5.0 stars 57 totalReview Culver Van Der Jagt
Posted by Greg
Culver created our divorce decree and parenting plan which we took to court and Denver County filed copies as the official documents. When I went to get a home loan my pages read "1 of 10" and on page 9 read "5 of 8" and page 10 read "6 of 8" so the lender wanted the complete decree with correlated pages. Culver would not write a simple letter stating that the Excell or Word Doc spreadsheet had the numbers printed incorrectly and that the documents were complete. After 2 trips to Denver County Records, paying for certified copies and speaking with the clerk, Denver said there's nothing they can do because the pages were brought to then that way so that's something the mediator would need to clear up since he created them. Culver told me there was nothing he could do for me and the second time I reached out to him he didn't respond at all. During the first conversation I was given the impression that as a lawyer his time was too precious and unless I was ready to pay money he was done with me.
I believe that a simple 5 min letter could have saved me hours and hours of headaches and efforts.
OWN YOUR WORK AND STAND BEHIND IT!
DON'T USE THIS OVERPAID JOKER!
Posted by Robin
My husband and I consulted with Culver a couple of times during our case when our regular Van der Jagt attorney was unavailable (vacation, in court, etc.). Culver was patience personified, he took time to answer phone calls, even took the time to talk when I had to walk-in without an appointment a time or two. His professionalism, reassurance and answers to difficult questions helped to keep our spirits up during a hard 17-month case. Without the help of Culver, his lawyers, and the rest of his firm, we would have been floundering without a clear direction. His firm's prices are extremely reasonable and they don't bill for every little question, which given the length of our case, was greatly appreciated. Culver also helped my husband out with some advice regarding his ex-wife and saved us hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in unnecessary legal fees. There are many lawyers who will advise you to go ahead and file motions that aren't necessarily in the best interest of you and your family, whereas Culver's direct-speak approach and advice on the possible outcomes saved my husband from filing on an issue that probably wouldn't have gone anywhere and just needlessly aggravated the situation with his ex. Thanks to Culver, that situation didn't go from bad to worse. Attorneys aren't the ones, at the end of the day, who have to deal with the children involved in high-conflict divorces, but a good, caring, responsible attorney, who knows when to advise you NOT to file, can help your children and your family. Our consultations with Culver (and all his staff members) always helped us see the best possible picture for our kids. We cannot say enough good things about Culver and his attorneys and staff - I recommend him and his firm to anyone, anytime.
Posted by Danielle
I appreciate clarity and directness and from my initial consultation to the outcome this team gave me that. Keeping an eye on costs they handled the process very efficiently and were true advocates. I would recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Chris
Culver, Paul, and his team did an excellent job for me throughout my extended divorce process. I highly recommend this firm for anyone that is going through this horrible process and wants to come through the other side with a smile on their face and maybe even some new friends. Unlike other divorce attorneys that treat this like a fee generating, paper-pushing process (e.g. the attorney I fired prior to engaging Culver, my ex-spouse's attorney, etc.); Culver understands that at the core of these matters are people, emotions, children, extended families, years of hard work, etc. He works with his clients and lets you be part of his legal team thereby enabling you to navigate a process that can quickly feel like you have no control over with other attorneys. Divorce is terribly invasive and frankly cruel depending on opposing counsel and their tactics; Culver knows most of these combatants through firsthand experience and is quick to develop tailored action plans that work perfectly to outwit their tactics.
My specific case was fairly complex and involved a substantial estate value. It was also against an opposing counsel (Gutterman and Griffiths) that is known to be incredibly aggressive, I believe horribly unethical, and difficult to reach a settlement with. If you find yourself against this Firm, Culver is definitely your best choice in Denver in my opinion. I originally engaged another highly touted law firm and found myself after 4-5 months spending close to $40-50K dollars, making no progress, and having NO idea where we were in terms of status or what our strategy was to close down the open points. I am certain had I stayed the course, I would have been in for another 100K and ended up with a less attractive settlement than I reached with Culver at the helm. I terminated their services, contacted Culver, and within weeks we were having our first settlement discussions with opposing counsel. It ultimately took another year to wrap the case but I ended up spending less with Culver than I did with my other counsel in their 4 months of wasted paper pushing and got treated like a real human being. I am convinced that we ultimately achieved a more favorable outcome. I also highly recommend this firm if you are the type of client that is semi-capable yourself and willing to save yourself some money by helping Culver and team with some of the work associated with the "administrivia" of the divorce process. Remember, if you are willing to work with Culver and team you will not only save a LOT of money but together, you and his team will reach a much more favorable outcome than you could reach with other lawyers that just push paper around.
I highly recommend this firm and would be glad to talk to anyone considering using Culver and his services.
Posted by Angela
Van Der Jagt Law firm represented me in my divorce of 7.5 years. Nothing was sugar coated and the firm was more than UP FRONT and HONEST with me as to how the dissolution would go. I was told my ex husband would be getting half of my estate...but once we sat down and went through financials etc... He ended up getting only 10% of what I thought I was going to owe him. And that was a great relief especially seeing that I'm the one who pays ALL the bills upfront and in full.
The WHOLE process was smooth and seamless. This firm handled every piece of paper work, phone calls and court appointments.
EVERYONE was courteous and professional at all times even as cried on visiting the office and meeting my attorney.
I AM MORE THAN HAPPY of the outcome and I so appreciate all this firm did for me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by anonymous
Don't trust what you read online. You won't find any reviews on my ex's attorney, yet my ex cleaned me out while Van der Jagt did nothing to defend me.
Give Culver credit, he's good at getting bodies in the door. That initial meeting, he made all these promises, wanted to move aggressively, pushed me to file divorce papers immediately. I filed, and then... nothing. Lots of nothing. The attorney assigned to me kept telling me that we just had to wait for the initial status conference... then we had to wait for the PRE... then the mediation session... then it was all over. Meanwhile, my ex's attorney was filing motions, ordering a parental responsibility eval, putting me through the wringer.
I was immediately assigned to one of Van der Jagt's contract attorneys. Terrible attorney.
* My attorney generally wouldn't respond until I'd emailed twice about any given issue.
* Once he went completely dark on me for over a week, lamely replying that he was out sick. You're kidding. You don't have an out of office notice on your damn email?
* He dutifully emailed me every filing my ex's attorney made, without any accompanying explanation. I was left to my own devices to decipher the documents. When I did email my questions, it would take several days to get a reply and the replies were not helpful.
* I asked if I should be filing the same motions and my attorney responded that he and Culver felt like these motions weren't helpful to the case and were just harassment. So it was fine for my ex to harass me, but they didn't approve of it.
* That didn't really matter because he neglected to tell me that there's a 60 day pre-trial deadline for filing motions. On top of that he never asked if there were any motions I'd like to file. So by the time I got hit with the pattern interrogatories, etc, it was too late for me to request the same anyhow.
* There's also a 60 day deadline for naming witnesses. He never asked if I wanted to call any witnesses.
* My ex ordered a PRE, yet I received no coaching, no advice, nothing. As you might predict, my ex's attorney did the opposite, and the outcome should be obvious. The PRE, selected my my ex's attorney, handed out a report even more favorable than my ex requested.
* So I walk into the mediation hearing with an extremely weak position.
* At the mediation hearing, it turned out that he didn't have the software on his laptop to calculate child support payments. I had to download it myself. You might think that being a family law attorney he'd use this stuff daily, but you'd be mistaken.
* At mediation my ex's attorney wrote the memorandum of understanding and the final documents. The MOU contained some major catches that my attorney missed.
I did realize that things were starting to go badly about 6 weeks before my court date and I talked to another attorney. She told me that Van der Jagt hires contract attorneys and farms out cases to them, and apparently only does court appearances. My particular attorney she'd faced 3 times before and her take was that he was sloppy and lazy. I agree with her assessment completely, and hopefully if you've taken one thing from this review, it's that fact. Unfortunately, by the time I realized how bad it was, I'd missed the major deadlines and she wasn't willing to take on a case that had been so badly mismanaged.
In the end, you should judge your attorney by the outcome. So here's the score: If I had taken my ex's initial proposal after the initial status conference, I would see my kids more than every other weekend. I'd have saved months of stress and indignity. I'd have a smaller alimony and child support payment. And I'd have saved tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. So hiring Van der Jagt cost me in the neighborhood of $30,000 up front, another $75,000 by the time I'm done paying alimony and child support, and a whole lot of stress, gray hair, and lines on my face.
Posted by anonymous
Culver has being a source of clarity and blessing in all my legal proceedings and through a difficult divorce process. He is loyal and always on my side. I had a really tough case and he was able to get the best possible outcome that surpassed all of my expectations. 5 stars is not enough!
Posted by anonymous
Copied letter to Van Der Jagt law:
Thank you for your support and the support of Kelli Malcolm, as I negotiated legal waters with my ex-husband. In particular, you recognized that though I did not fully understand it or want to embrace it, I was a victim of domestic abuse. You introduced me to the "wheel of power and abuse” and my life changed. My husband has supported me through the years regarding my ex, but your revelation helped me to help myself. I studied the wheel components and made myself understand how I came to where I was. For a short while I denied so many “check marks” of the wheel, then I felt enlightenment and acceptance which then transformed to anger at myself and my ex. Now the anger has subsided and I have empowerment. With empowerment one can accept the past, resolve the issues, and never fall into that trap again. Thank you for empowering me. I have met with my ex several times since and I have remained strong, to the facts, solid in commitment, and will never cower again. My past anxiety (PTSD) dealing with him has now turned to normal anxiety for the situation, but without a racing heart, fear, dread, or submission.
Kelli (Malcolm) is a gem! She is such an advocate. I remember in the office consultation someone said that “no one could ever be mean to Kelli.” I had yet to meet her, but when I did I realized that "though she be small, she be fierce.” She was very professional and supportive. She earnestly conveys an attitude of doing what is right for the children, which no one can argue with. She was soft yet powerful, mild yet controlling in the meeting with my ex and his attorney. She has some sort of magic for controlling chaos. Her knowledge and vast experience of social services and the policies/procedures therein make her an expert for cases like mine or any involving children. I believe her heartfelt concern is for the children, and that is a powerful component which lends to trustworthiness. I highly recommend her services.
Posted by Brian
I first showed up at the Van Der Jagt offices as a walk-in without an appointment. Within minutes I was talking with Culver. Culver showed me that he understood the situation I was in. I was divorcing a high-conflict personality disordered spouse. Culver asked me some very specific questions that let me know that he knew how borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder would effect the divorce process. He offered me some advise on serving the divorce papers that at first I found hard to accept. In fact, I argued with him against this advise for 30 minutes. Now, over a year later, I'm glad I followed his advise! He definitely saved me from making a costly mistake. The thing that impresses me most about Culver is that he utilizes his extensive experience in litigating tough divorce cases to offer rock-solid advise to his clients on how to navigate the entire divorce process both personally and legally.
Posted by Alex
It was Super Bowl Sunday and I had an emergency child custody issue that needed immediate attention. I contacted Culver and he agreed we needed to address the situation ASAP. He asked me to meet him at his law office and he worked with me on my case until after midnight. His professionalism, responsiveness and dedication to my case was more than I could have ever imagined. He is powerful, intelligent and focused. This short review cannot relay the gratitude I feel toward Culver Van Der Jagt and his team.