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Barbara has represented me for many years and has handled all of my actions with professionism, care and accuracy. Most importantly she has successfully argued and won all of my actions. Barbara has successfully represented me in multiple child support actions. She also has helped me to obtain both temporary and permanent restraining orders (the latter of which was argued brilliantly in trial). Finally, she helped me to obtain full legal and physical custody of my daughter a year earlier than expected. Barbara's partner Armine is also wonderful to work with and an excellent attorney in her own right. They are supported by Rhonda who is kind and responsive during critical times which is exactly what you need as a client. I can't recommend Hammers and Baltazar more. Do yourself a favor, stop your search and hire them!
Unfortunately this lawyer has been one of the most unprofessional and unresponsive attorneys I have worked with. Numerous errors were made on documents filed with the courts, her communication is unprofessional, her response time is unacceptable. You will end up spending enormous amounts of money and likely have it dragged out excessively.
I first began working with Barbara Hammers in 2006 in regards to a very volatile custody situation. Barbara guided me through some very tough and emotional situations including numerous false allegations from my child's mother. Barbara handled each situation with complete professionalism and a high level of ethics which resulted in me being awarded joint legal and physical custody of my daughter. My family cannot thank Barbara and her entire firm enough for the effort and ethics they have shown through some of the roughest times in our lives. I would highly recommend Barbara Hammers to anyone going through a custody dispute as she is extremely knowledgeable and dependable.
We lost custody of our child thanks to Ms. Hammers after starting off with custody. We've seen other reviews referring to "staff" and her office is only her and another attorney who is in another city...a hotelled office and the receptionist works for the entire office of different people and can never locate her. She allowed the other attorney to steamroll her before even going to court. Her fees are clear thirty days later after you find out that she's been working on other cases at the same time. We expect she'll spend a half an hour responding to this. If you're a noncustodial parent, you are going to get screwed. Be prepared to hand over your entire monthly paycheck to the other parent.
Barbara has done a great job for me at a very reasonable price. She is very experienced, reliable and available. Barbara provides solid advice and support that you can count on. I always thought her bills were reasonable and I have looked at a lot of attorney bills in my business. She is efficient and focuses on what is most important. I did not see any unnecessary work or excessive time on her bills. Most important of all Barbara made me feel confident in a very difficult situation. You can't pay enough for that feeling.
This firm spends more time reviewing themselves on this site rather than working on my case. I felt this firm may be ok to begin with but omg when the ridiculous bills came and many critical errors, i could not proceed with them.
I enthusiastically recommend Ms Hammers, as she cooperated with me and assisted her client and me in getting our matter settled amicably. She was well informed as to the legal and process issues, and, just as importantly, she was kind and considerate during a difficult time.
I thought Barbara did a very professional job of advising my ex wife thoughout the divorce process.
Dissolution is always a difficult process, especially when you represent yourself. In my case, Ms Hammers helped me navigate the process so that I could feel comfortable representing myself against her client. I found her helpful and ethical and would recommend her to anyone who wants both a practitioner who is knowledgeable about the law, but empathetic too. Wonderful to work with!
I hired Barbara Hammers after wasting months of time and money with a senior attorney of a large law firm. She was referred to me by a good friend who had Barbara as a family lawyer the year before. I met and interviewed her and learned that she is a State Certified Family Law Specialist. I researched and found that less than 20% of family law attorneys are certified. That's because it's very hard to qualify, only the best of the best are certified.
After a good interview I put Barbara in charge of my divorce. Two days later we met and she explained my situation in detail with several clear options. With her guidance I decided what I what I wanted to do. Within two weeks Barbara and her staff had accomplished more than my previous "high profile" lawyer had in four months. I was an important client to Hammers Baltazar and they let me know it by communicating, performing and getting results.
The previous attorney regarded me as an inconvenience, he was also vague about the overall cost. Barbara was upfront about the probability of accomplishing what I wanted to do, how long it would take and about how much it would cost. A month after hiring her I saw the difference hard work from a determined, committed professional can make. Phone calls always returned, email promptly replied to. My questions anticipated.
A wonderful communicator Barbara spoke clearly and concisely, skipped the legal jargon and made sure I was well informed. She knows how to deal with difficult people and with a warm smile can make her point in very few words. I had a challenging high net worth divorce with very complicated property and custody issues. Barbara and her staff organized box after box of data, sorted it, indexed it and made perfect sense of it all. Her ability to recall facts, figures and points of law is just remarkable.
As our trial date approached Barbara, Armine and their staff prepared intensively, day and night for several days, to master every element of our case. Their level of commitment and hard work allowed me to be relaxed and confident when the trial began. All that work paid off with a flawless presentation in court. That's not to say there weren't a few surprises, but when they came she was ready.
The trial took almost two weeks and after a few days it became obvious our opposing counsel was unprepared and frustrated. Outclassed they reverted to unprofessional and deceptive legal maneuvers that Barbara wouldn't tolerate. She put them in their place and then argued for, and received, substantial financial sanctions against them from the court. I knew then that underneath her well prepared, professional velvet glove presentation she has an iron fist available for use when it was necessary.
Barbara explained to me early on that in family law actions there are no "winners". I understand now what she meant, it's is a very stressful life changing experience. My children and I couldn't be happier with the outcome of the trial. We are now safe and secure and have adjusted well to our "new normal" life. I have resumed my professional career and have a fresh perspective on my future.
I will be forever grateful I found this wonderful, incredibly competent woman and her staff to represent my children and me during the most challenging and emotional event of our lives. I wholeheartedly recommend Barbara Hammers and her firm Hammers Baltazar for any family law matter.