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Larry has been doing family law in Brazos County for a long time. His reputation there is that he's the best...so I hired him. My ex hired the "second best" atty in the county. Honestly, I felt that Larry traded my case with the other atty where he agreed to "loose" my case and the other one would "win". I feel that since they go head to head so often and they are both super greedy and lazy they decide ahead of time who will win x case and who will loose and neither one of them have to work hard and honestly for their clients.
Larry took me to a mediation 1,000% unprepared even after I kept calling him to prompt him to help me come up with a strategy for the mediation. Then when we get to the mediation he kept asking me about my finances and what was liquid and what I could sell. At the time I thought it was strange that he was so focused on finances and NOT my children. Now I can see the real reason for those questions was so he could decide when he (and the other atty) could wrap up my case at the exact moment the money ran out. On the way to this particular mediation he said that we would get to the location early so we could prepare...then when we got there he spent those 30min in a "private conference" with the opposing atty. It's my opinion that is where the horse trading happens and they decide the winner and looser of their mutual cases so they don't actually have to WORK for their clients.
Oh, and don't expect any communication with Larry. You'll call him and NEVER get him on the phone. And he'll call you back in the next day or so and if you don't answer tough luck...he will not call you again on your issue or leave you any kind of detailed msg.
I could say more but I can't right now. The Family Law legal system in Brazos county is severely broken from top to bottom (yes, I said TOP). I'm waiting until my case is 1,000% transferred out of that crap-hole look-a-like of justice / county before I make my next move against the WRONGS that go on there that happen so often they have became "normal" for nearly everyone working in or on family law in that county. I'm waiting because I have no doubt that the powers that be there will retaliate against anyone who attempts to lift the lid and expose their racket. Yes, there are protections for whistle blowers, but I have ZERO faith in any chance justice from our justice system and will not put my children at the mercy of that system. So I wait for my turn.
Larry is one of the oldest and a pretty dam good sized cog in the wheel of injustice in Brazos County. If you want to get traded like a horse and ridden HARD and put up wet than hire Larry Catlin in Brazos county. Then again you may get him on a "win" day and have no worries. I guess the question is DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?
Oh, and one more thing. Do a public records search on how many cases Larry currently has. You'll be shocked. Then ask yourself if you think there is any chance for this old guy to actually focus on your case when he has so many others going. This is simply a business for Larry. He couldn't care less about his clients. They guy has ZERO empathy for anything other than getting paid.
I used his services twice and he won both of my cases. I have since recommended him to 2 other friends and he won their cases, as well. He's honest in his advice and 100% effective in his court room strategy. I highly recommend him in any family law case.
Would not listen to my thoughts and concerns...Pushed my divorce thru when I told him numerous times I did not agree with the terms of the divorce. Told me that my hearing would just be a continuance come to find out the decree went before the judge. 10,000 dollars later and on a 3500 contract..Firing him and retaining another attorney to help me fight for my rights! TERRIBLE representation
Initial correspondence was promising as a lot of talk. Actions proved to be much more different. Each time going into court, I would have to give him "Cliff's notes" about the case. Did not properly represent my intentions at all. On one occasion he made a calculation error when talking to the judge and we had to go back to court in order to correct the issue. Of course, Larry billed for the time he spent on correcting the error. As for the documentation, Larry seemed to be quite okay with letting the other lawyer draw up the documentation for the judge to sign. For some reason, each time that happened, the documents did not exactly reflect what the judge decided on. Larry did not seem to review for correctness and did not contact me to check for correctness before presenting it to the judge for signature. It is funny how the court records do not correspond with the court orders that were signed by the judge. When brought up on contempt of court charges as I followed the court's decision, Larry did not even respond to any of my attempts to contact him. As a matter of fact, he demanded more money to continue to represent me. This would definitely be one situation where a lawyer lives up to the stereotype.
I was very impressed with his professionalism and ability to anticipate moves and get the job done. He was very well prepared for the next step at all times. This lawyer knows his business. He told us from the beginning how things would go and that was how it happened.