5.0 stars 21 totalReview Margaret Bennett
Posted by Stephen
I found Ms. Bennett randomly on Collablaw.com, but she was also recommended to me about a week later by a friend who was referred to her by friends in upper-level management from several well-known companies in the area.
From day one Ms. Bennett and her staff were completely professional, timely, and focused on my case. More than that, I never felt like I was being contacted or billed excessively. Communication between me, Ms. Bennett, and her staff was always concise and everyone always seemed to be on the same page. Also, while divorce is a complicated, foreign and exhausting process, they were patient and persistent getting information from me.
Ms. Bennett has actively involved herself in Illinois family law and it showed during collaborative meetings as well as one-on-one phone conversations and in-person meetings. She absolutely used that knowledge to represent me to the best of her abilities, but you must remember that she can only pursue what you tell her. One thing that took me some time to realize is to be very specific in terms of what your wants and needs are -- she can't know what you want if you don't tell her. When I felt we were maybe drifting away from what I wanted it was a quick conversation to get back on track.
Myformer spouse and I didn't want to -- and couldn't afford -- a long, drawn-out divorce, and I believe Ms. Bennett took that to heart. I would absolutely recommend Margaret Bennett for a collaborative divorce and can only imagine what she would be like for the standard process -- either way, I wouldn't want to be on the opposing side.
Posted by anonymous
Congratulations and much appreciation to Margaret Bennett for her leadership of the Family Law Section Council and their work to pass important Illinois parentage legislation.
Posted by Andrew B.
Ms. Bennett is the best family law attorney in the Chicagoland area! Not only does Ms. Bennett care about her clients and the results of the cases she is involved in, but she cares about improving the state laws surrounding child support, maintenance, and other family law related issues. I highly recommend Ms. Bennett and her team to anyone looking for the best possible family law advice out there.
Posted by Michelle
Maggie and her team were exceptionally prepared, and handled my case with professionalism and confidence. I was going through a very stressful time because of my divorce, and the firm did their absolute best in managing my case and ensuring I reached the conclusion of my divorce with favorable results. I'm pleased and eager to report that Maggie did a fantastic job, and I am more than satisfied with her knowledge of my case, and her overall performance.
Posted by Kathy
I recently had the pleasure of working with Margaret Bennett and her associate Emily Hansen on my divorce filing. The advice and guidance provided by Bennett Law was honest, accurate and proved to be a game changer in my proceedings. I highly recommend them for both mediation and extended divorce services.
Posted by Ron
I was very pleased with Ms. Bennett and her staff. My divorce was a difficult time for me, as I imagine it is for most. Throughout the entire process, from initial consultation through to the last day in court, Maggie was professional, knowledgeable, thorough, and caring. She and her staff were prompt to reply to my questions and always very understanding. My best interest was always at the center of everything they did. I highly recommend Bennett Law Firm.
Posted by Kim
With the help of Ms. Bennett and the Bennett Law Firm, my divorce was successfully completed in 2014. Though I was thousands of miles away during the proceedings, I never doubted that I was in capable hands. Ms. Bennett and her team helped me achieve a result that I firmly believed to be unobtainable.
A few months after the completion of my divorce, I contacted Bennett Law Firm to assist me in a post-decree matter. Within hours, I received a response to my email regarding my post-decree issue and within a week, the issue was resolved!
Ms. Bennett and her team provided me, as they always have, with the most professional and genuine assistance. My attorneys’ fees were very reasonable and well-worth the outstanding representation I received. It is comforting to know that if any further post-decree situations arise, I can turn to Bennett Law Firm for a quick and lasting resolution.
I highly recommend Bennett Law Firm for all of your pre and post-decree matters.
Posted by anonymous
I retained Margaret Bennett and Bennett Law Firm, LLC to handle my divorce in 2014. I immediately felt at ease. She was understanding, and immediately understood the direction we needed to go. She and her team are professional, efficient and knowledgeable. I understood what was going on every step of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend Margaret Bennett and her firm. She and her team know how to get things done fairly, efficiently, and are very responsive to their client. Many thanks!
Posted by anonymous
The worst experience I have ever had with a company. They are overpriced, unfair, unhelpful and pompous.
For starters, you have to pay for a consultation. Don’t let this fool you, many (better) law firms offer this complimentary. It was $200 dollars for an hour, and Ms. Bennett only met with me for 30 minutes. No refund, no application to the retainer.
After the consultation, the first correspondence I had was with Ms. Bennett over the phone. Any question I asked she responded in an agitated voice as though I should have known the answer. Excuse me for not being an expert and having questions, that’s why I hired a lawyer. There was a 6 month waiting period before the court date could be scheduled. I simply asked if we could put the actual date which was sooner, not that date I met with her, so that it could be over with sooner. She said no, stated that would be lying, and then proceeded to recite the law. It wasn’t my intention to lie. It’s ironic though, because she is the one who suggested during our consultation that I plead mental cruelty, which would have been a lie. She told me she just did this for a client and everything was done in a week.
During the process, nothing was explained to me. I felt so lost and confused. I had to e-mail their office (and you better believe they charged me for it) with questions on stuff they should have explained in the first place. I was doing my best to keep the cost down, but they made it nearly impossible.
When the court date arrived, Ms. Claeyssen represented me. I was told that Ms. Bennett was assigned to my case. I requested someone else, because Ms. Bennett was the most expensive hourly rate and also I wasn’t comfortable with our prior phone conversation. They told me no one else was available (someone was on leave). So I was stuck paying top dollar. But then, they swap it out last minute and send Ms. Claeyssen to represent me. I’m sure Ms. Bennett wanted to use her higher hourly rate to do all the paperwork, but couldn’t be bothered to show up in court. I felt that was unfair.
In court, poor Ms. Claeyssen sounded like it was her first time. She was visibly nervous with a shaky voice, red face, and stumbling on her words. It was extremely uncomfortable and awkward.
Bennett Law sent me a list of questions that would be asked at court. They wanted me to swear under oath that “I was satisfied with Bennett Law Firm’s representation” and “I was satisfied with their billing.” I told them to remove those questions and that I wouldn’t answer them because it wasn’t true. It boggled my mind that they had so many good reviews, but now I see how they have people swear under oath that they were satisfied so that no one can come back with a bad review.
I thought I was finally done with them, but no. The court made a mistake and didn’t include all of the paperwork in my final document. I had e-mailed Bennett Law saying I didn’t feel I had all the information, but they assured me I did. Well, after waiting in line with the documents for over an hour I was turned away because they were not correct. I went back to Bennett Law asking for the completed documents, but they told me I’d have to go to court myself and get them.
When they refused to help me and insisted I would have to get this document myself (even though it should have been included in what I paid for AND they are in court all of the time), I advised them I would be reviewing the horrible experience I had. Within minutes I had a missed call/voicemail, an e-mail, and another missed call/voicemail a few hours later.
Bennett Law Firm, the energy you use to try and prevent a bad review from coming out, is the type of energy you should use to actually assist your clients so they have a satisfactory experience.
All Bennett Law Firm cares about is making money, and it’s really unfortunate it has to be at our expense. Do yourself a favor and avoid them.
Posted by Kimberly
I hired Margaret Bennett and Bennett Law Firm, LLC in 2013 to represent me in my divorce which contained serious parenting issues. Without missing a beat, Ms. Bennett and her team jumped right to work to help me achieve the best outcome for myself and my child. Though my case had many obstacles and tough times, I knew I was in trustworthy hands.
Maggie and Emily helped me to understand the complex issues and documents in my case, informed me of the outcomes of court dates and the necessary steps in moving forward. Maggie explained her strategy and walked me through how she was going to obtain the best result possible. She provided insightful advice to the specific issues I was facing.
Wendy and Holly kept me up to date on the status of my case and helped me to keep things in order and on track. Every email I sent received a timely response and I never hung up the phone without definitive answers to my questions. I truly felt like I could focus on other aspects of my life and leave my divorce in the capable hands of Bennett Law Firm.
Even after my divorce was finalized, Bennett Law Firm helped me to execute various documents and remained dedicated to helping me overcome any problems I encountered. Thanks to Maggie and her team, I was able to continue with my life during and after my divorce. If you’re looking for qualified, knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys, I highly recommend Bennett Law Firm.