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Posted by Mike
My wife and I hired Charles and his law firm to help us file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2011. Charles really went out of his way to explain the process and all of our options before we made a final decision. In fact, he even made a house visit when we were not able to come to office. He has a superior knowledge of the Bankruptcy laws and how to navigate them appropriately and to the benefit of his clients. Better yet, my wife and I always felt very comfortable and at ease in our business dealings with Charles. As we complete the Bankruptcy process, we now have a financial clean slate and the ability to start over. I cannot articulate the level of relief we now feel as result. Charles was always available for questions and quick to respond. His professional demeanor is very down to earth, which we found to be very comforting. At the very beginning of the process, we were very stressed and overwhelmed by the very notion of having to consider Bankruptcy. But after meeting with Charles, all of our fears and anxiety went away. At the meeting of the creditors, he gave us a play-by-play and represented us in person to ease our concerns and ensure a smooth outcome. We made a terrific decision by hiring Charles and he is now on our speed dial for all things legal. He and his law firm have our strong endorsement. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Lisa
I retained this attorney for a Ch 7 bankruptcy matter and learned the hard way. He did not do his due diligence, which resulted in a long drawn out legal matter. I was never presented with a fee agreement and he violated several different mass case laws. He has cost me more money and as a result of his lack of expertise, though he claims to be a
Bankruptcy attorney - he is not! Also, he is not insured for malpractice. More strict laws and consequences need to be implemented to protect the consumers.
Posted by anonymous
I reside in Maine and have been a single mother working in health care for 12 years. My daughter's father lived in MA., had a job, a masters degree, and literally disappeared during the first trimester of pregnancy. No phone, no forwarding address. I knew early in my pregnancy that I would be going at it alone. My original child support order in 2002 was obtained by Maine DHHS through Massachusetts courts and was based the income he reported, which was very low. Based on his education and background, I knew the reported income was not accurate within 1 year of the order. For several years I tried to pursue an child support increase review through the Maine State DHHS. They stated unless I had proof of other parent's increase in income or he stopped his small payments, I could not request a review. They frequently told me how difficult it was to locate the parent and manage an out of state case. They made many mistakes, including giving me false legal information, and always seemed to cover the paper trail. Since the other parent disappeared, I had no way of finding or confirming his employment let alone his residence. After consulting several lawyers who all agreed Maine courts were the place to start, I began proceedings with her father. It took a year for me to squirrel the money away to hire a lawyer. He did not appear for the court date and unfortunately, only the judge knew that Maine was not the correct jurisdiction. A year of my time and savings gone, I had to start over in the Mass court system. At this point, I felt completely hopeless and vulnerable. I had been let down by so many well manered legal professionals and not-so-well mannered agencies here in Maine, I just expected the same from an unknown lawyer in Massachusetts. I obtained Charles Landry's name from the legal bar association referral system, prayed to God, and prepared for another long, expensive, and unknown outcome. Here's where Mr. Charles Landry really surprised me. Actually, "shock" is a more accurate word. Since the other parent had not responded to any court dates or petition inquiries in Maine, we still had no idea of his income. However, Mr. Landry took it upon himself to do research and legwork to obtain reliable income records to resolve my case in the first court appearance. The judge signed the petition and it was done. Done. What surprised me is that Mr.Landry easily could have let this case play out with many court appearances, petitions, and filings to leverage the retainer fee. He chose not to. Instead, he took the initiative to resolve my case quickly and effectively on my behalf. I still had a credit balance on the retainer fee that was returned to me. I have never met Mr.Landry face to face. I've talked to him on the phone, and sent him my credit card info for his very reasonable retainer fee. The sense of vulnerability I felt doing this was almost unbearable. He could have easily taken a more financially self-interested route with the same eventual outcome and I would have my hands tied. But he didn't. His level of integrity, business ethic, and honesty is still shocking to me. I am very grateful for his trust-worthy work and would highly recommend him. And the even better news? The child support increase was substantial. While it pains me to know that my child's father's income had long been much higher, I am so deeply relieved to have this finally completed after so many years. Thank you, Attorney Landry, for your honesty and ethic. It made a huge difference to us. -MB, Portland, ME
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