Posted by a Child Custody client
As a child advocate/attorney, Heather Allan sways back and forth in child custody matters, keeping the fued going between parents in her effort to remain on the case load for her own personal gain. In my case her only interest was collecting monies for subpar services. She was not a good lawyer in my case. As such, she was dismissed.
Posted by Bobby U.
I began receiving services from Allan & Martelle, LLP in August 2008. The firm is reliable and professional in the area of Family Law. When other attorneys refer to Heather Allan as a "shark" and compliment you for having the "best attorney", you know you are in good hands. Heather has been great and has assisted me to obtain my goals. She is professional and easily accessible to meet your needs as well as those you refer to the firm. Heather is open-minded and explains the process each step of the way to ensure you are fully informed of what is taking place throughout your case. I highly recommend Allan & Martelle, LLP to family and friends in need of Family Law services.
Posted by Melanie
Heather Allan was so wonderful to work with. She really listened to my concerns. I could always count on her to get back to me on my many phone calls or e-mails with questions. She never once talked down to me and she knows the law. She will stand by your side will only having your best interests in mind.
I completely recommend Heather Allan.
Posted by Paul
Heather Allan is my divorce attorney, and has been since 2007. Thank goodness that I retained Heather to be my divorce attorney. Heather knows the divorce laws and strategies in California extremely well, she doesn't overcharge, she is very bright yet empathetic to the pain of divorce, and she knows how to achieve a balanced, fair compromise quickly. Plus, Heather knows how to utilize the court system efficiently to achieve a compromise that is fair and puts the uncertainty of divorce behind you. I strongly, strongly recommend Heather if you are facing or considering divorce.
Posted by Jason
I contacted her for some phone advice regarding my rights to my son. She was very knowledgable and was able to answer my questions over the phone! Several other lawyers would only meet me in person and couldn't meet for a week!
Posted by a Family client
Heather is a nice person but DO NOT mix nice with a good professional lawyer. she is easily bullied but opposing councel and the judges. She will not stand up for you at all. She and her office makes so many administrative mistakes and the worst part, they charge you for everything. My party practically did all the work for her. She makes up her fees up front and charges a lot of money throughout the case but billing you for stupid things. She doesn't do a good job keeping you informed about anything unless she can find a way to bill you for it. All her correspondence is by mail and shocklingly you get this big bill at the end of the month only to realize there wasn't much material in her correspondence in the first place. She is only about money, not about winning for the client. She definitely doesn't look out for your interest at all. Now I am hearing from other lawyers that she isn't very reputable. She isn't known for winning or known as a good lawyer. She is very easily initmated by other lawyers and judges. She overcharged me on everything, the worst part, ididn't get anything out of my case. In fact I had to let her go and hire another atttorney. She tries to keep up the appearance of a professional lawyer. I think she cares for more on how she looks in her suits and her handbags more. Oh and btw, her taking a vacation during your trial wouldn't bother her the least no matter how important the issue may be. She also needs to hire really good interns and junior attorneys in her office. They are just as bad as her.DONT DONT DONT waste your good money on her. She is not result oriented at all. She should have her attorney priviledges revoked. She needs to go back to law school and work on doing more training with working for more lawyers before she claims to be a partner. How she is a partner is a wonder. Spend more money on someone else and gett better results cause she doesn't care.
Posted by jb
She does not inderstand culture she was very hard to talk too she always had someone eles call with info on my case it seem like she just said whatever to make things sound good she has to be one of the worst laywers i ever work with
Posted by a Divorce client
When I met Heather during initial consultation for family law case, she seemed like a very articulate person. That changed completely when I hired her for handling my divorce case. It was extremely difficult to reach her over phone, there were 3-4 assistants handling my case every month, and everytime I wanted to get in touch with heather and ask her questions regarding the case a new assistant would answer me and I had to tell them the details of the entire case in order get information, as they had no clue what was going on.
Also I find Heather has no understanding of other cultures, and I would often find her justifying the other party attorney, often times I would find her influencing me to accept the conditions of other party.
going through a divorce is very stressful for more so if you are not in your own country and the lawyer has no understanding of your culture and when you do not know what to expect from the lawyer.
I find it very unprofessional that the firm does not keep updated records of their clients address for correspondence. In addition I would be sent the same correspondence multiple times and billed for it. I find it very unfair that a person going through all the emotional upheaval of a bad marriage and divorce has to incur extra stress working with unprofessional attorneys. I would not recommend her.
Posted by a Child Custody client
I have used Heather in the very beginning of my case. I found she did not have any proficiency of other culture . I believe I would have better outcome in my case if I had an experienced attorney who is experienced with cultural issues. I found Heather to have poor judgement in my case. I changed her shortly and I was much happy with an experienced lawyer after that .
Posted by a Child Custody client
Heather and her team are great. Heather really listens to you and treats you with respect. Having a friendly person on your side when you feel like your world is falling apart really makes a differance.