Posted by Patricia
I hired Attorney Smith to represent me in a highly contested divorce. It has been a long process (over a year) but she never left me in the dark or unprepared. Many court dates later I am happy to say that my divorce is final and I got all that was fair in the process. I hope that no one has to go through the process of a divorce but if you do I would recommend Debra A. Smith to represent you 100 percent.
She answered all my questions and kept my updated throughout the process. I am very happy I chose her office after interviewing several attorneys in the beginning. I will recommend her office to everyone I know that needs an attorney.
Posted by anonymous
This firm is, simply put, a nightmare. Go ahead and hire them if you like paying a large sum of money for being placed in harm's way. My case was never taken seriously and was immediately sloughed off to a paralegal. My legal documents had errors, including even my request for a fee waiver, so that even after finally being able to rid myself of this firm, I couldn't even use the original documents and had to pay someone else to completely begin my divorce all over again.
You will read their website and believe that they sympathize and specialize in domestic violence cases, that you will be protected and taken seriously. From the start, I was told I didn't require a restraining order. I had to put my divorce on hold one time for the sake of my own safety. When I called the firm to let them know that I was ready to continue with the divorce and was headed to a domestic violence shelter, Debra was put on the phone with me for the first time. I was urged to stay in my home, and told that my ex would be kept away from the residence. At the time, I was not informed that this would be a lengthy process and that I would not be safe during this time. Not only that, I had to email and then phone several times just to have my ex served. Finally, I emailed both Debra and the paralegal and the paralegal called me and agreed to mail the court papers to my ex. That is when the real fun began for me and my two children. My ex decided to put himself on disability and I was held in my home against my will for six excruciating months. My situation became so dire that I had my daughter report us to the school authorities and we were able to finally have my ex removed from the home. I have no doubt had a few more months gone by, I would not have survived. I then went on to file my own restraining order while struggling to rid myself of being represented by this firm. My children and I have all been diagnosed with PTSD since this time.
I paid a $5,000 retainer fee for their "services". Nearly a year later, I am still struggling to get the portion of it back that wasn't used on their dangerous counsel. I cannot urge you strongly enough to avoid this firm. Please keep yourself and your children safe and find someone who really cares about your situation.
Posted by Gloria Ramirez
If you're going through family issues for which you need an attorney, look no further. Sadly, I've neededDebra's services repeatedly We WON every single time. I kept my all of my property and didn't have to pay alimony. Now that's a win!
Posted by Amanda
Debra Smith has represented me in my ongoing custody and visitation issues and has been such a great help to me. When I initially retained her office I was feeling very nervous and confused about the whole process. She really reassured me with her knowledge of family law and I left her office feeling relieved knowing that I had her representation. Her office staff was very helpful and available to answer any questions I had about my case. Ms. Smith has now appeared in court twice for me, once for custody and visitation and in helping me get a restraining order. Both hearings went very well thanks to her. She really took the worries of the legal process away, so that I was able to focus on moving on with my life after divorce. I would recommend her to anyone with a family law case.
Posted by Dustin
I am 19 years old and I hired Debra Smith to represent me in my custody case. She handled everything for me, and her office staff was very helpful, they always kept me informed, and were easy to get a hold of. Debra was awesome in court and I got a really good custody award. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a custody lawyer in Riverside
Posted by Wes
Debra Smith and her staff are very helpful, and knowledgeable in what they do. My husband tried to take my son away on the grounds I was unfit, yet he was not the suitable parent. Debra fought him and his attorney, and although we had to go to court more than once, we ultimately won, and I even got more time than I originally had. Very good attorney. The fees were reasonable as well and they worked with me personally, not just like I was some random client. Greatly appreciated their help. If I ever need another attorney, I will go back to them for sure.
Posted by JimPeralta
Hired Debra for domestic violence case. She was not prepared and lost my case. Very disappointed how poorly she handled my case. I should have done my homework!! She allowed the surprise witness to stay in the courtroom and listen to my testimony. When opposing counsel called their witness, she discredited all the points and testimony I gave. Debra never objected nor did she ask the witness to be removed from the courtroom. What a waste of time and money!!!!
Posted by Crystal
I hired Debra with high hopes because she specializes in abuse. I very extremely disappointed when she showed up late and asked the judge to hurry since she had to teach class. She was not prepared because she showed up expecting a continuance and one was not granted, since she had already been granted one. She never filed my paperwork and just sat they as the judge gave orders for me to pay child support and attorneys fees to my spouse under bogus pay stubs and told me don't worry I'll fix it all later. Never happened. Now I have to hire an attorney to fix her mistakes and completely unethical presentation.
Posted by A. Friedman
Debra Smith is an excellent attorney. I had a CPS case opened a few months ago. I didn't know what to except and she told me everything I needed to know and I had comfort knowing I had an experienced attorney beside me as I went through this process. Needless to say, she did an amazing job in court and my case in now closed and I have my kids! I couldn't have done it without her or her super helpful staff! I would really recommend Attorney Debra A. Smith to anyone in need of a family law attorney!
Posted by anonymous
I am really satisfied with the Law Office and Debra. I knew going into his case it was a difficult procedure. I knew it would be like tooth and nails. Debra handled my case with Grace. I am thankful that Debra stuck by me through it all. She did a wonderful job and I knew she would! I am very satisfied with the results. Thank you Debra!