Posted by Elizabeth
A friend of mine recommended Mr Gatheman to me to handle my divorce. He handled her divorce for her and she was happy with him and her results. After 15 years of marriage my husband filed for divorce I was absolutely devastated. I was caught totally off guard and never saw it coming. I thought we would grow old together but he had other plans and I was not to be part of it.
I walked into Mr Gatheman's office and broke down just telling my story. He was so kind and compassionate. When I left his office i knew I was in good hands and I was right. I was such a mess I bet I called him once a week. He never complained even when I ask the same questions over and over again. He was always reassuring. I wanted to keep the house.We had been living there since we got married and my children s friends all lived in the neighborhood and it is very close to their school and they did NOT want to change schools. But my ex-husband had other plans and was bound and determine to force me to sell it and he would not budge on that. He did not care what it would do to the kids. I had just about given up any hope of keeping it. But Mr Gatheman did not give up and worked and worked and worked until he got him to agree to let me keep it.. Mr Gatheman has some of the best negotiating skills I have ever seen. You have no idea how determined he was to make me sell the house and it was not because he needed the money. Once again he was just being mean and controlling.I also got more than half of his pension which did not make him very happy. I got way more than I had ever hoped or prayed for.
I feel that God was really looking after me when he sent me to Mr Gatheman. He is honest, knowledgeable and always willing to listen. Thank God for Mr. Gatheman!!
Posted by Clara
Mr Gstheman is more than 5 stars. He helped me through a horrible time by knowing laws to protect me. He knows the laws very well and I received more than I ever imagined. Most of all he is kind, friendly and truly wanted to help this underdog. He is honest and told me the truth about my case. Look no further.
Posted by Lewise
Mr. Gatheman is my attorney and I highly recommend him. He has helped me through some very difficult times. He is very brilliant, and could provide excellent guidance, when I was too upset, stressed, and tired to think. He is very professional, and knows the laws. I could always depend on him to assist me in a timely manner. He is also compassionate, and truly wanted to help me and put me at ease, which he did.
Posted by anonymous
Three words to sum up Mr. Gatheman : friendly, honest, and hardworking. Mr. Gatheman worked tirelessly in my case a couple of years ago. This was a difficult process for me and he made feel at ease. I was grateful to have him on my side.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Gatheman is an extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyer. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, I received a generous divorce settlement. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Thomas to get more visitation with my two girls. Every time I turned around I was being charged for his assistant to scan documents multiple times. He suggested I file for soul custody. After I told him of the numerous times I had to call the cops on my ex for the verbal abuse I was hearing in the phone while talking to my daughter. I thought it would not be possible since I live out of state. But he said that I did have a good chance. But after filing the papers and billing me for it, he said that it probably would not happen. He was pushing for a trial. When the time came he did not stand up for me and my rights. I did not want to agree with the terms that my ex-wife's lawyer suggested. He would go and talk to them than come back and try to get me to agree. Before we went in front if the judge, the judge came into the room and said all her would give me is 15 days during the summer. Thomas said nothing. Yes I live in another state but I still have rights. After all their mother and I have joint custody. All he was worried about was raising my bill. He was always suggesting things that would cause him to file papers and cost me more money. When we did get in front of the judge,y ex-wife's lawyer did all the talking while he stumbled over his words and acted like he had never been in court before. After spending over $16,000 he dropped my case a week before the hearing that he pushed for. He said that I complained too much to the client care hotline. I was trying to get a different attorney because he was incompetent. The client care did not help me get another attorney and let him drop me after paying all that money. The client care is a joke. He was requesting papers from my ex-wife's attorney. She finally sent them to him. Than she turned around and sent a notice that if she didn't get ours than she would take us in front of the judge. I gave them the papers months before. All he could say is that he thought it was done. I was charge every time I emailed, texted, or called him. Even though most of the time was to remind him to do something that he was suppose to do. For example I had to ask him numerous times to get a GAL lined. When we got to court the judge appointed a GAL for the my girls that was from a law firm that was a conflict of interest. I had already explained that to him. That is why I told him to have someone lined up. He did not object to the judge's choice. When we got out if court he asked if that was ok. I said we really don't have a choice now do we. He just laughed it off. Per Thoma's request I started texting him and was getting charged from the time I texted him until the time he responded even if it was 40 min in between I was getting charged. I ended up getting more visitation than he tried to get me to agree too previously. And I was representing myself. Lesson learned I could of saved over $16,000 and 12 eight hour drives over the course of a six month court ordeal could of been avoided by representing myself or finding a real lawyer.
Posted by David
Before I start let me say that my divorce was probably ALOT easier than normal. No kids involved and everything is great between my ex-wife and myself. Mr. Gatheman was very professional at all times, very courteous and responsive. My only negative would be it cost more than I expected but then again I got off easy. Thanks Thomas for your help.
Posted by anonymous
I paid Thomas a $1200 retainer after discussing my child support case, which was understood to be an interstate matter from the beginning. I was told by Thomas that because I have joint custody and the child lives with me six months of the year, we could file to request a judge to modify the amount, even though (as I already knew) in IL its just 20% of your income regardless of the cudtody sharing. He told me because Im active duty military he was going to expedite the hearing, I have a case to go in front of the judge with. Weeks go by and Im getting charges for his secretary to scan documents, but no progress on my case. More charges for emails and scanning documents, no progress. I had to repeatedly call and email him and finally I got a letter saying he does not recommend I file to modify child support in IL. Then why did you take my case?!?! He did NOTHING, did not draft or file any paperwork. I had to repeatedly call to ask for my retainer back; and months later I got a check for a little over $300. Worst experience I have ever had, a complete joke of an attorney and waste of my time and money. Ive had two other lawyers for over three years and I have never seen charges for absolutely no work. Active duty military beware: he will take advantage of you not being there in person.
Posted by satisfied client
Tom worked very hard for me during a hard time in my life, and got the kind of result that we really needed. He is very easy to relate to, and made me feel like it was important to him too,
That really helped during a diffecult situation.
He is very honest.
Posted by Katherine
Honest,hard working and very Intelligent. I received a much better settlement than I had ever hoped
or prayed for. Thank you Mr. Gatheman for going above and beyond the call of duty.I hope I never have
to go through this again but if I do you can bet I'm going to call Mr. Gatheman.