Karen is a very senior knowledgable attorney with a great team. i hired her at the worst of my life but her team help me sail through the hardest phase. a divorce is an emotionally and financially draining experience, where the right people can help yo get justice and i will recommend her for the same
Had a good start, but a dragged out and unprofessional end.
Ms. Saminski is smart, personable, and comes across as a tough advocate. When my case started, I was optimistic. As the case dragged on through the Court system, their interest and work waned. The defending lawyer was more persistent, and in most instances was able to set the agenda. At the end it took weeks to get any work done and my estimated bill doubled due to countless, needless interactions with defending lawyer and others. My experience is different than other posts on Avvo, but don't believe I'm the only one who was been strung along by this firm.
Karen K Saminski’s response:“It is impossible to comment specifically because the poster is anonymous. Often, these posts result from an unhappiness that clients must pay for services rendered. I have a highly qualified legal team and, in addition, an administrative team, accessible to clients at any time to discuss any issues or questions that arise between our clients and our firm during our sometimes lengthy relationships. I am also personally available to discuss any issue my team has been unable to resolve.
Unlike in other businesses, a Divorce and Family law practice often involves a highly charged emotional environment along with the unusual aspect that in contested cases there is another party represented by an attorney who is doing everything possible to undo our work. Despite these unique aspects of running the business of a Divorce and Family law practice, we handle hundreds of cases a year in which the clients are satisfied with the outcome, our legal representation, our ethics, responsiveness and their interaction with our firm. We do not ask our satisfied clients to post reviews. We do, however, when we get an unsolicited compliment from a client, ask them to post their comments or give us permission to use their feedback on our website. In addition, as legal ethics dictate, we must provide our clients with options for various paths, recommendations for strategy and options for minimizing legal costs, if possible. Clients choose the path based upon their personal agenda/goals/budget with our attorneys exercising our legal judgment when appropriate and necessary.
This poster complains that nothing was done, then that too much was done and refers to needless interactions. We do not engage in any needless interactions and strive to provide our clients with value for every legal fee dollar they spend. At times there are tasks that are required by Court Rule which clients do not value highly but must be done. My team and I remain available to discuss this poster’s specific concerns or to answer any questions potential clients may have about our firm, practices and legal team.”
"One would be hard pressed to find a more able and professional Law Firm anywhere in the Tri-State area. "
Posted byRay Rodriguez
I was fortunate enough to retain the services of associate attorney Amy L. Bernstein, and can say, without hesitation, in 15+ years of navigating through the quagmire that is the Union County, NJ - Division of Family Courts, she was easily the best attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Informed, compassionate, and at the top of her profession. She took on my issue without hesitation and, thanks to her tireless work and dedication, I have finally won the deserved relief that I have sought after all these years. Words alone can never express the amount of gratitude that my family and I have for Ms. Bernstein, and for the entire staff at the Law Firm of Karen K. Saminski, for their professionalism and support throughout. Absolute aces in my book!
There are three words that come to mind Trustworthy Compassionate and Knowledgeable
Prior to hiring Karen I went through a grueling emotional nightmare of a divorce / custody trial which lasted 3 years at a cost of 50,000 with a different firm. I ended up losing residential custody of my two youngest children 9 & 10 and was forced to vacate the marital home ( I've been a stay-at-home mom for 7 years). I was left devastated and lost all hope and respect for the system that is until I met Karen. Although my ex technically won everything he still wasn't satisfied and filed a motion to stop alimony amongst other issues that still linger. I emailed Karen right away explaining my complex situation to her and I prayed that she wouldn't turn me away . I received an email with her response the next morning saying that she was willing to speak to me. That day we spoke changed my mind set and life! I finally could say that I had some peace of mind after 4 years of torture at the hands of the court system. Since I live out of State I had my parents go meet with Karen and their opinion of her was Outstanding. She showed patience when speaking with them and Karen didn't rush their consultation like most attorneys do. My mom said she was an excellent listener which I feel is most important when hiring an attorney. Karen and I finally met in person at my Nov. 6th 2013 court date. I finally had the chance to enter the court room with confidence and no doubts because I knew I had an attorney that was there for me not against me which was not my experience prior to hiring Karen. I won't get into specifics about my case but I will say everything has been turning around for me. I can't thank Karen enough and her staff for all of their help. I recommend Karen and her attorneys 100% I only wish I would have found her sooner... The outcome for what's in the best interest of my children I believe would have been much different if I had Karen there fighting for me.
Exceptional and compassionate attorneys who get the job done!
I cannot say enough about the Law office of Karen Kirchoff Saminski, Esq., L.L.C.! The professionalism,compassion, and a 110 percent attitude in their client's favor is exceptional! I have been a client for over 15 years and know firsthand about hardship while fighting a case of Emancipation. If you need an excellent firm, look no further.
Don't use this firm!
I went to meet Ms. Saminski for a free consultation. I hired her thinking that she was going to represent me. The day I went to court she sent an attorney who just barely passed the bar exam. He was horrible to say the least. Instead of representing me, I felt as if he was helping out the defendant. He was supposed to assist me with child support reduction. He insisted that the Child Support reduction case was not on that date and I had to return again. I went to the Child Support department after we saw the judge for the initial case and they told me they were waiting for me for the Child Support reduction case.
So now I had to reapply for another court date, which there was a 3 month wait. I spent thousands of dollars on these attorneys and they did NOTHING for me. I would not recommend these attorneys to my worst enemies. They are not looking out for your best interest, they are only after your money!
Karen K Saminski’s response:“Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We have no way to identify this client as we have not received any direct feedback on any similar issue. All of our clients, however, are required by Court rule to sign a retainer agreement. The retainer agreement explains the different hourly rates for the various attorneys in the firm and also explains an associate attorney may be assigned to a particular matter at a lower hourly rate. If any client specifically requests Ms. Saminski's services, every effort is made to accommodate that client, if they elect to pay the higher hourly rate. All work is supervised by Ms. Saminski. Aside from cost, other issues effect assignment of attorneys in our firm. Those issues include, but are not limited to the clients desire to secure an hourly rate that is lower than that of Ms. Saminski's rate or the rate of Senior Associate attorneys, and whether the client has met their financial obligations to the firm. It is unrealistic for a client to expect that the most experienced attorneys in the firm with the highest levels of experience and therefore the highest hourly rates will appear on matters if the client has not met financial obligations to the firm. In addition, what the child support department allegedly told this client has nothing to do with what the Judge assigned was scheduled to hear that day, so it appears there are multiple misunderstandings about the process, the law and the agreement with our firm which we are happy to attempt to clarify if the reviewer contacts us. We have many satisfied clients and we endeavor to resolve all matters that are brought directly to our attention with fairness and integrity. I encourage readers of this site to review my services and experience as well as the client testimonial page on my website where we are able to identify the source and validity of the information at www.karensaminski.com.”