Posted by George in MT
I knew Jerald was the right guy for the job when I first contacted him for some questions. Nothing is free, and I understood this. I agreed to the $400 per hour fee for basic questions about my case. I talk when I think I know what I'm talking about. He let me know I didn't know much about what I was talking about, and asked me to "please be quiet and listen to me for a minute. It's your money". He explained the Illinois system of how all our tests and answers put us into a numerical system and what we look like to the State of Illinois. Needless to say, based on my tests and answers I didn't look very good. This was my second DUI charge from the State, but had 3 on record. This was a long process. I lost my license January 4, 2009. I hired Jerald for the hour talk in summer of 2011. After all his excellent information, he said to contact him closer to my date of possible re-instatement, which was Jan 4, 2014. I was working in Maine, at the time, but knew I'd be moving back to Montana and would have to do an out-of-state petitioners package. No way in hell was I going to try and figure that debacle out alone. I contacted Jerald, again around October 2013, as the reinstatement date was coming up. He is a very expensive lawyer, so I had to come up with, I believe half the bill. I was able to get help from family and retained Jerald around July 2014. Throughout this time I had correspondence with Jerald and his secretary, (not sure if proper title) Nicole. Nicole is the most helpful person I have dealt with. She answered all my questions, transferred me to Jerald, and did so much for me knowing I was always calling from MT. She got the ball rolling by pulling up prior DUI arrests and any records from any other states; essentially building my portfolio. I was as patient as I could be, but some days would fall apart, and wonder what was happening. I'd give Jerald a check in/check up. He never ignored me. Never. Always called back, sometimes maybe a couple days later, but he always called back. He always answered my questions, but more importantly, he understood my frustrations and listened to them. Many times asking me what I expected. Did I want to rush the process and poke an already angry bear, as is the State of Illinois Sec. of State? Or did I want to remain patient and calm, let him do his job and get this taken care of. He was correct. Remain patient. My DUI destroyed my life. Knocked me down from a Superintendent to carpenter status, which I don't care about status, but with that title crap comes money. I lost a lot of money because of my DUI. I had to turn down jobs and miss work because of my DUI. So, all this is happening, and I'm still waiting, and Jan. 4 reinstatement has come and gone and I'm still waiting. 2014 comes and goes. 2015 comes and we get out of state packet completed and sent off, only to wait on the State of Illinois. They took up to the last day of legally looking at my package, which was 3 or 6 months, and delayed me on a bullshit technicality. Now, let me explain, Jerald told me to be EXACT and to be PERFECT with any correspondence with the Sec. of State. They asked for proof of residence. I sent them a pay stub that had an # in front of my condo number. For instance Lake St. #3. They had Lake St. 3 in my packet. So, the wonderful State of Illinois delayed me another 3 months before even looking at my packet, because of a pound sign! All this time, I'm freaking out, and calling Jerald. He's still helping. Still answering my calls. Still telling me to calm down and asking me if I wanted to poke that bear, or just give them their time. They finally sent a letter saying they were reviewing my case! Then said answer would be in September of 2016; 6 more months!!! Buddy calls me, first week of July to tell me he has a letter for me. It was my reinstatement! Jerald did it. We did it. I'm a 44 year old man. After 7 1/2 years, I had my life back. I cried. You're the best, Jerald! Thank you so much!!
Posted by Thomas Laporte
Extremely helpful throughout my process. Highly recommended!
Posted by Drew Morris
Had great communication, was clear about possible outcomes, and got an unfair traffic violation dismissed. Couldn't have asked for more.
Posted by Mitch Erving
If you really need to get help, call Jerald Novak. He helped me solve the problems I had with my landlord.
He is highly professional and knowledgeable. It was a wonderful experience to have Jerald Novak as my attorney.
Posted by Ada Atkinson
Very helpful so glad I called spoke to Jerald! He answered all my questions and then some! He was so knowledgeable and genuinely seemed to care about my situation. If you're in need of help this is your man!
Posted by anonymous
Jerald Novak as my attorney has been a positive experience. Not only did he get me the best outcome possible, I believe he also cared about me, and encouraged me on a personal level. He is honest, and will tell you best and worst case scenarios, taking the time to patiently explain all the legal terms and conditions, and possible outcomes.
Posted by medical student
Mr. Novak and his staff are incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and thorough! I was in a difficult position at my medical school and possibly facing a hearing and expulsion. Mr. Novak patiently talked me through all of the possible outcomes and put my mind at ease, allowing me to focus on my studies. He is a great listener, non-judgmental, and extremely knowledgeable. I could keep doing my work because I knew he would take care of my legal issues. I'm happy to say his guidance worked perfectly!
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Novak is truly outstanding in the field of law. Unlike many other attorneys he is a highly experienced, expert attorney in specific legal matters. His work is above and beyond the expectation any client has for an attorney. When representing myself, he conducted a smooth and easy process, resulting in the best possible outcome for me. His genuineness and care for his clients along with his high specialization in specific areas of law do indeed make him the best in the business.
Posted by Dave
I can’t say enough about Mr. Novak. I got myself in a big mess which could have affected the rest of my life but Jerald Novak stepped in and helped in a big way. Given the charges that were against me, another attorney told me that there was no way that he could get some of the charges dismissed but he did and I am forever grateful. I made a mistake and he helped me in a big way.
I had to get a BAID device installed on my car which was causing me many problems. When he found out about it he got the company to reprogram the device within hours. That’s right, within 3 hours I had something I could live for six months.
He took his time with multiple court appearances to achieve the best possible outcome for me. It was actually beyond the best possible outcome for no additional charge. His staff is incredible also! They help walk me through the entire process which I really appreciated.
He is my attorney for life!
Posted by Heather
Jerald Novak was an outstanding Lawyer and hiring him was the best decision I could have made! He genuinely cares about his clients, he helped me get the best possible outcome I could have asked for with my situation. Mr. Novak and his amazing legal assistant Nicole helped me every step of the way making sure I was fully informed with every single thing in my case, so I never felt in the dark about anything. I would tell anyone needing legal counsel to hire Jerry Novak immediately, you won't regret it!