Posted by anonymous
We were initially very impressed with Lauren during the interview, but as time went on we had trouble communicating with her in a timely manner. We have a high conflict relationship with our daughter's birth mother and before the modification was finalized, we were at times unsure of how to handle situation regarding custody disagreements with the birth mother. We would contact Lauren asking her how we should handle these volatile situations and she would not get back to us until sometimes 2 weeks later, long after the time to act had passed. Before our mediation we heard from the child psychologist that she had been in contact with opposing counsel leading up to our mediation date. We actually had to ask Lauren to call the psychologist, as she was not planning to do so before mediation. We found errors in the documents Lauren drafted on more than one occasion. Opposing counsel also corrected errors in her documents. Because of this we felt out-lawyered at every step and were in a weak negotiating position for mediation. Lauren deferred to almost all suggestions by opposing counsel throughout the process and had few of her own when we asked her opinion. When the birth mother was being served with the initial papers, Lauren did not let the serving company know that the birth mother would resist being served, so the company left their card at the birth mother's house and tipped her off to what was happening. The birth mother then dodged the papers for another couple of weeks. Lauren gave us very little advice when we were looking for some direction. Lauren also made a couple of mistakes relating to the child support disbursement process when everything was wrapping up. She served the purpose of filing the papers and knowing the legal process we were going through (other than disbursement), but did not have much to offer us as far as strategy was concerned. I wish we would have chosen a different lawyer, the entire process of this basic modification took 15 months, and a lot of this time was spent correcting mistakes. It does not seem that Lauren had the time to devote to our case.
Posted by anonymous
I interviewed several attorneys and I chose Lauren because I felt she was confident, competent, and had the experience I was looking for. I consulted with Lauren several times before beginning the divorce process. Each time she was happy to discuss the facts and the process without pressuring me to make a decision. Divorce is a very delicate and difficult decision. It was important for me to be informed but not pressured. Lauren was great at accomplishing this. Once I made my decision Lauren was great at helping me move through the process. We discussed various approaches and I was able to make informed decisions on each aspect of my divorce. There was even one particular instance where we had a miscommunication and she was great about fixing it and clarifying what I wanted. Another important aspect of working with an attorney is billing. I like to feel that I am being treated fairly and not being overcharged. I felt that both Lauren and Vanessa(her legal aid) were extremely efficient and fair in the billing process. I would recommend Lauren to anyone seeking a divorce or family attorney.
Posted by Karen
After interviewing numerous attorneys to handle my divorce, I couldn't help but be put off by how "routine" it was for them. That was NOT the case with Lauren Waddell. She listened. She understood I needed someone to not only guide me through this process, but also someone to protect my interest and those of my daughters.
That is exactly what I found in Lauren. She never encouraged me to engage in unethical behavior as others before her had. Nor did she back down when opposing counsel chose such a path. She is fierce in her resolve to do all in her power on behalf of her clients.
I will forever be grateful...she gave me closure. And in the process, a new beginning.