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Stephen Douglas Hamilton

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  1. Family Friend -- Did Nothing on Divorce Case Except Take over Half of Fee

    Posted by Linda, a Divorce client,
    Overall rating
     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Fair
    Responsive
     Poor
    Knowledgeable
     Fair
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend Stephen Hamilton.
    • I hired Stephen 1-3 years ago.
    • Stephen handled my Divorce / Separation matter.

    I hired Mr. Hamilton on the high recommendation of a professional friend and his CA State Bar Credentials. He was hired to do specific items to finish up my divorce which my previous attorney had 'ignored and let lapse'. Unfortunately Mr. Hamilton did not follow through with any of these things, except when the opposing attorney sought him out in Court on separate cases and discussed a fee I was alleged to pay my ex. Then I was called in to a meeting to be informed that I had to pay this amount - which was one of the items I had given him evidence that I did not owe the amount and he was to file motions against and prove this. Instead he did nothing and refused to use my evidence or to file any motions against payment of this to my ex. I ended up borrowing the money from a family member to pay the huge amount.
    The other 4 or so items I called about on 2 week occasions to see how they were progressing, and was told he would get back to me. Overall 5 months went by and nothing was done and I asked for a progress report and a time frame on how long this was going to take. He checked with his legal assistant apparently and found that 'there wasn't enough funds left for him to complete the tasks' so he removed himself from the Case.
    Very non-professional, very 'lax' in his handling of these tasks, he is a bright and articulate man who could have walked into Court with enough proof and Motions to make these final items resolved and get my money back, plus show errors that had been made; instead he refused to 'risk his reputation with the Judge Pro Tem' by showing her that the opposing attorney had shown her erroneous and fraudulent documents in Court.
    Does not fight for his client, unless there is something bigger in it for him. I ended up going to a 3rd attorney to finish this Divorce.
    I would never recommend him to anyone.

  2. Different from other attorneys.

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

    A family friend recommended this attorney. I felt very comfortable with Mr. Hamilton starting with the consult. His office is not stuffy and the staff is friendly. A bit on the pricy side but well worth it. I had another attorney before who charged less but also did less and never returned my calls. I was always informed on what was going on with my case. I would recommend this attorney.