4.5 stars 46 totalReview Joseph Gufford
I had the pleasure of having Joe represent me through my difficult and strenuous divorce. Joe reassured me and followed through with everything in a timely manner. He was as aggressive as I needed him to be and I'm extremely satisfied with his representation. I have referred many others to him because I'm so confident that he can help them as he did for myself.
Mr. Gufford, his paralegal Hazel, and his staff have been an important part of my family's life for over 12 years while fighting nasty, ugly court issues with my children's father, or my ex. Twelve years of custody, child support, medical expenses, foreclosure, domestic violence, restraining orders, emergency hearings, and long drawn out court cases brought about to protect my children.
Mr. Gufford has been thorough with making the best decisions and taking to time ensure the laws, safety, and court orders were followed. On several occasions, I have called Mr. Gufford for immediate advice on specific matters and he has always returned an email or phone call in a timely manner if not immediately. He has worked to make sure that the proper documents were filed in the most cost efficient ways to try to keep legal cost down. He has chosen strategies, witnesses, and case laws to support the matters at hand. He has been professional in making the decisions to protect the children and my welfare always making sure the laws were followed.
Hazel, his paralegal, has been beside him through the course of the 12 years. She has worked closely with me to not only keep me calm in extreme times of hardship, but has been able to interpret the legal wording for me to understand exactly what is meant. She has spent numerous hours creating documents, spreadsheets, graphs, research, filings, communication with both the court and myself, and has supported the family with the best interest at hand while keeping a professional tone to the forefront.
Billing issues over the last 12 years have always been discussed as they arise and as the bills grow. The desicions were made to best fit financially while doing the best to keep the children's best interest and safety at hand. Avenues were taken and compiled together when available to minimize the costs. Witnesses and subpoenas were used only for professional purposes as to cut the costs and decrease the amounts of wasted time.
Mr. Gufford and Hazel have fought successfully in my children and my behalf for an extremely rare amount of time. They have never left me alone. They have been beside us the entire time ensuring that the best interests of ours were heard. I honestly can not imagine where we would be without them.
Our court cases still aren't over. They won't be until the children finally turn 18, unfortunately I see this coming. However, knowing that I have Joe and Hazel in my corner, I can be assured that I have the best attorney I could possibly have.
I hired Joe to represent me when I wanted to protect the best interest of my son. He met and exceeded my expectations and was very resourceful and creative during the process. Joe definitely went above and beyond to fight for my son and I. Thank you Joe, we greatly appreciated your hard work and professionalism on our case.
I was very distressed when I contacted his office and they made me feel at ease about my situation, he and his staff are very knowledgeable. I, unfortunately, had another atty involved and he even had to do their work for them because of how awful they were. He got the case transferred to them and got my daughter returned to me right away, which this other atty was unable to do. He had a great rapport with me and my entire family loved him because of how efficient he was in getting my "kidnapped" daughter home to me quickly, which the other atty couldn't do and apparently had no interest in doing. He got my case completed in a timely manner and got me exactly what I wanted, he takes no crap from the other party and I loved it! I highly recommend Joe for your legal services.
I was so fortunate when I hired Mr. Gufford and his team to represent me in my post divorce case with my ex. Both he and his staff stuck by me through some really tough times and they were the key to the successful resolution of my very difficult case. The case was not an easy one and even though he had to talk me off the ledge more than once when I was impatient with the speed of the process, he and his awesome staff triumphed through their hard work, legal knowledge and perseverance. I was not the easiest of clients to handle at the time and I am sure that he and his staff wanted to kick me to the curb. But, they didn't, and I am ever so thankful for their help and assistance. All of his office staff are great, especially Hazel, who kept me constantly up to date with the latest happenings at every stage. He is not cheap but I hired a cheap lawyer before who produced nothing but a bunch or problems that Mr. Gufford fixed.
I hired Gufford for my divorce case. He was initially interested in my case but once he received my retainer he seemed very disinterested and even quite unknowledgeable about my case and didn't even remember what he had told me previously regarding a name change. It took him once 21 days to return a phone call and even then I had to beg his assistant for a call back for which she apologized for over and over for. I did not feel comfortable having him represent me. The bill he provided me was very vague and uninformative. He nor his staff gave updates on the billing (as I had asked), and only advised my retainer was used up "after" I changed lawyers. It took him several days to supply a final billing which had items on it that did not even pertain to me or were dated before I even met him. He said he fixed however since his retainers are non-refundable, even though he did not do the work, he would not credit me back. During one phone call he put me on hold advising he had to go to the bathroom (really?), for which I was billed for those minutes too. When I nicely asked him to deduct those minutes, his response asked me would I have rather he not relieve himself. He also used curse words in some of our conversations (but not toward me) which I did not find professional. His contract leaves a lot to be questioned, so make sure if considering his services to read it fully and understand it.
I could not have found better council than Joe! He is an amazing lawyer! He works so hard for his clients and he actually treats you like a person, not an income source! He and his staff exceeded my expectations in every way!
after several attempts to handle my divorce on my own and running into roadblock and cooperation issues, I decided to bite the bullet and go with an attorney. after reviewing a few websites, I emailed the Gufford firm, got a phone call back from Joe right away and felt comfortable with him and his firm. Subsequent events throughout the process bore out this assessment as I found Joe and his team to be personable, knowledgeable and able to make sure I understood the process. While I certainly wish I didn't need his services, I am more than satisfied with Joe's performance on my behalf as well as that of his firm.
I sought out Mr. Gufford to assist in a custody case that has been ongoing for many years. Immediately speaking with him I knew I was talking with someone who is passionate, knowledgeable, hard-working, aggressive, and above all spot-on with regards to dealing with child custody cases. Mr. Gufford is someone I highly recommend in hiring where you can expect to receive top notch service, respect, but foremost an attorney with a brilliant understanding of how to manage high-conflict custody cases.
Although attorney Gufford was across the state he took time out of his busy day to assist me in finding an attorney close to my residence to help with my concern. He truly went above and beyond despite me not being a client.