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Mr. Finesilver was my second attorney in a complicated divorce process (ex had hidden financial accounts, same name as his father, squandered assets, etc). My case included depositions, out-of-state depositions, parenting evaluation, arbitration, contempt charges (for my ex), motions, reconsiderations, and more. Mr. Finesilver continually reviewed and cited pertinent legal cases for my case. He was extremely knowledgeable about the law and case law. He would advise me on the pros and cons (including financial implications) pertaining to various choices/options in how we proceeded and which leads were worthy of further investigation - and whether they could result in a potential financial gain or legally favorable gain in the end. With certain issues which would have a financial or legal fee implication, he would explain different options and the associated costs in a straight forward manner, which allowed me to better choose my focus. He was up front about costs for the entire process. Mr. Finesilver tends to talk out-loud while he thinks, which I found to be informative and helped me understand how he was viewing the case and helped me understand the process better (having never used an attorney before). While he can be quite blunt, he is extremely level-headed and helped guide me in looking at the facts and not the emotions in the case. He does not play "dirty" and will not tolerate a client who wants to play "dirty" - even when the opposing side is doing so. His focus is the law and he encourages you to do the same, and ignore inflammatory responses. Mr. Finesilver will reflect upon new incidents or information, and deliberately considers how they could positively or negatively impact your case. His goal is to get you the best long-term, favorable results. In the end I ended up with an appropriate settlement in terms of the divorce and parenting plan, and did not have to go to trial. In addition, his paralegal staff is efficient, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. If I need further legal assistance I will absolutely contact Mr. Finesilver.
My wife and I used Hank Finesilver for the adoption of my our, Mitch. My late wife passed away and my new wife of 4 years wanted to adopt Mitch to make him officially her son. Mr. Finesilver handled everything with expertise. He was completely prepared and everything went flawless in a relatively short amount of time. He made what we thought would be a stressful process go very smoothly. I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of a family law/divorce attorney.
I waited a long, long while to write this review in hopes time would temper my words and thoughts, but it hasn't.
In short order I awarded Hank some appeals based on his words to me. Unfortunately I misjudged arrogance for confidence. Hank is a very knowledgeable attorney, but severely lacked professional etiquette.
Hank guaranteed winning. He gave me a firm figure capped on his services. Neither of which happened.
Hank was inaccessible and buffered by his staff. In over two years he only called me once, even after I requested more communication. At the end, I asked for accountability. Hank refused to call me. Instead, a letter came justifying his actions, insulting me as a client, placing blame elsewhere. I was seeking education and clarification; instead my questions were met as challenges.
Hank concealed critical information. I owed a large $um on an appeal Hank boasted he would win, but lost. My judgment sat around in Hank's office for months before I was told. I found out because I prodded due to hearsay. Imagine my surprise that I owed BIG for a failed appeal > plus Hank doubled his original fee to me after our original agreement.
In a nut shell > Would I recommend Hank? NO, NEVER.
Somethings time can not temper. And, this is one of them. I don't take what I just wrote lightly. In fact, it took a lot for me to leave this in public view. Apparently I am not the only one with Hank issues on this review forum. Just wish I read this forum earlier.
Mr. Finesilver is very experienced and knowledgable, he has been in this business for long time and very savy in any unorthodox sutiation. He follows the rules and the law so well, the opposing side would find it hard to beat his arguments. In trial he is very well prepared and gets results.
His assistant is a very energetic and thorough young professional , who is a great compliment to his office. She makes communication smoother and clarifies many of the details, not clear to most people who haven't dealt with the legal system.
One think I would like to see different is the ability for direct contact via e/mail. I think this is very important and beneficial to the relationship between one and their attorney.
I would raccomand him, as I feel his expertise and cognition of the system made big difference in my case
Going thru divorce is a most difficult time. It was for me. Having an experienced lawyer is very critical. Hank was my lawyer and I could not be more fortunate to have him. My trial judge was about to retire. My case was his last case. He had all the experience one could imagine. Yet, Hank cited a case and a ruling regarding division of pension that the Judge had not heard. He was very impressed with Hank and realized that Hank was a solid experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. Hank gained the trust and respect of the judge. Hanks proposal for division of properties was accepted without any modification. My former spouse was penalized for false accusation. Because of the trust, the judge asked Hank to write the final ruling and was accepted without any major modification. The expert witnesses called by my former spouse turned to testify in favor of the points Hank was making. Hank is quick thinker as any trial lawyer needs to be in a trial.
In my view, there is no win or lose in a divorce. However, one needs to ensure that his/her rights are protected and mine was. I recommend Hank without any reservation.
Above all, Hank has a most pleasant personality. I enjoy his friendship.
Based on a friend's recommendation, I sought H. Michael Finesilver's counsel, starting in May 2007, when it became inevitable that my then wife and I would divorce. I was completely at a loss of what to do, emotionally wrought and ignorant of the law. Enter Mr. Finesilver. He was professional, to the point and knowledgeable. When I engage counsel, what I really need is to be taught what I need to know to effectively evaluate options. I was appreciate of the straightforward, concise help.
Today, six years later, I visited Mr. Finesilver again for help regarding another and related issue. I was again appreciative of his help and skill and decided to post this endorsement.
Mine was a small and fairly simple case. Hank's advice on strategy proved sound and the outcome was satisfactory. They were not very prompt responding to messages. I did not much care for being charged for preparation of a 'I will be unavailable for a couple of weeks' notice.
I am so glad to hire him as my lawyer. He is knowledgeable and very professional. His staff are also very supportive and friendly.
The idea of divorce was really stressful to me before I knew Hank could help me. I was married in one state, lived in California, but moved to Washington after leaving my husband. My husband didn't want the divorce, and therefore didn't accept service for anything and refused to respond to any communications from my attorney. Hank kept assuring me that I was going to get divorced, and not to worry. I was convinced that because my husband decided not to respond to anything I couldn't get divorced, and I was really worried. Hank helped me understand the system and he took care of everything.
I wasn't married long, but I made more money than my husband and my husband kept threatening to take everything from me. Divorce is hard enough and having a lawyer that knows what he is doing makes it so much easier to deal with, I got my divorce and my husband didn't get anything. It wasn't because Hank was a magician, don't get me wrong, he just knew the law. It was great.
His assistant Les always responded to my emails and calls. Les is a very calm person and extremely understanding. They are a good team. Hank always returned my calls, even when he was out of the office, which surprised me. Hank is very pragmatic in his approach, and never sugar coated my situation, even when it was hard to hear. He helped me be realistic about what I could get and what I couldn't get. I appreciated his honesty. For me, I needed his logical approach because it helped me know what I needed to do and what I could expect.
Hank came highly recommend, sadly his follow through was not there, he often didn't keep his word, didn't return calls and boasted he was cheaper than all the other guys in town while toting he was a SUPER LAWYER! Hank is really a Luddite at best........ He creates double work with everything he does by running everything through an assistant charging for their time, and then his. He rarely answers his phone nor returns calls, he didn't provide an email address and then when asked refused to correspond directly through his own email. He dictates emails and phone calls then reviews them, and has his assistant send in a letter format via the para-legal. The majority of communications are handled in this fashion, it is entirely inefficient and frustrating. The overall efficiency of the system was simply awful. Mr. Finesilver's given expectation for the cost of my divorce was entirely misleading. If you are considering hiring him, be warned, find another lawyer. If you have a lawyer that is matched up against Hank then good for you, as you will benefit from Hank's lack or organization. E.g. he asked me to sign a parenting plan that was full of errors that he repeatedly assured me had been corrected. In fact it was not, even after I put the needed changes in writing and spoon fed them to he and his assistant, he still couldn't get it right. if I wasn't reading everything I would have executed a PP that was not acting in the best interest of my kids or me, and frankly written very poorly. His services were very disappointing, and costly in many ways beyond just monies.