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David Jeffrey Hark Coale

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     4.5 stars 10 total

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  • 1st Class / Highly Recommend

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Jeff is personable, professional, top-shelf representation. I hired him to handle a traffic ticket. He exceeded my expectations and delivered a very favorable outcome. Excellent communication, easy to talk to, and a realistic step-by-step approach...Jeff is 1st Class. 5 Stars and highly recommend.

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  • Efficient, Reliable, Confident, Trustworthy Lawyer -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Great direction and advice. I followed it exactly and the results were better than expected. He was completely reliable in every sense of the word. Jeff even answered his phone while he was on vacation in Mexico to help me out! I am fully confident in his abilities to successfully fight court cases, especially traffic violations like mine! I highly recommend him!!

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  • The Best

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    I received a Reckless Driving Charge several hundred miles away from home. After speaking with Jeff, I felt like I was in good hands. He walked me through every step and set me up for the best possible outcome. I am so glad that I found him. I would absolutely recommend him to family, friends and anyone in need of legal services!

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  • White glove service!

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    Posted by David

    Driving through Smyth county VA, I was pulled over for doing 86 in a 70Mph zone which, I found out later, is a reckless driving offense. I am from out of state and I did not want to travel back for the court appearance as it is over 800 miles. I decided to hire an attorney to represent me.

    After a good search, all reviews lead me to Jeff. I called him the next day, explained the situation and we came up with a good strategy. Executing on that strategy was a white glove affair. Jeff took care of everything up to and including all the necessary reminders to send him the information he needed to properly represent my defense of the charges.

    Because of Jeff's long standing history with the court system and the execution of a good strategy, the ticket was reduced to a non-moving violation which will not count against my insurance or towards points on my license.

    Jeff is a good attorney with the knowledge, understanding of the VA judicial system process and relationships that make a difference.

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  • Best possible outcome

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    With this being my first (and hopefully only) time being in legal trouble I was very nervous about what the future held for me. However any worries and concerns were immediately set aside when I began working with Mr. Coale. His extensive knowledge of the legal system and superb communication skills helped put my parents and myself at ease throughout this difficult process. His expertise made it possible to achieve the best possible outcome of my trial and for that I am eternally grateful. I would highly recommend Mr. Coale to anyone I know that finds themselves in legal trouble.

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  • Out Of State Traffic

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Chris

    I was very concerned about my traffic ticket I received while on vacation. I was very happy with the services and consultation I got from Attorney Coale. He is definitely recommended, efficient, and helpful. I wasn't sure what I was going to have to do about the ticket but after I spoke to and hired Attorney Coale I felt confident that my problem would be handled properly.

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  • Representation of out-of -state driver

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Jim

    I found Mr. Coale to be concerned, ethical,and extremely knowledgable in representing me. He was concerned for my wellbeing, His counsel was straight foward and honest. He performed his duties above board and gave honest opinions on various courses of actions that we considered. He maintained communications with me to the degree necessary to get my case presented and adjudicated. I hope I never have to use his services again, but if I had too, he would be my first choice to call upon.

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  • Excellent experience

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Jerome

    Jeff took the time necessary to explain the situation and possible outcomes as well as prepare a plan of action to get the best results. I appreciated the time he took working with me from hundreds of miles away, making the process as good as it could have been. I highly recommend Jeff and his firm.

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  • 5 Stars, would recommend

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    Posted by Jake

    Mr. Coale was great. He provided me detailed instructions with everything I had to do on my end and kept me informed as to what he was doing on his end. I would definitely recommend.

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  • No Service, HUGE fees!

    1.0 star

    Posted by a Divorce client

    This man is completely incompetent. I asked him to handle my divorce. He charged me a $5000 retainer fee to start with. This is considerably higher than other attorneys in his general area who would have handled the same divorce for $3000-$3500. The price is not the reason for my dissatisfaction with this attorney...the fact that he does not know what he is doing or how to do it concerns me greatly.

    I requested to review the papers before he filed them and thankfully I did because he was getting ready to file them in the wrong county. He also had pertinent information inaccurate or completely incorrect due to lack of research. I am sorry to say but for the price this husband and wife team are charging, there's no room for mistakes and especially not a mistake that would set my case back as much as being filed in the wrong county!

    This attorney is also not concerned in the least for the well being of his client. He was asked whether or not he would seek spousal support given the fact that I had left a job to relocate with my husband immediately prior to the filing of the divorce. He said he would definitely seek spousal support in an amount that would represent at least a portion of my lost income and financial hardship. Once the retainer was signed, he done nothing but absorb retainer fees making 3 copies of each document I gave him and asking me to sort through marital items such as plates, forks and spoons, counting how many of each item we owned so that the entire value could be translated to a figure on paper. I did advise him that I did not care if my ex had most of the marital possessions as most of them belonged to him to start with. Mr. Coale was not interested in the least in the return of my personal items to me or a court order that would compel my ex to return things like my winter clothes, shoes, medications, cellular phone, and car keys. I had to wait over a year for the return of these items that were clearly mine, not his.

    When I fired this attorney and showed him my market up copy of his documents, he thought I was joking and did not want to refund the retainer fee. Just for the record, I got ALL of the retainer fee back, all 3 copies of my case file that he made and left him sitting on the blister. Ladies, don't hire this man if you want help with a divorce.He won't give it to you.

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    David Jeffrey Hark Coale’s response: “This former client is mistaken. She had parted ways with another attorney, and asked me to take over her case. When it became obvious we could not work together, I dismissed her as a client, refunded all of her retainer and took no actions whatsoever on her behalf. Her complaints apply to the previous attorney, not to me.”