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Posted by a Child Custody client,
Ms. Estep thinks fast on her feet remembering details that make a big difference in court. She has been compassionate with me and my family and made us feel she was always on our side. She speaks honestly about the realities of court and prepared me for the most intelligent way to navigate it during what has most definitely been the most challenging time of my life. Ruth is an assertive, dedicated, and ethical attorney. Ms. Estep was better in court than the overpriced "celebrity" lawyer we were up against!
Posted by Fariba,
R. Estep was appointed to our case by the court and we are more than disappointed. At first she seemed so light and personal, then I discovered what I can only call her dark-side: she seemed to have agenda that not only did not take into account the best interests of our child, but made the situation worse for both parents. Oddly, Ms. Estep's incompetency brought me back together with my estranged husband so that we both could fight to protect our child from Ms. Estep!!! Though we could not get her dismissed my daughter refused to talk to her and she finally left by default. Please do your homework and check all the reviews out there before even thinking of hiring this person
Posted by a Divorce client,
Ruth was exactly the lawyer I needed. From the first meeting, she impressed me as intelligent and sharp. She asked questions which helped me identify my issues and more importantly, my priorities. She was also very candid about what to expect, and answered all my questions - I had a list! She patiently explained the process to me. My divorce was understandably stressful. She was comforting when needed and tough when necessary. Ruth was there for me and my daughter every step of the way. She kept us updated and was responsive. She was a true advocate for us and we will always be grateful to her.
Posted by Laura, a Family client,
I seldom take the time to write online reviews, but Ms. Estep has had such a profound impact in my life, I felt moved to post these comments. Everyone wants a an attorney who has the skill, tenacity and knowledge to win their case. That's a given. More than that, what I wanted was one with integrity, and Ruth has that in spades. She doesn't hold back, does everything that can be done, but she does it with a social grace and lack of mean-spiritedness that is rare and to be admired. I hired Ruth to help my teenage daughter, who was desperate to be free of her abusive father. I wanted my child to be safe and happy, but not at the expense of her integrity, or mine. I wanted to go about it in a way that was fair and honest. I couldn't have been more lucky that fate led me to Ruth. The family court system in California is a labyrinth coated in molasses, and I remain eternally grateful that I wasn't alone in that sticky mess. I would recommend Ruth to anyone in need of family law services. She is smart, capable, honest and loyal. If you're reading this because you're in need of an attorney, look no further. Your search ends here...Ruth is amazing!
Posted by Michelle Dean, Esq., a Divorce client,
I have worked with Ruth on a number of cases where she was either opposing counsel and/or Minor's Counsel. Ruth always had the best interests of her clients in mind and I highly recommend her. Ruth has impeccable skills as a lawyer as well as her ethics.
Posted by CARLOS, a Divorce client,
“Ruth handled my very contentious divorce from start to finish. Throughout the process Ruth consistently demonstrated to me her knowledge of the law on our issues. Ruth was prepared, thorough, and always very responsive to me.
Ruth reached out to my ex-wife’s attorney to attempt to amicably resolve things in practical ways which I greatly appreciated. I also appreciate that when faced with unreasonable harassment by my ex-wife Ruth immediately reacted with the needed aggression that put a stop to the misconduct. I will continue to use Ruth and highly recommend her”.
Posted by Isaac, a Family client,
I am a parent who has been in a family court case for the last two years. We had Ruth Estep assigned to be the minor's counselor of our child. I can only say that what I have experienced of her conduct in court goes beyond belief: she has broken down in court several times complaining of migraine headaches, she looses track of court dates, and she does not follow the ethical codes of conduct governing her profession. I could only say that this lawyer has exposed our child and our family to the worst type of representation in the courts. Since I am not alone in this conviction, me and three other parents who also have had her on their cases are filing a formal complaint to the Judiciary Performance, the Attorney General, and our Congressman.
We hope you will consider our complaint fully and give it the full attention it deserves in providing information to the public.
Posted by a Divorce client,
I went to Ruth for help with a somewhat uncomplicated divorce/custody. Ruth did not put the correct number of hours in the final agreement. And to make matters worst took my retainer and then in pencil scribbled in the correct number of hours on the final agreement. But 5 minutes before had me sign off that "our" client/lawyer contract was terminated but with another retainer fee would help resolve the issue she had just created by penciling in a change which has created conflict with the opposing attorney. And she actively promoted herself by informing me that if I sent her business she would lower her fees.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
Ruth is a blessing! She was confident, tenacious and showed such courage! She has made a profound difference in my child life. Our family will always be grateful to her.
Posted by cary, a Child Custody client,
I'm a former client. When it comes to children, there isn't anyone I'd trust more. I was being slandered in court and online by my ex-wife. My ex described many lies, which to this day, still leave a scar. Ruth put a stop to the insanity. My ex and I had issues, yes, and Ruth created a compelling argument that although issues were there between my ex and I, I was a fit parent as I sincerely placed my children first, above divorce issues. Throughout the unjust and humiliating smokescreen of "abuse" my ex's lawyer attempted to create, Ruth was the light- and navigated the judge through the smoke screen back to truth and objective reality. I was able to keep WEEKLY custody of my children, whereas my ex wanted to make me an "every other weekend dad", to gain more money in child support and to ultimately "punish me" for pushing our divorce through. My ex's anger blinded her to the fact that this would ultimately hurt the children... and Ruth insured their emotional and psychological protection. Thank you Ruth. Today, 2 years later, my ex and I are friendly (yes, it can happen!), focused on our children and have rebuilt a strong, working relationship centered on caring for our two beautiful gifts from God. Our children are doing very well on every level- and enjoy time with both mom and dad. Ruth is passionate about her work and during her arguments in court, highly regarded among her colleagues and very well respected. There isn't any other lawyer I'd trust my children's future with.