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Posted by John, a Mediation client, Flag
I am currently working with Elizabeth. She was recommended to me by my marriage counselor. Unfortunately things did not work out there and we ended up working with Elizabeth.
I recommended her to a friend in the beginning. That friend later questioned why i recommended her. Now i am encountering the same concerns he had. I should have known better to recommend someone i had little experience with to date.
I expected a mediator who would lay out the facts accurately. Be fair, knowledgeable and responsive, and help us negotiate a reasonable final outcome.
After several meetings with Elizabeth i learned from a friend about the Morse Marsden rule. Elizabeth had never shared this rule with us. In my case this makes a substantial difference in my financial outcome. I’m already dealing with onerous asset splits and alimony expense, at least relative to me. So this is when I firstcame to question whether Elizabeth was truly fair. Nevertheless, I was willing to look past this in an effort to reach a reasonable settlement. In fact, I was willing to leave out this calculation for now.
Next, we learned she went on vacation for 6 weeks while we were hoping to finalize our divorce. Everyone is entitled to their vacation. And I'm sure Elizabeth's job is very taxing. So we were certainly understanding.
Then following her vacation we were informed that in order to complete the status-only filing for divorce she needed to receive back a Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt form from my employer. Although, she forgot i no longer worked for that company so she sent it to my previous employer's address. 45 days later she informed me she never heard back. So she had to send it again. Ok, mistakes happen. We can forgive and move on...
Now it is into the new year. Costs continue to rise with Elizabeth as i'm trying to pay temporary alimony and child support with little left to cover my expenses. Now we're told that the procedure to get a stipulation status-only judgement through is "a little bit more complicated in that it requires the filing of a noticed motion". So therefore, my costs and time.
Then there was a problem with Elizabeth’s notary license. I won't go into that... But it boils down to even more delays and challenges.
Now I'm trying to deal with getting everything finalized once and for all. It’s an exhausting process. I’m sure hoping there are no further “technical difficulties” in getting this done. Elizabeth has run my final dissomaster numbers and they got worse... She forgot that she’s already been told that we no longer have child care costs since she is now in public school and no longer goes to Montessori school. She also is leaving it to me to “work it out” with my soon-to-be-ex on how we’ll handle the fact that I pay for alimony and child support and she also lives in a house for free that I pay half the mortgage on, but don’t live in. I’ve read that in such situations I should get credit for such a thing. But Elizabeth won’t say anything about it. She picks and chooses the topics to respond to...
I could go on and on about my challenges with Elizabeth. My guess is that she has lots of clients and can barely give the proper attention to any of them. I’m sure it is a very stressful job. And I’m sure she deals with lots of unreasonable people. But to sum up my experience, I definitely do not feel she was fair with me. She takes a long time to respond, which is very difficult when you are faced with trying to figure out how you will make ends meet and can’t sleep as a result. And she either isn’t very knowledgeable or she simply decides things like Morse Marsden aren’t worth mentioning.
In general, my experience has not been good. I could not recommend Elizabeth to anyone else.
Posted by Leslie, a Prenuptials client, Flag
Attorney Elizabeth made my experience simple and painless. After dealing with very evasive lawyers in the past, I found Attorney Elizabeth to be the most honest and straightforward person in her field. My Post Nuptial was completed in record time. Attorney Elizabeth gave me legal advice and even put my agreement in electronic pdf format for safe keeping should I ever lose the original. I highly recommend her for any of your matrimonial documents or family post nuptials. Yours Truly, Leslie Flynn
Posted by Jennifer, a Child Custody client, Flag
This attorney handled my child abuse,child custody and my divorce case and was incredibly successful in all 3.
Posted by Steve, a Divorce client, Flag
I would highly recommend Elizabeth Fondren. She handled my divorce. She fully explained the process and what to expect, as well as offering suggestions on our best course of action. I was completely satisfied with the results of my case, and I would retain Ms. Fondren again if the need were to arise.
Posted by natalie, a Family client, Flag
Very knowledgeble and excelent lawyer. I changed 2 lawyers before I found Elizabeth.
She did really good job and helped me finalaized my divorce. She kept me informed about my case.It was very easy to worked with her.
Posted by Rodney D., a Child Support client, Flag
I received the results I expected. Mrs. Fondren succeeded in resolving matters that took me years to try and resolve. She was very professional, available and devoted to resolving my case. My family & I will always remain grateful. ~Thanks Mrs. Fondren
Posted by Yamile, a Family client, Flag
If you want the concise, bottom line, what are my options - call Elizabeth.. Experienced - many years, sharp, knows the answers and the pitfalls.
Elizabeth came as a referral from a friend and she was just wonderful from the first meeting. She made me feel secure in my situation and comfortable about the entire process. I had a wonderful experience with her. She was always available..imagine that from an attorney!! Her knowledge, compassion and understanding are limitless beyond measure. I cannot say enough good things about her.
Elizabeth has far exceeded my expectations! Her knowledge in divorce law is unequaled in California. I am from another state and filed in OC because I thought it was going to be an uncontested divorce. Little did I know I was being played by my ex and it turned into a contested divorce. Now I am glad it did with the help of someone like Elizabeth. She truly made a difference. Eliabeth made what could have been the worst experience in my life into a very simple process and I am extremely grateful. I HIGHLY recommend her services!! First class, highly professional, and very imformative.
It was truly an honor and the greatest benefit to work with someone with her knowledge.
She is the best attorney I've ever dealt with.
I would, and will, recommmend her to everyone I know.
Thank you, Elizabeth!
Posted by Sommer, a Divorce client, Flag
She made me feel very comfortable dealing with a uncomfortable situation.
Posted by Sharon, a Divorce client, Flag
Elizabeth was very supportive during my divorce. She kept me apprised every step of the way and I felt safe in her hands. I never once felt I was being brushed off or ignored.
The fact that she was always there, either phone, fax or email was a comfort to me. I knew I could reach her any time, any way.
Posted by Jessica, a Child Custody client, Flag
My son's father and I were in a very uncomfortable situation when we started our custody case and I really felt that he was doing everything in his power to make it more difficult and uncomfortable for everyone involved. Elizabeth was able to take my case on short notice and deal with my son's father's attorney for me so we could reach a fair agreement that would allow my son to have a relationship with both parents. Throughout the case she was extremely informative and helpful. It is really nice to have a knowledgeable attorney that you also feel comfortable sharing details of your life and the case with . Thank you so mcuh for everything you did Elizabeth!
Posted by Chris F., a Divorce client, Flag
Elizabeth Fondren was very professional. Her rates were very fair and she did not gauge me even though my x-wife delayed us time and time again. She was very up front and explained all the various stages of the process in a way I could understand. She listened to what I thought and worked an effective game plan using my input as well. When I was headed down the worng way with an idea she showed me the corrct path. I got the settlement I wanted and she stayed through with me until all the i were dotted and the t's crossed. She was great. I would highy recommned her to anyone that was in a contentous battle with a spouse in thier divorce..
Posted by Lisa, a Child Support client, Flag
Elizabeth is an excellent, caring lawyer who handled my case very well. She was available for questions and took her time speaking with me. I would recommend her services.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I can understand why you are confused about how I feel at this point in time. When you first started representing me. I was appreciative, because it's very hard to find anyone that has any kind of empathy or understanding of my situation and because of my extreme frustration. Anyone expressing an understanding of my situation I would naturally be appreciative even though it was misplaced. I also thought at one point that you understood very well what I was dealing with. In that Miss House is simply wicked and evil, and willing to perjurer herself in court to further her own goals. With no grasp of morality or ethics on her part and again, I was mistaken in placing my trust in you on my part. The fact that for almost a year, you were unable to accomplish much of anything in furthering my desire and goal to see my daughters for the first time had nothing to do with my finances. Unfortunately for me, and this is my opinion, you were more concerned about the process in court, rather than the result and on more than one occasion. I asked you to challenge the court and the opposing counsel. in regards to Miss House perjury and their blatant lies, and you did nothing, to prove that the other side is dishonest. in any court case, that is critical, and you ignored that opportunity, even when I asked you to challenge them. you refused. I also felt that you were to subdued or passive in the courtroom and way to friendly with the opposing counsel in effect. you let a legal aid lawyer beat you and us. I find that remarkable. In the long run under your counsel and guidance, I never got to see either daughter not until I hired another attorney, and on the very first appearance in court with a new attorney. we obtained a court order for visitation and you couldn't accomplish that in a year's time. I find that remarkable also. I paid you in excess of $2300 and accomplished nothing. However, you did accomplish in collecting the monies. and obviously that was your first priority. I understand and appreciate this is the way you make your living and ultimately you are removed in terms of what your clients are feeling and experiencing, but at one point or another, you have to put yourself in their shoes and in my case you should have tried to understand that I have been jerked around by the mothers and the court system for years and since day one, all I have wanted to do is have visitation with my daughters without being harassed, attacked or intimidated by anyone. And again under your counsel we never even got close to accomplishing that. You asked the questions and this has been my response, the statements made by me in this response were in no way intended to insult you, and ultimately. I'm sure it will not make much of a difference to you, in what I have expressed to you in this correspondence. But I can always hope it may make a small difference in the future.