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Gary Jay Beeler

Divorce and separation Attorney at Laguna Hills, CA

3.9   19 reviews

Licensed for 30 years

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GARY J. BEELER, CFLS PRACTICING FAMILY LAW FOR 27 YEARS IN ORANGE COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

I was first interested in a career in accounting. Graduated Long Beach State with a Bachelors in Accounting. Passed the California CPA Exam on first sitting before graduating college. Went on to receive my CPA license. Later, attended Loyola Law School, and passed the California Bar Exam on the first sitting. Licensed in 1992. Married 34 years, we have 4 children, all scholar-athletes. Interests include politics, American History, travelling, reading, gardening and spending time with family.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017
Licensed for 30 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Law Offices of Gary J. Beeler
23461 South Pointe Dr.
Ste. 155
Laguna Hills, CA, 92653

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Gary received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Lori Shannon Gordon | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!
Gary was so helpful with my sons child custody case. He knew exactly what would matter and what wouldn't. He got my son even more than we had hoped for. I strongly recommend Gary Beeler for all of your family law needs.
Posted by Ryan | November 25, 2014
Honest Rock Star
Gary worked with me during a difficult divorce, I was in Iraq during my divorce and Gary and team worked with me at odd hours to help with my divorce. Gary is not only a lawyer to me I view him as a friend. Gary Thank you for all of the hard work you put in working with me.
Posted by Ivette | April 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Beeler
Lawyer Beeler is a excellent Lawyer, very known about family and financial laws. I am very pleased how he handled my divorce case not only with his professionalism but with the passion he input on every page he wrote in order to make the law be fair and respect. It was also a pleasant to meet his office assistant Carolyn. I feel really bless to have Lawyer Beeler on my side.
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Posted by Wendy | September 18, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I give him 10!!
I am involved in a complex conservatorship litigation that requires some guidance in the area of family laws. I spoke and worked with so many attorneys. I was so fortunate to have found Gary. He was honest and genuine. He was able to point me to the right direction where other attorneys were only making matters more complicated and did not have the client's best interest at heart. I would highly recommend this Gary. He has earned the highest honor out of all of the attorneys I worked with. Out of 5 stars, I would give him 10.
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Posted by Peter | April 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Attorney
The divorce process is a stressful and very unpleasant time and I had no idea what to expect or how it works. I was lucky to have found Gary and Carolyn to guide and advise me. With their help I was able to get my divorce finalized without the need for a trial. I highly recommend them to anyone finding themselves in the unfortunate situation of needing a Family Attorney.
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Posted by Robin | December 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Gary Beeler handled my divorce with the utmost professionalism. He walked me through every step of the process. This was the hardest thing I ever had to do and Gary was right there with me. At times I felt like I was his only client. He was always available when I had any questions. I highly recommend Gary Beeler.
Posted by Jodessa | December 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
Gary was amazing in handling my custody case. He worked not only for me but for the best interest of my daughter. He was able to prove the judge wrong a couple of times and get what we knew was right. I highly recommend him to take on your case. He will fight for his clients and get them what they want/need!
Posted by Shanley v Shanley | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The day best ever
Hiring Mr. Beeler who took over my Divorce after my first Attorney got paid and didn’t care about what was in my best interest she just wanted it done and over with. Mr. Beeler saw that my ex was keeping assets from me, he did a great job sorting out what was messed up by my first Attorney and I came out better than expected. Thank you Mr. Beeler for looking out for my best interest. I had my day in court, couldn’t of done it without you and your team. Thank you
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Posted by Janice | October 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gary Beeler_Great Job!
Gary Beeler was wonderful to me and my girls. He didn’t “sell” me anything. He gave me everything straight-up. I honestly was hoping to use one attorney for my divorce, but given my ex-husband’s personality (being cheap and mean), it became necessary to obtain an attorney that would fight for me every step of the way. My ex-husband knew I would file for divorce at some point and therefore, had a plan to quit his job (saying that he “retired”) after I announced I wanted a divorce so that I would have to pay him spousal support. Didn’t work!!! Obtained all of my ex’s performance reviews at his last job; which indicated no evidence his job was threatened. Gary saw right threw him and knew a judge would too! My ex also tried to get Right-Of-First-Refusal to parent my girls on my time. Nope…denied! No court! He doesn’t need a fancy, swanky office. Fees are not crazy. He’s a no-frills kind of guy and won’t put up with anything. He’s your man! Thank you Gary and Carolyn!!! Janice S.
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Posted by Ed | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A GREAT Attorney!!!
I was so thankful that I found Gary to help me with my complicated divorce!! I own my own business and my wife's attorney was burying me in paperwork before I found Gary. Because he is a former CPA, he knew exactly what documents I needed to produce for the complicated discovery requirements that Opposing Counsel was demanding. During the trial, It was extremely helpful that he had so much experience and had been in front of our judge many times. The outcome was just as he predicted. Call GARY BEELER if you need a GREAT attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2014
Trustworthy Practice
I had quite the journey with my legal case. A complicated situation involving multiple lawyers and states. Gary shared his vision and strategy for the case confidently and triumphantly leading us through it. His knowledge and experience is vast expanding beyond just the normal legal practice. Further at any point, I could call Gary or Carolyn to explain legal terms/situations or just vent my frustrations. I truly felt they take care of their clients like their own. The practice does not have fancy bells and whistles- just great advice and counsel!
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Posted by Michael | November 18, 2014
The Best of The Best
I have endured almost 14 years of divorce, custody and related hassles with my two ex-wives. And I have three great kids for which I am very thankful. When I came to OC from Los Angeles, I met and hired Gary Beeler. I found his aproach refreshing, open, honest and with a distinct attitude designed to cut through all the typical lawyer games and posturing. I cannot say enough good things about how Gary Beeler comports himself in his office, in the courtroom and with his own family members. I strongly recommend that any person looking for legal representation have a consultation with Mr. Beeler so you can recognize what a refreshing approach he takes to a most unpleasant task. Like I said, Gary Beeler is The Best of The best.
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Posted by silvia cardona | November 18, 2014
Gary Beeler is the best of the best.... trust him completely
during one of the most challenging times in my life i came to Gary for help. I was so impressed with his professionalism, compassion, ability to help me navigate such difficult waters, and be willing to travel a long distance to the courthouse on my behalf. He was not only professional, but his services were done neatly, accurately and on time. The peace of mind of having such competent legal counsel is one of those things in life that no amount of money can pay. Yet Gary was very reasonable with his legal fees, for which I will always be very grateful. During one of the hardest times in my life, he was there to help and he did a superb job. Thanks Gary! I can not ask for more in an attorney. You'll be in the best hands with Gary Beeler and his very competent and caring staff.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2010
Very helpful and extremely sharp with family law matters
Used Mr. Beeler’s services in family court and found him very efficient. He knows both family law and the court system. Mr. Beeler is extremely thorough and is always willing to go above and beyond the normal call of duty in order to assist with court issues. I appreciate Mr. Beeler’s professionalism and I know I can count on his outstanding service whenever I call him for assistance. As a result of Mr. Beeler’s excellent service, he consistently exceeded my expectations when it comes to law. I would highly recommend Mr. Beeler to anyone or any organization
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Posted by Elena | June 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did very little for the money he took
Hired Gary to handle my divorce case. The first free consultation went very well, and Gary seemed very helpful, knowledgeable and eager to get onto my case, but after I paid him he did nothing for my case put push paper. After 18K+ in his fees still nowhere near my case resolution. I've instructed Gary in-mid August 2021, by mid-December and only because I was reading more on divorces, I learned that he hasn't submitted an important document. I asked for it to be submitted, it was promptly done, but by then I lost 3 months and potential payouts IRO 12K+. Early March 2022 at a hearing, before and after Gary was calling my husband completely wrong name, moreover, he submitted the documents to the other side and the court with the same completely wrong name. In several emails he kept calling my husband this wrong name. I had to correct him, and the documents were re-done and re-sent. After which he could not pay attention to spell correctly an easy English name! Moreover, he just denied the whole thing and I had to copy paste his own emails to prove him wrong. During the whole process with Gary, he would be asking the same questions about the same timeline that was discussed back in August 21 when the retainer was signed and kept billing for this "email correspondence". He seemed to be finding it difficult to grasp simple timeline / facts, mixing those continuously. His secretary was very efficient at billing. Following one of the hearings I asked Gary to see if we could settle and he would not wait for my responses to his emails, that would be literally several minutes. He would make his own decisions and talk / consult with the opposing attorney. This was a typical way he dealt with my case from the retainer. He would not ask for my opinion no for my input, would not explain the process. He was also socially awkward. I've never met with him in person. The only one time I did see him in his lobby, he knew who I was but never came over and talked, there were only 3 persons in the space at the time - his secretary, him and I. I should have fired him much sooner.
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Posted by Veronica Saldana | February 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Worst Attorney!!! Quit on me 2 days before case!
I hired Mr. Beeler after my first attorney charged me $3000.00 upfront and told me i could expect temporary support of $2460.00 per month. Then, just before my court date he called saying i had used up my retainer and would need to replenish it before he could appear in court for the filing of my OSC. No OSC means no spousal support. I was totally broke!!! For over a year I scraped by, dealing with no money at all from my soon to be ex husband until finally i managed to afford another one. Mr. Beeler, who is a horrible thief of an attorney, was actually referred as part of the "Modest Means" program. Through the Orange County Bar Association, residents of Orange County who are unable to afford legal assistance and who meet specific income guidelines are screened by a LRIS Representative and then if qualified are directed to attorneys who agree to assist them at substantially reduced rates. Well, after my screening they sent me to Mr. Beeler. When we had our consultation I explained to him that I needed support from my husband and he assured me that all would be taken care of. Instead of demanding a $2000 - $3000 retainer up front though he was willing to take "whatever i could afford". Before i knew it, I was paying him all I could. Apparently the $2900.00 I paid him just wasn't sufficient from me, because 2 days before my big court day he quit for non payment. Just like that. I had a bill outstanding for $400.00 and I had no more money so he quit! I had to show up to court "in pro per" which means I was my own attorney. It was the worst day of my life. i was so nervous about being in court with no attorney and i completely lost focus. My husband's attorney suggested we sit in the cafeteria and try to come to an agreement BEFORE we went before the judge. He said its better if we agree so the judge doesn't have to make the choices because anything could happen then! BIG MISTAKE! They had me so worried about losing custody of my daughter, which was actually just a game they played because I didn't know any better! It was horrible! I actually left that day feeling pretty good because I managed to get half custody (primary physical custody) of my daughter and 1 year of spousal support. It wasn't until later that evening i realized i had forgotten all about the $50,000.00 we had in the bank that i was entitled to half of as well as back child/spousal support! I filed for divorce in Sept. 2006 and finally went to court in June of 2008. That's about $50,000.00! Add that to my half of the $50,000 in the bank... I should have been awarded $75,000.00 that day. Thanks Mr. Beeler! I never did recover from all that happened that day... Please think twice before hiring an attorney and putting your whole life in the hands of someone who's only doing it for the money... because if you make the wrong choice it could cost you everything in the end...
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Will take your money
Hired Gary to handle my case. He sounded good on the phone consultation but after I paid him he did nothing for my case put push paper work. When I tried to get updates on my case the only person I would get a hold of was his secretary. She does not know the law and would never get back to me on the key the key issues of the case. When Gary did go to court all he did was extend my case costing more money. I would look elsewhere.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2013
REVIEW
I found Gary Jay Beeber on Google. The worst thing i ever did was let him work on my case. He basically took my money. And i almost lost my kids. THEN HE WANTED MORE MONEY. Sooo long story short. I hired him, he told me it would be no more than $2500. Went to court on the date he arrange. HE SENT ME TO THE WRONG COURTROOM/ AND ON THE WRONG DATE. So After i figured everything out on my own. It was to late i had a bench warrant out for me. So then i called him back, Then he wanted Another $2500 To fix his own screw up with the court. So i had to fire him. I then called the courtroom and told them about my lawyer giving me the wrong court date and wrong room number. They told me it was to late. I now lost visitation rights with kids. and had a bench warrant out for me. So i hired another lawyer... and he got me out of this mess. THIS GUY HAS NO KNOWLEDGE AT ALL ABOUT FAMILY COURT. HE WILL GET YOUR KIDS TAKING AWAY.
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Response from Gary Beeler March 15, 2017
I don't normally comment on reviews, but rest assured there is a reason this was placed here anonymously. It is a complete fabrication. Surely if this were true a complaint with the State Bar would have been lodged. No such complaints exist.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2009
Left Hanging
Started out strong but soon began to drag his feet. Would wait for days to hear a response to questions only to have him email and question me if I had made a decision. I would always refer him back to the email where I had already responded. If you emailed questions to him, he would only answer one of the questions. Got to where I could only email or ask one question at a time. He/his office made a couple mistakes in the agreement where stipulations were left out (on more then one ocassion) or what they sent me to sign and what they sent opposing council to sign was two differently worded documents. He was "fair" with his pricing. When he knew I was running out of money, he discounted my bill. However, it makes me wonder if that is when the service/performance started to drop.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Gary J. Beeler
  • 1992 - Present
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Spicer and Oppenheim
  • 1987 - 1989

Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • California St Univ Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Ex-Wife's spousal support terminated and she was ordered to reimburse ex-Husband $48,000.
  • Confidential
  • Father to have no contact until received treatment for child molestation.

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Certified Public Attorney
  • State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Accountancy
  • 1988

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Endorse Gary
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Beeler is experienced, knowledgeable, diligent, and focused on the prompt resolution of the case, no matter the difficulties. Mr. Beeler is the epitome of a professional."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've worked with Gary as opposing counsel on a number of cases. Gary is knowledgeable about the law, a zealous advocate, and a professional. For these and other reasons, I endorse Gary as a colleague in the Orange County family law community."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have ad a few cases with Gary opposing. I have always found him to be well prepared, formidable and professional."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Gary Beeler has a strong command of the law and court procedure. More importantly, he has a high level of integrity and truly cares about his clients. I have no hesitation endorsing this attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Professional and fights for his clients!"
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