Two months and thousands of dollars wasted. Please look elsewhere. For your own sake.
Hello. My name is Dirk and I was unexpectedly served divorce papers by my wife a few months ago. As I never saw this coming, & since young kids were involved, you can imagine how frantic and emotionally distraught I was. Additionally, I was informed that there was to be an emergency custody hearing on Tuesday…note: it was Friday afternoon when I was served. Therefore, I had to research and retain a Family Law attorney by Monday (only one day before the hearing). Thus, I sped through Google looking for any family lawyer with a decent Google Review Score (4+ Stars). I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I really needed help. Now.
I called a few firms Monday morning. The fee to retain their services varied (with one stating they needed $4,500!). I politely rejected that offer. Now, however, looking back…maybe I should have gone with the bigger firm requesting the larger retainer. The firm that I landed on was Wes Dodge Law. To Wes’s benefit, he did agree to meet me with no prior notice on that Monday. His initial willingness to jump through hoops, so I thought, was an action that I greatly respected at the time. We met in person, and after talking for about 10 minutes, I noticed that Wes was somewhat of a stoic individual. Not unprofessional, but the way he interacted was cold. Seeing how I was still an emotional wreck due to the divorce revelation, I would have presumed his “bedside manner”, as I would of any Family Law Attorney, would have been a bit better. It wasn’t.
The retainer initially charged for my case was only around half of the $4,500 retainer cited by the previous firm & sounded like a huge break for me. I agreed and then between Monday/Tuesday was able to coordinate with Wes to compose an affidavit to rebut the statements made by my wife.
Flash forward, it has now been two months since I retained Wes, and am dropping his legal services, TODAY, after a frustrating phone call where he, once again, could not offer any solid guidance for legal questions that I had and actually mocked my financial status… Remember that emergency custody hearing I mentioned, where Wes was compensated to defend me as his client against the false statements made in an affidavit by my wife? Yeah, not so much.
I literally could have chosen to defend myself, not attend, and the results would have pretty much been the exact same. What did I pay you for Wes?!? From that hearing, and written into a Temporary Custody Court Order, my wife was granted 100 Physical & Legal Custody of our children until a future trial date could be scheduled; based on nothing more than an affidavit of false statements.
Apparently former clients of Wes Dodge have also aired their grievances online through reviews saying, “Our case has been going on almost a year and a half and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has gotten accomplished”, “In two years he did very little. He wouldn’t return my calls for weeks then he would bill me for it.”, or even “…he will take your money and try to make you feel stupid”.
In Summary, after working with Wes for two months, I hold deep-seeded client concerns due to:
1) his inaction (how do you go to a custody hearing and win literally NOTHING for your client),
2) his frequent random side-of-the-mouth comments like “…well it seems that you’re having financial problems regardless” (you’re a lawyer Wes…not a poorly trained life-coach. Please keep your unhelpful opinions to yourself), and
3) his professional apathy and/or inability to take charge and guide you through the legal battlefield during one of the worst possible times in any person’s life (“I honestly can’t say when you’re going to have a (Divorce) trial scheduled” What?!?).
I would strongly recommend seeking family law representation elsewhere. I say that as a father, MBA, & Navy Veteran.