I hired Ms. Beyers this past year to help me with my annulling my marriage (currently divorce). I spoke with her over the phone and decided to hire her due to her seemingly empathetic nature. She was timely in her responses and seemed quite knowledgeable. However, this quickly changed. My case was particular since my ex-husband is not a US national and resides in another country. I followed Ms. Beyers's guidance and found myself completely misdirected and the case mishandled. Not only did she go through the necessary steps to ensure that serving my ex the papers be legitimate, but she did not keep me informed on the proceedings -- especially the fact that the documents provided were rejected. Since I was out of the country, I was corresponding with Ms. Beyers via email and only found out about my case months afterwards, when I had returned home.
When I finally met Ms. Beyers, we spoke for a total of 20 minutes and she tried to run circles around me: apologizing for not keeping me informed, commenting that I seemed "mature" for my age (presumably since I am educated and politely called her our for incompetence), and then telling me that she had filed my papers in the Compton Courthouse (when she had in fact filed them in the Los Angeles Superior Court, which is right down the street from her office). It was only when we met that she also informed me that annulling a marriage requires going to court. She is misguiding and the manner in which she used her legal jargon as an attempt to pull the wool over my eyes and protect her incompetence is unethical. We hire lawyers trusting that they will guide us and represent us in legal matters -- not to use it against us.
Learning from the experience I had with Ms. Beyers, I have since found another that came with a good reference from another well-respected attorney that has worked with my family. (My new attorney is going through the US embassy in my ex's country to translate the papers and have them served to him by a professional, ensuring that all of my legal bases are covered -- something Ms. Beyers never attended to much less considered. Ms. Beyers has unapologetically mishandled my case.
Ms. Beyers did not send me monthly invoices. The new attorney and I had to ask Ms. Beyers for the invoices a total of four times (including two emails that I had sent her). The only invoice I received from Ms. Beyers dates back 6 months. She did virtually nothing to advance my case yet somehow padded out the invoice so that she could keep the retainer fee (charging me exuberantly for each email, reviewing my files, charing me for having not filed the papers to my ex, etc) . While the new attorney is much more expensive, I know that she is a well-respected professional who is tending to my case in a succinct, legally viable manner. I have since wrote an excellent review for this attorney.
While I am debating whether or not I will be investing the time and energy to take Ms. Beyers to small claims court, I will be reporting her to the State Bar. If you are going through a divorce or separation, you are going through a very difficult time. Hiring an attorney like Ms. Beyers will only add to your stress and cost you. I do not recommend Ms. Beyers in the least.
I have read reviews on this website and see that this is not isolated to my case alone.
I used The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers about two years ago for a Child Support and Custody issue and was happy with my end results. It was a long haul and there were some very frustrating moments but Ms. Beyers stood by me the whole way and I felt very comfortable with her. She was very knowledgeable about my situation as everything seemed to turn out as she had predicted. I would definitely use this attorney again if I was to run into some unfortunate circumstances that would require my needing an attorney again.