Posted by Richard
I was involved in a auto accident and was taken to the hospital with injuries. Because of the injuries to me
and the problems I was having with the insurance I thought it would be best to contact an attorney to make
sure everything was handled correctly as this was not a minor accident. I had one of my customers who
knew the problems I was having and told me about a attorney in Federal Way named Gary Slater and how
he helped him before. I made a appointment with Mr. Slater and that was the best thing I did. My accident
involved the other drivers insurance company which he only carried the bare minimum in coverage so
my uninsured motorist coverage had to kick in.. Mr. Slater handled everything with my best interest in hand. I was very pleased with how he handled my case and keeping me informed through the whole process.
I would highly recommend Mr. Slater for anyone that finds themselves in the same situation as I was in even it is to just check your legal rights .
Posted by Gary
My recent experience with this attorney has given me great cause to warn others who may now be seeking legal advice for a divorce situation. While Mr. Slater is a very nice fellow, the way he handled my case was appalling. Though he was very confident that our case for a positive child support settlement was strong, he did not present himself very well in court. Mr. Slater was immediately knocked off kilter by my wife's attorney who came well prepared and was well spoken.
Clearly, Mr. Slater was caught off guard right from the start, and never really regained his footing. Upon conclusion of the hearing, Mr. Slater informed me that I should expect to pay somewhere between $450 and $500 per month for child support. When I was actually informed later that day (by my ex) that I now owed $750 per month in child support, I immediately phoned Mr. Slater to investigate. Mr. Slater then informed me that the $750 per month figure was correct, and his initial estimate was off because of the following two reasons. First, Mr. Slater admitted that he had used the wrong worksheet to calculate the payment (he used the worksheet for a younger child, and my daughter was 18.)
He also explained that he'd forgotten to add the medical insurance component to the payment. As Mr. Slater has been practicing family law for quite some time, I was quite bewildered as to why he would make such seeming amateurish errors. After the results of the hearing, I expressed to Mr. Slater that I was having some serious concerns. In fact, I wanted to sit down with him and discuss what had taken place. Before I could set an actual meeting, Mr. Slater sent me a series of e-mails stating that I should consider alternate counsel. When I asked him why he thought I should consider retaining a different attorney, he replied that he could not represent a client who may no longer have confidence in him. A curious response indeed.
Since then, I did retain a new lawyer and the process continues as I write this. In explaining the situation to my new attorney, however, she was quite taken aback (to say the least) at the way Mr. Slater handled my case. My wife's attorney also indicated to my new lawyer that she didn't think Mr. Slater did a very good job either. Imagine the feeling (during a child support hearing) to be wishing that you had retained your wife's lawyer, and not the one who was supposed to be working for you.
There is another factor I should point out. Mr. Slater is actually battling some form of cancer at this time, and is currently receiving chemo therapy treatment. This does not automatically make him a bad choice, but he never bothered to disclose his battle with cancer to me when I initially hooked up with him and chose to retain him. I don't doubt that Gary Slater was an excellent attorney in his prime, but I fear that his current condition is diverting his attention from his work.
Anyway, long story short, he burned through $3,500 of my $4,000 retainer, and if anything, muddied the waters even further. Now I have an even further uphill battle if I'm to come out of this with any kind of decent result. Do yourself a great favor, and look for someone who's got his eye more on the prize.
Posted by Suzanne
Divorce is difficult and emotional enough without the added stress second guessing your representation. I knew of Gary's reputation through a friend that hired him for a separation. From the beginning, he was calm, steady, direct, responsive to our (mine and my now ex-husband's) unusual circumstances and was very considerate about my requests, while also giving me his legal perspective on those matters. I could not have been in better hands during the most challenging time in my life. Our divorce was amicable, but if it had taken a turn I knew I was still going to be with the best possible representation. His para-legal, Kim is fantastic as well. A great team.
Posted by Kenneth
Gary helped me through my divorce. It was paramount to me that all proceedings were to be handled with the utmost respect, class and dignity. Which he did beyond my expectations. At the end of the proceedings even the opposition and their attorney recognized Gary's work. I found him to be knowledgable, insightful, pragmatic, and above all, professional.
Posted by Marlene
It is hard to sum up , in just a small text box, the dedication , patience , honesty, professionalism, and overall fairness that was my experience with Mr. Slater and his staff . It has been many years since I sought services but to this very day I am still grateful for the ones I received from Mr. Slater , his staff and associates.
Posted by Jay
I am a lawyer who needed a lawyer for my divorce. I practiced in a different field, so I asked around for recommendations. Gary Slater's reputation was that he was knowledgable, thorough and easy to work with. My experience was that he did what was necessary, efficiently and civilly. I would undoubtedly go back to him if I needed help in any of the areas he practices.
Posted by Martha
Gary was my divorce lawyer and did an excellent job. He is fair and knowledgeable and very easy to speak with. He and his staff are very professional and always kept me informed. I would highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by Reynaldo
I have known, and have referred clients to, Gary Slater over the past ten years. Always, I have been impressed with his knowledge, experience and caring in resolving the problem of my clients from the questions asked and most importantly his listening.
Posted by Michelle
I hired Mr.Gary Slater almost 18 years ago to handle my divorce. Each year since I have sent him a Christmas card thanking him for being there for me and my children. He was incredibly professional and extremely caring in a difficult situation. I felt that Gary actually took an interest in myself and my children and did the very best for us. This is not just a business for Gary he actually cares for his clients. I have referred my friends to Gary and would not hesitate to hire him again in the future. He was extremely helpful when I needed a will drawn up also. I feel extremely lucky to have had Gary as my lawyer.
Posted by Annette
I hired Mr. Slater in October of 2010 to handle the probate in the matter of my sister's estate. He handled everything in a timely manner.