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Scott Masaru Watanabe

Divorce and separation Attorney at Carmel, IN

2.7   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 7 years
    Florida - FL 7 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

What drew me to Family Law is as complex as the reasons for which people find themselves in need of it. But one thing was simple and clear to me: Families need support in emotionally trying times. And Family Law is often at the intersection of those times and the lives of people who must find their way through them.

I understand that the mere necessity of engaging a lawyer often represents an emotional upheaval in my clients’ lives – the unraveling of a marriage, the victimization of an abusive relationship, the stress of a contested will. I do everything in my power to guide you through the process as peaceably and reasonably as possible so that you can pick up your life and move on.

I expect nothing less of anyone associated with or acting on behalf of my firm.

Location

Watanabe Law Group, PC
320 S. Rangeline Rd.
Carmel, IN, 46032

Reviews

2.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
Posted by Pete | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Scott helped me with my will and did a great job. I was a bit worried because I do not understand these complex legal matters but Scott explained everything in a language I could understand. My family and I can now look to our future with peice-of-mind.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better suited for mediation than litigation
I worked with Scott for about a year until he found he was unfit to continue the custody case. Since then, I've found better council and it turned out to be a blessing. Here's some pros and cons Pros: - Scott is very responsive, timely, and thorough in executing things that he knows needs to be done - Scott is excellent at negotiating lawyer to lawyer agreements and settlements. - Scott is overall a really good guy, means well, and has the best intentions Cons - His knowledge surrounding the particulars of calculating child support is lacking in ways I didn't understand until receiving new council. For me, it made a difference of $500/mo. using someone more knowledgeable on the matter. - When my case became more complex and less favorable, it fell outside of Scott's comfort zone and I'm grateful that he let me know that he wasn't qualified to defend me. It was hard because Scott gave me two options: 1) Continue the case in a direction that wasn't favorable but was within his comfort zone 2) Find another attorney with inadequate notice. I was very fortunate to have found more experience counsel in time, but it was a near thing. It's been a while and it doesn't upset me like it used to. I can honestly say that Scott has some great attributes. But again, those attributes are far better suited for an out of court resolution. For that narrow purpose, I'm submitting this review recommending Scott. I would not recommend Scott for any case that is closely matched and has no chance of a resolution outside of litigation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Scheduled a Meeting and then cancelled with no notice
Mr. Watanabe requested we do a call about my matter. 10 minutes before the scheduled call Mr. Watanabe texted a cancellation. My impression is Mr. Watanabe is not ready to deal with complex matters or cases, and those with these kinds of matters should avoid Mr. Watanabe.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Watanabe Law Group, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates, PC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Managing Partner
  • Family Legal Florida PLLC
  • 2016 - 2017

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 2016 - Present
  • Orange County Legal Aid Society
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (10)
Endorse Scott
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott has the intellect, compassion, drive, and empathy to be an incredible family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Friend
"Scott is an excellent attorney. His skills are hard to find. Smart, diligent and well suited to navigate the most complex of issues. I highly recommend his services. His clients will be well served."