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There are very few "bigger deals" in life than Child Custody Matters. After interviewing several attorneys, many high powered, high dollar attorneys, it was Joe Hoffman who I chose to represent me in court. Not only did I have to appear in court as a respondent with risk of losing time with my child, I had to defend untrue accusations that were being made against me.
I could not have chosen a better attorney to help navigate this process, especially when so much fear and emotion was involved. Joe cuts right to the chase. There is no fluff and no wasted time. Because I have gone through a lengthy and very costly divorce, I understand how the process can work and situations can drag on and on and attorney fees multiply. Joe was very methodical and strategic. He knows exactly what he is doing to get his clients desired outcome.
I am so fortunate and blessed to say that not only did the mediator not grant the additional time away from me, the court granted more custody for me than we had originally anticipated.
Joe continues to council me on challenging situations that arise. His suggestions and council have been 100% accurate and I am deeply grateful for his knowledge and experience.
The case was fairly complex but all info was shared from the onset. After an initial consultation with Hoffman, contact was with a paralegal. There was but a single phone info exchange of apx 10 min duration with Hoffman. Seven months after a retainer contract was entered, Hoffman's receptionist shared Hoffman stated my case would be too time intensive and his schedule was full. This was one day after he was informed AGAIN that payment was being provided through insurance group that he participates as an attorney, rather than the $350/hr when he accepted the case and he believed he would receive. Hoffman et al wasted 7 months of my time through inactivity. Thus "All about the money" is relevant only to HIS money.
After researching this lawyer, I decided to schedule a consultation with him as he claims to be a Family Law Specialist. Although I wanted to meet with Mr. Hoffman himself, I was scheduled with Ms. Himovitz, who I was assured worked closely with Mr. Hoffman. I met with Ms. Himovitz for an hour, explained the facts of my case (which she had no direct experience with) and was told she would have to meet with Mr. Hoffman when he returned the next week and would be following up with me. I never received a follow up phone call or information that i was assured she would provide me. I have absolutely no intention of handing over thousands and thousands of dollars to a law firm that can not even follow through on an initial consultation which I paid for or provide the specialized services that I requested.