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Chris Allen Houghtaling

Chris Houghtaling’s client reviews

     4.5 stars 11 total

Review Chris Houghtaling

  • Challenged a PPO, defended my SM Assault charge, challenged restitution and handled my divorce.

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Hired attorney

    I brief moment in time turned my life upside down.

    I contacted Chris for an appointment and got in right away. He was very easy to talk to and helped me understand what I was up against. He provided real expectations and he didn't over charge for his services. His fees were very fair all things considered.

    Chris helped me challenge a PPO and the original version was amended twice. Once to allow me to enter my work place and the second, to allow me to gather my belongings from my ex-wife's house.

    Chris defended me in a SM assault case (first offense). I never had to post bond and I was ultimately granted special probation. (avoided jail time!!)

    Chris also helped me challenge a related restitution claim and had the total reduced by $400.

    Chris also handled my divorce and this went as smooth as could be expected.

    Chris typically answers his cell phone and will talk to you on the spot. If he can't talk right then, he'll always return your call in a reasonable amount of time. Chris cares about his clients and their families. Chris also has solid professional relationships with other lawyers, based on the interactions I saw.

    I highly recommend Chris to anyone needing a lawyer in the Muskegon area.

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  • Family case

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Dana

    Hired attorney

    Chris and his team have helped me so much! They have been professional and down to earth during what has been one of the hardest times in my life. They are always there for you, and you can tell that everyone truly cares.

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  • Really Lacking on Communication

    1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    Hired attorney

    Chris was great on the phone when I discussed a family law matter with him. Five months have now passed since he agreed to work on a jurisdiction change for a divorce that was completed five years ago in another state and needs to be transferred to MI. His office has received the True-Attest copies of the final decree from me in July 2015 and as of wring this email (October 2015) he and/or his office has not been able to provide me with any update on the status of my case with the court system. Like another reviewer I too am experiencing a lack of communication and when I call his staff they have no case notes and keep telling me that they will ask Chris for an update, but I never get any response...

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  • Professional and Understanding

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Hired attorney

    Chris provided valuable information regarding my situation and also provided guidance to deal with the situation and whay to possibly expect in the times to come.

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  • Child Custody Case

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Steve

    Hired attorney

    Chris was honest and open about the case and our chances. Once the case started he answered all our questions and told us exactly what to do and how to do it. Because of Chris the case went in our favor and we could not be more pleased.

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  • Excellent representation

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Elaine

    Chris has represented my family and our family buisness on various areas. He keeps us well informed and is always available for any questions or concerns. I would not trust anyone but Chris to represent me. V

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  • Highly Recommeded attorney ( Chris Houghtaling)

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Travis

    Chris a great guy and an excellent attorney. He was very knowledgeable on both my criminal and custody cases. I appreciate all the support and help I have recieved from him. I would strongly recommend him...
    (He has been my attorney for 7 years and will continue to be my attorney for years to come)

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  • Maybe a little too nice in the courtroom.

    2.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    I hired Chris based upon this very website and a glowing peer review. However, my experience was much different than the reviews I have seen here. Yes he is a nice guy and yes if you are dealing with a relatively uncomplicated divorce, he will do fine. If you are dealing with a narcissist in any way shape or form, you are probably going to need a tougher lawyer, or one who deals extensively with domestic violence.

    I went into my divorce of course naieve as could be, thinking my ex could handle being amicable, which he didn't handle at all, and I felt totally steamrolled through the process. Emails to Chris went unanswered for a month at one point. If I called, the receptionist seemed short with me. I feel anything over 48 hours is unacceptable for a question that takes 2 minutes to answer. It was very rare that my emails were answered in a timely manner. Even if I gained a reputation as a difficult client with too many questions, I did not feel it would be too much to write a couple sentences back at the end of a week to answer a question.

    Finally, during court cases, he seemed calm, but almost a little too calm, because my ex's lawyer just kept on going, and my ex kept getting granted almost everything he wanted while chris did not defend or say a word. He seemed a bit unprepared.

    After all was supposed to be said and done, I am still getting dragged to court over clauses that were not written very well in the divorce decree. Between Chris and the judge, there was a push towards mediation. If I was able to do anything through mediation, I wouldn't have hired a lawyer.

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  • Chris Houghtaling

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Grant

    Chris is an outstanding attorney and I would definitely recommend him. Chris possesses many positive traits, which makes him a great attorney. Chris is honest and will tell you his genuine opinion. He presents himself with professionalism in the courtroom. He will answer all of your questions with truth and in the best interest for you. Chris is easily accessible. If you can't reach him, leave him a message or email, and Chris will always get back to you timely.

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  • Attorney Chris Houghtaling

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Grant

    I would highly recommend Chris as your attorney if you ever need one. Chris has many positive attributes, which make him an excellent attorney. One of the traits I like about Chris is he is very honest and straightforward. He will not give you an answer that you are looking for to please you...Chris will give you his professional opinion, whether you may agree with it or not. If you do not agree with what you hear from Chris, you really should. He knows the law, he has experience and he will work for you!!!

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