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Posted by RJ, a Divorce client, Flag
When my wife filed for Separate Maintenance I was shocked. Divorce was never an option for my wife and me and her actions took me completely by surprise. I didn’t even know what Separate Maintenance meant. What I came to realize is that it was basically a divorce without the name and that I needed legal help.
I interviewed a number of attorneys in West Michigan and felt most comfortable with Courtney from Quist Hansen. I found that there are a lot of "pit bull" attorneys out there but, my intention was to do whatever I could to help reconcile and give the best chance possible to save our family from the destruction of divorce, not just maximize my share of the marital estate. Courtney’s approach was one of congeniality but not conciliatory. She was easy to talk with, caring and compassionate, but when she needed to be firm she was, but only as a last resort. The other incredible thing was that she predicted the final outcome from the very first meeting.
The attorneys at Quist Hansen know the law, that is without question. But as with any case, especially one rife with emotion as it relates to family, I thought it important that I work with a person who had family and children, as well as both parent’s rights in mind as well. At the end of the day however, when dealing with children and families, the Friend of the Court and the Judge’s decision plays a large part, often times using discretion to go outside of what the law states. For this reason, it was Courtney’s familiarity with the judges that made her the obvious choice for the divorce that was filed against me. Her husband is a judge as is her father-in-law and she understands the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each judge and was able to effectively and skillfully navigate me through these treacherous waters. She always listened to my concerns but, protecting me from emotional decisions along the way. When I wanted to "react" to something, she would calmly and coolly settle me down and help me "respond" in a better way.
It was comforting to know that I had an advocate who truly did desire reconciliation and not just confrontation to rack up attorney fees, but when confrontation was necessary to protect children and assets, Courtney was also up to the task.
Maybe I could I have gotten more money or made a “better deal” using another "pit bull" attorney. Perhaps, but our settlement was fair and I can sleep well at night knowing that I did everything I could to help save the marriage, in part by using Courtney to represent me. I cannot put a price tag on that and my peace of mind.
Posted by Lisa, a Divorce client, Flag
I have worked with Courtney on several divorce cases and she is not only extremely knowledgable with family law, but she truly cares for her clients well being and works hard for a fair and equitable settlement . If a case does go to trial, she will shine with her litigation skills. I would highly recommend her and her partner for family law advice.
Posted by Sandra, a Family client, Flag
Courtney represented me in a child custody case. She was professional and reasonable. My calls were promptly returned and emails answered on nights and weekends. She was honest and upfront and made it clear that no one wins in these types of disputes. Her honesty and frankness helped make a painful situation bearable.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Courtney was my attorney for my divorce in 2012. I was impressed by her knowledge of the law, and the fact that she took the time to explain how it affected my situation (custody, and parenting time). I had an extremely ugly divorce, and the attorney on the other side made things difficult and expensive. I was grateful my attorney stayed calm and "talked me down" during several heated court battles. She cared more about my children (I felt) than the other attorney. I would not wish divorce on anyone, but if you do, I recommend Courtney.
Posted by Rob, a Divorce client, Flag
Courtney and her Partner Elena handled my divorce last year. It was obvious to me that they deeply care for their clients. Custody was an issue, and I was at probably the worst time in my life. Both Courtney and Elena called me at night and on weekends during the worst part of it. At first I thought all attorneys did this, but I have come to find out they are the exception. I will tell you I did not always like what I heard, but looking back I appreciate the honesty. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Charles, a Divorce client, Flag
I don't often write reviews but my experience with Courtney and her partner was incredibility bad and want to warn others before you spend your hard earned money with someone so incompetent as her. She didn't have any problems calling me right away to bring me into her office to collect the $3,000.00 retainer but after that day I couldn't get her to return calls or explain what she was doing with my case. I truly don't think she knows how to use a computer or email attachments. Please do not hire Courtney..There are much better attorney's in town. In fact my new attorney has done twice as much as Courtney in the 1st month.
Posted by Sharon, a Divorce client, Flag
A friend referred me to Ms. Quist after I had hired another attorney and was unhappy. She gladly accepted my case with less than a month before we were to go to trial. She accomplished more in the 3 1/2 weeks than the other attorney I had had for over a year. While she kept saying she could not guarantee any outcome of the bench trial, she sure did well for me. I now have spousal support until my ex or I dies, and until social security begins for me in a few years. This experience has sure been tough on me as a middle-upper aged woman. I sure am glad she was available to take my case. Her professionalism, and personal attention was certainly appreciated.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Had the deck stacked against me in a little town where I did not live long during a two year divorce proceeding. Courtney went in and reminded everyone of what the law rules were for, and how they were to be used. Happy to say, she did great! Need a lawyer when you are getting home-towned, call Courtney!!! She is very knowledgeable. Happy to have moved from the small-minded town and start all over!
Posted by Nate, a Child Custody client, Flag
Courtney was my attorney during my divorce and custody suits. She did everything she could do to assist and help my family stay intact. While the judge's decisions did not always go my way, I found her to be an excellent attorney. I have finished my divorce and will refer her to others when I know they need great help. Thanks Courtney!
Posted by S, a Divorce client, Flag
She lost my home
Of 13 years most of my Childs custody had me work on getting financial figures together and on the day of divorce
7 months past
Original divorce date tells me she doesn't do QDRO'S please do your homework read the other similar story's she will not stop until her phone stops ringing
Posted by Don, she saved my daughter-I have custody, a Child Custody client, Flag
Ms. Quist is a fantastic Lawyer. She representd me in my Custody case for my 7 year old daughter and saved her from a life of major abuse. I now have permanent custody of her. Ms Quist was professional and very realistic with me over the past year of this case. I felt I could count on her with every issue that came are way. She genuinely cared about me and my family during this very difficult time. Her advice was excellent on every issue. She battled in court making sure things were filed and followed up on. Her effort could not have been more genuine and caring as she rescued my daughters future for both of us. Courtney is an experianced lawyer who knows how to get the job done for her clients. Her counsel and level headedness were superb. I cannot thank her enough for her actions and patience in this matter. I can't put into words how great she performed including many hugs along the way. She has a fantastic moral compass that guided us to this victory. My daghter is now safe, happy and thriving toward a great future. I would recommend her to anyone. She is simply outstanding!!
Posted by Margaret, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Ms. Quist is one of the best. She is outstanding in all aspects and when representing my sister this last year showed compassion, wisdom and expertise. We were both very pleased with the outcome and have given her name to many other women who need a good lawyer.
Posted by Michael Flemings, a Family client, Flag
Courtney represented me in a custody matter this spring. She made it very clear to me that she could not control the outcome of my hearing, and that she was not going to tell me what I wanted to hear if it wasnâ€™t true. I must say I was surprised at the bluntness, but I think it helped me to understand the reality of court and the proceedings. If I need her again, and I hope not to, I will call her.
Posted by Sarah, a Divorce client, Flag
I was surprised to see some of the reviews regarding Courtney Quist. She represented me in my divorce last year, and I thought she was knowledgeable and compassionate throughout the whole ordeal. I never felt like I was just another client to her. I remember my ex complaining about the amount of money he spent on his attorney. My bill was not nearly as high, and I was able to make payments after the divorce was over. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Courtney came recommended by an associate of mine. I should have known that there would be trouble when there were many mistakes in the paperwork that was filed for the divorce. The advise she gave me was contradictory to what was written in the summons which my spouse's attorney then used against me. She is very poor at communication as I have had to call her many times just to get a single call back.
I have now spoken to several attorneys who have informed me that this is typical Courtney behaviour. Happy to take your retainer and get you half way into trouble and then state that is is too complicated to get you out of or that it will cost you a ton more money to fix!
Posted by Shawn G, a Divorce client, Flag
Divorce & Custody Disputes are (by nature) very ugly. It's a scary, uncertain time in a person's life that requires a quide like no other. Since it is not possible to "buy" a "win" in court, I needed to know someone cared about "me" (and my sons) and I found this in Courtney Quist. She is extremely attentive, thorough, compassionate and willing to go the extra distance for her clients. More times than I can list, Courtney basically saved the day and took the tremendous weight and pressure off my shoulders. If I felt nervous, she gave me reassurance that I was not alone. If I was upset because of the bad situation, she took the time to listen to me and figure out the next move. I never felt rushed or like "just another case". In reality, I felt safe when Courtney was in front of me. We owe her a huge debt of gratitude and will forever let all our friends, family or professional connections know; if you must go through divorce, do it only with Courtneys guidance. I personally am proud to call her my friend and representative. THAK YOU SOOOO MUCH COURTNEY!
Posted by Elizabeth, a Divorce client, Flag
I walked into Courtney's office after interviewing several attorneys who, like Courtney, were highly recommended by other attorneys in different fields, and I knew immediately that she was not only highly capable, but knowledgeable of the law, compassionate as a human, and listened like no other attorney I had ever worked with or knew personally or professionally.
I didn't have the wherewithall to even know how in-danger my children and I were when we left my ex-spouse, but Courtney picked up on the details and cues enough to get an exparte order signed and delivered immediately. This insight and attention to me and my kids safety, financial protection, and guidance to send me to the right people for additional help continued-on throughout the divorce and well beyond as we continue to battle my ex in court post-divorce.
I take responsibility for my own welfare, schedule, finances, and organization of important documents. When Courtney has clients to work with who know that they also play a very important role in the divorce, she then has something to work with. On the other hand, similar to if you were to hand over a box of receipts to an accountant and leave, then expect him or her to get you the best refund without you explaining purchases and having your business organized you may be dissappointed. The client plays a very important role in the attorney/ client relationship similar to that in the scenario above with the accountant.
I have highly recommended Courtney to at least 5 people in my community who have asked me who took such good care of the kids and I throughout my divorce ordeal. Not a few of them, but every one of them hired her as well after interviewing other attorneys in the area and have thanked ME for sending them her way.
Courtney is very respected in her field and has impressive working relationships even with the 3 attorneys my ex has burned through while Courtney continued on with me in loyalty and professional courtesy. I have been repetitively impressed at her composure and knowledge of divorce laws, rights, and case law in and out of the courthouse when dealing with, at times, very offensive and unprofessional behavior from the opposition.
With zero hesitation I will continue to highly recommend Courtney again, again, and again.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I am writing this review not out of spite, because I personally liked Courtney, but because someone elses review helped me to decide I needed to find another attorney. She does not do her homework. She does not keep the facts of the case straight. She makes promises she cannot keep. I could've had months of temporary spousal support if she had filed the paper work correctly. She took $3000 from me- I got nothing for it. She advised me to go to mediation, although I knew it would not work, stating that a judge would order us to anyway--another $500 down the drain and it turns out the judges in my county do not require mediation.(didn't do her homework). She allowed my husband to lock me out of my house and did nothing. Her office did not serve my husband divorce papers when they said they would causing further delays and problems, I have been advised to file a grievance against her to the state bar by another lawyer but am too busy working with my new lawyer who has gotten me temporary spousal support and has done more in 2 months to move my case along than she did in 8.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I had to call her and remind her of my 1st court appearance. She blamed her secretary. Her work was sloppy and she never got any results. I've been waiting over 4 weeks for her to do something and have called numerous times. She blames the other councel for nothing getting done. She has already burned up my $2000 retainer for one court date and my phone calls to her to try to figure what's going on.