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Donald Patrick Bebereia

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  1. Great Divorce Attorney

    Posted by Gregg, a Divorce client,
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     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald 1-3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I highly recommend Mr Bebereia as counsel for any issues relating to divorce. I am a resident of the east coast at the time of my divorce and needed to find an attorney in Orange County. Mr Bebereia's knowledge and experience, coupled with excellent communication skills, has provided me with two favorable rulings in my divorce. I could not be more pleased with his work and would not hesitate to retain him in the future.

  2. Helped me through tough divorce

    Posted by Hank, a Divorce client,
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     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald more than 3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Don Bebereia represented me for more than 3 years in a very difficult divorce case. During that time period, he handled the original case through trial and a couple of post judgment matters. The original case involved multiple false allegations brought by my ex wife. Mr. Bebereia expertly handled those matters and the court properly found that the allegations were baseless. I was eventually awarded a significant timeshare with both my kids (more than us men normally get). My kids are now benefiting by having a father who is actively involved in their lives.

    Mr. Bebereia is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was well prepared and his presentation was well received by the Judge at every hearing. He knew the law and was able to explain it to me, a non-lawyer in terms that I was able to understand. He was able to apply the facts of my case to the law and to convince the Judge that my position was the correct one.

    I am thankful for Mr. Bebereia's help and understanding andwould highly recommend him to anyone seeking representation in a family law matter.

  3. Awesome representation

    Posted by Karen, a Family client,
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     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald more than 3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Family matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    Mr. Bebereia represented me in two divorces. One in 1996 and one in 2007. He did an excellent job in both cases. In the first, he helped me win custody of my son. In the second, he was successful in helping me to defeat my ex's claims to my business and home. In both cases he kept me informed of developments and options. When things got heated, he was the voice of calm and reason. He settled those issues that could be settled and litigated only those issues that had to be litigated. His excellent preparation of the cases led to the best results possible. His fees were reasonable . His counseling was invaluable.

  4. Really cares for his c;ients

    Posted by a Family client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Good
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald 1-3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Family matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    He reasonably explains the law, your position and what you can really expect.
    He is very experienced and knowledgeable.
    He was my advocate for both my position and my pocketbook .. sometimes the solution you want may not really be worth the extra court time and legal fees. He explains what you are up against, what it will cost and perhaps your odds. I decided it was not worth an extra $10,000+ to maybe (maybe not) get an extra day a month – perhaps even losing ground. Other attorneys may encourage additional litigation since it means more billable hours.
    When you come to your attorney with your list of desires, most of us do not know that there is law that covers most of these items. Don explains these, and helps you understand how to best proceed to get the most that the law or the court will allow. Often neither party really gets to dictate the outcome. An experienced lawyer, like Don, helps you understand what to expect.

  5. Don Bebereia TWO THUMBS UP!! Great Attorney

    Posted by Doug, a Family client,
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     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Good
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Good
    • I recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald more than 3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Family matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    Donald is a great attorney. I have used multiple family law attorneys over the past ten years and Donald is by far the BEST. He understands the law and how judges make decisions. Many attorneys do not. Other attorneys make false promises, overbill, and don't deliver.

    If your looking for an attorney that is truthfull, straightforward, and able to deliver, then I highly recommend Donald.

    It’s frustrating when you only get a few minutes to present your case and most judges don’t give a hoot about you or your kid, you want to give up. It’s hard knowing that nobody in the system cares and they all just want to get off the clock and go home all while taking our taxpaying money. What I am saying is Don knows the system, he knows how to navigate the mess, and make the law work for you. The laws are generally good, but the system of implementing them is NOT. That’s when you really need someone who has the skills and know-how to get the right thing done; which is exactly what Donald did for me.

    He applies the law and presents it correctly to judges and opposing counsel, who then have to work within the law. I was getting shafted on all fronts before I came to Donald. Since Don has been handling my case the law has finally been applied properly, for both parties. I am stating all this because it is the truth and the previous review is way wrong. I give Don two thumbs up.

  6. Stay Away!

    Posted by a Family client,
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     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Poor
    Responsive
     Fair
    Knowledgeable
     Good
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend Donald Bebereia.
    • I hired Donald more than 3 years ago.
    • Donald handled my Family matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I had a very bad experience with Mr. Bebereia. I hired him to handle my divorce, and ended up switching to a much more professional firm after a series of negative events. My recommendation would be to stay away from him.

    1. Donald Patrick Bebereia

      Donald Bebereia

      Lawyer Comment:

      Anonymous postings and reviews are the bane of the internet.

      This client (who will remain unnamed due to client confidentiality rules and concerns) was disgruntled because we agreed to a temporary child and spousal support order based upon his estimated cash flow of $9,000 per month. He felt that the support based upon the $9,000 was higher than he should pay because he thought his cash flow was lower. The problem was that he paid most of his personal expenses (home mortgage, car, personal credit cards, etc.) through his business account and did not consider those personal expenses as income. Under the law, personal expenses paid directly by a business are considered income for support purposes. Based upon that, he accused me of "representing (his) wife, instead of him." He then hired a forensic accountant to determine what his true cash flow was. After spending $5,000 on the forensic accountant, it was determined that his cash flow was actually $11,500, ($2,500 more than I had estimated) and now his child and spousal support are going higher. I suspect that he now feels that the forensic accountant is also "working for his wife."

      The client had other positions with regard to property and debt division that were simply unsustainable under the law. But he didn't want to hear that from his attorney, so he changed attorneys, (which he had every right to do.) I suspect that his new attorneys have given him the same advice that I did regarding cash flow/income and his property division positions.

      In the end, the results with the new firm (a very good firm) will be the same as they would have been had he stayed with my office except for the increased fees and costs expended when he changed firms. His support obligations will be higher than they were when I represented him but that's no fault of the new firm, but rather due to the fact that the new support orders are going to be based upon his higher and true income. That's the law.

      The client determined to write this negative review when I refused to write off the balance of his bill. Up until that point, he had sent me letter after letter/email after email thanking me for the fine job that I had done for him.

      Sometimes clients do not want to hear negative advice from their lawyers. Sometimes when they hear negatives from their lawyer, their immediate reaction is "I'll get a new lawyer." Sometimes "the fit" between attorney and client is just not right and in those instances, a change of attorneys is best for both attorney and client. This was one of those cases. I just wish the client would have been honest in his review.

      Don Bebereia (949) 951-8822

      Posted about 4 years ago. Flag