Posted by Lawrence
I was married for a very long time and planned on staying that way. So as one can imagine, I never had any reason to look for a divorce attorney. However, things don't always turn out as planned...
My ex and I initially intended to work out the details of our divorce with a mediator. We did our best to be civil in settling our differences. But even in the best of circumstances, divorce is a difficult and often painful process. So when the mediator didn't work out, she referred me to Daniel Paletz and his firm, Kermisch & Paletz.
I work in a creative industry and my brain cowers and aches when I need to read over long, dry documents, contracts or spreadsheets. From our first meeting Daniel put my mind at ease. I felt he had a thorough understanding of my situation. He was patient with my questions, compassionate about the history of my marriage and concerned about my needs moving forward. He instilled confidence that the job would get done right and immediately went to work.
Because of the long duration of my marriage it was a complicated process. People say a lot of nasty things about lawyers, but at every step of the way Daniel distilled the legalese, procedures and processes into a language I could understand and he did it without being patronizing or condescending.
My divorce is now finalized and I am writing this review as small token of appreciation to someone who advised and counseled me though a long and often arduous experience. Daniel Paletz was my Obi-Wan Kanobi in the journey. He is not only an excellent attorney, he's also one of the smartest people you will ever meet. I'm happy to give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by Sad Parent
I saw Daniel for a consultation after a heartfelt conversation with his staff member Brittney. Daniel doesn't sugar coat things and he doesn't mince words. He's compassionate and honest. He didn't press me to hire him. He wouldn't let me settle for less than what I'm due regardless of my pleas to settle for nothing other than child custody and a paltry support. After I left his office, I still had concerns. He didn't dismiss me since I didn't hire him. He elaborated a response with consideration and assertiveness.
Budget is my issue as I was originally supposed to work with his junior partner at a more affordable rate. I met her too and realized that everyone at his office is competent. There is no you get what you paid for.
I know this is the law firm for me. Now I have to work on what I want for me.
Posted by Jazz Daddy
My ex is an attorney driven to cause conflict even after the divorce had been done, using finances and the children in a desperate attempt to "win". My original attorney and I had hoped that the constant RFOs would cease once the divorce was done, but if anything, that just ramped up the litigant drive of my ex. Once the ongoing conflict was understood, my first attorney suggested that I needed an attorney who would be able to not only be ready to compromise, communicate and mediate as he was, but also be ready to fight.
That attorney is Daniel Paletz.
In the face of lies and misrepresentation from my ex, along with a false report to DCFS, the judge was predisposed to believe her story and reduce my time with the children. Daniel advocated like a champ and was able to get a PPA2 ordered. The PPA2, in conjunction with a finding of the DCFS report as 'Unfounded' resulted in a continued 50/50 custody arrangement.
Daniel worked with me personally, putting in the time, making sure that I understood how to explain the situation to the Evaluator in the language that they would understand. My ex's plan may have been successful if it were not for his understanding of how to navigate the legal system - I had no clue as to what to do.
Daniel is a realist with a good heart - although he may deny the latter part of that statement.
Hire him and let him know who you are. He will help you.
Posted by Mike
My son wanted to move in with me. We needed a ruling before he started school in the fall, six months. This is impossible to do with a slow court system. Originally my case was with Lauren, one of the less expensive attorneys at this firm. Unfortunately she had an accident and was unable represent me in court. Daniel, the full partner, called me and told me that he would be representing me. I worried because I felt in that Lauren was on top of case. She is sharp and managed to get a court date that I thought impossible. My first surprise with Daniel was that he would be charging me at Lauren’s significantly lower rate. The judge in my case was going to request an evaluation with my son. Doing this would have prolonged my case months after my original court date. On the morning of my court date Daniel was able to find minor’s counsel to represent my son and get the other side to agree. My second surprise with Daniel was that the judge on my case accepted the minor’s counsel in lieu of an evaluation. The judge ruled in my favor on my first court appearance.
Over the years I have become hardened and distrust lawyers. Daniel told me that he is selective of his cases and only takes the ones that should be fought. I thought ya right. Daniel told me that I had a good chance of losing my case. Other firms told me that I had the highest chances of winning. After spending lunch with him I truly believe he is decent person. Every week the partners take the entire staff out to lunch just to bond and catch up. In one of these lunches someone mentioned that they should every have a company Starbucks card. Now the entire staff has free coffee from the Starbucks next to their office. Several times Daniel said bless you to people sneezing nearby that day. After spending the day with Daniel, I truly believe that he cares and will tell you like it is. He will not tell you what you want to hear just to make a buck. If I lost my case, I would post this same review.
Posted by Emily
Daniel Paletz has been our attorney for the past year out of the 7 years I've had to rely on relief from the family court. In that one year, he accomplished more than had been accomplished by our previous attorney in the six years she represented us. The first time I knew of Daniel, we were in court (being represented by our previous attorney). His clients case was called before ours and we were SO impressed with his ability to command the proceedings, while still giving all due respect to the court. My dad and my current husband got his card that day, without knowing the other had asked.
Daniel is an AMAZING litigator, when we needed to litigate, but was able to successfully negotiate several issues before we even stood in front of our judge. His office staff (Jillian and Eddie) are amazingly helpful, professional, and always responsive. I also had a wonderful experience, considering the circumstances, with Daniel's associate attorney, Aja. Daniel knew money was an issue for us, and therefore had Aja handle most of the pleadings for us because she charges a lesser fee. Aja is EXTREMELY competent, attentive, and responsive. Daniel and Jillian were extremely flexible with payment arrangements and retainer fees. But above all else, Daniel was able to keep focused on the end result and fought extremely hard for our children. His firm is the best thing that has happened to us in our extremely difficult family court experience. Family court is an emotional experience, and Daniel was able to keep us calm throughout the entire process. When you are called to stand in front of the judge, things happen VERY quickly - he never missed a beat. He is beyond impressive and worth his weight in gold.
Posted by Mindi
Daniel is my 3rd family law attorney. He is amazing. He gave me a free consultation before hiring him.
He really knows the law, and the Judge in the Van Nuys Court, know that he knows the law. Strong powerful in front of the Judge. If Daniel was my 1st attorney, I'd probably be $25,000 richer.
He is there for you.
Posted by Sarah
I hired Daniel as my attorney in 2011. Kermisch & Paletz LLP was the least expensive of the firms I looked into, so I was suspect; however, shocked at how amazing they were and how my husband's attorney was expensive and not nearly as informed and prepared. Daniel was compassionate and truly cared about the results of my case and my children. Lauren and Jorge were also extremely helpful when Daniel was in Court and I had a quick question. This firm is top quality and not based upon the older model of billing clients a ton and hoping to get paid. They charge a fair rate, provide top quality advice and counsel, and care about their client. I would highly recommend Daniel.
Posted by jill
I am a current client of Daniel Paletz and after a horrible experience with one of the most renowned lawyers in LA, I am beyond thrilled with Daniel and his entire office. He is a true advocate. He is "on the case" so to speak. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Posted by a Divorce client
I usually don't write reviews, but in this case I want to make sure I really help out others who are diligently looking for a faithful, honest and a decent Lawyer. My experience with Daniel was totally opposite to what you would look for/hope for in a lawyer. He along with his staff is VERY INCOMPETENT!
First, he promised to me that he will be in the court on the date of the court, so listen this; he called me like 10 min before the hearing that he will not be there as there is another urgent case that’s needed his attention. How preposterous is that?
Second, he tells me that his assistant, who also is a fresh graduate out of college, will be able to handle my case. She was a total mess and couldn’t handle it. On top of that his assistant was billing me like crazy that only after I warned Daniel that I will take him to court, he pulled the amount out of my invoice.
Last, I found him very in competent that he couldn't get a single judgment in my favor, instead tried to rationalize with me. Not even a good visitation rights. He was just so incompetent that he couldn't advise me on the best possible options for me. I ended up firing him and hired a NEW lawyer.
You get what you paid for. Ask yourself why an attorney would have a low hourly fee compared to any other good attorney in the Market. If still you want to hire this cheapo, then go ahead. But you have been warned! I am glad I fired him early in my case. Good Luck!
Posted by a Child Custody client
I am going through my first divorce and custody is a big issue and I had heard great things about Daniel and his firm. My ex went out and hired one of the largest firms which scared me at first. Daniel however was so much better than his firm and a much more knowledgable lawyer. He was just spot on and isn't afraid to play hard ball. In the end we got everything and more. It's an on going process so I'm really happy I found him to be on my side to protect my child's best interest. If you're looking for a great attorney I highly recommend Daniel!