Posted by anonymous
The divorce process is an unknown by most of us needing to wade through its convoluted system. Unfortunately, we don’t know what we don't know, so we seek good counsel and expect certain results. Janet Lacy was recommended to me by a former business associate, and without much due diligence, I trusted the recommendation and leaped at the idea of having great counsel available to me. Frustratingly, our relationship lasted about four months with three painfully confusing meetings. When a client leaves a meeting with more questions than he or she began with, something is certainly wrong.
Janet is most likely in retirement, if you must know. So her zest and spirit is all but extinguished at this moment. After receiving calls from her during normal business hours while still a client of hers, one while she was driving and another from the comfort of her home with dogs barking in the background, I knew I had chosen the wrong attorney to represent me in what has been a difficult dissolution. The professionalism we seek and the undivided attention to our case is NOT what you’ll be receiving from Ms. Lacy.
We had three unproductive meetings, one of which was spent almost in its entirety watching her organize my file. She brought in crumpled-up papers of mine to file and unraveled them in front of me. One of our meetings left me with the feeling that she was actually more defensive of my spouse than of me. The third and final meeting left me with the certainty that because I was a high net-worth client she would bill me into eternity. Further, she did not share my goal of finalizing this divorce quickly and amicably through a settlement offering and/or private mediation. All that was discussed and her intent from the beginning was to move towards trial. Her statement was, “we’re going to prepare, painfully (please hear that as excessive billing), for the long-haul.”
As I’m sure you’re aware, about 5% of divorces actually get to trial, so the attorneys that utilize this strategy for clients are certainly not keeping the interests of their clients in mind first, but those of their own, ensuring every “t’ is crossed and “i” is dotted to protect themselves from litigation for their mistakes and poor representation of clients down the road.
Bottom line: Janet Lacy is a horrible choice for an attorney, with questionable ethics and representation of her clients, and a professional dedication to her trade that has most certainly burned out years ago. For your mental and financial health, please look elsewhere.
Posted by anonymous
I ended up having Janet represent me when one of her partners, after months, could not represent me due to health reasons. We were working together for about 4-5 months and I never actually met her in person. There was a drop in the ball with her getting up to speed. Just like the other review, she had me running around for weeks answering every question my husband, who represented himself, asked, fill out every form he wanted, produce documents that he could get himself. I questioned who she was working for, me or my ex. She made comments to me that made me feel like I was on trial with her and felt as though I was defending myself to her. After a total of over 7-8 months with the firm, I let them go and hired someone else. At one point she refused to talk to me anymore or email me until she got more payment. Pretty much all I got for my $16000 was binders of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of documents I produced. I was told when I started consulting with other attorneys that a lot of her clients end up terminating services and switching to other attorneys.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Ms. Lacy to represent me after being sued for divorce by my husband in November. I paid her a $3500 retainer. I desperately needed spousal support so I could continue to maintain the family home, which I could not afford on my salary alone. My husband made over $250,000/year. I made $75,000/ year. The first available court date was in April. Ms Lacy missed that date because she failed to have the necessary paperwork in to the judge 2 weeks prior to the April date, so no support until the next court date, which could not be re-scheduled until June. At the June court appearance when the time came to appear before the judge Ms. Lacy became busy with another client at the courthouse. I appeared before the judge without my attorney. The judge says, "Where is your attorney"? I respond, "With another client, Your Honor". Judge: "Go get her" Me: I attempt to interrupt Ms Lacy telling her the judge was requesting her presence in the courtroom yet she ignored me and the judges demand for her appearance in the courtroom. She never appeared before the judge to represent me. The case was again rescheduled. After Ms Lacy had now done this to me twice, I fired her. Yet she has still had the audacity to charge me for 2 (TWO) court appearances.
I also made it very clear from the very beginning I had inherited a home from my mother and father. Inheritances such as this are never to be issues in a divorce. My husband’s attorney sent 25 interrogatories (a written question that is formally put to one party in a case by another party and that must be answered). Ms Lacy knew this home was an inheritance and should never have been in the divorce at all. She also should have known these 25 interrogatories should not have been answered by me yet she still had me take the time to answer all of these questions. It was completely irrelevant and a waste of time.
From the time I initially hired Ms. Lacy in November until the end of June her legal fees were $7,000. I ask you, did I get my money's worth with this attorney? You decide if you would want this kind of attorney to represent you.