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Posted by a Divorce client
Lara was a pleasure to work with. In my divorce proceedings she represented me through the entire process which included a motion hearing before a judge as well as mediation. Her skill set to filter out my frustrations and overall negativity at times with the divorce process was incredible. She was a master at presenting "a glass half full" approach in keeping me positive as I moved through a very challenging divorce. She is confident, but not arrogant and possesses very effective negotiation skills. I feel I received a reasonable and equitable settlement in my divorce with the majority of the credit going to Lara for putting me in a position to succeed. I would strongly recommend her to represent any person looking for a excellent attorney.
Posted by Steve
Lara handled my divorce in a very professional and attentive way. I am very thankful that I found Lara on Avvo and her performance lived up to the praise that she has received here. I would have no reservations in recommending Lara for anyone that wants or needs the expertise of an excellent lawyer. Thanks again Lara
Posted by Natalie
Lara represented me in my divorce, which was by no means an easy open and shut case. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Dethlefs as counsel. She was diligent, quick to respond, detailed, and, most importantly, always a strong advocate and truly cared about my situation. Ms. Dethlefs is very knowledgeable in her field and I had 100% confidence in her ability to represent me. I came into Ms. Dethlefs office in what was one of the most difficult times in my life. Her support and compassion through my divorce helped me survive such an arduous time and come through the other side stronger and more confident (and with an EXCELLENT settlement!). Thank you so much, Lara!!
Posted by George
Ms. Dethlefs was recommended by a personal friend of ours who is also a respected lawyer. Lara responded with strategic legal advice and actions the same day we contacted her. It was obvious that Lara was incredibly knowledgeable of the law and the courts. Based on her assessment of facts and data she collected from us and other sources, Lara recommended to us what we considered a very fair settlement. Despite a total lack of cooperation and stalling from the other party, Lara was able to win our desired settlement in arbitration, without going to court, and with virtually no concessions. In an all-day session, Lara remained on the offense presenting our request for a "dissolution" and a "family plan". She was better prepared with extensive and comprehensive supporting facts and data. Not going to court obviously saved us money and "agony". It was also important to us that Lara earned our total trust and was always available to talk as both our lawyer and a friend/confidant. In summary, Lara is very versed in family law, smart and quick on her feet, tough on the opposition when required, and passionate.
Posted by Sean
Lara helped me get my children back after being taken out of state in the middle of the night. I was panicked and didn't know what to do or where to go, Lara was there for me every step of the way. She was a sympathetic ear and a reassuring nudge and one hell of a pitbull in court. My case is on going but Lara got me through the most difficult part and reunited me with my children.
Posted by christine
This divorce has been put on hold and started again. Lara has been very helpful in every way. When ever i had questions she was always on top of finding an answer for me. I was asking for basicly 50% of all assets spousal support, house and car ,and thats what i got.
Posted by a Divorce client
I found Lara in the phone book in April of 2010 ,and she represented me in my divorce until May 2 2011.She was very thorough and straight to the point . I was pleased with the outcome of the case and would recommend her to anyone in a nasty divorce.
Posted by Neela
When I was seeking an attorney to handle my divorce, I randomly selected Lara after doing a search for attorneys in my neighborhood on the internet. The initial selection was random, but boy did I hit the jackpot when I found Lara! She was warm and friendly on the phone when we initially spoke about my case, and made herself available on short notice to see me in her office. During our first meeting, I was a complete emotional mess and thinking straight was difficult. Lara explained the process to me in a simple, clear, and concise way, and when I had questions, didn't understand something, or asked her to repeat things she's already explained, she always said, "It's OK. Keep asking me questions until you don't have any more". That statement went a long way with me as it made me feel like she wansn't in a hurry to get me out the door, and that she was genuinely interested in making sure I understood my options, the law as it pertained to my case, and how different choices would affect the outcome. Throughout the process, Lara was always responsive, organized, and dependable; I had total confidence in her.
Dealing with a divorce is difficult enough, and knowing that Lara had the legal aspect of the situation completely under control, and had my best interests at heart the entire time, was both comforting and a relief. I personally wouldn't hesitate to contact Lara again in the future, and would definitely recommend her to others with the utmost confidence.
Posted by Corey
From my first meeting with Lara I felt extremely comfortable sharing my personal information with her and equally confident of her knowledge in how to proceed with my case. I knew that she would take care of my best interests.
As we were standing in front of the judge for my divorce he went so far as to complimented her on what an excellent job she did in preparing my legal documents. And let's just say he wasn't nearly as kind to anyone else that went before us! It was not at all surprising to me but what a great pat on the back to Lara for the great job that she did! She comes HIGHLY recommended from me.
Posted by LaMont
Lara's expertise, legal counsel, and ability to answer my never ending stream of questions and concerns were invaluable in helping me to achieve a much needed Child Support adjustment following the loss of my job. Lara was sensitive to my desire to provide for my children, yet receive a reduction in my Child Support to an amount I could afford under my new circumstances. In addition to her legal counsel, I feel that Lara was a friend whom I could confide in and trust, who would emphathize with me, yet give me the straight story, even when it might not be exactly what I wanted to hear. In sum, I couldn't have selected a better attorney to help me through this difficult personal time.