Posted by Mark
They are experienced in child custody and support cases, empathetic and effective. My case ended with proof that not only was I paying properly, I was actually ahead of schedule. Very satisfied!
Posted by anonymous
Dennis Slate and his team (Shailey Gupta-Brietzke, HeeJin Chang & others) are by far the most knowledgeable attorneys regarding CPS cases. After a horrible experience with a family law attorney whom only billed us and showed no measurable results, Dennis Slate came in and quickly devised an actual plan of attack to get custody of our son back. He was able to get CPS to Non-Suit our case and re-establish custody to us within 2.5 months with very reasonable rates.
Our son was medically kidnapped in May and Dennis was able to prove to the court there was no-evidence for abuse allegations. Dennis knows what motions to file, how the system works, how to work with CPS, Child Advocates and Ad Lietum Attorneys. He lives your case to defend it to the best of his ability. His office is a well-oiled machine, always returning phone calls & emails immediately and treating you with utmost courtesy. Dennis and his team work diligently to keep your attorney fees low. When looking for an attorney to entrust with getting your child back from CPS - Dennis Slate is your guy.
Posted by Danny
My ex Fiancé' was keeping me from seeing my 14 month old daughter after our relationship ended, so I decided to consult Dennis Slate on my options. Dennis was upfront and honest in saying that it was tough for fathers in Texas to get full custody or even overnight visitation rights on children under 3 years old. After going over the details of my case Dennis told me that he felt confident that he could get me a set visitation schedule of some kind first and foremost and that he would try to get more if the opportunity presented itself. He told me that we would not swing for the fences but rather try to win small victories and get a little more visitation as we went. Having never hired an attorney for family matters I was unsure if he was just trying to cover himself if things didn't go so well for me or if he was being honest about how the family court system truly works. After our first consultation I decided to go ahead and retain his services and put my trust in him in hopes of being able to get more time with my daughter. Dennis will put you to work, so don't think you will just pay him and then show up in court and hope for the best. He's is very particular about what he wants and needs as far as proof or evidence goes. Do yourself a favor and don't take this request from him lightly. This is the best advice I can give anybody. Keep detailed records, receipts, text messages, voice mails, letters, etc.. He wants everything. He's got an awesome staff that helps every step along the way. They are very detailed as well and their communication is second to none. There was never any issues with me no knowing exactly what was going on with my case at any time. I can't say enough about Ryann, she is great and was a tremendous help to my case. Now for some brutal truth, if you have never dealt with the family court system, prepare yourself for disappointment, discouragement and aggravation. It is just the system that we all have to deal with. My advice is to trust Dennis and his staff, even when things don't seem to be going in your favor. In my case, the mother of my child decided to lie several times on the stand painting me in a not so good light. The judge believed her and sided with her the first time we went to court. I thought my case was over and that I would not be able to be in my daughter's life. Dennis pretty much told me to stop complaining and prove she was lying. So that's what we did. I combed through texts messages and letters and voice mails. Once I gave all the evidence to Dennis, he and his team went to work organizing it all and coming up with a game plan for our next court date. When the day finally came, Dennis was very well prepared and once he got her on the stand, the magic of who Dennis Slate is came to life. He was relentless in his pursuit to prove her lies. He did not let up and did not give her a chance to get out of anything. He reduced this once arrogant, cocky woman full of lies to a woman that just sobbed uncontrollably on the stand. The judge had no choice but to side in my favor. I went into this case hoping for some time with my daughter and possibly having overnight visitation rights. When Dennis was finished and the dust settled, I was awarded 50% visitation of my daughter. I now get her 7 days on and 7 days off. I also pay no child support. Let me say that again.... I pay ZERO child support. I absolutely would have paid the max and never argued because it's my daughter, but after Dennis showed the judge what type of woman we were dealing with the judge decided to make her share in the financial responsibility of being a parent. I also have exclusive rights to choose schooling and doctors for my daughter. I am a no nonsense kind of guy and Dennis Slate is the exact same. He will not blow smoke to try to get your money. He will be brutally honest with you. Do yourself a favor, trust Dennis Slate and his team to represent you in your time of need. You will not regret it.
Posted by Thunder
Hummm... Where to begin? So I needed a Divorce Attorney. I selected, Dannielle Simms, from the Law office of Dennis M. Slate's law firm. My initial phone conversation was with Dennis Slate, and he assured me that everyone in the office would work with me on my case... This happened. He and another attorney showed up to court at different times. The legal secretary was "johnny-on-the-spot" anytime I need quick answers or was dropping off or picking up documents. The paralegal, when Dannielle was not available, always knew the answers regarding my case.
Now, Dannielle Simms, wow... Just wow... From our very first meeting she was able to take an emotional subject (my divorce), give comfort, listen, and clearly lay out what I could expect from having her, Dannielle, representing me. There were many times during the court appearances that she correctly explained the temperament of the judge and how the judge would rule. She kept me calm and let me know each step of the process.
When I had my "red lines" (there were certain things I was not willing to give up) Dannielle was able to put it into legal language that was then granted by the court or the apposing counsel got my ex-wife to agree. I could not have been able to do this without Dannielle's legal expertise.
When needed, Dannielle was aggressive in protecting my interest. There was never a time when I felt she was not doing everything legally possible on my behalf.
I have even recommend Danielle's services to other friends that need good legal council.
I would never wish that anyone would need Ms. Simms' legal services, but if anyone does, they would not be wrong in choosing a well qualified and competent attorney that is Dannielle Simms.
Posted by Megean
Came in on the weekend for our consultation. Immediately started working on our case. His associate Dannielle took every call if not returned it. They both know the law and do their job well. Extremely professional yet honest. Dennis fights for justice.
Posted by Ranjithkumar
Dennis is very knowledgeable and he know how to handle the situation, im so glad I chose him as my attorney to help me. Ms DANNIELLE SIMMS did a wonderful job in keeping me updated and also in court. their help got me my kids and my rights back
Posted by Cheryl and Jamerson
I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Slate to anyone.
I came to Mr. Dennis Slate with a challenge that seemed impossible. Mr. Slate asked several questions and educated me on the law. After our conversation Mr. Slate and Ms. Dannielle Simms went into action. It was a relief to be able to place my situation in capable hands. Ms. Simms was always available to answer my questions and provide updates on my case. Her caring and reassurances were greatly appreciated in my times of concern. At trial time I sat back and let Mr. Slate work the law. It was a nothing less than amazing to watch Mr. Slate in action. To say it went well is an understatement. Mr. Slate used his knowledge of the law to expose the truth to the court. I walked out of the courthouse with a huge smile on my face.
I would also like to acknowledge the helpfulness of Ms. Dalia Benitez. Ms. Benitez was always there to answer questions, receive documents, and forward messages.
Posted by anonymous
Exceptional Care &Attention
Dennis was my adopted children’s attorney; he was not my attorney but he acted as if he was in every way (except in court that is) at every opportunity. When I called to set up the date &time for him to come do his home visit, Dennis was available &arrived within a week. He came in jeans, a tee shirt &tennis shoes. He allowed the two year old to play with his pen &paper all the while asking the necessary &difficult questions, observing us &doing his home inspection. At the final adoption hearing date, he played with the same child, watching movies on his own cell phone with her while I chased the one year old. My attorney sat idly by mostly ignoring us. He &his staff always answered the phone, returned calls, answered emails in a timely manner which helps with the stress of the case. He truly showed sincere care for the whole family &correct &complete resolution of the adoption during &after the trial.
Exceptional Knowledge &Assertiveness
Adoption, even private family, ones have many legal technical aspects that can entrap a family &create unneeded litigation, problems &expenses later to unravel. Most of the detailed &serious legal issues in my case were explained to me, not by my hired counsel but by Dennis or his staff. He was not afraid to approach me to make sure that certain things that have procedural requirements under the law were done to protect the entire family. Issues such as name change requests, obtaining a certified copy of the signed order before sealing &other very important issues were never discussed or acted on by my attorney until I notified her after being advised by Dennis. I had to do much of my own paralegal work to keep the documentation flowing into my attorney’s office because it was not being done by my attorney.
Despite that, the documents would linger for weeks &sometimes months at my attorney’s office before being filed with the court after enough begging on my part or getting close to another court date which often was dependent on the documents filed. This was business as normal for my attorney for my case. How long does it take to e file a document you received electronically?
After the trial for termination of parental rights &granting of adoption, it was Dennis who prepared the final order of termination &adoption, got it to me after he signed it, within 2 days of the trial not my attorney as directed by the judge. I got it to my attorney the next day with our signatures &her office never filed it causing yet another delay. My attorney simply said her office did nothing wrong just because things didn't move in my timeline...
The list can go on &on about what Dennis did, helped to get done &what my hired attorney did not do but I will not bore you with that list.
I cannot impress upon anyone to do their internet research on any attorney &carefully consider the majority of opinions stated in reviews of that attorney for times in life when it matters the most BEFORE YOU H&OVER YOUR MONEY. You must be your own best advocate in how you spend your precious family resources &to whom you entrust your serious family issues to.
I had to pay my attorney a large non-refundable retainer up front for all of this… My attorney has gone on to other review sites &she said some didn't follow her advice. The thing is you have to know the technical issues, you have to answer calls, emails &discuss things in order to give advice. On the other hand, Dennis went far &above in knowledge, assertiveness, attention &care. He is very personable, approachable, &funny kind of man. I will keep his information for many years &pass it out with zeal.
Don't be afraid to challenge, prompt &question if things don't seem right because they just may not be. There are wolves in sheep's clothes advertising &inflating the level of service they claim they will provide. I fell victim to one of them but Dennis prevented a catastrophe.
Posted by Karen
Dennis Slate and his support staff are the most knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and well organized legal team I have ever encountered. Dennis is the man you want on your side when it comes to divorce, child custody, CPS, and any other important family law matter. He is simply the best. He treated my child custody case as if my children’s best interests were as important to him as they are to me. He invests the time it takes to learn your case from beginning to end. He asks all the right questions and is phenomenal in depositions as well as in the court room. Mr. Slate is wise, witty, and not afraid to take on anyone. He’s experienced, realistic, and an all-around great person. Mr. Slate will be honest with you, up front about any difficulties you may encounter with your case, and does not beat around the bush. You’ll never have to try to guess what he’s thinking – he will make sure you know. He was able to help me reach a more workable custody agreement even though I felt like the odds were against us. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve these results without him. Look no further because Dennis Slate is the best attorney in the Houston area.
Posted by Jennifer
At the recommendation of a dear friend, I contacted Mr. Slate and hired him to represent me in my divorce. I was impressed from our initial meeting with his forthright manner and no-nonsense approach. He gave me an idea of what to expect, and the process nearly matched his initial explanation. I never felt that I could not contact his office with any question or concern or that my questions would be met with anything but prompt and patient responses. The professionalism of his office staff as well as the associate attorney that accompanied me to court was matched only by their compassion at this difficult time in my life. I highly recommend Mr. Slate to others who find themselves in a similar situation. I, myself, will be utilizing his expertise again for my will.