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Karen and her staff were great to deal with thru my divorce proceedings. Karen's staff, Peggy and Jill were a pleasure to deal with and made my legal experience better than expected. Karen is very knowledgeable in all aspects of divorce, her explanations were easy to understand and presented me with options so I could make an informed decision. The office was very fair and open in their billing while always giving me the option and suggestions to reduce the billable hours. Karen is a great negotiator. I would recommend Karen to all as a great divorce lawyer to everyone.
Karen was an excellent choice in dealing with my divorce proceedings. The location of the practice in downtown Everett was convienent, the office has a comfortable feel and the staff is excellent. There was always someone available to answer my questions or wait for yet another last minute document. My dealings with Peggy and Jill was always easy, they knew where to direct me and were assuring and comforting during a very stressful time. I found Karen to be very knowlegable about divorce law and proceedings. She mapped out various scenerios and there were not any unpleasant surprises. I found her explainations to be easy to understand and felt she provided me with many good options but allowed me to make my own decisions. She did not waste time and is very fiscally responsible. The office was fair in their billing and even provided suggestions to me for reducing the billable hours. Karen is an excellent negotiator and I felt very well represented with my case. I am glad I was able to avoid mediation, but know I would have been represented there equally as well. I would recommend Karen as a divorce lawyer to anyone, be it a large or small asset case, she will do a good job.
Ms. Skantze guided me through the legal process with an opposing difficult Ex, with what should have been a basic divorce decree that was done by the parties without counsel. Need I say any more, to enforce a decree, please seek out Legal advice before you sign any document! Ms. Skantze and staff handled my case with the utmost compassion and professionalism. She was extremely prepared, a true wordsmith, for writing the motions and unflappable during my arbitration meeting, which BTW ended in my favor on all issues.
I would like to take a few minutes to show my appreciation toward Karen and her team by writing this review. Earlier this year I was faced with a relocation of my children by their mother. Since the finalization of my divorce over 4 years ago I have had to return to the courts to defend my rights as a father while my ex-wife cleverly tries to erode the relationship I have with my children in a system that seems favorable and biased toward her. The attempted relocation was another attempt but one that seemed like I might loose.
I needed some help fast and ironically Karen was recommended to me by another family law firm that had served me well in the past but was overwhelmed with family commitments and work. I needed someone who would be aggressive. In the process of meeting with Karen I told her of my need and she said something that resonated with me. She said that "aggressive is being prepared". Karen was very prepared and in the hearings she was well organized and knew the statutes. She was able to articulate clearly our case and we obtained a favorable outcome. I was impressed while working with her how she seemed very in control while the "mud" was flying. She was able to remain fixed on the important issues and not be distracted by attempts from the opposition to digress to irrelevancies.
Another point about Karen that I should mention is that she not only relied on her experience, which is significant, but she also consulted with her staff in a way that I did not observe in the 2 firms that I worked with earlier. I believe this was beneficial in two distinct ways. First she was able to tap into additional years of experience from those who have been working in the field, and secondly was able to cut some administrative costs by having her very experienced paralegal draft documents that they both strategically discussed. I think that this also prevented a lot of miscommunication and errors.
I am continuing to work with Karen and greatly appreciate the work that she has done for me. I have recommended her already to two very good men who are in some of the most difficult divorce situations. If you are in a difficult situation I highly recommend Karen Skantze and her Firm.
Thank you Karen
Karen directed my court case through the steps necessary to complete my divorce as quickly and accurately as possible.
Without her knowledge of the court system, contacts for the Guardian ad Litem and her ability to process large amounts of documentation, I would have been hopelessly disadvantaged in processing this case.
I am thankful that Karen helped me process one of the most difficult events in my life.