Posted by anonymous
Fahan is very prepared, listens and is thorough.
I represented myself during the initial phases. Farhan was very helpful on a graceful transition. He set and met reasonable objectives.
1-I wanted my wife and me to remain friends
2-I wanted primary custody of my daughter
3-I listed assets I wanted to retain
4-I wanted a to give my wife time to get help (if she chose - slow process)
5-It was important for me to do some legwork
Compared to most divorces, mine took a bit longer, was more tense and cost a bunch more (due to complexity). Due to the semi-public nature of our family, it was important to keep the matter private (and sealed when complete).
He was very prompt and communicated when necessary. His assistant is very professional.
Our divorce took a few surreal turns. Farhan was quick to refer specialists when necessary and did not drum up drama.
The entire process took about 18 months. It's been about 18 months since the paper work was final.
My wife and I have the ability to take our daughter to dinner without tension.
I believe divorce is fundamentally wrong and sucks to live through. Hire a good mental health professional and pick an attorney you enjoy working with.
I retained Farhan for another legal issue - point made.
Posted by Susan
I used Farhan years ago and I highly recommend him. I was living a nightmare with a parenting consultant and extremely challenging high conflict case that was dragging on and on over co-parenting conflicts.
I consulted with over 30 attorneys who would not touch my case, but Farhan saw the need to get my family some sort of resolution. We'd been in the battle for 6 years! He was up front about what could and could not realitically be done and always kept me informed on every step. We ended up with a custody trial, which accomplished my goal of sole physical and legal custody for me. So many lawyers told me it was not possible to get that, but Farhan saw that the PC decisions laid out a case for sole custody. The great thing is that the custody change ended the battle, got rid of a meddling PC and my former spouse and I got along much better once the fight was taken away. It truly was the best thing for me, my children and even my ex.
Farhan will take the hard cases, when other attorneys will not, and he will be honest with you. Farhan was my fourth attorney and he had to undo messes that were the creation of the three previous attorneys. I recommend him to anyone I know going through divorce or high conflict parenting issues. He will get the job done!
Posted by Jessy
There are only three facts that you need to know about divorce lawyers... 1) just like any other industry/field, there's a drastic difference between good and great, and it isn't easy to distinguish that difference, 2) the financial outcome of a good lawyer verses a great lawyer is literally thousands of dollars, and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars, and 3) if your spouse has a lawyer, don't try to save a little money and proceed without a lawyer on your side; this is penny wise and pound foolish.
I'm speaking from experience; I've had a few different lawyers before I finally found Clausen & Hassan; I would have been much better off finding/using them in the first place. They transferred the house to my name, removed my alimony over a year early, and obtained a Karon Waiver to guarantee no further financial loss. Feel free to send me questions or thank me for introducing you to Clausen & Hassan.
Posted by Jose
"Because of the complexity of the case, during the course of my divorce, I interviewed and communicated with some 20 lawyers. I consequently feel confident to state that Farhan Hassan is one of the best lawyer in the Twin Cities Area. Farhan has an extraordinary ability to rapidly sort through a wealth of information, focus on what is relevant, identify implications, correct misunderstanding, and communicate with empathy, respect and clarity the options available. The quality assistance Farhan and his office staff provided me, while meeting the greatest standards of ethics and efficiency, has bettered our lives forever. I highly recommend F. Hassan."
Mother of four.
Posted by Eric
Mr. Hassan was perfect during a difficult time of my somewhat contentious divorce. He always treated me with respect, compassion, and professionalism. I discovered Mr. Hassan from a chance meeting with a distance acquaintance who highly recommended him. I'd been searching for and interviewing attorneys, not finding satisfaction. Mr. Hassan asked questions to seek real understanding from me and my goals. I felt heard when I spoke. Even more, he presented various options for my consideration. True advocacy! He didn't "lead" so much as he "delivered" me to a destination I desired as the best option from those he explained to me along the journey. Mr. Hassan always showed great respect for time and resources. At the same time, I feel he never compromised or missed what truly mattered. I genuinely looked-forward to my meetings with him. He made hearings immeasurably more relaxed for me.
I never felt Mr. Hassan's ego or style ever eclipsed my goals. His impressive intellect and perspectives developed flexible, contingency plans during the entire process. My divorce was settled in mediation with his verve, grace, strength, and advocacy dismantled my unsavory stereotypes of attorneys. The opposing attorney embodied my negative stereotypes! Mr. Hassan always took the "high road" when the opposing attorney sought the "mud", expressed ugly boorishness, or absurd proposals. I was very proud to be associated with Mr. Hassan rising above it all... Keeping "it real" and mitigating drama in an already depressing situation. Confronting aggressive intimidation antics with grace. At times Mr. Hassan sensed my needs to regroup and collect myself in the face of changing proposals. He stopped the mediation process or a break; finding a private space to remind me of the plan, the perspective, and the means to the optimized goal - at the same time holding space for me to change my mind to stand my ground and escalate - but reminding me what would likely result from my decisions. That's Mr. Hassan's experience at work guiding me along what path I choose. Repeat: the path *I* choose. I felt in control with my advocate showing the pros-and-cons along with his opinion. True advocacy. True counsel.
I can virtually guarantee satisfaction for any sane and realistic person working with Mr. Hassan. Search no longer... Mr. Farhan Hassan is fantastic.
Posted by anonymous
I highly recommend Farhan. He was a wealth of knowledge and provided me with the legal advice I needed. Farhan is a hard-working individual, and he made me feel important as a client. I am very grateful for his expertise, and I would use him again for all my legal needs.
Posted by anonymous
I feel very fortunate that Farhan was recommended to me in what has turned out to be a very difficult divorce and custody proceeding. He is very knowledgeable, dedicated, and his experience in family law is evident . He has also been very fair financially and resposive as issues arise. Farhan and his paraglegal Heather are obviously well respected by their peers as well as understanding to what a difficult time divorce and custody situations can be for their client.
Posted by Rinki
I am very glad that Farhan came highly recommended through a family friend,. Farhan’s thought process is very clear on issues, but what really makes; it clearer is the client’s expectations upfront. Knowing the end result and communicating that to him, definitely makes life easier for both the parties.
In my experience, Farhan was very candid in letting me know upfront that what I want and what I get in the end might be two different things; and I appreciated the honesty in that. My case was active was almost active for 2 years in court and him and his staff were always very diligent about getting back to me via emails , calls etc. within 24 hours.
He never failed to play the devil’s advocate, if ever I was taking an extreme stand on issues, so that he and I can be prepared for the opposing counsel or the judge. It is definitely not something that one expects, from their advocate, but after a while, one does develop a lawyer perspective in doing so.
In today’s day and economy, where budgeting is the key and especially in a divorce case , where financial matters can be lengthy and complicated ;Farhan did let me know of ways and things that I can do, to save money and his time and I appreciated that effort of his .
Looking back, the only thing that I would do different is learn more about the judicial system on my pace. There were a number of times, that I had to pick Farhan’s brain and his staff as well on the flow of events (mediation, Early neutral evaluation, settlement conferences etc.) . He was more than happy to answer all my questions and educate me on general topics of the judicial system, but it did come at a cost. Instead, I would recommend taking the co- parenting class on legal and economic issues offered through the county for approx... $40.00 , which for the most part covered all aspects of the judicial system. I would even recommend that class, if you are even thinking of divorce and have not talked to your spouse yet.
I have not dealt with any lawyers in the past ( most of us don’t) , so my review of course will not have a frame of reference , or comparison , but at the end of the day , I was content with the approach, the skills, the experience that he demonstrated during my case.
Posted by Lisa
Farhan is hardworking and dedicated. He has a great knowledge of the law and was always very up-front with me. He goes the extra mile, and is not afraid of fighting for his clients. I felt I didn't have to do the arguing during our difficult mediation session with my ex. I found him very fair on charges, something rare in the world of attorney's. I would definitely use Farhan again and highly recommend him!!
Posted by Jason
Farhan and Heather were extremely professional and courteous throughout the entire custody process. We began with a thorough sit-down in which we discussed my goals, Farhan then laid out a plan to carry this out, and I was kept informed(by Farhan himself) every step of the way. Farhan was efficient and the billing was more than fair; I actually think they let me slide a bit due to financial constraints on my end. Farhan's reputation in court seemed to proceed him; the judge knew him from a previous case and actually took the time to say it was nice to see him again. The post ruling follow up was also great, I was contacted by both Heather and Farhan several months after. They were just checking in to see how everything was going. Fantastic experience....