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Deb and Lesley handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care.
Although it took over two years to obtain a divorce decree and another two years in Appellate Court (both were in our favor) she handled my stresses and unending questions with kindness and compassion.
While I certainly hope no one goes through what we had to endure, I would recommend Deborah to anyone - and have!
I faced Ms. Bianco for a court case to receive temporary orders (financial and parenting) for my divorce. The facts (supported with evidence) which were disclosed for the case included: my ex liquidated our 6- figure IRA (without my knowledge), liquidated all but a very small amount of our daughter's college fund (without my knowledge) , had a hidden bank account in another state, had hidden credit cards mailed to an alternate address, and was refusing to support the children financially. Further, my ex had collapsed with a 0.3 BAC (over 3 times the legal limit) and credit card charges showed an average of $400 per month on alcohol.
Ms. Bianco refused to transfer my daughter's remaining 529 into my name to prevent him from removing any more from it (this decision was revoked and I gained control over the remaining funds in the final divorce decree). She refused to apply 191 restrictions or mandate an alcohol evaluation based upon his history and expenses (an alcohol evaluation was later ordered by the parenting evaluator). She established a residential schedule which allowed him to return the children mid-week after their bedtime (this was revoked later when my ex was found in contempt of the parenting plan and he lost all mid-week visitation; the parenting evaluation also supported that the children did not spend mid-week with their father). Ms. Bianco also mandated joint decision making, which resulted in my ex refusing to allow the children to participate in counseling (this decision was also revoked after the parenting evaluation and I received sole medical/mental health decision making). Despite a written agreement between my ex and i (and our attorneys) which outlined the upcoming spring break was to be spent with me (and travel had already been arranged), and despite a declaration from the pediatrician which indicated my ex should not travel out of state with our medically fragile child (as he had never cared for him when he was acutely ill), she disregarded this and allowed my ex to have the children for the break. Not only were the orders unclear - they required amending to clarify financial division of costs for child care, date child support was due, and no consequence if my ex opted not to exercise his residential time (which costed additional fees).
Just about every ruling Ms. Bianco made for temporary orders were revoked, repealed, or adjusted based upon facts, evidence, evaluations, etc. Just this fact alone should make you steer clear of Ms. Bianco. If you want the best outcome for your children, do not go to Ms. Bianco.
I would recommend Deborah to anyone, any time, She has been my lawyer for over ten years. The past three years I have been in and out of court with my ex for changes to my parenting plan, child support modification and enforcement of my parenting plan. I have won every single time. Deborah knows family law and has been spot on with what the end result would be.
This women has lost every possible decision that has been brought in this case. I've watched as a friend has divorced and lost from exceptionally simple to complex decisions. Complex because they were Constitutional right's of my friend, but she still couldn't win, even when they are Constitutionally supported. She is poorly organized and not detail oriented. The lack of detail has cost my friend over and over as the other side continues to find and exploit the poorly written documents that she submits. I've watched her in court and seen her get flustered, thumb through papers, as if looking for an answer. She is just poorly prepared and lacks quick, obvious answers to simple questions. She doesn't have the edge required for family law. This divorce has been going on for over two years now and as far as I can see there is no end in sight for my friend as long as he keeps using this attorney. There have been so many obvious and easily buttoned up details that should have been addressed by her at the time they were on the table. It is not up to her client to see all of the details that may occur as things are written, it is her duty. You would think with experience she would be more thorough and complete but this just isn't the case. So as I see it, I urge anyone to use another attorney. Don't waste literally hundreds of thousands of dollars hoping the next thing she will get right and win because it just never happens with her.
DO NOT hire Deborah Bianco. DO NOT allow your case to go before Deborah Bianco if she is the commissioner for any hearing. I have filed a complaint with the state of Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct in Olympia. I would encourage other people to do the same. I filed my compliant after reading countless other reviews, like Michael's, outlining similar misconduct. Deborah Bianco does not read paperwork, she makes snaps decisions without all the details, responds to and encourages attorney antics, makes the most offensive comments in the courtroom, and most of all she does not read declarations from all the parties involved. I first hand witnessed this when she was the commissioner on my case. It was brought to her attention my last declaration was not in her file. My attorney provided her with a receipt from the court clerk indicating our paper work was delivered on time and prior to our hearing. She took one look at the five page document, lasting only seconds, went back to her stack of paperwork, ask minor questions, allowed a closing argument then made the most uninformed ruling I have witnessed. After leaving the courtroom my attorney and I both took one look at each other and said "Oh my God she did not even read our paperwork"! Bianco’s closing statements also seemed odd because it contradicted the paperwork she did have in front of her. Her statements were incorrect and simply insulting to both parties. I felt some sense of comfort knowing she was not interested in what either of us had to say. Thank God hearings are taped. Deborah Bianco clearly states for the court that she did not receive all the copies of each party’s declarations. Deborah Bianco clearly states she intends to read my missing statement. Both attorneys agree to allow her to read the paperwork and continue our hearing. What you will not hear is Debora excusing herself to go and read the paperwork. You will struggle to hear even the slightest pause. How can anyone in good faith not read such an important document before making such important decisions? This is your job when you sit on the bench and or represent clients. I did file an appeal and I won. Shortly after I began reading numerous complaints about Deborah Bianco I discovered many were her own clients. After my trial I filed my complaint.
Excellent insight and although it was a long drawn out affair, I got way more control over my children than I every imagined, got child support in amount I asked for, and got permanent restraining order against my ex. Due to lack of cooperation from my ex it took a long time and cost a lot, but it was worth it!!!
I have experience with Deborah Bianco representing me, and I have no idea what "Michael" is referring to. That was not my experience with Ms. Bianco. It may be that Michael simply had unrealistic expectations or was unreasonably demanding. I found that Ms. Bianco was bright, energetic, and knowledgeable. Divorces are simply nasty and painful. None of us get all that we want. My only complaint about Ms. Bianco was that at times she was too busy to get back to me right away. That seems to be standard with attorneys, as I've worked with others and experienced similar delays.
Michael is simply off-base in his criticism. I am betting that the result he got was less than what he thought he should get. My experience with Ms. Bianco is that she knows what she is doing, tries her best to settle cases without running up huge attorney fees, and fights hard when she has to do so.
I would highly recommend her.
rarely have I encountered a professional with as little insight and awareness as Ms. Bianco-- she says she's read the documentation, but then proceeds to show an amazing lack the facts contained therein, and she has a most cavalier , nearly condescending attitude that makes her truly difficult to communicate with--a street urchin might offer more help!
I would recommend Deb if your case is not in a need of much attention. She is knowledgeable. Her advice is fair and ethical. I do think she takes on too many cases and could use some more vinegar in the tough spots I found myself in.
I have been a client of Deb's, as well as had her recommend another attorney to help me in a seperate matter. She is direct, realistic, hard working and well respected. In simple divorce or going all out to protect your kids in an awful situation, she can be trusted to do the hard work and keep your expectations and fears in check. She's worth every dollar you spend. I have recommended her to others I know who are divorcing, and am pleased to hear nothing but favorable reports about the work she does.