I hired Mr. Paquette based on our initial interview where he said he was aggressive and experienced in negotiating a settlement. During the 4 months he was my lawyer he did not have any worthwhile suggestions as to how to get the best deal for me. He gave into virtually everything my ex-wife's lawyer wanted. It was almost as if he felt he had to please her. I ended up being the main negotiator in my case. Mr. Paquette did almost nothing in the actual negotiating sessions. I ended up with the worst deal possible and am now stuck with it for the next 8 years! To top it all off he had no problem charging me the maximum $ for his time!
Response from Steven Paquette May 27, 2016
Unfortunately in the challenging environment that the stress of divorce creates, sometimes people's beliefs about what is "right and fair" cannot be realized. The Law, and the Courts, have a belief system about children being properly supported for example, that no amount of contrary argument will change. I am disappointed whenever a client feels they did not get the outcome they hoped for, but it is never for a lack of effort or desire. After 35 years in this profession I bring a lot of knowledge about expected outcomes to the table. I will always tell clients the truth, even if it is not what they would prefer to hear. And I will always listen to a client's concern about anything to do with my work, or the divorcing process. I also sign a retainer agreement with each client that clearly spells out the costs and fee structure for my services in advance. This individual could not be satisfied by his first lawyer, or by me. I deeply regret that