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Thank you for your support and the support of Kelli Malcolm, as I negotiated legal waters with my ex-husband. In particular, you recognized that though I did not fully understand it or want to embrace it, I was a victim of domestic abuse. You introduced me to the "wheel of power and abuse” and my life changed. My husband has supported me through the years regarding my ex, but your revelation helped me to help myself. I studied the wheel components and made myself understand how I came to where I was. For a short while I denied so many “check marks” of the wheel, then I felt enlightenment and acceptance which then transformed to anger at myself and my ex. Now the anger has subsided and I have empowerment. With empowerment one can accept the past, resolve the issues, and never fall into that trap again. Thank you for empowering me. I have met with my ex several times since and I have remained strong, to the facts, solid in commitment, and will never cower again. My past anxiety (PTSD) dealing with him has now turned to normal anxiety for the situation, but without a racing heart, fear, dread, or submission.
Kelli (Malcolm) is a gem! She is such an advocate. I remember in the office consultation someone said that “no one could ever be mean to Kelli.” I had yet to meet her, but when I did I realized that "though she be small, she be fierce.” She was very professional and supportive. She earnestly conveys an attitude of doing what is right for the children, which no one can argue with. She was soft yet powerful, mild yet controlling in the meeting with my ex and his attorney. She has some sort of magic for controlling chaos. Her knowledge and vast experience of social services and the policies/procedures therein make her an expert for cases like mine or any involving children. I believe her heartfelt concern is for the children, and that is a powerful component which lends to trustworthiness. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Brian
I first showed up at the Van Der Jagt offices as a walk-in without an appointment. Within minutes I was talking with Culver. Culver showed me that he understood the situation I was in. I was divorcing a high-conflict personality disordered spouse. Culver asked me some very specific questions that let me know that he knew how borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder would effect the divorce process. He offered me some advise on serving the divorce papers that at first I found hard to accept. In fact, I argued with him against this advise for 30 minutes. Now, over a year later, I'm glad I followed his advise! He definitely saved me from making a costly mistake. The thing that impresses me most about Culver is that he utilizes his extensive experience in litigating tough divorce cases to offer rock-solid advise to his clients on how to navigate the entire divorce process both personally and legally.
Posted by Alex
It was Super Bowl Sunday and I had an emergency child custody issue that needed immediate attention. I contacted Culver and he agreed we needed to address the situation ASAP. He asked me to meet him at his law office and he worked with me on my case until after midnight. His professionalism, responsiveness and dedication to my case was more than I could have ever imagined. He is powerful, intelligent and focused. This short review cannot relay the gratitude I feel toward Culver Van Der Jagt and his team.
Posted by mm
I hired Culver and his team of proffesionals for my divorce.I had two lawyers previous to this lawfirm that did not compare.Culver and myself spent many hours preparing for trial, one night we picked through thousands of pieces of paper until 3 in the morning.I consider Culver and his team child advocates. I walked into their office, told them my situation concearning my children and custody issues.I was up against many false allegations.It took about 2 weeks and these guys had this situation under control.I am very greatful for all the hard work leading to a fair result in my divorce.If you are involved in a high contested divorce I would highly reccomend Culver and his team.
Posted by Kevin
My previous attorney and I were being destroyed by my Ex and her attorney. I luckily found Mr. Van Der Jagt and after the initial consultation I decided to replace my exiting legal counsel with Mr. Van Der Jagt. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. He took me as a client when I had pending domestic violence charges and potential punitive contempt of court charges. After receiving his help I ended up with a final judgment where I was awarded 100% decision making and parenting time of my minor children. In addition, I was not required to pay a dime of long term maintenance and I had no contempt or domestic violence conviction. My previous attorney believed that if we were lucky we would end up splitting time and decision making and I’d have a least a decade of maintenance payments to my Ex, not to mention the other charges that I might have been found guilty of. The good results I ultimately achieved were due to Mr. Van Der Jagt’s knowledge of the law, his strategy and his courage to aggressively confront all opposition.
He flat took care of business and took care of me and my children. He first reacted to urgent legal threats and then dug deep to understand the individuals in the case. He then crafted his strategy based on the knowledge he had gained. He nailed it. He was actually able to change the entire focus of the case. This change proved to be the strategic advantage that we needed to re-frame the case in the judges mind.
He really cared about what was best for the children and advised me on the correct decisions and actions to take regarding the children. He was tough with the opposing counsel yet gentile with the children. It seems as if he pulled me from the fire that was going to destroy my children and my life. And now my life is peaceful and my relationship with my children is healthy and completely intact. I’m extremely grateful to Mr. Van Der Jagt. To top it off, he was really fair and reasonable with his billing time and rate. He could have easily charged more. He is actually a modern day hero that showed up quickly with his legal guns blazing and rescued a family that was perishing.
Posted by L.J.
When dealing with something as important as child custody issues, Culver is beyond compare. I had an emergency custody situation arise. In less than one week of becoming involved, Culver prepared our case, filed for an emergency hearing and the issue was resolved 100% in our favor. That simple! However, this case was anything but simple. Culver was able to cut through the lies and manipulation and bring to light the truth. I can not thank him enough for the his genuine concern and expertise in securing what is in the best interest of my family.
Posted by a Divorce client
I went through a divorce. Culver was knowledgable, understanding and fought for my protection and future all the way. He was also excellent at tax matters that came in very handy after the divorce. I highly recommend Culver and his team.
Posted by Tom
Hats off to Culver W. Van Der Jagt and his team of caring lawyers. Culver was outstanding in every way throughout my difficult divorce process. He is knowledgeable,understanding, in touch, and efficient. It was the best decision to retain Culver and his firm right from the start. He is easy to get ahold of and responds quickly with the right answers. This was a complicated case and Culver was able to save us money by taking care of urgent issues quickly and honestly. I wholeheartedly recommend Culver and his team competent lawyers to handle any legal issues in an efficient caring competent manner. I sincerely Thank Culver and his team for a job well done.
Posted by Jay
Culver is a dedicated, responsive, knowledge, communicative lawyer. He was able to quickly and cheaply resolve a family issue for me and get the best possible outcome. Culver met with me, understood the case fully, prepared and executed a very effective strategy. He literally had the opposing party turned around in circle in a matter of days. He ensured I was fully informed of everything, at every single step.
I also found his billing to be more than fair.
Posted by Nancy H.
I hired Culver for a divorce, not knowing how complicated and horrific my case would turn out to be. With Culver's support and guidance, I am now safely away from my ex (and have a wonderful Permanent Protection Order against my ex) and am happily divorced. Culver really understands Domestic Violence and gave me great recommendations for getting the help that I needed. I cannot imagine another attorney giving as much time or dedication to my case.