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Brett Wishart is an excellent attorney who successfully counseled me through a very difficult child custody case. I was so concerned about going through a lengthy 730 court evaluation as I knew nothing about this procedure. Brett’s kind and compassionate demeanor helped me through the entire process which ended with a highly satisfactory resolution. His skillful negotiations enabled me to receive a much greater percent of physical custody as well as a favorable to me modified legal custody of my children. Brett is confident, prepared at all times, and he promptly answered emails and phone calls. I also appreciated that he took the time to quickly become familiar with all aspects of my case. I have referred several others to Brett and each has gratefully thanked me for recommending him. I also have to add that Brett’s paralegal, Holly, is very kind, easy to work with and also has a positive and friendly demeanor. I give Brett and his staff a 5 star review!
--A very grateful and happy client!
Posted by T.
Overall, I'm very disappointed with the services I received from Mr. Wishart. To be honest, I hired Brett at the tail end of a divorce to finalize the financial settlement (custody had already been worked out), so it wasn't a big case for him - but this shouldn't mean that I get substandard service.
I felt that I had to continually stay on top of things to move my case along and he was very poor at communicating with me. One time I was trying to reach him only to find out that he was on vacation and he told me in an email "I don't let people know I'm out because they may try to use this to their advantage and schedule meetings that I can't make". I can see his point with opposing council, but he shoud let his clients know.
I had to hire another attorney 9 months after my divorce settlement to help collect on payments and found out that my Stipulated Judgement was so poorly written that it ended up costing me over $7,000 in lost interest and payments. It had ambiguous language, contradictions and let much open to interpretation. I should have had *another* attorney review his work.
... And to top things off, I received this email from Brett after my paperwork was filed with the court:
"As of the last billing cycle there was a small amount of more than $200 owed on your account. However, I am willing to waive the outstanding balance provided you write an online reviews for me … Any positive comments you are willing to make will be greatly appreciated."
Posted by Mike
I worked with Brett and Holly on a protracted divorce proceeding. The outcome was positive and the team was professional. I was an active participant in my case and we all worked as a team to achieve a positive outcome.
Maintaining active participation and involvement is important to achieve the desired outcome. This team is easy to work with, professional and responsive.
Posted by Alison
My review is written from a spouse’s perspective. Although my husband was the client, I was authorized to share in communications and help facilitate information where I could. Our first experience with a family law attorney had been absolutely disastrous and resulted in dead beat Dad wage garnishments in a very unfair amount and loss of 50-50 custody. Although there was solid proof that my husband had never been a deadbeat Dad, this attorney had no interest in fighting it and claimed that California law is so biased towards mothers you just have to accept it. After relaying frustration to this former attorney, he simply stopped working on the case although he never informed us of the fact and continued to bill us for over a year. Needless to say when we discovered the state of things, we were very gun shy and worried about hiring another attorney to clean up his mess. We wanted someone who actually had a moral compass, strong integrity and someone who would not tolerate the type of bullying and lies perpetuated by the ex-wife over the last many years. Because faith is an important part of our life we looked for an attorney who shared similar beliefs and were recommended to Brett Wishart by a family member. During the initial consultation, Mr. Wishart was very upfront with us that he was not a Barracuda but would fight aggressively for what was fair and in the best interests of both my husband and his son. This was all that we had ever wanted in the first place so it seemed like a great match.
After hiring Mr. Wishart he got down to business and pushed through the original paperwork that our former attorney had been sitting on. He then turned his attention to $15,000 of overpayments my husband had been forced to make to his ex-wife. He was able to get this money credited back to my husband. He also protected my Husband aggressively when he was laid off from work. Although the ex-wife had gotten remarried and was living a very affluent lifestyle, in severe contrast to our own, she felt the need to come after my husband’s small amount of severance and unemployment. Brett was able to minimize all of this and also squashed her crazy attempt to force my husband to work two jobs simply because he had done it ten years ago during their marriage. My husband related to me that Brett was amazing in court and that he didn’t back down when the ex-wife and her new spouse were making demands and claiming that everything was unfair to them. The best part of the court visit apparently occurred when my husband overheard the ex-wife’s attorney telling her client that Brett Wishart was a renowned attorney and not to think that she could push him around like the last one.
We have another court case coming up this Summer where support will have to be recalculated due to new employment. Brett was very reassuring that this time around, we would be on the offensive for the first time instead of the past decade of my husband getting mowed over in court.
We have seen Brett’s business grow since we hired him and we believe he is very successful for solid reasons, because of his integrity, skill in the courtroom and sense of fairness. We are incredibly grateful that we have his counsel and protection and will remain his clients for the long term. We would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone who is looking for an honest and reliable attorney.
Posted by Nathaniel
I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Wishart for the past few years. I was referred to him from a relative of mine. I had been dealing with a really difficult court case and an even more difficult attorney. My last attorney wasn't returning any of my calls. I was constantly being left out of the loop as far as where my case stood and it just seemed that my situation was completely out of my hands and getting worse by the week.
I hired Mr. Wishart and everything changed almost immediately. He thoroughly reviewed my case and sat down with me and my Wife and really got to know the intimate details of my situation. It wasn't long and everything was back on track. I was getting regular progress reports as to where my case stood. If something was required by the court or if there was paperwork that needed to be filed or submitted I was informed and followed up with to make sure everything was in order. I always know what's going on and if I have any questions or concerns there is always someone there to help me. If I need to speak directly to Mr. Wishart he always makes time for me.
My most recent experience with Mr. Wishart was in court. I have never been to court before so to say the least this was a very unnerving situation. I'm not going to go into gritty details but I will say that Mr. Wishart was by my side the entire time. He thoroughly explained every detail about what was going on and what our best course of action was at every turn. He made sure that I was strongly represented and worked out a deal with opposing counsel that was absolutely brilliant and more than fair to both parties. I cannot speak highly enough of Brett Wishart. He has taken an absolute nightmare of a case and is turning everything around. He is step-by-step seeing me and my family through this, all the while making sure everyone involved is taken care of and treated more than fairly. You can't ask for anything more in a family law attorney.
Brett Wishart and his team are an amazing group of people and I am truly thankful I found him.
Posted by Ellie
Brett was very efficient, patient, knowledgable and respectful. He is well known and liked within the court. I first hired a different lawyer for my case that was a complete disaster and Brett came in and cleaned up the mess. Thanks to him, I won on everything in regards to my custody case and couldn't be more pleased! His staff is helpful and professional as well. If you are going to hire a lawyer - I definitely recommend Brett.
Posted by gabriel
Brett represented us in family court and got us the ruling we wanted. Brett is very professional and confident. If we need to return to court we will defiantly hire him again.
Posted by Mark
Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Brett Wishart and his staff. I came to Brett looking for guidance and wisdom and I left his office with much more. I was facing going back to court to resolve childcare issues that were left undefined in my previous agreement. He assured me that I was within the law and my expectations were realistic. He kept me very informed throughout the process while educating me along the way, placing my mind at ease knowing I was in good hands. He and his staff work very hard to return phone calls, emails, or setting up a meeting. I always felt like my case was on his desk and it was clear in his negotiations with opposing counsel that I chose the right lawyer. I would recommend the law office of Brett Wishart to anyone looking for an honest, caring, intelligent lawyer who knows the law and how it works for you.
Posted by Andres
I am so thankful that I found Brett. Right through the gate he took control of the situation. He always answered my calls or called me back right away. His staff was super friendly and I always felt as though my opinion mattered to them. Finding a good lawyer that will put up a good fight for you can be so difficult. Let me make it easy for you. Brett Wishart is as good as it gets. Thanks again Brett; God bless you!
Posted by Marcos
Outstanding services! Mr. Wishart and his assistants were incredibly helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Alway ready to answer questions and give updates. They made me feel confident and secure during one of the hardest times of my life.