I first spoke early in our separation and got a lot of insight as to what the divorce process would be like. Due to some other personal circumstances I didn't hire him right away and contacted him to do so a few months later. Because of some severe misunderstandings on my former spouse's part the dissolution became extremely bitter and contentious, including custody and visitation rights to our daughter. Forrest was extremely helpful in the negotiations, pointing out several options at every step of the way and pulling in outside expertise when needed. After almost a year of difficult discussions our judgement was filed with terms agreeable to both of us. Without Forrest's help we probably would have ended up in court with a nasty fight on our hands.
My ex-husband and I hired Forrest as our mediator, and he really helped us get through all the complex decisions without them becoming contentious. He was courteous, fair, and respectful of our conditions and needs. If we need any modifications to our judgement, we would definitely go back to Forrest to help us.
I hired Forrest as my attorney basically after finding out who my (ex)wife hired as her attorney then I looked on the internet for someone who had a similar approach to what was to be a "kinder easier less hostile" approach to my divorce, which is what my ex and I both were looking for. We didn't want the in your face hostile in court approach that we had both seen or heard of others going thru.
I found Forrest to be easy to work with, very through and on time with getting me info I needed. He worked well at defusing some potential sticking points with the mediation and my ex wife's attorney. He did well at staying on task and was even keeled when there was a lot of emotional overlay during the mediation.
Forrest is easy to talk to and seems to have a good feel for the give and take process and how to steer the mediation in a manner that is less emotionally traumatic for those on both sides of the fence.
I would recommend Forrest without reservation for his legal and mediation skills.
Forrest Collins came highly recommended and in the circumstances I found myself and my family in I needed the very best.
Our case took several directions that were unanticipated and extremely confusing. From child support modifications, to motions to modify custody, to motions of status quo, emergency orders, to out of state council that ultimately resulted with the union of my family. I am forever grateful to Forrest!!!
I have my family and we are thriving. Without Forrest Collins council and his ability to understand exactly what steps were necessary to strengthen my case and in the end unite my family, my story would be very different.
Thank you Forrest...
Forrest helped me through an amicable divorce. I emailed him the terms of the divorce and he quickly prepared the documents. Forrest was very helpful, easy to work with, and provided me with excellent advice throughout the process. I highly recommend Forrest if you need help with a divorce.
Hired Forrest after hearing him speak at a divorce seminar at PCC. With my court date looming, I realized that I still had no idea what I needed in spousal support, after 20 years as a stay-at-home mom. Forrest said, "$3500 a month is a nice round number", and then got mad at me when I said I didn't want to pick a number out of the air. I left his office and immediately hired a new attorney. Nicole Deering provided the guidance and expertise I needed, and I'm very happy I dropped Forrest and hired her.
Posted by Carl
My time shared with Mr. Collins was enjoyable other than the reason for being in his company. I felt at ease and comfortable to speak my mind in his office that has an amazing view. Forrest always greeted with a positive attitude as well as keeping my comfort in mind. Mr. Collins is very professional as a mediator keeping an objective view and stance while working our case. Forrest was able to put ideas and options on the table that was not previously thought of by me which created options to benefit both parties. Doing so allowed dissection making easier. Any legal advice that was mutually advisable as a mediator was given without me needing to ask. Overall I would recommend Mr. Collins as a mediator, and wish him and his family the best of luck.
Posted by Andy
I started working with Forrest one year ago and settled out of court last week. This was a very high conflict situation with a parenting plan that needed a complete overhaul.
He struck a good balance between giving me strong advice and advocating for me, and letting me also make decisions on my own. He always gave me options and was clear on the cost (financial) and amount of time I should expect each step to take.
And the outcome was amazing, I went from very little time with my child to now having her live with me part time and also have significant time to go on vacations and holidays with her. It's hard to believe we landed on a plan this good.
Having gone through this process I'm grateful for someone who knows how to advocate for me as a father as he was very knowledgeable about my rights, when to push, when to pull back, and how to get through a settlement without the extra costs and stress of going to court.
Overall I'd highly recommend Forrest and I will use his services again if needed.
Posted by Kelly
Its never a good thing when you have to seek out a divorce Mediator, but I'm so happy I found Forrest. He walked us through what to expect, provided very helpful information, gave us our space as we sorted the details out, and was extremely professional throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is seeking this type of help.
Posted by a client
My divorce had potential to be very contentious. Forrest gave me advice on how to present documents and new information to my now ex husband to keep our divorce progressing smoothly. What I was pretty sure was going to be a drawn out battle ended up being pretty uneventful, and I credit Forrest's counsel.