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Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
This group actually made my divoce messier and uglier than it needed to be.
My ex and I had a basic understanding how we wanted to proceed with divorce topics. I had started all the paperwork in St. Louis and after we moved to Kansas City we decided to file here. I gave the Mathew's group all the information that they needed to file and somehow they were able to make a hug mess of the whole deal. They never looked at my file for a month after I paid my fee and only progressed with me calling daily. I had never been verbally aggressive on the phone until having to deal with their staff. They presented miss information to my ex's lawyer causing he and I to have more heated agruments than when we were together. Thank goodness we were able to talk and have a united front between us and let the lawyers know what we wanted as it appeared they were trying to get us to go to court. Sure why not, we both are successful professionals.
The best part was my court date to have the judge sign off was moved back 60 days as they never had received confirmation from his lawyer that he received papers. This lead to him being served at his medical practice which I greatly regret agreeing to.
What was to take a max of 3 months took a painful 8 months
It is lawyers like this that give the profession as a whole a bad reputation.
Posted by a client, Flag
I DEFINITELY would never use this group again. I consider myself a pretty easy person to do business with. I can be understanding and forgiving of honest mistakes or occasional delays due to busyness, etc., but working with these people was very frustrating, and at times infuriating. This firm is poorly managed, has poor communication, and appeared to have a very high turnover rate.
Josh Matthews was great to converse with and he can really set your mind at ease. I will give him kudos for that. But it ends there. I was very sorry we wrote the check up front, because then we were trapped. I believe that is a good strategy for them, otherwise people would bail and hire someone else once they discover how the firm operates.
My case was handed over to different attorneys multiple times, each who knew nothing of my case, forcing me to retell my story and goals from the beginning each time. There was no consistent communication among the people working on my case. It was necessaty to send multiple emails and/or call several times before receiving a response from anyone, and what I would receive was a lot of smooth talk, vague, comforting promises, but not actual answers to my questions.
I didn't realize how horrible the experience was until something came up regarding the case 6 months after, and I contacted a different attorney. It was like a breath of fresh air!!! The new law office was VERY knowledgeable, helpful, and definitely gave me the direction and help I needed. Night and day difference!! I definitely did not find a lawyer for life with Josh Matthews.
Posted by Kent, a Child Support client, Flag
I hired the Mathews group to attain a simple child support modification as I was allowed to request a modification after 40 months. I received 2 court dates almost immediately but they were both postponed by my ex. We then were given a court date in Oct. I showed up. My ex showed up. Her counsel showed up. The only person conspicuous in their absence was Mr. Mathews. I called the law office and since there was another lawyer from the firm in the building, they sent him to me. He explained that he was unprepared for the case as he did not have my file. We were forced to ask for another continuance. My ex then filed for attorney fees and costs. We received a new court date for the 1st week of January. At this hearing, even though I had specifically asked my lawyer to attempt to have my support modified retroactively back to July 1st, he never even mentioned it. He also admitted to the hearing officer that his failure to appear in October was his fault and "On him". Our hearing officer at this time requested my Domestic Relations Affidavit, a form that I had already filled out and returned to my lawyer the previous August. We were again given a new court date and instructed to provide said document by the 21st of January. Arriving in court on January 22nd I discovered that this document had still not been provided to the court by my lawyer. I had to go home and fill out the form once more and re-submit it to my lawyer for submission to the court.
Finally, on February 6th, 10 months after my 40 month period of paying $650.00 per month, I finally received my modification lowering my support. This was not made retroactive back to July, when my stipulated 40 months was complete. How could it be? My lawyer never brought it up in court. My ex was awarded $500 in lawyers fees and costs as a result of my attorney not showing up for our court date in August. I paid 4 months more of my unmodified child support than I would have if he had shown up for court as well as being saddled with a $500 bill for my ex's lawyer fees.
After being informed by my attorney that I had received my modification and that my new support payment was $339/month, I asked the law office representative who called me if the Mathews group was going to pay the $500 in lawyers fees since it was "his fault" and "On him". I was told that they would have to speak to Joshua Mathews and get back to me on that.
The only other communication I have received from The Mathews Group since then is a letter informing me that they had accomplished their task of obtaining a modification and that they considered their job done.
I would warn anyone looking for an attorney that this firm is definitely one to avoid.
They do not return calls.
They do not appear for court dates.
They do not address issues with the court that are important to you.
They do not file forms and paperwork in a timely manner.
They incur fees that YOU will be accountable for, and will not offer to pay them.
This is a very slipshod and unprofessional firm and I heartily recommend that you seek elsewhere for competent legal council.
Posted by Rebecca, a Divorce client, Flag
Finally a law firm that makes you feel comfortable. When I called his office I was able to speak to a member of the team for 15 minutes. I set the consultation appointment for the next day. From the moment I walked in the door I knew I wanted to hire Joshua Mathews and his team. Joshua was truly listening to my story and never once made me feel intimidated or rushed (feelings I felt at other law firms). While this was one of the most difficult times in my life, the entire team makes you feel at ease. I recommend this firm to everyone searching for a family law attorney.
Posted by George, a Adoption client, Flag
Joshua Mathews recently represented my wife and I in an adoption proceeding. My wife's ex-husband had been out of the picture for a long time so I was doing a stepparent adoption.
Unfortunately my wife's ex showed up at the first hearing and started making things really difficult. We knew that the adoption was right for our daughter, especially since I'm the only one she has ever called "Daddy." Her real dad was gone before she could speak. But we were worried because Josh had done our case really cheap not expecting it to be a fight. Even though it is a flat fee we knew that if things changed they might have to charge us extra.
Josh knew that we didn't have the money to fight this, and any other attorney would have quit. But Josh stayed on the case and continued to fight. The thing ended up lasting 8 months and we actually offered to pay them more money when our tax return came in. Josh told us not to worry about it and ended up winning the case.
I know that a lot of people are going to be unhappy in these kinds of cases and they might try to blame their lawyers. But I can tell you from experience that Josh and the rest of the office really cared about us.
Posted by Derrick, a Child Custody client, Flag
I have read other reviews on this site and they sound identical to what I went through. During the phone consult, he said all the right things and I felt like I would have my son in no time. WRONG! He did not communicate with me at all. His paralegal staff were wonderful and they helped a lot but Josh was pure junk. He yelled at me and told me I was a bad father. He said I haven't showed that I wanted to be a father. He is sooooo far from correct.
I live in California and the court was in Johnson County. Upon arriving to his law firm for the FIRST TIME, Josh hid in his office like a little baby. He never came out one time to introduce himself. He ended up passing me on to some other attorney with less then a year of experience at the time. I met with the new attorney and he had no idea what I wanted. I told him my story 3 different times before he halfway understood it.
Once at the court house, the attorney's voice was trembling while he was talking. My Ex's attorney ate him alive. We ended up settling because my attorney had no experience. He was timid.
josh matthews doesn't know how to treat people. He is the worst "attorney" ever
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
They kept their word, and were very easy for both sides to work with. But when my ex-wife refused to be reasonable, Josh and his staff refused to be pushed around. At trial, it was obvious that we were WAY more prepared than my wife's attorney, and the judge clearly liked the way that Josh did things. I did better than I ever thought I would.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I can't say enough how hard they worked for my husband and me. Someone wrote a review and said that they were ignored, but that was certainly the opposite of our experience. Josh was my husband's third attorney, (he used others for his divorce and first modification), and none of them were as attentive as Josh and his staff. Somebody always answered the phone, and we were always taken care of. And the whole thing cost us about 1/3 what it would have with somebody else.
Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
Terrible experience!!!! The "flat rate fees" are just to reel you in. Once you pay...you will mean nothing to them...and they will have absolutely NO incentive to work for you! You will soon discover that YOU will be doing much of the work for yourself.
Our nightmare began in February 2012, when my husband and I had a "phone consultation" with Joshua Mathews. (we live out of state). My husband needed a fairly simple 'modification' done on his existing divorce decree in regards to his daughter's child support/college arrangements.
We were initially attracted to the "flat rate" fee...and Joshua Mathews told us "everything we wanted to hear". He pin-pointed how we should approach his very difficult ex-wife, and he "sounded" like he knew what he was talking about....wrong!!
We paid our money....and that was the last we heard from him for 6 months. His staff gathered our information for the case, but NOTHING went according to the plan in our consultation. He never so much as "informed" his staff about our case, so they didn't approach his ex wife in the manner we discussed...nor did they follow the procedure we had agreed on...and THAT set the stage for a very long, and miserable experience..
The office staff (Tricia, Julie, Katelyn) did not keep us updated on anything...ever. (they say they will, but they don't). They ignore most emails, and Josh is always "in a meeting". We asked multiple times that they please "copy us" on letters and correspondence (like other attorney's do) and they never once did! You literally have to BEG for information about your own case!! You will never know what's going on, and months will go by with no progress whatsoever.
They even failed tp get the "required" financial information from his ex-wife, even though we provided ALL of ours to her attorney. And they never apologize for anything no matter how many mistakes are made.
Then.. somewhere along the way...Josh pushed our case off on another awful and rude attorney (Jadh) without even notifying us. She pretty much blew our case by sending an "unapproved" settlement offer to the opposing counsel...then..NOT telling us for 4 weeks that the other side actually had quickly responded with a counter offer!! (found that out from the ex-wife)...which by the way...was the ONLY way we ever found out anything on our case. All they managed to do was tick her off, making her even harder to negotiate with.
We finally emailed Josh and INSISTED they he take back over our case. (He didn't even remember us!) We wanted to fire him, but we simply could not afford someone new after paying him up front.
Ultimately, after NINE MONTHS of "pure torment"...we ended up having to "negotiate a deal with his ex-wife directly ourselves!". And just when you think it can't get any worse, ALL THAT WAS LEFT, was acquiring our signatures on the modification to send in to the court. Simple enough. Instead, Josh literally lied to us for weeks about emailing her attorney for signature...he said he was just waiting to hear back from him. (NOT TRUE). This was confirmed by the opposing counsel. No idea "why" he never emailed the opposing attorney for signatures..makes no sense!! We would have been DONE!
So "WE" had to send the "revised modification" to his ex-wife for her signature, and her attorney's signature. THAT is how we finally got it....by doing the work ourselves.
Extremely unprofessional lawyer and staff!!!! Literally impossible to communicate with!! WORST EXPERIENCE EVER. We basically paid for "self service". Wasted our hard earned money...and 9 months of our lives that we'll never get back..
Hopefully this will save at least "one" person from making the same terrible mistake that we did. Bottom Line: If you value your sanity...you will not hire Joshua Mathews!!
Posted by a Guardianship client, Flag
Horrible paid him money never seen him again different lawyer everytime. Does not keep you in the loop and won't answer emails calls or even when had court date didn't even tell me about what happened and I was left waiting in lobby horrible horrible experience uh
Posted by Megan, a Child Custody client, Flag
I would never recommend this "attorney" to anyone! You see him one time and he promises you great things, but does NOT deliver. He doesn't even show up! In a year and a half, we saw him one time at our initial consultation. We gave him a $3k check, and never saw him again. He sent a different attorney to represent us four different times, each one knew nothing about our case, each one no longer works for the firm. We never knew who to ask for when trying to reach someone for information or questions concerning our case. It has been a horrible experience. We are now out our money and have had to hire another attorney and start completely over.
Posted by Teresa, a Tax client, Flag
My husband and I consulted Mr. Mathews on a tax issue. We were very stressed out and ready to pay any amount to get help with the matter. Mr. Mathews to a half hour of his time and explained to us how simple it would be for us to resolve the matter ourselves. He could have charged us $1500.00 and done the same thing himself in 45 minutes but he was up front and honest and gave us the exact steps to solve the problem ourselves. He didn't even charge for the consultation. I hope I don't need one but if I do, I will go back to Mr Mathews.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
My divorce was very complicated, and had a lot of unique characteristics. After speaking with several attorneys, and always feeling rushed out of the room, I finally met with Josh Mathews. He and his staff were so attentive and treated me wonderfully.
I was a little worried about working with a male attorney, but I was really surprised by how thoughtful and caring Josh was. He brought a female associate to court with us, to help explain what was happening during the trial.
This is an extremely difficult and stressful thing to go through, and I was so happy that whenever I called, I always got to talk to somebody who knew about my case. Tricia and Kaitlyn would always help me, and take the time to help me understand the process.
I read a negative review on here, and I guess some people are going to be unhappy no matter what. I've worked with lawyers throughout my real estate career, and I've never had people who were more attentive, or more concerned with me and my family's welfare, than the Mathews Group.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
The problem with the Mathews Group is they use the flat rate system, so once you sign the contract, they have no incentive to help. When I first called about their services, I walked to Mr. Mathews within 5 min and met with him that same day for about an hour. After the meeting, which went well and he told me everything I wanted to hear, I signed the contract. That's when things changed.
I was not able to get a hold of him after that. He couldn't find time to meet with me before court, he was supposed to meet me early beforehand, but he showed up late to court and did not even bring the documents I provided hm. I was essentially representing myself during the divorce hearing, which likely cost me. Thankfully the judge did make a fair decision regardless. My ex told me her lawyer had even commented afterwards how unprepared Mr. Mathews was.
After court, he did not communicate the next steps. I found out later it took him over 2 months to get the paperwork in to the court. When I started received bills from the court, I called them and they said my attorney was supposed to go over it with me. When I told them my troubles, they encouraged me to write my complaint to the board since he had failed at his obligation. The few times I did talk with him, he was very rude and told me he didn't have time.
In summary, the Mathews group is really good at getting you to sign their contract for their flat-rate services, but after that, they have no incentive to do the very bare minimum. I really felt scammed that after I paid him thousands of dollars, and he did barely anything.
Posted by Bill, a Divorce client, Flag
Just got divorced in Johnson County. Judge is splitting things up, and with a lot of different assets, it all gets kind of confusing. When the Judge gets finished, I'm not thrilled with the result, but it sounds fair. That's when Josh Matthews stand up and tells the judge that he thinks he caught a mistake. He's real nice about it, and clearly doesn't want to make the judge look bad, but he's pretty sure he can show where it is messed up. The judge listens, but then basically tells him he's wrong. Josh ends up going up to the judge's bench with a pad of paper and a marker, and diagrams the whole thing. Turns out the judge had made a tax error, and Josh was the only one who caught it.
Saved me $80,000.
I might have been able to get divorced for $3000 with some other lawyer, but nobody else would have caught something like that.
They were great.
Posted by Doug, a Divorce client, Flag
Josh Matthews and his team were so helpful and caring throughout my entire divorce. My ex made everything so hard, and changed lawyers three times. A case that should have taken 3 or 4 months took over a year, but Josh never charged me anymore. He stuck by his promise about the flat fee, and he always treated me with respect. He took my calls at night and even met with me on a weekend, because I drive over the road all week. Really, super nice people.
Posted by Lisa, a Child Custody client, Flag
Josh met with us nearly 2 years ago and has helped my husband battle not 1, but 5 cases, of which none of them are easy. He has met with us outside of normal work hours when we could not make the normal lawyers 9-5. He started it all with a flat rate that we discussed during our first meeting and he has held to that even though 2 of the cases seem to be a lot more difficult than we thought. But, he is not giving up on us. Any other lawyer would have continued to charge us more and more & honestly would have thrown their hands up and given up a long time ago. Josh & Mike have had to use very creative ways to help my husband. From our very first meeting to the meeting we just had last week, Josh has given us hope and kept us informed as to what each of our next steps are. Unfortunately, when it comes to minor children in separated households, the battle seems to be never ending unless one person gives up. We know as long as we are willing to continue to fight, Josh is willing to stand by our side & help us. Even when we are thinking we should just give up, he let us know that we still have other options. We are extremely thankful that they are helping us.
Posted by Mary, a client, Flag
Joshua Mathews and his entire team handled our case with professionalism along with personal attention in a speedy time frame.
We were kept informed constantly of the progression of our case.
It was resolved with great satisfaction.
Posted by Nedal, a Child Custody client, Flag
I had a lawyer who was handling my child custody case for 9 month that did not take me no where. when i switched to the Mathews Group Mike and Josh did an excellent job and finished my case in 2 month and gave me exactly what i asked for, they were very professional, polite and very understandinng to my situation. they worked very hard on my case and the results were excellent. Thank you
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Terrible, worthless, rude and not at all the same person I interviewed when I was looking to hire an attorney for child support/visitation. After he was paid I never heard from him again. He did not update me (my x did) how about that for updating after you spend 10k?
Long story short: I hired him, paid him to do absolutely nothing he actually refused to do any work even with it included in the payment and contract. First court date he did not even show, second court date I called him constantly and my calls/emails were once again not returned but he did show although he was late. He was rude during settlement, just wanted me to settle because he thought it was good when the facts were not correct and I made him aware of that and he raised his voice to the point the other counsel could hear which was completely unprofessional.
Joshua Matthews and the Matthews group staff not professional, inexperienced and the lack of competence is noticeable. They have not been around long, I don't see them staying around for very long treating clients the way they do. Do yourself a favor, do not hire him.
Posted by Sarah, Flag
I absolutely would recommend Joshua Mathews to anyone needing a lawyer. I cannot believe that the other review said he was worthless because he was quite the opposite! There obviously had to be more to the story that the reviewer wasn't going to say. I will definately be using him again if I ever need a lawyer.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Oh he seemed so smooth and attentive when I went in for my consultation so I fell for his act. I handed over that check and then I never heard from him after. I spoke only with secretary from then after. I showed up to court to find out that he had canceled my hearing but didnt let me know. He got nothing done in my case!!!! So finally 1 year later after nothing but struggle to show my case some attention it needed I had to hire a new attorney...with no refund I might add!!
Posted by Ruth, a Divorce client, Flag
Joshua Matthews and his staff made my divorce process so much easier. Everyone was so nice, and I'm really glad I found them.
Posted by Christy, a Divorce client, Flag
Joshua was very easy to talk to and kept me informed about every aspect of my case. Everyone I talked with at the Mathews Group was very professional and always got back to me quickly. Anyone who needs a lawyer I reccomend the Mathews Group.
Posted by Debi, a Chapter 7 client, Flag
Joshua Mathews is not only knowledgable about the bankrupcy laws he was very understanding and concerned about his clients. He seems to understand that filing bankrupcy is not easy. With his knowledge of the laws and encouragement for the future I feel as at ease as I can in this situation.