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Chris Allen Houghtaling

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  1. Maybe a little too nice in the courtroom.

    Posted by a Divorce client,
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    • I do not recommend Chris Houghtaling.
    • I hired Chris 1-3 years ago.
    • Chris handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    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.

  2. Chris Houghtaling

    Posted by Grant, a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Chris Houghtaling.
    • I hired Chris more than 3 years ago.
    • Chris handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    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.

  3. Attorney Chris Houghtaling

    Posted by Grant, a Divorce client,
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    • I recommend Chris Houghtaling.
    • I hired Chris more than 3 years ago.
    • Chris handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    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!!!

  4. Excellent Legal Representation

    Posted by Matt, a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Chris Houghtaling.
    • I hired Chris more than 3 years ago.
    • Chris handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I have been using Chris as my lawyer for many years now and he has always done a tremendous job. The thing I like best about working with Chris is that he always puts me at ease and makes me more comfortable no matter what the situation is. I think this rubs off on all the parties involved and creates a much more relaxed environment at the courthouse, in the courtroom or at the FOC.

    The other thing I like about Chris as an attorney is that he is very fair. He doesn't try to get too much or too little and doesn't get pushy with the judge or the other party. Again, putting everyone at ease, he is able to get a fair judgement. I think this is a fabulous trait to have as an attorney and I have been satisfied with the results every single time I have used his services.

    I would recommend Chris for anyone in need of legal assistance. You will be very happy that you chose him.