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Margaret Ann Smith

Margaret Smith’s reviews

     3.0 stars 6 total

Review Margaret Smith
  • She will fight for you!

    5.0 stars

    Posted by John

    I hired Ms. Smith to get rights to my son. She got court orders for me to start seeing my son and did not back down to my ex's lawyer. She explained things to me I did not know about child support and has really helped me. She let me make payments using my credit card and I felt the amount she charged was fair.

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  • Highly Recommended Attorney

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Erin

    Attorney Smith went above and beyond for our family. She was very thorough and explained everything in detail. She was always very timely with responses and never overlooked details. I would absolutely recommend her to everyone.

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  • Watch out for this one.

    1.0 star

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Go with the first two ratings. I had the same experiences with this one. No communication, charges for incorrect work and overcharged for services that actually were performed (eventually). She is what gives attorney's bad names. I highly do not recommend her. I eventually retained another attorney as did one of the first reviewers. If you want no communication, mistakes and extreme charges...go with Smith. She said there were payment plans in the initial consult but I was never offered any of these plans., just the threat of the 18% late fee. She was highly unprofessional and beware she talks the talk on the initial consult.

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    Margaret Ann Smith’s response: “Avvo acknowledges that it does not investigate nor confirm the comments posted on this site. Comments can be posted by anyone, even opposing parties who seek revenge on the attorney who represented his or her ex spouse. The complaints listed by this person would appear to give rise to ethical violations requiring investigation by the Ohio Supreme Court. I have no discipline or sanction history; my Attorney Information with the Supreme Court of Ohio verifies this: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/AttyReg/Public_AttorneyDetails.asp?ID=0069608.”
  • Good lawyer

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    I did not have the same experience as the other reviewers. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Ms. Smith returned calls and offered suggestions for my case. She is very knowledgeable and I would definitely hire her again. As for the billing, that's what happens when you have to hire a lawyer. She provides detailed billing, so I was comfortable with it. Her prices are competitive and she offers payment plans.

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  • Took all of my savings and DID absolutely nothing for it!

    1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    The previous client who wrote the review took the WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH! She talked a big talk, billed an extremely big amount - but did nothing else for me, honestly. Like previous client, she suggested that we try a few different things that did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for my case. Before withdrawing from being my lawyer, I had offered a few different monthly payment plans but she absolutely refused. So, instead, she filed papers to withdraw from being my lawyer then added the $995.00 bill to my invoice, plus the 18% monthly interest she charges.
    Even though I was hesitant about some of the things she was suggesting, I put my trust and faith in her. The anger and attack I felt from this woman seemed extremely personal, not professional one bit. I guarantee she's going to charge you a fortune - and she will haunt your dreams until every last single penny of her $ is collected.

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    Margaret Ann Smith’s response: “Every attorney in practice today faces the potential of an unfavorable rating or an untrue statement about their services online. Almost every lawyer has experienced a client with unreasonable expectations, or one who got bad results because of their own bad behavior or bad facts, or failed to pay legal fees despite contracting to do so. These former clients can publicize their opinions and dissatisfaction online and they can do it anonymously. To properly defend, specific facts and information would need be disclosed by the attorney; to do so would improperly reveal attorney-client confidences. Therefore, the vituperative language used in anonymous comments and reviews is one sided and impossible to defend. Only one side of the story is publicized for others to review. I regret this client felt dissatisfaction and extend an invitation to him or her to contact me directly to address the matter personally.”
  • The Worst!

    1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    She'll take your retainer and start billing you for work you don't even need. I had a very simple case and she did nothing for three weeks except make excuses and bill me. Stay away from this one.

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    Margaret Ann Smith’s response: “Every attorney in practice today faces the potential of an unfavorable rating or an untrue statement about their services online. Almost every lawyer has experienced a client with unreasonable expectations, or one who got bad results because of their own bad behavior or bad facts, or failed to pay legal fees despite contracting to do so. These former clients can publicize their opinions and dissatisfaction online and they can do it anonymously. To properly defend, specific facts and information would need be disclosed by the attorney; to do so would improperly reveal attorney-client confidences. Therefore, the vituperative language used in anonymous comments and reviews is one sided and impossible to defend. Only one side of the story is publicized for others to review. I regret this client felt dissatisfaction and extend an invitation to him or her to contact me directly to address the matter personally.”