In March of 2018, I engaged the services of Maya Shulman, Esq, Shulman Family Law Group to represent me in a divorce proceeding initiated by my soon to be ex-husband. In the six (6) months of her representation of me, she was paid a total of $11,400.00 in attorney fees and expenses.
During the initial months of our Attorney/Client relationship, I became frustrated with Attorney Maya Shulman's representation, both in her lack of productivity and in her lack of advocacy for me. However, having never gone through this type of process before, I had no idea what the “norms” were. It was not until I discharged Attorney Maya Shulman and procured other legal counsel that I was made aware of the grossly unprofessional representation I had received from her. Attorney Maya Shulman’s fruitlessness in her ability prompted me to file a formal complaint with the Bar Association.
Here is a synopsis of her gross mishandling of my Case:
Lack of Strategy: Despite numerous requests, at no time during the six (6) months of representation did Attorney Maya Shulman ever communicate to me a legal strategy to represent my interests in this divorce proceeding even though I would ask her for one over and over.
No temporary spousal support: At the time the divorce petition was served, I was not employed. Attorney Maya Shulman NEVER suggested filing an RFO (Request For Order) for temporary spousal support nor attorney fees from my husband (Petitioner), despite him having a stable and permanent job, significant assets, including but not limited to owning a 1.5 million dollar home which I contributed to up-keeping.
Moore Marsden Claim: AFTER collecting $11,400.00 in attorney fees, and again without ever offering a strategy, Attorney Maya Shulman, Esq, of the Shulman Family Law Group informed me that in her professional opinion, I was not entitled to any compensation in the dissolution of our seven year marriage. I was subsequently informed of my rights to file a Moore Marsden claim on our home which entitles me to fair compensation for the appreciated value of the property during my marriage. At no time did Maya Shulman ever inform me of this established law practice.
Over two years later, my divorce is still being litigated because of the change in attorneys. However, my now NEW Attorney was able to secure for me some Spousal Support, Attorney Fees, and the Morse Marsden calculations estimates that I am entitled to. All of which is a far cry from “in her professional opinion I was not entitled to any compensation”.
Prejudicial Behavior: I am in possession of email correspondence between Attorney Maya Shulman and a third party, where my case was discussed wherein the third party questioned Maya’s belief that I, her client whom was paying her money to be represented by her, believed that I was not entitled to any compensation whatsoever. At best, the ex parte conversation is unprofessional, at worse, I’ll let you speculate. However, it does clearly demonstrate a prejudicial mindset and a lack of advocacy on my behalf. It is not right for Attorney Maya Shulman or ANY Attorney for that matter to take and continue taking money from a client if they KNOW they will not be committed to the best possible outcome for their client, that is simply inhuman, heartless, greedy and wicked.
What makes this even more glaring is the fact that my new Attorney was able to help me move my case forward for A LOT LESS MONEY than Maya Shulman extracted from me. This made it even more clearer Attorney Maya Shulman’s “take the client's money and run” representation of me and my case.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If you are looking for a competent, strategic, "shark-like" Attorney to fight/advocate YOUR Divorce case, then I strongly advise you to save your money, do more research, save your heart and your professional expectations and stay clear of Maya Shulman, Esq, and the Shulman Family Law Group.