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     4.5 stars 38 total

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  • Good office team, excellent in court trial

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    Posted by Patel

    Mr Smith and team is very good in field of family law. They were prompt in reply. Meticulous work in gathering documents and evidences. Mr Smith was sharp and to the point in court arguments to be able to achieve favorable out come in my case.
    I will recommend him and his team for family law matters.

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  • Made a tough process simple

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    Posted by Daniel

    H. Van Smith and his firm made my divorce as smooth as possible. There is no such thing as an easy divorce but by taking the time to explain the process and my options, attorney Smith and his team made it easier to navigate. They were with me every step of the way and kept me informed as to the status of the proceedings. I couldn't be more appreciative. You won't be sorry if you choose H. Van Smith for your family law needs.

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  • Strongly Recommend For Prenup!!

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    Posted by Rowena

    Attorney Van Smith made an otherwise awkward process of a prenup consult with my fiance an enjoyable one - which is a bit hard to believe, but the honest-to-God truth!

    He made both of us feel very comfortable as soon as we stepped into his office and then he impressed us both even more by his in-depth knowledge and expertise. His thoughtful suggestions for what to include in our prenuptial agreement in particular were super helpful, along with the additional resources he provided via both print and online (by the way, check out his website, it is fantastic!).

    Our initial consult could have easily taken about 20-30 minutes, but my fiance and I were with Van for almost an hour because he was so friendly and fun, and we felt super comfortable asking him for sound legal advice in regards to our upcoming marriage.

    We scheduled this initial appointment with Van based on a referral from a good friend, and now I can see why. I would strongly recommend any couple interested in a prenup to hire Attorney Smith - he is smart, he is professional, but the bottom line is that he treated both me and my fiance with the utmost respect - which to me is so valuable when it comes to very personal matters such as marriage.

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  • Estate Planning

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    Posted by James

    Thank you Van for your excellent Estate Planning consultation. From the internet, I gathered some information on this subject but your consultation session has been an eye opener for me. You were very professional and have answered all my questions. I would recommend your firm to anyone for future Estate Planning services.

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  • Wonderful firm and attorney

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    Posted by Kerri

    Smith Strong is a dedicated, professional law firm that fights for their client. Their knowledgeable and responsive staff help to ease an often stressful situation.

    Smith Strong utilizes the most recent advances in telecommunications to gather, collect, and maintain information for your case. I started as a client living hundreds of miles away from Virginia. Their ability to use Google and Apple based communication and data services made physical location a non-issue.

    The firm has represented me in three litigation suits, all involving custody, visitation, and support brought against me over the past 18 months. They make all attempts to work out a settlement, but are not timid to go to court. In my case, mediation was not possible. Smith Strong has been successful in all three court cases.

    Van Smith represented me in the latest dispute. Mr. Smith figuratively and literally wrote the book on Divorce in Virginia. His polite and down to earth demeanor reflect well in court. He is tenacious, knowledgeable, and well spoken. These characteristics make him an excellent and sought after attorney.

    I highly recommend Van Strong and the Smith Strong law firm to anyone going through this unfortunate situation. They are truly looking out for your best interest and the best interest of the children involved. You will not regret the decision to make Smith Strong part of your life. Rest assured they will work diligently for you.

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  • Estate Planning

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    Posted by Ed

    I knew nothing about estate planning until I was introduced to Van Smith. He was truly enlightening and helped me begin my journey thru this legal procedure. Van is calm and works thru your questions with patience.

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  • Thorough and attentive

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    Posted by Esther

    Van and the rest of the team at Smith Strong have done excellent work with us.

    We went to him for estate planning, and Van took the time to go through in detail all our different options. We never felt rushed or pressured, because he took his time with us, encouraged us to take our time to make decisions, and he was patient to review concepts with us.

    Additionally, his team went above and beyond in helping us speed up the process due to a pending home purchase. They took care of things very quickly, and were extremely helpful in dealing with our mortgage company.

    We have already recommended Van and his team to our family and friends, and will continue to do so. Thanks Van for your excellent service!

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  • Excellent advice

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    Posted by Bill

    I am a professor at a local state university and have retirement plans with Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and TIAA-CREF. Recently, I was approached by the Wealth Management folks at TIAA-CREF about estate and retirement planning. They recommended one lawyer to see about the legal aspects of the plan - Van Smith. Our initial meeting was an eye-opener. My wife and I quickly realized Van was someone who was intelligent, well-versed in his profession, and personable. As a professor, I appreciate a good teacher and Van is such a person. He rewrote my will exactly the way we wanted it and explained the value of trusts to us in a very clear and consise manner. My wife had her will reworked last year by another attorney and what Van did for us was clearly outstanding and was more than 75% less expensive. Van will be our "go-to guy" for our legal needs.

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    Horace Van Smith’s response: “Many thanks for your kind words, truly appreciated. I always get a little nervous with "professor-clients" because they can be tough graders! But like each client in family law and estate planning matters, we stick to our fundamentals--clear plan of action, well-executed implementation, steady communication, reasonable fee. I'm glad we've earned your trust, and I look forward to our long-term relationship as questions arise. Happy to be your "go-to" lawyer. My best, Van”
  • I reccomend his firm to anyone who asks for a referral!

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    Posted by Lorraine

    At a very scary crossroads in my life, Van and his team guided my with expert and professional advise. He addressed all of my concerns and was able to keep my case out of court (even though I was pushing for it). I was copied on all correspondence efforts to opposing counsel and vary rarely had questions, because it all made sense. His reputation precedes him and his work proves it. A kind lawyer that isn't slimy and still knows what he is doing.....they do exist!

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    Horace Van Smith’s response: “Lorraine, I'm grateful for your kind words. This year was a time of incredible transition for you, and my hat's off to you for facing that moment with grace under pressure. It was a pleasure to serve you and keep your matter out of court. Thank you for trusting me and my firm with this responsibility. Keep in touch, and I can't wait to hear about what's next for you. Sincerely, Van”
  • The Team I Needed for a Tough Decision

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    Posted by Brian

    I appreciate everything this firm has done for me throughout this difficult time and have been extremely happy with the professionalism and courtesy that were extended to both myself and my wife during the deliberations. My career requires the highest levels of customer service so I am very particular about the businesses and associations I have based simply on how they treat their clientele. I chose this firm because of the level of customer service that I perceived in Van's reviews and the fact that he actually takes the time to read them and respond. I read hundreds of reviews of different lawyers and usually the only response was to defend themselves and try to discredit the source, but not Van. His responses show the passion he has for his career and his clients. I was thoroughly impressed by everyone that I spoke with in the firm and they far exceeded my expectations. During the initial consultation he brought in an associate attorney (at no charge to me) to consult with me as well based on my specific situation. They were not pushy or judgmental in any way and we talked well past the hour that was allotted for me (again at no extra cost). I felt very "listened too" and understood every time I spoke with them. Fortunately my wife and I decided to work on fixing things before moving on to the D word. Their counsel and help were exactly what I needed and provided the assurance that if things didn't work they would take care of whatever I needed. To the other reviews that mention being charged repeatedly, I can only speak to my experience but I can't count the times that I talked with Van or another attorney at absolutely no cost simply because they wanted to check in on me. They are always willing to work out a payment solution so don't feel embarrassed if you need to ask for their help in figuring it out or a little more time until that next paycheck comes (I personally had to do so and was amazed at the understanding response I received). I will be sure to recommend them to anyone I know that may need their services and will be back if I should ever need too.

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    Horace Van Smith’s response: “Integrity, for me, is guiding our firm's clients to their best life. It means being honest about the strengths and weaknesses of cases and situations, but it also means giving people a safe place to think, to ponder, about their life and the direction it is headed. In these quiet moments, the practice of law for me transitions over into the realm of a calling, a ministry of sorts. I'm honored to be an attorney; it is extremely humbling to be placed in that moment with people each week. You are a tremendous person, and we are grateful you chose our firm. Our very best to you---Van”