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Mark is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Opposing council was very aggressive but never got far. He knew when to act and when to ignore the nonsense that was going on fighting back only when it was important and necessary. That fact that he did not play by throwing back nonsense and unnecessary motions at opposing council saved me a ton of cash. At the time I thought he wasn’t doing his job when all the while he was just ignoring the nonsense and saving me money. The opposing party was being super unreasonable and had me running scared but Mark shut them down and not only was the end result fair I feel like I came out ahead by quite a bit. This guy really knows his stuff and I strongly recommend him.
Mark was the fourth attorney I went to for a case I couldn't afford to lose. A loss would mean permanent alienation from the grandchild I had raised and who's safety was at risk. The other three attorneys were willing to take my case but I felt some unease. When I met with Mark he said I didn't have enough evidence to go forward and he would not take my case. He said the loss of this type of case could be devastating, and could make a bad situation much worse. He said he would not take a case he could not win and I had to have more evidence. I was impressed with his candor, concern, professionalism and unwillingness to take my case. I came back a few more times desperate to help this child. He told me specifically what evidence he needed in order to go forward. I was able to get this specific evidence and he initiated the custody action. I was terrified the day we had to go to court. He was there early, reviewing the case and when he presented the case I knew why he was the attorney I selected. I won temporary custody, (at a crucial time) and one year later secured permanent custody. The state has an automatic bias toward parents for custody so there is a high hurdle. Mark was willing to turn away a cash paying customer to avoid the potential harm that could result from loss.
I have dealt with other attorneys and have been consistently impressed with the immediate response to my calls and the honor and professionalism of this man. I truly believe Mark Gouras was an answer to prayer and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to succeed.
Mark helped me with my divorce/child custody case. He is very professional and knowledgeable about the Family Court System. He provided practical guidance during a very difficult time of my life. He is an excellent trial attorney and was able to question the witnesses in an effective way to prove my case. This was a difficult case and his legal expertise was able to obtain a favorable outcome.
Mr. Gouras and his staff were understanding and personable. The court process is confusing and slow. Mark made it easier to understand and helped me present my case clearly and successfully. He has an intimate knowledge of this difficult environment and he explains it simply so that it makes the process much more bearable.
When I met Mr. Gouras I knew he was the lawyer I had been looking for, as he was professional, knowledgeable, and respectful. This was borne to be even more true as I was able to see other lawyers in court who were much less knowledgeable and professional than Mr. Gouras! I highly recommend Mr. Gouras as you could not find a better advocate for your child custody/child support cases! Thanks again!
Excellent! Helped me legally reduce visitation with absent/unstable father who suddenly demanded a 14 year old visit him (when son did not want to visit). Obtained a long-term restraining order for myself. I was very impressed how Mark and Staff calmly handled ex-husband with a history of unpredictable and violent behavior. Mark even met with me on a Saturday to prepare for trial so I did not have to miss work. Well done.
He helped me settle a parenting plan dispute. He was very helpful and professional in answering questions I had about my case. He always tried to make sure that I understood what was happening during the process from the initial filing of the paper work through the final ruling from the courts after the trial. I really appreciated the way he helped me prepare for the trial. It helped me be ready for what was coming and it would have been very difficult to handle if he hadn't gone through the steps of the trial with me. I would recommend him to any of my friends that needed someone to help them through any family law dispute.
I would NOT recommend this attorney or this firm. It seemed they were ONLY interested in making money not helping me. A paper was printed out which I already had and was available on the WA Courts page. He was not helpful nor did he provide any information. He was more concerned about making money (which for 15 minutes with his was $100) this was a waste, and not worth the time or money.
I used Mark for two different issues around child support. One child support modification and one Motion to Enforce child support. Both issues were resolved. I fell like my concerns were valued and acted on. I wish I would have used Mark for my divorce a few years ago...
Mr. Gouras took over our daughter's custody case with very little notice. He was willing to immediately offer us representation even though her case was a bit complex. His team is very professional and will keep you updated and informed on all issues pertaining to your case. He was honest about what to expect for the outcome and he is very good at litigating. Mark will aggressively argue your case without being disrespectful to the opposition. We live in a different state and our daughter lives in Washington. It is a great relief to us to have Mr. Gouras watching out for our daughter and granddaughter's well being in regards to their legal needs. We would highly recommend him.