In full agreement with the other negative client reviews specifically regarding Child Custody cases. My experience was very similar with Joan E. Smith. When asked for even simple basics, such as correspondence from opposing attorney, it would turn into a dramatic stunt where she actually yells, runs into her Very Protective Partner's office in an effort to get him upset. Thus, a cycle of bullying tactics & LOUD verbal attacks are directed at (me) Client because of Smith's own incompetence. My opinion; verbally abusive, loud yelling, fit throwing, dishonest, and incompetent . Do your research. Please BE AWARE; the very expensive financial retainers & such are MEANINGLESS vs. the COST of potentially & unjustly losing YOUR CHILDREN! By the grace of God, I was very fortunate once she was out.
You are paying for a name when you hire this lawfirm. Never had a lawyer tell me I could not afford their services after I hired them, but there is a first time for everything. I paid for specific services that were key items in my case, later to find she never filed them with the court. These orders were drawn up and presented to me appearing as if they were filed with the court but were not. I have been in constant litigation since hiring Ms.Smith, and would not be if she did what I hired her to do. I hired her but was constantly involved with her partner who is very protective of her and basically an overbearing "my way or the highway" type bully. I suffered watching my child suffer the duration of Ms. Smiths experience. She was terminated as my council because she talked a good talk outside the courtroom, but was a deer in the headlights in the courtroom. I personally would not recommend her services to anyone I care about, maybe auto accidents,etc but not family law!
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