and that I gave up too soon, but I refused to spend any more money on getting the run around. I shared all the areas I wanted my child support/custody case to touch on, and I feel as if he didn't hear anything I said. He 'removed' himself from my case when I told him I didn't want him to represent me and that I didn't want to call him to discuss anything, because I wanted to avoid further charges. After he charged me $300 for filling out paperwork in .75hr to be relieved of my case, he finally returned less than $40 of the $1200 I originally paid him, and I am worse off now than I was before I even began proceedings. Words can not express how incredibly disappointed I am. More so in the fact I didn't get the service I paid for, and he sees nothing wrong with anything. He will probably respond similar to how he has for the other clients who reviewed him poorly, but be aware, if you don't have a big case or a lot of money to spend, he won't spend the time or preparation on you. I trusted him to have the knowledge, because of his high cost, but it certainly wasn't the case.
Posted by a Family client
Promised quick results and even though today was ok, it shouln't have ever gone this far. All I wanted was an emergency motion resolved and we have spent so much more than he told us we would. to busy trying to cut corners and then we end up paying for all kinds of different motions and my initial problem has yet to be resolved. We were in court a few times and sadly, he still doesn't even know how to say my name properly or seems to care. He yelled at me because I couldnt get ex to say what he wanted through texts and was aware of my situation before taking on case. All in all tons of money spent and still waiting on first motion to be heard!
Posted by Jennifer
Gary Israel has done and is still working to provide me with all the knowledge i need to keep my children safe and to understand the Florida Family Law. Providing me with excellant service. His staff is also dedicated and very understanding. The office of Gary Israel i can't thank you enought in your support and dedication to my family.
Posted by a Child Custody client
He was not concerned about my case, he was concerned about how much money he could make from my case. When I went to court he just sat there while opposing counsel bashed me and lied about certain issues. When I brought this to Mr. Israels attention letting him know I had facts to prove otherwise he just waived me off and wouldn't listen. If you want to just give your money away to someone who won't do anything for you then this is the one for you.
Posted by a Divorce client
It is my pleasure to recommend Gary S Israel to anyone going through a Divorce or Child Support litigation... Because of Gary's knowledge and experience he brought beneficial issues to my attention that I didn't even know about (he didn't miss a thing)... Regarding my initial meeting with Gary, before leaving his office he had my entire case and strategy mapped out and initiated... Gary's very fast, my entire divorce (start to finish 12-weeks) including critical child custody matters never went any further than the mediation... We won everything we wanted and more! Regarding the return on my investment in Gary's very reasonable retainer, considering the value and savings provided to me (after my divorce final judgment) I know it will be quick and worth every cent... Gary is very confident and provided me piece of mind and a comfort level that helped carry me through what I consider a very unfortunate, unwelcome circumstance!
Posted by a Family client
He was never prepared at any of his trials. I would send him important documents to my case, and he would later yell at me for not giving him the document he needed for the case, or that I neglected to tell him. When in fact I did. He was hard to pin down because he moved to four different locations within less then a year. I would have to resend him important documents on a constant basis due to his moving. He was very forgetful on all matters, and always gushed about his personal life, and would never cover the basics on law. I would ask him questions and he would tell me not to worry about it, that he was the pro. He always tried to impose his will on certain matters and always seemed like he was working for the other side. I had to question him why was he protecting the other side's rights when I was the one that hired him. It appeared he only took my case for the money, and thought he could force me to do things and to go a particular way. When I fired him due to the fact he sat on an important piece of information for over two months from the opposing side that could have held me in contempt. He blamed me for being slow or unresponsive when he could never hold himself accountable. He then charged me for firing him. I have worked with several different attorneys throughout the years, and they have always explained their motives and would answer all my questions. Not Gary Israel, he was to busy explaining how he loved to travel and how he loved theater and wanted to be an actor. He was to busy being something else, and not being an attorney. In the end he was a horrible attorney. Maybe he was once a great attorney, but to me quite personally he should retire.
Posted by a Child Custody client
My experience with Mr. Israel is that he gives personal attention to his clients. He listens and then gives suggestions as to your options, but he always follows up with "It's your call." He was prompt in returning my calls or emails. Once or twice I had to remind him not to rush me and take his time in explaining things to me as he seemed like he was in a hurry. Maybe he should not insist on doing everything and let an assistant handle things. He does all of his own paperwork and files motions right away. He even let me review the motions first to make sure he was articulating what I needed. Who does that? The only complaint I have in regard to his responsiveness is that I felt like he wanted me to settle when I didn't want too during a meeting. He wasn't listening. I had to remind him that I was paying him and he will do what I say. After we had that talk he was fine.The last thing is he is very expensive. More than any other lawyers I have used for this same case and related cases. He charges by the hour and charges for EVERYTHING! I think I would have preferred a retainer. I have spent double- nearly three retainer fees, but I got the results that I wanted.
Posted by Stephen
Clearly explained the court procedures and what to expect. Always answered my questions and was always well prepared for hearings and court appearances. Glad I had him on my side. One of the best.