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I was referred to miss Johnson through a community organization for a tax issue. She asked me to fill out a POA form and mail it to her. 4 days later I followed up with her, at which time she claimed to never have received it. In the interim she asked for me to resend the form and for a letter explaining my situation. I emailed her a thorough synopsis of what my situation was, including the tax years in question and also related a conversation I had with the tax board as to why the action was being taken. I also sent her a copy of the letter from FTB outlining the amount they were collecting.
What followed were emails from her asking specific questions about why this action was happening, which tax years were we dealing with, what amount was being collected, and other things that were clearly stated in my first letter to her. She asked me to "describe my situation " so that she would know what to do for me. Her entreaty for me to describe my situation included no specifics. I wrote back that it was a vague question,and also it seemed from my perspective that she had not read my replies. She asked specific questions about my health.
In my replies I pointed out where I had already answered the questions she repeated and also wrote that I didn't see how my health was relevant to the situation.
To her credit she did explain what her motives were for inquiring about my health and in the same letter claimed I "was obviously annoyed and I should ask for another referral as we had had a communication breakdown.
In my opinion the communication broke down when she repeatedly asked me for information that had already been provided in writing.(tax years in question, amount being collected, an specifics about the bank account in question). In some cases twice.
When I answered theses repeated questions one by one pointing out when and where they had been answered and suggested that to me it seemed as if she weren't reading my replies, she recommended I should find so someone else to help me.
I should point out that miss Johnson was doing this as a volunteer for the organization which referred me, it felt to me( especially because of the repeated questions and her vague request to describe my situation mentioned earlier) that she was not really interested in helping me.
As a disabled person who has had to deal with many different agencies, it has been my experience that do-gooders who volunteer their time and effort are sometimes doing it not to really help humanity, but to assuage their own guilt. Also, it seems to me that because of all the repetition, that she was not really giving my issue very close attention. I'm certain she does better for her paying clients.
Ms. Johnson is not just an excellent attorney, she is a great person as well. She came highly recommended from a friend in another field and she is everything I needed. She answered all my questions about preparing for my death and posed many thought provoking questions of her own. Her professionalism and candor is highly appreciated. She considered the difficulties in my case and we worked to find agreeable solutions. I have recommended her to a my friends because her compassion is very important when considering final arrangements. I know that I am now legally safe and taken care of in a way I could not have handled on my own. Her willingness to listen and understand the uniqueness of my situation ( I have a rescue dog sanctuary as well as show dogs) made the entire process much easier. I cannot say enough good things about her character and willingness to help me when I really needed her.
In my professional career as a CEO I have worked with many many lawyers. None match the competence,compassion, and communication skills of Elizabeth. She assisted me and my wife in redrafting Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives and related documents.Outstanding ability to make complex legal matters understandable. Outstanding ability to listen to the client and craft instruments specific to our desires and needs rather than use legal boilerplate.
Eliz. has been a friend for many years. I hadn't needed a lawyer and she never pushed. But when I said I needed help she was there and took care of everything while educating me. She helped me see how important what I needed to do was. And what would happen if I hadn't have taken care of the issue. I have also suggested her to others who have become clients and they were thrilled with all aspects of her work.
Ms. Johnson was very professional doing my estate planning. She took her time to answer our questions. She gave advice when needed. Our understanding was her priority. I would recommend her to anyone needing to do estate planning.
We went from being anxious, unknowledgeable clients, to having our wills and trust done in what we believe are record time.
Ms. Johnson knew all the questions to ask to help us along the way, and taught us so much. She provided thorough timely responses to our questions, kept in constant communication with us, understood our need to make changes and provided an overall completely professional service.
We are thrilled and feel much more comfortable knowing we have taken care of our legal responsibilities for our family.
She is very helpful and I can tell she cares about peoples problems.
Eliz C A Johnson was very helpful and displayed a sincere interest in helping me with my estate litigation case. Her personal comments added a special comforting touch to our communication.
I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of her services and I feel AVVO is very fortunate to have her on their team.
Thank you Ms Johnson.
My recent contact with Atty. Eliz C A Johnson proved to be more than I expected. Her willingness, experience & character showed itself immediatly. Her consultation left me with the feeling that she truly was giving back to the community all her experience and hard work. A real easy person to confide in and always took the time to answer each of my questions. A classy attorney with panache'...what a pleassure.
Attorney Johnson is helped me with quite a few questions regarding estate and probate law. She is extremely knowledgeable, as well as extremely personable and caring, your not just another client! Thank you Attorney Johnson.