Review of Russell Wert in a termination of rights case
When I met Mr. Wert I was impressed by his motivation, but this did not last for long. There was very little contact with Mr. Wert, poor responses to calls, questions and communication overall. It seems he had lost all his motivation once we entered court. Once in court Mr. Wert fail to perform, he had no questions for anyone else much less myself and completely clammed up. He let the other attorneys badger and humiliate me and I was not able to speak a single word in my own defense, as Mr. Wert told me not to. I was then accosted by the judge, screaming at me over his bench. Even though there were no charges against me, nothing founded or even indicated against me, he said it was the sheer number of calls that were placed to CYS. This extremely hurt my case. He also had nothing to say about my one child, when CYS was attempting to reunite him with his father, who was serving Sexual Assault charges for sexually abusing my children, including the one they wanted to reunite. This was particularly shocking, at least what I felt. At the end he persuaded me to give up the rights to my children, because of my depression and physical disabilities, saying if I did I would still be able to have contact with them and told me he needed a letter in writing from me in order for him to make this arrangement. Taking his advice, trusting and following what he proposed to me, I gave up my rights and about 2 weeks later placed in writing to have contact with my children. There was never any response from Mr. Wert. A month after I sent a copy of the same letter to him and again no answer. 3 weeks after I placed a call to his office regarding my letters going unanswered and that I wished to speak with him, along with mailing out one last copy of this letter, I never received a response via phone or mail, even my friends tried to contact him to no avail. It was extremely disheartening to have such an experience which changed my view on lawyers completely, and not for the good I must say. I completely do not understand why he would not contact me back with such an important issue. It did hurt me emotionally and mentally, because I feel that he lied to me about what he proposed, all the talk in the beginning of the case and helping me with contact with my children thereafter. I never saw or spoke to my younger children after that day in court and am not allowed to even have pictures of them growing up. My daughters are now living with me, I have had spinal surgery, got my SSI and finally rent a home in a quiet peaceful town. Not even my daughters are allowed to have contact with their brothers because the adoptive family refuses it. This is something that Mr. Wert promised would not happen. This was a very sad experience...with a very unhappy ending.