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|Criminal Investigator||Santa Barbara County District Attorney||1983 - 2001|
|Santa Barbara College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|College of the Desert||Law Enforcement||AA||1977|
Posted by Michael J.D.R. Wilson
My older sister and I turned to Dennis James Balsamo a SLO attorney because he specialized in Probate Law and was listed on an Internet Christian directory for attorneys.
Since we lived in other areas of CA/WA, his representation of us was much to an extent by email and telephone. We retained his firm in July 2014, and were able to close our litigation against a younger sibling (within 2 years); who willfully failed to comply with State of California Probate Law, and thought she could do it her way instead of the proper State of CA way.
Thanks to Dennis, who provided valuable wisdom, honesty, showed a high interest in our problem, his ability to sort things out for us, his legal expertise, advice, and guidance, he was able to get the job done against her well seasoned Probate attorney. He helped stop her from plundering the Trust for her own selfish goals. Keeping us informed at all times, Dennis led us to a satisfactory conclusion in a timely manner.
Dennis is trustworthy with high integrity and should we ever need an attorney again will look to him first! We highly recommend him to others.
Posted by Diane
I needed to sue my former attorney who lost almost 1M dollars in benefits, property & money; I had been a victum of a natural disaster . Dennis took my case and managed it efficienty, pragmatically and empathetically. I am lucky to have found him and highly recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous
Please do your home work before hiring any lawyer... especially this one. Here was my experience. I hired him for a car accident. He told me he works on contingency of 33% and that he could get me the limits of the other guys policy. I told him of my health insurance with my employer. Well things didn't happen the way he told me they would and I lost a lot of money because of his wrong advice. This is because of something I learned about afterward from a lawyer. It is called subrogration. Mr. Balsamo never told me that because of my medical insurance the legal issue of subrogration would be in play. This was a major deal because, Mr. Balsamo insisted on his fee being paid BEFORE the subgroation issue came up with my insurance company. What subgrogation is (as explained to me) is that if my insurance company paid money for my medical bills, what ever I got in money from the car accident, I would have to pay back to the insurance company. When I got the letter from my insurance company to pay them, I consulted Mr. Balsamo, he said the following, "there is no such thing as subrogration." Obviously the new lawyer I hired told me that subrogration has been a basic law thing for car accidents for many years and there is no lawyer he knows which would deny it. So I lost a lot of money because of Mr. Balsamo's wrong advice. And to make matters worse, that 33% charge he demanded was on the full amount I received, and then I had to pay the insurance company back after that. So I was left with almost nothing. Mr. Balsamo is why we regular people do not like lawyers. So, I say stay away.
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