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I hired this attorney in 2009, many of the times that we had a hearing in court he would find a way to reschedule the date, to drag the case and after 2 years did not have a trial date because he rescheduled the trial date at least 3 times.
I was referred to Mr. Ventura for his experience and expertise on Military Law. I divorced on my own but had to pay child support. After my older child graduated high school, I sought his advice because I was going through too many changes and felt that I couldn't handle mediation this time around. He assured me that we could get the case settled, gave me the facts with a retainer of $2750. Seven months later, nothing. In January I had to contact them, and had to resubmit all of the paperwork for a third time. Three times I had to go to the office because there was information that was not clearly written as it was discussed and the names were misspelled. I was charged for all this when it was not my mistake. Now it has been a year and a half since I first visited him. Papers have been re-filed and reviewed numerous times. I have a mediation coming up, and you bet, he is requesting an additional retainer...what I requested has not been achieved: to reduce Child Support. Now that I have clarity and some control, I know I could have saved myself the aggravation and the money, if I had just waited. The courts were protecting me anyway.
I would not recommend Mr. Ventura EVER! I hired Mr. Ventura to handle a child support issue. I was very clear upon hiring him and giving him my retainer as to what my expectations were. Mr. Ventura allowed 11 months to pass without filing a single motion. By the time he finally filed the motions that I paid him to file initially, so much time had passed that he forgot about me and my case. I was constantly having to come back in for meetings to explain the same situation over and over (which I was billed for) two years past before I walked into a court room.
Long story short. Mr. Ventura did alot of "busy" work with no results at all. I did not get the representation that I was promised. I was not kept in the loop as to my case. He was a good talker and appeared knowledgeable while in court but the moment you step out of the court room he forgets who you are and what your case is about. I was charged over $10,000 for a modification of child support. I never got the modification while working with Mr. Ventura for two years. I finally hired a new attorney and all of my issues were resolved within three months for 1/3 of what Mr. Ventura billed me. Don't give this man your money unless you have plenty of money to blow right out the window!
I initially retained Mr. Ventura in 2005 for family law issues, to include the basics (monies, time-share, responsibilities, etc.). Those issues were handled quickly and aggressively. Since my initial retainer of services in 2005, I have had to call upon his experience a few more times for minor issues that arose, each ending successfully.
I just recently finished an extremely acrimonious time sharing dispute and Jerry was with me every step of the way. Although I was not the only case Mr. Ventura had on his calendar, I was always treated and responded to as a priority. As a client, we tend to lead by emotions. Mr. Ventura, through his explanations and suggestions, enabled me to leave my emotions at the door and deal with the facts.
An attorney/client relationship is one that should have respect and trust, which I what I experienced with Jerry Ventura's office and his staff. His advice, ethics and professionalism makes him the top family law attorney in south Florida.
He was VERY professional , very knowledgeable..and I felt confident with him during my case.