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Posted by Briana D., a Child Custody client, Flag
Barbara May changed my life. As a young mother in a bitter and terrifying custody battle and victim in a domestic violence case, Ms. May guided me throughout the process; she leaves no detail behind and in my experience is always two steps ahead of other attorneys. Her knowledge of family law is extensive and her execution of it outstanding. I attribute a great amount of happiness in both mine and my daughter's life to the outstanding law practice of Barbara May. I don't know who I could trust as much as Barbara May with such delicate aspects of my life. Five years later, she is still my attorney and will remain so until I no longer need legal services.
Posted by Christopher Stokes, a Child Custody client, Flag
Barbara was an amazing lawyer. I came to her with a huge problem and she helped me get through it and come out on top. This was my situation my daughters mom picked up my daughter for visitation and filed custody papers and wouldn't let me pick up my daughter or see her. I felt like I was going to lose my daughter especially because I live all the way in Southern California and I didn't know how the law worked for custody in Northern California. I called Barbara and told her my situation she put together my case in two days and she did it for a great price. I ended up getting full custody of my daughter and I couldn't have been happier with Barbara's work
Posted by Leon, a Divorce client, Flag
Barbara J. May and her associate, Amy E. Spiering are professional, knowledgeable and compassionate divorce and family law attorneys.
My experience with the firm has been broad across the areas of family law and divorce/separation. During the course of my separation a restraining order based on false accusations was issued against me by my spouse. Since we have a daughter that we both love very much, I found myself facing an emergency situation and my relationship with my daughter in jeopardy. I needed help! After consulting several people I knew I needed an experienced Family Law Attorney to come to my defense.
Upon meeting Ms. Spiering and Ms. May I was immediately relieved and impressed with their level of professionalism and knowledge of family law, restraining orders, divorce, and child custody issues. Barbara J. May quickly prepared and filed a legal response to the allegations, represented me in court, and successfully got the court to deny the restraining order and requests for restrictive visitation with my daughter.
While everyone’s case is different, I felt that Barbara and Amy really listened to my concerns and helped me to understand my options. In court, I found Barbara to provide effective, and when appropriate, aggressive representation, while always maintaining a professional demeanor. Her knowledge of court proceedings, processes, and key personnel proved invaluable in preparing my defense and addressing my concerns.
Beyond the professionalism, both Barbara and Amy have made me feel comfortable and at ease when discussing my case and requesting sound legal advice. Barbara J. May continues to represent me through my divorce and child custody process. I highly recommend them!
Posted by Pamela, a Guardianship client, Flag
My case was a "Dependent Guardianship Case". It involved Social Services, Birth-Parents, their Attorneys and me a newly appointed Legal Guardian for a child that we really loved and wanted to Adopt. Previosuly to hiring Barbara as my Attorney, their were complication with Social Services "Terminating the Rights" of the Birth Parents - so I became the Legal Guardian, instead of Adopting this child. I didn't realize at that time, that I should of had an Attorney representing me as the foster parent - when things started to wrong with the Adoption Process. If I had Barbara representing me, I really believe that this child would of become my legal adpotive son, instead of being his Guardian. However I was naive and soon found out that the Birth Parent's Private Attorney was going to court to request all kinds of things for the birth-parent that was unsettleing and intrusive for me and my whole family. I felt that they were running over me, so I needed to get an Attorney of my own. This was difficult, because there are not very many attorneys that will take on a Dependent Case - but there was one Attornery that referred me to Barbara Jo May. This case was a little out of Barbara's scope, but she took on the case for me. She was great! She knows the law and appropriately represented me in court. She was easy to talk with and listened intently to me and all parties involved in our case - in and out of the courtroom. She used wisdom and common sense in representing me and successfully stopped the train wreck that was headed in my direction. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I still have hope in adopting our son. When the time is right, Barbara will be the Attorney representing us and we will be successful. I trust her...
Posted by Nkechi, a Divorce client, Flag
Mrs. May is great at being a lawyer. I was very apprehensive about using an attorney that I simply found on google but she immediately offered me a degree of comfort that I so desperately needed. My divorce was a nightmare that wouldn't end but she put up a great fight for me. Her knowledge of the law and her ability to compellingly convey my case to the judge produced a favorable outcome. She definitely exceeded my expectations of a great lawyer! She was truly the "wind beneath my wings".
Posted by Alice, a Family client, Flag
Barbara has represented both my husband and myself in two separate cases for the past 4 years. She has always fought hard for us and never gave us misleading information. She is both optimistic and realistic, as to say she never gave us false hope. She cares about her clients and works hard for them.