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Posted by Mark
Unfortunately, I engaged Mr. Gudger to assist with family issues including divorce, custody and property distribution in December 2012. It is now July 2014 and nothing has happened even remotely beneficial to me. Admittedly, I have a very difficult case with substantial hurdles to overcome, but that is exactly why you hire an attorney. Mr. Gudger appears to believe that the practice of law is simply a process of seeking one continuance after another without ever seeking resolution.
Here are some specific issues that I've had:
1) He has missed calendar calls in multiple counties that have led to delay after delay. Quite honestly he appears to live in court without ever going to court. If your case is in in Buncombe County, he will be sure to be in court in Madison County on the very day you needed him in Buncombe.
2) He routinely promises to do things that he has no intention of doing. For example he will say that he is going to talk to someone on your behalf, but will never give you a date or time that he plans to do so. Each and every time you ask him how this conversation turned out, you will get an excuse as to why it hasn't happened yet, and then ultimately, you are just left with nothing having ever happened. This has happened at least 10 times with my case, and I am not in anyway over-estimating.
3) Probably the most frustrating this is his tendency to change things, as if he has never had any experience at all with the process. For example; he told me for months that he was going to subpoena important information from the "counselors" that my ex-wife used with my children, but he never did. When you ask him when we'll get this info; he'll say, well now I changed my mind and I'm going to meet with the judge and she'll issue a separate order to compel the release of this information. But surprisingly, he never actually meets with the judge.
4) Lastly, I'd simply say the man has no plan to really prepare to help you. Ultimately, the court date arrives, you have no useful information to assist, and you are forced to seek a continuance. If you stop in his office, you will clearly see that it looks as if a hurricane blew through it. There is no organization and the haphazard staff will make no pretense of providing customer service.
I could go on and on; but I will just simply say that it is probably in your best interest to avoid Mr. Gudger or to at very least seek a 2nd opinion before engaging him. He appears to be very successful at winning disability claims, but that is not why I went to see him.
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