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Posted by William, PhD.
"Location, location, location,” that’s IT in real estate…Hiring a divorce attorney? The three rules are experience, experience, experience…
Experience – the knowledge of marital law, especially in your jurisdiction, and how to apply it. Experience – knowing how to deal with every circumstance, whether it’s standard procedure, or something from left field. Experience – the “people skills” to corral even the wackiest behavior of opponents (or clients!).
After years of marital un-rest, the divorce papers finally materialized and I was determined to hire the best. Mercifully, there were no custody matters; financial issues dominated the agenda – a hefty inheritance, pension awards, health and other insurances, plus the usual perks of a mid-life, well-lived: A modest investment portfolio, a home on the beach on Long Island, a house in the country, a boat, luxury cars, and the gem, a one-bedroom, pied-à-terre apartment in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village.
My wife opted to re-hire a general-purpose attorney she had used is a previous low-budget divorce. Big mistake. Carl Wand, Esq. was the 1998 Yankees vs. a Triple-A, team. More than once, after a conference or appearance in court, Wand came to me saying “this guy doesn’t know this,” or “he’s overlooked such-and-such.” My wife’s counsel was simply over-matched. Put bluntly, Carl and his team ‘hammered’ the opposition. In the end, both parties got what was coming to them, but to even a casual observer, I was the “winner.” (assuming there’s any WINNER in a divorce…)
When hiring counsel, I cannot overstate the value of an efficient, responsive, support staff. As with any legal proceeding, there were lots of phone calls, emails, etc. But Wand and Goody is different…kind of old-school. My calls to the office were always answered by a REAL person. Not some intern or receptionist, but an informed staffer that expedited a resolution to my concerns. In fact, my calls were usually routed immediately to Mr. Wand’s personal assistant. In these days of voice mails, e-mails, text messages, and endless phone-trees, I find this remarkable and reassuring.
A final note: After an equitable split on the sale of the L.I. home, and a few dollars exchanged, I ended-up with free-and-clear-ownership of the Greenwich Village apartment. To any New Yorker, that’s a win-win.
Posted by Rosa
I was referred to Mr. Wand by a family friend a couple of years ago as I was seeking Sole Legal custody of my grand nephew. A couple of months later I was awarded custody of the child. Recently I again, contacted Mr. Wand to find out if he would handle an adoption as I now was seeking to petition the court for adoption. Mr. Wand and his staff were professional, compassionate and sympathetic and always available to answer any concerns I was having through the process. Again, a few months later the Adoption decree was signed by the Judge. I am forever grateful to Mr. Wand and his staff for the outstanding job.
Posted by Wayne
I've been using Carl Wand, Esq for 16 years for multiple business matters. Forming LLCs, negotiating building purchases, negotiating leases with tenants, bank closings on purchases, everything business related. Carl is a pragmatic, straight shooter who helps you get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of difficulty.
Law suits are sometimes necessary and Carl represented me when I had to sue in a dispute over a property purchase. Just watching him slowly and methodically dismantle the owners at the pre-trial deposition was amazing to see, fun to watch and they settled the next day!! I wish I had video taped it!!!
Posted by anonymous
When I needed a divorce, I was referred by an uncle who had used this firm for years. Divorce is never easy, and emotions always run high. Mr. Wand was compassionate, well informed, and guided me through a very dark and difficult time in my life while remaining calm and professional. He showed me that no matter how difficult it might seem, there is life after divorce and he got me through to the other side as painlessly as possible. He taught me it's better to put it behind you and move on, rather than fight to the death and end up both losing. I'm happily remarried and now have three children! Thank you Mr. Wand!!!!
Posted by Deborah
I have only the most superlative kudos for the team of Wand & Goody. Every issue/case I [my family]have ever sought help with has been under their knowledgeable & expert guidance. Each case was resolved in my favor with minimal stress or disruption. Being in business I need an expert team in this highly litigious society. I strictly use ONLY this firm for personal and business related problems. in 35 years I have NEVER been disappointed. In areas of law they do not handle they have procured only the best of their colleagues to make sure I always get the very best. If you are seeking excellence in law this is by and far the best of the best available anywhere.Every recommendation I have ever made to others has always resulted in gratitude. Thank you for the many years of support.
Posted by Ashley
I hired Mr. Wand to help me divorce my spouse and was nothing but happy. Many thanks for the wonderful communication and outstanding work on my behalf, without your great efforts and Mr. Wand's great name, I am not sure how I would have gotten through this process without you and your firm. I have been very happy with Mr. Wand and his office's communications with me throughout this whole process, and their patience in this matter. I will forever be in their debt. I am very thankful for hearing about your firm.
Posted by jie
Keep yourself away from this law office, this is a pure money driving lawyering business. i spent $9000 with them, but no product, yet they still want to charge me another $8000 for a minor and simple divorce case. i started my case fresh with another lawyer for just $1000, it was done complete!
Posted by anonymous
I hired Carl Wand as my matrimonial lawyer. Carl was always responsive to my questions and issues. He and his staff were sympathetic, always prepared and very knowledgeable. Divorce is not an easy time for anyone, but Mr. Wand, his partners and the entire staff made a difficult situation as good as it could have been.
Posted by Carol
The law group Wand, Powers, Goody was professional, expedited my divorce and offered sound legal advice. They have the experience and understand the roller coaster of emotions that a divorce can create and take the worry out of the legal issues so that you can cope with the other aspects that are occurring.
Posted by Judyann
Was referred to this grp by a friend very satisfied with their work. Wand, Powers & Goody saw me through some of the darkest, most difficult days of my life. Divorce is never pleasant, but their understanding and honest concern gave me great comfort when I needed it most. By the end, I felt like they were more "friends"
than just "attorneys". VERY unusual by today's standards.