I used Barbara for estate planning for my parents. She was articulate in helping us understand some complex issues we were dealing with. She explained the options, the pros/cons and helped us make the right decision for us. She provided high-level guidance on what would get done when, and through the process everything was completed as expected.
Best yet: When I later thought I might need to hire her for some additional work, she said that it would be simple for me to file some paperwork myself. She spent a few minutes explaining just what I needed to do and she wished my on my merry way.
I trust Barbara fully both in legal competence but also personal character.
Posted by Jennifer
I have worked with attorneys all my adult life ... from solo offices to the State Supreme Court.
Barbara West is one of the best attorneys I have had the pleasure to hire and to work with. Barbara is compassionate, determined, and a fighter. She was very effective and I am thrilled with the results of my case. Thanks Barbara!
Posted by Carroll
Barbara has represented me over the past 4-5 years with regard to a contested guardianship matter. She has consistently and expertly dealt with all aspects of the case, and her advice has been excellent. I am confident that she will continue to do so on down the road until such time as the guardianship is terminated.
Posted by Edward
I have used 3 different elder law specialists in different situations. I have used about 20 different attorneys to assist in seminars guiding future retirees about estate planning and retirement issues (I was the planner and prime presenter of the seminars covering multiple issues).
Barbara is clearly knowledgable about Elder Law and Estate Planning issues. She skillfully navigated the shifting sands of a complex dispute, quickly grasping the issues, changing demands and alternative approaches that allowed her to assist me to a workable solution for my Mother's care.
I was wise enough at the outset to clearly establish the fact that I would appreciate a double check on my take on things and that I expected her to wisely counsel me and pull me up short when I was wrong as well as to reinforce my reasonable requests.
It pays to be a good client and she was able to work constructively with me to create a solution that was accepted by all of the multiple siblings with differing views of the world as it is.
Even when she "yelled" at me, she was able to listen and think and to understand my points as well as to constructively get me to the point where I was not putting myself at risk by giving the impression that I was not being fully cooperative which allowed me to achieve a "win". She was experienced enough and wise enough bringing a wealth of experience to the problem that we could recalibrate, try alternative approaches, hold the adversaries fully accountable and yet keep on the target which was to maintain the best care for my Mom.
I will be maintaining my relationship with Barbara as my wife and I see value to her services. As a fiduciary I will be presenting my accountings to the court and her services will be very valuable.
Posted by Lynn
As I write this review, I want it to be clear from the start, that I am an attorney, duly licensed to practice law in Nevada. I retained Barbara to assist my family with an adult guardianship and estate planning issues for my father.
Barbara's advice was spot on and to the point. Without any hiccups along the way, my sister and I were appointed my father's guardians. When he finally passed, just months later, her advice and the time she bought us, as his guardians, enabled my sister and I to get his affairs in order and to breeze through the probate process.
Hiring an attorney is never easy - and is something that should be given thorough thought and consideration. Hiring Barbara was one of the best decisions my family made. We all highly recommend Barbara West.
Posted by a Lawsuits & Disputes client
Barbara West is the first lawyer I've met who actually returns my calls within the same day. She is confident, knows the law, and has been incredible to work with. My estate case was very complicated and with our previous lawyer, had gone on for 3 years without any resolution. Once we hired Barbara, she changed our lives and finally unraveled all the legal issues and brought a swift resolution -- if only we had met her earlier. I can't reccommend her highly enough.
Posted by a Elder Law client
This attorney and her paralegal said that they would help my mom and I with a guardianship case, but all they did was run up a large bill with absolutely no results. Beware of this lawyer, and if she is an example of the way Short Cressman & Burgess handle our vulnerable citizens you are going to be taken for an expensive and pointless ride.