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Debra Vaniman Crawford

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  1. Highly Recommended

    Posted by Tiffany,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.

    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!!

  2. Diligent, committed, and hard-working

    Posted by a client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.

    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.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      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

      Posted 12 days ago. Flag

  3. Such a disappointment

    Posted by a client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.

    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.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      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.

      Posted 14 days ago. Flag

  4. She helped me immensely

    Posted by Rochelle, a Divorce client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with no lawyers.

    I immediately felt at ease the first time I met Debra. She stayed by my side throughout the divorce process, explained everything clearly and helped me win at court. I can't recommend her highly enough!

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      Thank you for working so hard to help your case and for being calm and reasonable in a very unreasonable situation.

      Posted 12 days ago. Flag

  5. Client Review of Debra Crawford-Annis

    Posted by Brian, a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I've had the pleasure of being represented by Debra with above-average results. Debra was extremely professional, responsive and helpful throughout the process. She demonstrated superior knowledge, and was always willing to listen. I feel she represented the best interests of my family. I would highly recommend Debra.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      Thank you for being an informed and involved client. Your efforts were so appreciated and made us a great team!

      Posted 12 days ago. Flag

  6. Outstanding Attorney that Delivery !

    Posted by Kevin, a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Debra is currently my attorney she is doing an outstanding job of getting me joint custody she is willing and understandable. Debra is highly recommendable in my book A+ attorney.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      Thanks Kevin! I'm so glad that you and your daughter are having the relationship that is best for your daughter now!

      Posted 1 day ago. Flag

  7. Find a real lawyer

    Posted by Joyce, a Child Custody client,
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    • I do not recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I agree, terrible attorney. Not only did she fail to remember anything I told her or gave her, she couldn't even remember the number of kids I had or their names. When we were done being slaughtered by my husband's attorney, she said that it was the judge's fault because the judge was new and didn't know anything about family law. Then when I had questions for her, she said she had to go pull files from the business office and would get in touch with me. She has not called me back and stated that I have an outstanding bill and is threatening me with collections. Do not use this lawyer.

    1. Debra Vaniman Crawford

      Debra Crawford

      Lawyer Comment:

      This appears to be a fake review. I do not have a custody client named Joyce. There has been no "slaughter" in court. The incident referred to did not happen. I have not threatened to send this person to collections. This is fabrication. If this is an actual client using another identity, I hope they will contact me to clear up what information they are seeking from me and to discuss their case and what can be done for their children.

      Posted 7 months ago. Flag

  8. Great Lawyer

    Posted by Brenda, a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    Before I hire Debra I spoke with at least 6 family lawyers. None of the 6 gave me what Debra did and that is not just knowledge on my situation but also compassion to what Iam going thru. I believe that all lawyers should really care and not just do their job. She responded to all my questions promtly and followed up with me from time to time. I really felt the connection with her. And oh by the way I won my case! Im very satisfied. I would highly recommend her.

  9. Well-versed Family Law Attorney

    Posted by a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Debra has continued to keep me informed of my custody case. She recommended to me which behaviors are best suited for my custody case. She is very knowledgeable regarding the psychology of family law and custody issues. She was able to give me information via email, in person, and over the phone. She was also able to tell me what agreements I should contend with what items I should defer.

  10. Debra Crawford is an excellent lawyer!

    Posted by Carol, a Divorce client,
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    • I recommend Debra Crawford.
    • I hired Debra 6-12 months ago.
    • Debra handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 6-10 lawyers.

    Debra is representing me in a dissolution of marriage action. I had received an enthusiastic recommendation for her, and during our first meeting it became clear to me that she would be the right attorney for me. Debra is a board certified family law attorney, and she is a mediator. She's smart, and she gets it. She understood my situation perfectly, and I felt safe. Our appearance in court, against an obnoxious, loudmouthed blowhard, was extremely successful. I got what I needed. We aren't finished yet, but I have great confidence that the matter will resolve very satisfactorily.

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