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Im glad I found Mr. Williams on AVVO. He was a true professional and gave me the individual attention my previous attorney did not.
My struggle began when my ex filed an ex parte and I became the defendant in the case. This was by far the worst scenario that could happen to a mother and Mr. Williams was sensitive to my case and assured me he would do all he can to overturn the decision. Within 7-months, I obtained permanent physical and legal custody of my son. The case took place in a difference county, almost 400 miles away, he represented me in court, always kept me informed, and was always on top of things. I highly recommend him, he is awesome!
I hired Dan so I could get full custody of my child. one other attorney tried and failed. I hired Dan on a friends advise. Dan fought for me tooth and nail. He proved to the court my ex had severe psycological problems along with alcohol abuse and was emotionally unfit to be left alone with a child. WE WON!
Daniel is a closer. He knows the art of getting a deal done. I was in a terrible marriage with domestic violence and alcoholism. I wanted to leave but was told that I could not leave with our children unless I had a court order. I went to see a family law specialist and several other attorneys, none of whom would take my case because I had very little money to pay for legal services. None of the attorneys told me that I could file a motion and request attorney fees, they seemed like they did not want to risk representing me without being paid first. Dan filed a limited scope representation motion requesting attorney fees which we prevailed on and then with my husbands attorney negotiated a deal that allowed me to move back to Sacramento and make visitation for my husband contingent upon his completion of a thirty day in-patient alcohol rehab program.
We didnt even have to go to Court. Our divorce was over in less then a month. He was promptly available to answer my phone calls and return my emails. He closed the deal without any hesitation and I am so happy in my new life. Thank you so much Dan, I will forever be grateful.
My case was very financial in nature. As a stock broker with a big financial institution the structure of my pay is very complicated. Additionally, I have advanced earnings that I only get to keep if I meet certain financial goals each month. The understanding of how that process works and how I could actually be in a position of paying advanced fees back to my employer if I do not make certain goals seemed to be a big turn off to the two other attorneys I interviewed with. In fact, both of them said I would be paying an amount of support that nothing could be done about.
To my good luck Daniel said he had dealt with a similar case where there was an EFL (employer forgivable loan) that are often used in my industry. Banking is complicated and he understood it. In the end, my support payments are very reasonable and I am very happy I did not fold to the advise of the other attorneys who would have had me paying thousands more in support. Dan took the time to really understand the financial aspect of my career and protected my interests, while also making sure that the support for my children was adequate, but not too burdensome. I highly recommend him.
Thank You again Daniel. -- Kevin
I have used Daniel Williams for a custody matter since 2007. When we started I had supervised visitation only with my daughter. I had used two previous attorneys and tried to do it on my own as well. Daniel was recommended to me by a friend who had previously been unable to get their ex on supervised visits, and did, so I wanted him to get me off supervised visitation.
Dan went above and beyond the call of duty. He went out and interviewed neighbors of my ex-wife and the apartment manager all who could attest to the fact that she was constantly drunk and living solely off of my spousal and child support. He also used the custody supervisor as a witness in my case to get me off of supervised visitation. Today, I have had sole legal and sole physical custody of my daughter for over six years, as it took a matter of several court hearings to get me from supervised visitation to sole legal and sole physical custody. The delays were solely due to my ex always getting continuances and going through a string of lawyers. Although my case is in San Diego and I love in Los Angeles and could easily have venue switched, I dont because I know when the once a year trip to FCS comes around, I want Dan to be there to keep the orders as is which he has done every year since I was granted sole legal and physical custody. He really took the time to understand my situation and present the case well to the Court. I have five more years to go with my daughter until she turns 18, so I am positive that I will be using him again no matter where he is or where I am he is truly the best.
So glad I found Dan on this website. I am eternally thankful for his honesty and hard work. My ex-wife and I had not followed our custody order for years and although on paper she had primary physical custody, the truth is as our daughters got older they stayed more with myself and my new wife and kid. When my wife wanted to move to Florida with our daughters I thought I had no chance of stopping her because of the old order. With witness testimony and sign in sheets (too name just two) we presented a case showing that she did not have primary custody in fact and the court rules that it was not in our daughters best interest to be removed from their routine and they are happily here with me.
Dan Williams personified what it means to be an advocate for children in the broken world of the family courts. I went into the process wanting full custody of my kids and have to admit I wanted a real wolf to tear into my ex. Dan helped me channel my feelings and gave me realistic expectations.
I had interviewed a total of four attorneys before choosing him and I did so because he was the only one that told me straight out that my expectations were to high and that if I did not want to real in my expectations we would not be a good fit. I knew then that he was an honest attorney and not just wanting to take my money and then blame someone else if I did not get what I had wanted. In the end I got almost everything he said I would get and by actually taking the time to explain things to me and how the broken system operates, I had a better understanding and appreciation going into court.
I am not a fan of the judicial system, lawyers, or other people making decisions for me, so I am very grateful I found Dan on Avvo to give me the guidance I needed so that when my divorce was over with, I was not left with empty pockets and unfulfilled desires. There are plenty of good attorneys I witnessed during the course of my case and Dan seemed to be friendly to all of them which showed me he knows how to get things done, which he certainly did. I think he is up there with the best of them and if I have to use another lawyer again for my case I will definitely be going back to him.
I have been a client of Daniel for the last two years in a never ending custody dispute. Every time I am served with a new motion, Daniel remains calm and collected and has guided me with great knowledge and while the situations are stressful, I have been ever so grateful with the results achieved.
Daniel Williams substituted into my case 6 weeks before a custody trial and became my lawyer. Things had been going against me from the start and i was using a so called family law specialist. Mr. Williams continued the trial for an extra month to bring in the criminal record of my sons father which I had begged my previous attorney to do but she kept saying it would not matter because the court doesnt care. after that and a deposition the matter settled without the trial my former lawyer wanted. He is a great lawyer and cared more about my kid then getting a fee for a full day trial. i recommend him to be a good family lawyer.