Posted by Laura
I hired Mary in January of 2015 and received her services for 1 year & my fees exceeded $10k. I want to emphasize that she was only hired to get the judge to order the sale of the family home & my share of the community property. She did not touch my child support case nor my child custody nor my divorce. All those order were already in place. She started off strong but faded as time went by. I don't feel as if she was looking out for my best interests. My ex-husband's attorney failed to show up to court on multiple occasions & she always seemed to make up excuses for him because he was ill. There were times when I doubted if she was on my side. My ex-husband's attorney would literally call in to court at the time of hearing to inform the judge he was sick and Mary would be like "poor Bob". On another occasion he faxed the court a letter the day prior to a trail stating he would not make it to court the next day because he would be at the emergency room at the exact time of the court hearing! It made absolutely no sense that he knew that he would be "ill" at the exact time we had court on the next day but as always, he was excused. Each time that happened I would end up with another huge bill anywhere from $1000-$1500 for Mary's time for preparation, travel, appearance and to get a continuance. This happened SEVERAL TIMES! On one occasion she couldn't appear with me so she sent a colleague. Since the colleague was not familiar with the case, nothing could really be done & court ended up getting continued & again costing me more money. For her to read a simple email cost me $100 & a 7 second voicemail left for me cost me $25! Although the judge finally ordered my ex-husband to pay sanctions, the order stated that if my ex-husband failed to make his monthly payment timely, the entire amount would become due immediately. My ex-husband failed to make those monthly payments & Mary failed to enforce them, having an order from the court. After a year of court hearings and thousands of dollars later the judge finally ordered the sale of the home. After that order was made, I still continued to rack up fees, another $1500 in fees at least in just a matter of days for communications between her & my realtor. I was forced to dismiss her services. Right before that I received an order stating that parties had agreed that all issues were resolved when in fact I NEVER told Mary I agreed to stop pursuing my share of all the community property. She apologized for misunderstanding me & advised that she could file to vacate that order & set it aside but that meant additional fees of course, even though it was not my mistake that she "assumed" that I had backed off from pursuing my share of the assets. Since I yet have to see a penny from this case, I was forced to leave that alone. I am definitely disappointed & dissatisfied with her services. I would definitely not recommend her services. I don't feel like she ever "pushed" in my case. I also recommend to please read your contracts VERY carefully.
Posted by Windie Shepherd
Mary Ayala- Castro is a force to be reckoned with in the court room. She will stand her ground even in the presence of the Judge and challenge their opinions and rulings and effectively present her arguments and WIN, She will fight for your case with such strong conviction that she will challenge a judge to a appeal and state she will win on a appeal if she feels the judge is in error, Mary will not be intimidated or forced to back down by Attorneys or even Judges when she knows she is correct with her arguments according to the law: She will effectively and with great conviction fight for your case.
Posted by John M
Mary Ayala and her team are worth their weight in gold! She knows her family law. My case was a difficult one and the results were priceless. Even the opposing teams lawyer commented" Can't believe you got that! "What this lawyer meant was , I got everything I asked for! Please know I am a client and would recommend Mary Ayala , especially if ur case is difficult and you really want to Win! John M
Posted by Crystal
Would I recommend Mary ayala? Yes! I would. I don't think there are enough words that can describe what an amazing person Mary is. What I can say is I needed someone who was going to stand right next to me and my family. She was there 100% . If you need someone that is going to care about your situation and not only see you as another paycheck then Ayala is the person for you. My son is now back with me where he should be and that definitely couldn't be accomplished without her!
Posted by a Litigation client
Client communication and follow-up were the key factors in my review of Mary Castro-Ayala
Posted by a Child Custody client
Heck yes! She really stepped up and out for me when my ex filed for custody of our 11 yr old son. I cannot even begin to tell you the wonderful things she did for me. But the main thing is, I have my son, because of her. She has a heart of gold, and I truly believe she takes each situation she deals with and looks at it at a personal level. She is a gem!!! I got lucky, she was the first attorney I ever had to hire and I got a rockstar!
Posted by Daniel
Mary has worked miracles with my case. I have had a rough legal background, the Ex HATED me, I was even on probation, and my children were taken away briefly by CPS due to false allegations by former spouse.
In a few short weeks, I had custody of my children 50/50 physical and legal, and they were back in my home, and still are more than half the time.
She has helped me smooth over issues with former spouse as they arise without expensive litigation. When it came time to protect my kids, Mary moved fast and furious, and had the at-risk child back in my home full time until matters could be resolved.
Mary has always made time for me, when I needed to speak to her, and again... solved many issues with former spouse for me without court, saving me money.
She has been my lawyer now for 3 years, and I cannot imagine finding anyone like her. Thank you so much Mary!