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Posted by a Divorce client,
Natalie DeMaar represented me during my divorce. I had never been involved in any legal proceedings before & relied on her. I was a full time mom & wife, extremely naive, gullible & honest. I loved my husband and my son. Following a health crisis my husband ran off with my young son to CA. I got Natalies info from a website. It stated Natalie was experienced and an expert. She was very expensive. I met with her and paid a large retainer. I trusted her. She did nothing to get my son back. I realize now that much of her advice favored my ex. She sent me & my young son through an expensive and abusive gauntlet of "experts", inflamed the situation generating billings for her and the "experts". The one expert that I had who was the only person with unbiased historic knowledge and experience of the situation (and wasn't one of Natalie and opposing attorneys associates) was never used. When reviewing the paperwork and letters she and her office produced I would point out inaccuracies or statements that were out of context. Seldom would they correct them, Natalie telling me that it really didn't matter. Natalie was extremely friendly to my ex's attorney. I realize now how demeaning & insulting she was to me throughout the process (as an example, at one point she picked her teeth with my credit card). When the process was over I had lost all my rights as a mother, lost my home, paid thousands of dollars to Natalie and the "experts" (parenting evaluators, mediators, etc) was subject to a divorce decree & parenting plan that gave all control over my life & my sons to my exhusband. Natalie brought a family friend with her to mediation & sat there eating candy the whole time. I was forced to try to negotiate on my own. I was so out of my league & experience that I ended up with less than zero after a lengthy &grueling day.Natalie refused to review the paperwork with me.When I tried to go through it myself she told me to just sign it. Everything was handled by the attorneys & mediator, It did not go before a judge so all the time and money spent on experts was a waste. I was to have been able to get my son back once I was settled. A couple weeks later I pulled the documents to review the process for getting my son. The papers stated that I had given up all rights to my son which is not what I agreed to & I never would have done. When I called Natalie asking for an explanation she told me it was what we agreed to which was not true. I was completely distraught. I drove 3 hours to her office to discuss it w/her & also pointed out that my ex was involved with his divorce attorney & asked if this was a conflict of interest ðics violation. She refused to help me, said that she was no longer my attorney. At the time of my divorce I was living in Oregon, my ex in CA. The paperwork locked everything up in King county, stated I must live within 100 miles of my ex, must use the same "experts" in order to get a review. My ex has since moved to Seattle, married his divorce attorney. The entire process has been extremely traumatic for me and my son. My case never went before a judge. I have tried for 5 years to get someone to help me & my son change this.. No one will help us. I cry every day for my son and myself and wonder how there could be so much injustice. My life has been ruined, my son and my relationship and future forever changed. I try to be a peaceful person and live with integrity. I wanted a collabrative, positive divorce and custody plan. I needed an attorney to be on my side, provide insight into the realities of this cruel process, wisdom, encouragement and sage advice. Natalie DeMaar was not this attorney. My son and I were victimized by a system that we had no choice to be involved with. My advice, if you love your children and want to maintain your sanity do everything possible to avoid attorneys and the legal system. My experience has been that it is an unjust, vicious business.
Posted by M Le, a Family client,
Natalie represents my interest and she is an ethical lawyer. I heard many great things about her and will continue to hire her in the future.
Posted by Dave, a Divorce client,
Ms. De Maar provided excellent representation during a very stressful period, with sound results. Not only does she have subject matter expertise, she managed the process admirably.