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Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
We hired Debra after attempting to do a Custody Modification without representation. NOT a good idea to go it alone! Debra took things into hand with a no-nonsense, go get 'em attitude. She did a thorough job for us, and we ended up with full custody and a new Parenting Plan that is excellent! She always had the kids best interest in mind.
Thank you Debra!
Posted by lisa, a Child Custody client, Flag
As most lawyers do, she requires you to pay in advance for her services. She calls it ,"the pot". If there is no money in the pot then she won't work. You don't get into debt this way and she's making sure she gets paid. Win win situation. If the pot gets low, she lets you know before it gets empty. To go to trial, she requires a much bigger retainer. I no longer could afford her services so I let her go with a couple hundred still in the pot. I was surprised to have gotten a bill , then court papers stating I owed her money. She is currently asking $1, 800 from me. What?!?! She never retured my emails on the matter. You can rack up debt if you let her go , you can't rack up debt if you weren't in debt but in the positive when you let her go, you can't rack debt if she refuses to work on an empty pot and you can't rack debt if you let her go.
Posted by Glenna, a Divorce client, Flag
I have never been through a divorce before and it is an experience I would not wish to repeat. I have three sons, two being teenagers and one being an adult. I am the main wage earner. The case was unique in many ways. As the respondent in the case I faced the possibility of loosing a great deal due to unreasonable demands of my ex-spouse. I was quite fortunate to have Debra Morse as my attorney. She came highly recommended and I certainly would recommend her. There were a lot of aspects to a divorce, which I never knew. My divorce was very unique in many ways due to various reasons. It is time and work intensive to get all the required information in the divorce process. There were several court hearings. Mediation was scheduled and Ms. Morse advised me that it was not in my best interest to participate in given the petitioner’s demands. I was so glad that we did not go to mediation. Doing a settlement in court worked out so much better, in fact much better than expected. There are a lot of requirements in a divorce and it is even more complicated when there are children involved. Ms. Morse always kept me on track and kept me informed throughout the divorce. She was always very professional and I always felt that I had an attorney that looked out for my best interest. Her staff was very good and was keeping me on task. My divorce took from May of 2010 to the final divorce decree in mid October of 2012. It was a complicated and long process and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a great attorney. I am so glad that I had Debra Morse for my attorney.
Posted by pamela, a Divorce client, Flag
I met with her and she told me she had to do check wether she would except me and then she did and I took all paper work she needed and paid retainer and she said that she had my paper work filed for my divorce its been for months and she has not returned my phone calls so I call the courts and the said she has not filed any paper work from her office to the courts in 2013 I first seen her in november and still have no divorce filed at this rate maybe next winter I would highly recomend that you do not hire this attourney if you want to get a divorce
Posted by Kristine, a Divorce client, Flag
Debra S. Morse helped me out in 2008 - 2009 in regards to my divorce and property settlement. She was/is extremely knowledgeable regarding family law and really did her homework for me. She always kept me very well informed and explained things in detail both verbally and via letter/email. She was referred to me by another associate and I have been very blessed to have her on my side. In fact, she did her research and subsequent homework so well, that when my case was approached to be reopened in 2012, there was not a leg to stand on. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Top of the line, professional, and thorough.
Posted by Chad, a Child Custody client, Flag
Prior to interviewing and retaining Debra, I had another lawyer who handled my initial parenting plan. After the initial parenting plan was complete and my child’s mother and I had our “final parenting plan” I thought “phew, it’s all over with and we can move on with this agreement in place”, boy was I wrong. Since our final plan we have had two parenting plan modifications, two visits to mediation, one contempt hearing and one police supervised pickup.
After thoroughly interviewing three attorneys to replace the first, I decided on Debra. From the get-go Debra developed a long-term strategy for me and my situation. The plan required patience and the ability to remain calm, I am neither. It’s been a long-haul yet Debra has been with me every-step of the way.
Although, I cannot say the other parent changed who they are, Debra’s plan worked. My child couldn’t be happier with his living arrangements, our parenting plan has been completely overhauled, all of the nonsense has ceased, and all of the adults in my son’s life are communicating civilly.
Thank you Debra for all you have done and I will always be happy to serve you as one of your references.
Posted by Kim, a Divorce client, Flag
Debra is a highly competent and professional lawyer. She gives good advice and is very reasonable in her rates. I am not sure she charged me for everything she did for me. The final bill seemed low. I think I paid a lot less than my ex did. :-) I think she cares about her clients.
Debra was good about keeping me informed about her schedule. We were able to work around her other clients easily. She does not work for a huge law firm. This saves money and she does not have to keep a bunch of higher ups informed about everything.
She was recommended to me by a friend that had used her services for his divorce several years ago. He was quite satisfied with her also.
I made the highly unusual decision to do some of my negotiations with my ex without lawyers and then having the lawyers draft the language. I would not suggest that to everyone. It worked for me, but could easily have gone bad. I was gearing up for a nasty trial. I believe her reputation helped move the process along with the other lawyer and my ex. They were a bit afraid of her.
I have talked with her recently and she gave me a recommendation of a lawyer for a friend for a different issue. Hopefully, I will never go through another divorce, but if I did, I would use her again.
General advise: You can save a little money by furnishing paper and digital copies of everything. Put the copies in a notebook. Some organization by yourself can save you a few coins. Be patient with your lawyer; you are not the only case they are handling.
Posted by Brian, a Child Support client, Flag
Three times Debra Morse has represented me over the last 10 years. Each time I have come out far bettter than expected. Debra and her staff took my case very personally and really cared about the outcome. They went the extra mile to ensure there was fairness to me and my children. Debra dug deep for relative information that helped me to win my case. Debra is very educated and knowledgable about family law. She determined what was really happening and what needed to be done to best represent me. I would definately use her again if I needed an attorney.
Posted by Glenda, a Divorce client, Flag
Ms. Morse is very professional as well as very knowledgeable in the divorce / custody laws of Washington State. Her fees are comparable to other local attorneys (of which I had interviewed two others prior to Ms. Morse), with her work being (I believe to be) superior. She is very detail oriented and very organized. Many thanks to her for getting me through the myriad of paperwork and court hearings needed for my divorce and custody matters.
Thank you, Debra
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Debra handled my divorce with legal knowledge tempered with compassion. It was a painful time for me involving not only the end of my marriage but the loss of my home in a down market, a long distance move, and critical health care issues as well. She was able to recommend real estate and other professionals as well as helpful suggestions for personal coping mechanisms throughout the process. She offers clear instructions, innovative options/solutions to hurdles, and handles the emotional ups and downs experienced by her clients with humanity and sound advice. Even though I had to move 3000 miles away before the end of my case, she was easily available by phone, e-mail, and fax as needed and kept me up-dated and involved in every aspect of the decision-making needed to conclude the case. Her sense of humor and down to earth approach made it possible to navigate a difficult life change without losing my sanity.
Posted by Aaron, a Divorce client, Flag
From start to finish in my very difficult divorse case Debra Morse did an outstanding job, she is very professional, organized and thorough in her work and findings, now that my divorse is final I am still amazed at what a good job Debra did for me, gaining custody of my three boys and i am a male, I will recommend Debra Morse not only to men but anyone who needs to be represented in a family law case.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Debra handled two divorce cases for me which were nightmares. She was very professional and though my cases took a long time to resolve she was very professional and encouraging. I was happy and satisfied with the results. She is excellent and smart in a court setting and in a mediation setting as well.If I ever needed an attorney I would hire her again!
Posted by mark, a Divorce client, Flag
I would recommend Debra Morse to any man going through a divorce that he thought he might not have a chance of getting through, nobody wins in this situation, but you pick up the pieces and move on with your life. She is a very professional attorney. She is well versed in the laws of the state of Washington, and if I can tell you I believe we rewrote one of them when it came down to my case. LOL, It is not a really funny gesture but it happened with my case, and with her knowledge of the law she pointed it out to me later on as the divorce proceeded along. She is very reasonable in her fees and itemizes your bill down to the last staple, My hat is off to her as far as getting me through with my divorce. Thanks Debra
Posted by Leigh, a Divorce client, Flag
Debra Morse is a highly competent lawyer. She is honest and very trustworthy. I interviewed 6 different lawyers when I was looking for a good divorce lawyer. I was promised everything under the sun by the other 5 lawyers, but Debra told me right up front what I could expect and what I could not expect. She was honest and up front from the very start. When I had a Domestic Violence issue, she stood toe to toe with former spouse's attorney and the County. She was there with me from the start to the finish. In addition the two co-workers I had referred to Debra for their divorces are also more than satisfied with their services as well. Thank you Debra...I greatly appreciate all your hard work!!
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Ms. Morse represented my high conflict divorce resolution. She was very compassionate in dealing with all of the issues that I had. What started out as a simple divorce case soon escalated to a case which involved domestic violence, tax fraud and a lengthly custody dispute. She was able to settle my issues regarding my retirement, child support and healthcare for my children.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I like working with Ms. Morse initially, but I cannot recommend her to others. I do not feel that she gave me an accurate assessment of my case, nor do I feel that I received fair value in return for fees paid.
After I dismissed her, she send a nasty letter to the court, basically belly-aching that I had removed my case from her office. I feel that she was put out because she had been expecting another large fee payment that would not be forthcoming.