Posted by Amy
I came to Brett with a very unique and what I felt was a messy and confusing case. I had just moved back from living overseas and needed some guidance regarding the divorce process. Going through a divorce can be an emotional time but Brett is very personable and compassionate. He made the confusing process understandable and clear. He takes the time to explain and answer any questions. He has a good head on his shoulders and most of all, remains calm. He is a very good listener and keeps rational when things get crazy.
Brett is efficient even though he is very busy with other cases as well. He has a good team and when he wasn't available, his associate Jeffrey Lewis stepped in and already knew everything going on. I didn't need to fill him in as he already read up on my case and Brett guided him through our plans. I didn't feel at all misguided or pushed aside. They are both very professional and have great communication because Jeffrey Lewis helped out with my case a couple times throughout the process. I really recommend both as they are a great team.
Brett definitely guided me through the process and helped me understand what was best. He was clear and direct. He definitely tries to be the voice of reason through the emotional ups and downs and keeps it all grounded. Thanks to Brett the long process of my divorce is complete due to his hard work, dedication, and efforts to finalize everything before getting too messy. What a relief! I would highly recommend Brett for anyone needing a Family Law Lawyer! You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Michael
Brett was recommended to me by a friend who swore that I had to hire him. Interestingly, he was recommended to my ex-wife as well but I got to him first, and that made a huge difference. I am an attorney and so I paid attention to the manner in which Brett handled my divorce and I was so glad I chose him. He is ethical, was honest with me at every stage, dotted every I and crossed every T, and was sincerely interested in the outcome of my case. When we had court appearances, it was clear that the staff and judges all knew and respected him. Both of my ex-wife's lawyers told her that Brett was not someone whom they could trifle with and that he was a very good family law lawyer. I have gladly recommended Brett on repeated occasions and I will continue to do so. If you have a family law need, THIS is the lawyer to hire.
Posted by Kelly
I selected Brett Wishart to represent me in my divorce and I was very pleased with the results. The divorce was complicated by custody issues and by a debt my ex-husband had illegally accrued during our marriage. Mr. Wishart was very understanding of my concerns and assured me that he could and would handle all of the issues.
He is a knowledgeable attorney with a calm, professional demeanor. He shows compassion for your problems and he demonstrates his commitment to solving the legal ones in a sure, confident manner.
Mr. Wishart explained the options and costs of a possible trial versus a settlement. Mr. Wishart and I agreed that working for a settlement would be our best option. With Mr. Wishart’s firm knowledge of the law and his negotiating skills he was able to obtain a very fair settlement.
I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney. His experience, knowledge, and commitment to his clients is unparalleled.
Posted by John
Brett has been helping us through an extremely complicated divorce. His legal expertise, demeanor and relationships in the courthouse have proven to be extraordinary. We've been extremely pleased with Brett's handling of this matter and would recommend him wholeheartedly. Whether your case is easy or complicated it's great having Brett in your corner to help you through this unpleasant process! You could not be in better hands than Brett's!
Posted by Ryan
As a single father, the system can feel stacked against you. Brett Wishart's office has done a great job for me, and in spite of my complicated move-away custody case, in the end I was awarded sole physical custody of my 6-year-old son. They had a detailed approach to the legal arguments and case law, which our judge found to be useful and persuasive, and also made sure to incorporate the personal information that made my case (and I'm sure every case is) unique, giving me the comfort that everything that could be done, was being done, and giving the judge the best possible information for making a good decision.
Personality-wise, Brett and his associates' demeanor is confident, professional, organized, and friendly. Many attorneys advertise an aggressive "bulldog" persona, and I felt more secure with the collected approach Brett Wishart takes - getting aggressive when necessary, but always staying in control. It's very easy to get emotional in divorce and custody cases, but an attorney should be the voice of reason, and that is what worked best for my case, reassuring me that my goals were reasonable, and achieving them.
Finally, they were up front about estimated costs, and didn't nickel and dime me with extra charges.
Posted by Zahra
Brett is the most down to earth, knowledgeable and experienced attorney I have come in contact with so far.
From the beginning, he actively listened to my concerns, presented practical options and was empathetic towards my very complicated situation (child custody, visitation, and a lengthy 730 evaluation).
I look forward to his advise as my case continues and trust he will help me and my family make the right decisions. Thank you, Brett, for all you do for us!
Posted by Art
I engaged Brett Wishart and his team (Yolie & Holly) to help me with my divorce under some unique circumstances. I live in Florida and I am a full-time resident of Florida - never even lived in California. My ex-wife filed for divorce in California so it was imperative I found a highly competent attorney in California, and within Orange County.
Being a former attorney, I did a lot of research and determined Brett and his team would be the best choice for me. My research proved true - Brett is an incredible attorney and walked me through each step of the process, explaining each option and what to expect. Moreover, he was very understanding and displayed a high level of empathy for me, since divorce is a very personal matter. His team were very thoughtful, engaging and highly competent.
Brett plans for the worse / most difficult outcome so there are no surprises, but works diligently at trying to preserve / achieve the best outcome, thus reducing stress & reducing legal fees. I am very grateful for his counsel and highly recommend him as an attorney and as a genuinely understanding person.
Posted by Olga
I hired a lawyer Brett Wishart after I was forced to fire my first lawyer, so I have some experience to compare.
Brett Wishart is a magnificent, brilliant professional. I would say he is a natural lawyer, passionate about his work, and able to empathize with his client.
I thought I had a very simple case - a short marriage with no children. I was wrong. My now ex-husband decided to win his 4th divorce, come what may. He wanted to leave me with nothing, and me to pay him spousal support. This is the first divorce in my life, in a new country and without sufficient knowledge of English in order to understand the trial, or any guidance in the process.
I cannot imagine what I would have done without Brett.
5 full days in the court room!!!
The respondent’s Party does not have time for long speeches in a court. We spent hours patiently listening to my husband's lawyer. That makes Brett’s achievement even more important; that he could, by his short remarks or mathematical calculations, prove the insignificance of the opposite side’s claims.
Sometimes during the process the judge seemed sympathetic toward my ex-husband, but with Brett efforts we were able to prevail on every major issue.
I place this review in two languages, because I know how many of my compatriots were unable to defend themselves in similar cases. Girls, I recommend everyone to contact Brett if you have marital problems and want to be protected in your best interest.
Thank you my friends Olessia and Michael for the great recommendation of Brett Wishart.
Thank you Brett Wishart!
I still believe in justice, just because of you.
You are the best!
Anonymous review posted on
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."