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Best divorce lawyer period! When I first met Jake, I was looking for an attorney that would help guide me through the process of a very amicable divorce that included a 50/50 custody split for our 3 children. I only needed a simple contract between two individuals and Jake was extremely helpful, guiding me with candid advice on what should be included in the contract, how the legal system worked, and gave me the emotional comfort of knowing that I was protected in the event the case became contentious. We quickly drafted the original agreement and it worked to establish the grounds for my spouse and I to separate households.
About a year later, things became contentious and some unreasonable demands were being placed on the final divorce decree proposals. I needed help to defend my position and unfortunately Jake was on leave from work due to the birth of a new baby. I was forced to hire a different attorney to represent me and it was the biggest mistake I have ever made. My spouse had hired an aggressive attorney and I went through a period of time where everyone that I knew was subpoena for depositions about the case. I lost my job, went through all of my savings paying for legal time, and was having a difficult time even making ends meet. All I wanted was to mediate our differences and conclude the divorce proceedings, but it seamed that my spouse and her attorney wanted to pressure me to give in to their demands without comprise.
Then I reached out to Jake and found that he had returned to work and he immediately asked that I come in to catch him up on the case. After a brief 30 minute conference he said that he would take my case and would be sending out notices to the other attorneys. The moment that those emails went out, my nightmare ended. The apposing counsel immediately stopped harassing me with subpoenas and my spouse actually reached out to me and asked that we work on a compromise. It was a total change from the instant that Jake sent notification that he was back on the case. It was literally a few hours later that my spouse contacted me and said "I just heard that you changed lawyers. How about we just mediate this and work it out." I think other lawyers truly respect Jake and act differently when he takes a case.
Ultimately it took only 3 hours in mediation to resolve the issues, draft the final decree, and finish the divorce. I would highly recommend Jake for anyone going through a divorce. He provides a great service in an industry where some lawyers like to do unnecessary services. Jake is direct and does not waist time at all on unnecessary tasks. If you have a question, he is quick to respond and gives you honest and direct answers. He gives you options and tells you his recommendation, then let's you decide. I had lots of questions and his responses always gave me the feeling that I was safe and protected. Divorce is an emotional and draining experience. Jake makes the process as smooth and as calm as it can possibly be. Thank you Jake.
Jake Gilbreath has been extremely helpful and impactful in my recent divorce proceedings. Initially my divorce was amicable, but degraded quickly with legal wrangling on the part of my wife’s counsel. Immediately after Jake was engaged, things snapped back to a realistic agenda and a prompt progression timeline.
It was quite clear to me that Jake has keen legal insights that allowed me to take the best and shortest path through the divorce quagmire that had developed. Specifically, Jake quickly detailed options for me, which included not only traditional approaches, but creative elements as well. At the same time, he tempered expectations with what was realistic, and most expeditious. This made it much easier to determine my best course of action.
It was also apparent that Jake is very effective in the courts of Travis County. He is well respected in the courtrooms, offices, and halls of the courthouse enabling him to manage court processes well.
His aggressive, tenacious, but also fair approach, served my interests and objectives well, and I was able to reach a settlement that was more than satisfactory. I cannot recommend Jake more highly. If ever any of my friends or cohorts find themselves in need of representation, I will surely encourage them to contact Jake.
I enjoyed working with Jake. He was very personable. I tried to get his attention to a few matters that will effect the boys and I for many years and they fell to the wayside. When I tried to get an explaination, I was ignored. Jake never got back to me. It seems that our divorce decree was an opportunity for the other side to get away with some things and they were not acknowledged by Jake that signed off on it. Jake does a good job but even if you remind him of something, he might not listen.
A divorce is a painful situation no matter how one looks at it; it just is. Mr. Gilbreath made that process a quick and simple one. He kept my demands and concerns in mind while also informing me of the process and the legal side of my requests. He was helpful and patient with all of my questions and concerns.
I am definitely glad to have use Mr. Gilbreath and I will absolutely recommend him.
We hired Jake for modification of my husbands divorce decree from his baby mama. When my husband originally had gotten divorced he was ready for it to be over so he agreed to whatever (BIG MISTAKE FOLKS) 5 years later he knew it was time to change custody. We knew we would need someone who could fight for us if things got nasty and Jake fit the bill. We are happy to have his kids full time, where they are happy and taken care of. Thank you Jake (and Heather) for helping our family out!
When my ex-wife hired Becky Beaver, I knew I needed attorneys that had experience fighting her and her crazy process.
Jake knew both Becky's process as well as her associates' tactics and used that against them. We blunted her attack and counter-attacked very, very effectively. My team out-prepared Becky's side and essentially won all of our hearings, killed my ex's separate property and wasting claims, and successfully navigated a great recommendation from the guardian ad litem. In the end, there was very little for my ex to fight over and we settled the week before trial (which is exactly what my team told me would happen with Becky).
As frustrating and as expensive a process as it was for me (and that was driven by Becky and my ex-wife), the final mediated settlement was substantially better than what I expected and better than what I would have settled for early in the case.
When my husband hired Becky Beaver, I immediately panicked and wondered how I would survive the divorce, both financially and emotionally. Jake was the perfect opposing counsel. Never once did he flinch in the face of her scare tactics. He was the consummate professional, staying away from threats and sticking to firm facts and the law. Not only is Jake an expert when it comes to handling the legal matters involved in a divorce, he truly cares about his clients. Throughout the most emotionally difficult time in my life, Jake was both accessible and empathetic. He kept me calm during the most stressful situations, and was extremely responsive whenever I needed him. If you are going through a difficult divorce, you want Jake and his team on your side!
When my wife of 10 years and partner of 20 filed for divorce I was devastated. We had spent the past 10 years of our lives planning for a family. My father and I had built us an incredible arts and crafts home in the Texas hillcountry, we had a nice sized savings and we were ready to start a family. After trying to have children of our own, along with numerous failed IVFs, we eventually adopted a beautiful baby boy. My wife became so consumed with our new son, she thought it best to take him and leave. Her lack of concern for total destruction was incredible. She made it very clear that the house was going to sell, she'd get half of the proceeds, she would get full custody of our son and leave me destitute. On top of that, she had a job that paid considerably more than mine. She hired a very high priced attorney. I, in turn, hired a local attorney. Two weeks into the divorce, I was sent the most insulting proposal. It basically stated that she was taking our son and that I needed to leave the house immediately. My attorney called and told me that I needed to figure out how to buy the house back within the week. That was the lowest point of my life. Depressed, I called numerous friends. I eventually was led to Brian Walters. He called me and talked me through details and eased my anxieties. Although he could not take my case, he recommended Jake, his new partner. After a conference call with Brian and Jake, I fired my old attorney and moved ahead with Jake. THE BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE!!! I lived with my wife through this ordeal only to be with my son. It was awful and painful to be around her. She was so confident to the very end she was going to bleed me dry. On the day of mediation, Jake proved to be everything you'd ever dream of in an attorney. Strong, confident, brilliant, and swift. In the end, I ended up with more than I ever expected. I got as much time as the law would allow with my son, my house (I just took over the payments,) my retirement,and half our stock portfolio. My wife left with her retirement, 3/4 of the divorce debt and the loss of what could have been a wonderful life. I've got a new life to figure out now, but I have my son in it, and I'm not pauper. I can provide for him and move on with this new life with my son. I can't thank Jake enough. Jake's tough as nails. He fights the fight with the high priced lawyers and comes out on top. I can't recommend him enough. Thanks Jake, I owe you my new life.
Jake was thorough, competent and responsive. He handled working with challenges from opposing counsel that were unpredictable and without rational basis and were therefore frustrating. He kept his cool and followed through such that we were able to achieve best outcome for all concerned including myself as plaintiff in case and the defendant which saved money and time for both sides.
I had a cross-country international divorce case going on (India-USA) and Jake stepped in at an extremely crucial point during the case. It was a difficult and complicated case with multiple cases in the 2 countries. He not only took over the case completely, but kept me informed and helped me retain my sanity during my toughest times. Due to his advice and guidance, my daughter and I are finally able to restart our lives. He even helped me locate and find another attorney because of some unavoidable and specific issues. He became my guide, and eventually, my friend - someone I can never thank enough for how much he did for my daughter and me - we are finally safe, thanks to the ball that he set rolling. And the best part is that we always only talked on the phone! I still haven't seen him in person! That's how awesome he is. He's one of the good guys, and a keeper! If I were you, I'd trust him in a heartbeat.