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Posted by Beaver, a Divorce client, Flag
Wilfred Schmitz represented me in a divorce proceeding involving my adopted teenage son and his (biological) mother (my wife) who emotionally abused him and has now since deserted her son. I am also a business owner. The case was complex due to me being a business owner and extraordinary due to me, an adoptive father, getting custody of my wife’s child having only been married 6 years and being his adoptive father only 4 years.
Despite the opportunity to pit one against the other, as most divorce cases present, Mr. Schmitz was level-headed, diligent, professional and primarily used a problem solving approach as opposed to a confrontational style. I never sensed he was only in it for the money. I was tempted to go to trial to prove the truth to the Court, which would have resulted in significantly more money for Mr. Schmitz. However, he advised me the settlement offered by my wife was an incredible opportunity and I’d likely pay her 3-4x more and run up significant legal fees if we went to trial. Additionally, I’d have to potentially split my business income during our divorce process which would have surpassed the settlement amount. Financially it was a grand-slam for me.
Again, Mr. Schmitz, although compensated well during the process, could have earned double the fee if we went to trial and I’d have suffered a severe financial setback. As “wrong” as my wife had been it would have been easy for him to nudge me in that direction for his own benefit. Instead he had conversations with opposing counsel which resulted in a settlement that was incredibly favorable. He also could have easily tipped off opposing counsel of my financial position to serve his own financial purpose but he didn’t. My wife put forth a settlement prior to discovery being completed.
Mr. Schmitz personally counseled me as well. He told me I couldn’t make her be a mother to her son. Paramount to him is the child’s vulnerability during the process. He frequently asked about my son. It was my only divorce, so his objective, experienced viewpoint of the process and my situation was priceless. His concern was genuine.
She now lives 2 miles from her son with no contact; she repeatedly violates the divorce decree. If I engage a family law attorney again it will be Mr. Schmitz. He has proved to be a man of integrity. He is fair and is a comforting influence in a potentially ruinous situation. His staff was professional and considerate as well. With him as your counsel you will not walk away feeling like you were fleeced, either by him or your ex-spouse.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Mr. Schmitz helped me work through a situation where my ex had become VERY lackadaisical in her responsibilities of parenting. As an example, my child didn't want to come to my house after school. After a semester of school last year, he had approximately 38 zeroes and 40 other failing grades. This was his last year of Junior High and I could no longer stand by and watch the deterioration of what had been a very good academic career.
The process was long and arduous and every case is different, but I felt like that Mr. Schmitz was very open, honest and didn't set expectations that were beyond reason.
Go in with full knowledge that Mr. Schmitz won't be taking your case because he wants money. My impression is that he has been in practice long enough. That is not his driver. Mr. Schmitz wants what is best for your kids.
He will be tough on you, because that is how he determines what the truth is. I worked with Mr. Schmitz for a year before he finally decided to take my case.
It was not cheap, but I was integrally involved in my child's first year of high school. The custody papers were changed. And the freshman grades of high school improved dramatically. It's going to be close, but National Honor Society is pretty darned good and that was the expectation that was set at the beginning of the school year.
My original lawyer was lazy and unorganized.
Mr. Schmitz is a hard worker that works seamlessly with his staff.
It helps if you are the same. Don't go thinking that you are going to give him your sob story, write a big, fat check and come back in 60 days and everything will be tied up in a bow.
Treat this situation like - you have a certain amount of time and input before your kid grows up and there is a sense of urgency to get a problem fixed. If you need him, Mr. Schmitz or one of his staff will respond quickly. Give them the courtesy of doing the same.
Finally...be prepared to compromise. This is not about you "winning".
It's about your child.
Posted by Johnny, a Divorce client, Flag
Upon being told to leave my home, I asked friends and business associates who they recommended for me to consult with, knowing there were divorce papers to soon follow this move demand. Wildred Schmitz was recommended many times over. From the beginning, Wilfred was methodical in his guidance through what became a mine field of very dangerous decisions.
Wilfred and his staff were extremely efficient with their detailed presentation case facts in a jury trial. Being a complicated divorce, which took over 2 1/2 years to bring to closure, I feel they gave me appropriate time and attention. I was always represented me in a professional manner. Divorces are unpleasant for all parties. Through all the unpleasantires, I can truly say I am glad to have Wilfred Schmitz and his staff representing me. Wilfried and his staff did a remarkable job in bringing my case to a successful end.
Posted by James, a Child Support client, Flag
Found Mr. Schmitz on the internet, due to "Lawyer of the Year" title. Bad idea, I discovered.
He told me it was my fault entirely for the bad family situation, without taking the time to get to know me. I proceeded to hire him anyway. When the opposing lawyer got tough, Schmitz became passive, and recommended I comply with the opposing party. He needs to become more aggressive as a lawyer, with more fight, in my experience.
I hired a female attorney downtown, who was not afraid to go 'toe-to-toe' with opposing attorneys. She carefully researched a difficult and unusual situation for me, while showing me empathy and concern. With her help, I won the case, and was awarded my legal fees. If I had stayed with Schmitz, I would be still be paying for something the law does not provide. My advice: check around first!
Posted by Jim, a Divorce client, Flag
Obviously going through a divorce is an extremely difficult time in ones life. I was a devoted father that was very involved in my children’s lives and was scarred to death of the prospect of losing my children. From the moment I first sat down and spoke to Mr. Schmitz I knew my children and I were in great hands. He took the time to sit me down and explain everything. He explained the process, what to expect from his staff and he, what to expect from the opposing side, trick the opposing side would try to play, how to handle every situation and what to expect after the divorce was final. Low and behold everything went just as he said it would. One of the most remarkable traits of his is that he honestly cares about you and most importantly the children of the divorce. It was incredible how prepared he was for everything that came our way. I walked away with sole legal custody of my children and we have moved forward and are all doing great.
Thank you Mr. Schmitz for your professionalism, trust, honestly, comfort, communication and for taking care of my children and I through this most difficult of times! I would also like to thank you wonderful staff for all they did! I would highly recommend Mr. Schmitz for all you legal needs!
Posted by James Kantara, a Family client, Flag
Mr. Schmitz is experienced, trustworthy, thorough, diligent, communicative, honest, tenacious, relentless, approachable, empathic, kind, and genuinely cares for his clients. This, combined with his attention to details, his focus and determination, makes him a powerful asset to have on your side in legal circles. Mr. Schmitz and his office staff have helped and represented in court and have ensured that my rights and the rights of my children were protected and upheld. Mr. SChmitz and his office staff have served me and my children exceptionally well. Without hesitation and reservation, I recommend you use Mr. Schmitz for all your legal needs.