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     4.5 stars 24 total

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Dan

    Debra is compassionate and genuine and instills confidence in her abilities to represent your case

    Finding a competent, supportive lawyer at a reasonable price is a daunting task. I painfully learned this lesson several years ago from my experience with my previous lawyer who thoroughly bungled my divorce case yet managed to charge me a fortune. Recently when I began the process of modifying my support payments, I searched numerous review sites for the best divorce lawyer in Monterey and found Debra through this web site. I can honestly say that she is an absolute superstar based on my experience and based on watching numerous other lawyers in court as they (mis)represent their clients.

    Debra's strengths are:
    -phenomenal memory for details and facts and will know your case better than you
    -organized and meticulous with her notes and files
    -personable and caring and has an innate ability to connect with you and your case on a personal level
    -thoroughly knowledgeable on divorce law and presents many options for handling your case
    -during the initial consultation she inspired confidence in her ability to handle my case and delivered on court day
    -on top of all the above, her costs are unbelievably reasonable and she does not nickle and dime you for every interaction

    I cannot say enough good things about Debra and consider myself fortunate to have her represent my case.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “Thanks Dan. It has been a pleasure working with you. I appreciate your preparedness and great communication!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Brian

    Extremely helpful!

    Debra was very quick to respond to my request for a consultation. Despite quickly realizing that I would need to attain legal representation in a different locale, Debra was more than happy to discuss my case and provided me with great information as well as a reference for an excellent attorney in another area. She was extremely professional and helpful.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “Good luck Brian! Let me know how things turn out! I'm hoping for the best! Debra”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Thankful and satisfied clients.

    I am currently going through a custody battle which is stressful and time consuming and due to Mrs. Crawfords great help it has made the process a bit easier and more understandable. Her great knowledge and expertise that she has demonstrated to us is a quality that we value. She let's us know what is best for our case and has given us the peace of mind that her priority is the well being and safety of our child.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “I appreciate your willingness to work together to do what is best for your child!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Alicia

    GREAT! AWESOME! AMAZING!

    I would like to thank Debra for her great, amazing help she has provided me. I've enjoyed every minute of her conversations and/or meetings. I want to make sure and point out that since the very first frustrating, devastating, harsh day I found out about my issue, she was there for me, answered my questions and got on the phone that same day to get information on the other party's lawyer and or paperwork. so far till this point I would sure recommend her 110% to others. Debra listened to me and understood where I was coming from. thanks to her I've been able to continue with my life a bit better than what I expected. thank you for all you have done so far Debra and hope we keep in touch even after this issue settles. Mil Gracias

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “I know this process is tough for you and I admire the strength you show!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Adrianna

    Understanding, knowledgeable and Affordable Lawyer

    Debra is a knowledgeable, understanding and straight forward attorney, which is what I like and need. I came to her after realizing I did not know what I was doing and was terrified of what would happen to me and my children. She is helping me to understand how the divorce process works as well how my understanding of the law is not always accurate/realistic. She is prompt to respond to any of issues I am dealing with during this divorce process. I feel confident with her every time she is representing me in court.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “This process is not easy and I value the thought and time you put into helping with your case!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Super easy!

    Debra was great from the very beginning. She took care of everything for me quickly and responded to all my questions. I would recommend her to anyone!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Marites

    Difficult case

    I came to Debra with a difficult case. My case started back in 2002. At the time I wasn't represented so my case was never done right. She agreed to take my case even though it was a messy one. She was able to work with me and my financial situation. She is very knowledgeable and was able to help me with custody & child support. I felt at ease knowing I was being represented when court came.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “Thank you for your help in getting a great result!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Tiffany

    Highly Recommended

    Debra made a very difficult and very scary time in my life a lot easier. She knew I was leaving to move out-of-state and continued to represent me, and again when the case got moved to another county. It was a VERY long ride, but she was phenomenal throughout the almost 3 year span. I am definitely pleased with the end result and all of the help, knowledge, and assistance Debra provided to me. Thank you so much D!!

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “This was a long process and I saw you grow and learn throughout the trials and tribulations!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Diligent, committed, and hard-working

    Deb took over my high-conflict case mid-trial after another lawyer had mis-managed me into a losing situation with what should have been a strong, winning case. Many lawyers refuse to get involved in a case mid-stream, especially one as mismanaged and high-conflict as mine. That didn't stop Deb, who's motivation was to make sure my side of the case was heard.

    To that end, she worked diligently through a small mountain of existing exhibits and quickly determined where to focus our efforts so as to not waste court time and expense on trivial things. In a very short amount of time, she was able to grasp the case and not forget key details. Her mastery of the evidence and witness testimony during trial was excellent. Deb did an excellent job keeping the case "in front of her", and in trial stayed very focused on key matters. She was quick-witted and able to think on her feet as the testimony evolved, which is a VERY big deal in trial. She never allowed the opposing side to take control of the narrative, no matter how dirty they played.

    In short, Deb rescued my case from almost certain defeat. It remains to be seen if the outcome reflects it, but I can say without reservation that I feel that my case was presented professionally and in its entirety, and at the end there wasn't anything I'd wished we'd done or hadn't done. We worked hard together as client and attorney, and we "left it all on the field". My only regret in all this is I didn't find her first.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “Thanks for being a hard-working and committed client. It's been a pleasure working with you and getting to know your family. Onward! Deb”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    Such a disappointment

    I would not recommend Debra to anyone. I hired her to assist me in my divorce and child custody case. She was fine in the first meeting, but only a few days later she stopped returning calls in a timely fashion, she did not show up on time for appointments, and would spend the time she charge me for talking about her own personal life. I ended up losing custody of my child due to her poor management of my case.

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    Debra Vaniman Crawford’s response: “The choice to have a great attitude is something nobody or no circumstance can take from you. Zig Zigler We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies. Emily Dickinson This person has posted anonymously and with so little information that I do not know who it is. If this is a real review, I would appreciate it if the person would contact me to discuss what happened. The circumstances are not familiar to me and if this person lost custody, it was not “on my watch.” Often people present themselves to an attorney in a very favorable light to make their case seem better. Many times there are pending criminal charges such as domestic violence cases and even child abuse cases that they don’t tell the attorney about. This makes it very difficult for the attorney to adequately represent the client when the client is not forthcoming with the damaging aspects of their case. Custody is a particularly difficult area to practice as you have two people who once loved each other and had children together fighting tooth and nail to destroy the other person and their relationship with their children. This is very unhealthy for all involved. The court will often order that mental health professionals get involved to help the parties and the children. It is not clear if this happened in this case. It is healthy for clients to be able to “own” their part in the conflict and take responsibility for their actions and making their children’s lives better. This person has apparently been unable to do this. There had to have been something serious for this person to “lose” custody. The details are vague, but when a person does not have any custodial rights the court generally has a good reason for it. Even if a person has made mistakes, if the court sees that they are accepting responsibility and working on the issues they will have rights. This person is a “blamer” – one of the toxic trio outlined by Dr. Alasko in his book Emotional Bullshit. This person should accept his or her reality and work from there to better their life and the life of their child. A note on how I work: I prefer communications, especially between the parties to be in writing which is so convenient these days with text messages and email so there is evidence as to what was said. I also like to avoid miscommunication by having important communications with my office in writing. This eliminates conflict and lets us focus on solving the problems instead of making more. I also encourage mediation and counseling so that the parents can be better parents and role models for their children. Once again, I will be glad to discuss this person’s case with them to see what can be done at this point and to understand their point of view better. For information on my personal life, I happen to be in the fairly unique position of being stalked, harassed, and threatened to the point that I had to get a full 3 year restraining order against the person. See the bottom review and my website on Civil Harassment. I think this puts me in a unique position to be able to identify with clients and having their personal lives in the public record. Contact me for more information. Visit my website www.DebraCrawfordAnnis.com.”