Posted by anonymous
Helene has helped guide me through a very difficult and challenging divorce. My case dealt with not only California, but two other countries. When I had to secure representation in these other countries, with her vast network, she located the attorneys that I needed. She communicates thoroughly, clearly and patiently in a way you can understand, especially when you are feeling stressed, frustrated, and exhausted She will help you navigate through the many tedious documents that are required to be filed with the Court. I am woman who had "retired" from the workforce when I married my successful husband. After my husband cancelled our joint credit cards and stopped all spousal support, I had to somehow return back to the workplace. Realizing that I had been out of the workforce for 13 years, this was a daunting task. Helene understood what I was going through and she helped me look into myself and think about what do I enjoy doing? What do I want to do? At this juncture in my life, how can I make what I enjoy, work for me? After a few interviews and exploring two possible new careers, Helene helped me realize where my next path would take me. It is interesting to note that this new journey is a path that I seriously considered embarking on 12 years ago. Thank you Helene for all your support, knowledge and guidance. I could not have gotten this far without you.
Posted by Scott
Getting divorced is difficult. There's all the confusing legal stuff to navigate and then there's the emotional pains to deal with. I thought I could do my own amicable divorce without an attorney. I thought I could figure it all out as I went along. After all, my divorce was not a complicated one. It was to be pretty straight forward. And, then it wasn't. I needed help and fortunately I found Helene Taylor. She was exactly what I needed. I needed coaching and direction. I needed some quick tactical answers but then I also needed a game plan. I needed a roadmap. I needed help figuring out what my strategy was and what steps to take. No matter my question, she had all the answers or knew where to go find them and she always got right back to me. Super responsive!! She directed me to multiple mediators that she felt would be a good fit for my case. It allowed me to present options to my ex-wife knowing any would be a good choice for me. She had first hand knowledge of the mediators that were good to work with and which mediators to stay away from. She referred me to a law firms that specialized in amicable divorce cases which helped to keep my legal fees down. That turned out to be a really big deal as my ex-wife wanted to put up a big fight. Helene was on the phone with me when we interviewed the attorneys and the one I selected turned out to be a great fit for my case. During Mediation, I was able to continue working with Helene as my coach. She coached me on the process, the steps to take and the strategy to follow. She taught me to have a "soulful" divorce. She provided me with a roadmap to success and mapped out the steps I needed to take. She helped me understand where to hold my ground and where to compromise in order to achieve a peaceful settlement. In the end, she really opened my eyes to a new way of settling the divorce without needing to go to trial. She really "thinks outside the box" and opened my eyes to ideas that I had not thought of or knew existed. She is passionate about what she does and I would recommend her to anyone going through divorce. It's a long and complicated process and I found the legal system does not make it easy on the lay person who tries to do this without legal help. She has a terrific legal mind and a generous and soulful personality that helped me get the tactical/legal questions answered while also ensuring I kept my emotional side balanced. She helped me to be mindful, to stay present and understand the perspective of the opposing side. In the end, we achieved an amicable divorce and I can still speak to my ex-wife. And I owe it all to Helene Taylor!!! The Perfect Attorney!
Posted by Caroline
I have had an incredibly positive experience working with Helene, who happens to be an extremely talented and multi-faceted individual. She is not your average lawyer. Her dedication to addressing my challenging separation has made this daunting transition in life, very manageable. I've been given a load of tools to assist my well being through what is one of the worst things one can go through in life. Her savvy in this field really shows. She addresses not only the nuts and bolts but also all the little nuances in breaking apart from a significant relationship. As a result I've been able to keep stresses to a minimum and make significant progress on my divorce. But, that's not all she does. With her 15 + years experience working in the Silicon Valley she helped me through some immediate business concerns, jumping to a new task at hand at a moments notice. Timing really was of the essence on a legal 'side project' and Helene made herself immediately available at a very crucial time. I have found her to be everything you want in a trusted advisor. Helene is prompt, pleasant, efficient, no-nonsense and yet compassionate. She knows her stuff, knows how to navigate tricky situations and difficult people and she can really help to find positive solutions to challenged marriages, partnerships, business interactions & even rental leases - I can attest to this all first hand. If you want someone who goes above and beyond, you will find that in Helene. It comes naturally to her. She is a top notch lawyer & I would highly recommend anyone wanting a modern approach to divorce to consult with Helene. You should also know that she also comes equipped with an arsenal of other expertise if you have any other legal issues. What a bonus!
Posted by anonymous
Helene was very professional and compassionate during this very difficult time. She walked me through all my options and then quickly and efficiently executed the paperwork needed to resolve my situation. She is technically knowledgeable and was willing to meet via skype and to email documents. I can't imagine it having gone any smoother. She worked quickly, didn't inflate her costs, and billed fairly. I was very pleased to have worked with Helene and would definitely use her again and recommend her to others.
Posted by tangentcity
The better your lawyer the more precious their time; that clock keeps ticking; you want to call upon their acumen only where and when it’s most needed; but even to direct their attention, to keep on top of the situation, to act in full cognizance of the reality that your lawyer works for you, not the other way around, is challenging when you’re buffetted on all sides by malefic forces seeking to destroy you and all you hold dear. (Have I mentioned yet that I’m in the midst of a high-conflict divorce?) It’s easy to forget that you do have a hand on the tiller, that your own needs and choices count in the midst of the storm, count more than you might realize.
Helene helps to remind you of that. I signed up for a package deal with her, we’ve talked for maybe six hours to date, and I can say that the value received far exceeds the money paid.
With her help, I was able to decide that I needed different representation - I was able to screw up my courage and divorce my divorce lawyer, in order to be free to start a much better business relationship with a new lawyer. With her help, I was able to orient myself amidst a welter of competing facts and elements of a child custody battle, and choose the few critical ones to focus on with my lawyer’s help. If you want to help yourself - and everybody who can, should, rather than expect your lawyer to do it all - Helene’s knowledge, judgment, and sensitivity will serve you well. After an initial period where I truly felt and was overwhelmed and handicapped as all non-lawyers are by ignorance of the process and technical exigencies, I’m now in a position to do more for myself, to actual engage with the machinery of forms to fill and file and motions to serve. All with the help and advise of my lawyer, of course; but by working with Helene I’m empowered to do some of it on my own, and to learn enough, so that my lawyer is freed to focus on what an actual lawyer can do best, and I myself become a better customer, or consumer of legal services, and a more savvy nagivator of the sometimes scary world of litigation. What Helene offers is precious and I think the world needs more of her and more like her. Family Law is a pressure cooker like none other, especially when children are involved and there are high-conflict personality tendencies in even just one of the four main players (Mom, her lawyer, Dad, his lawyer). Helene’s specific combination of skills - razor-sharp legal knowledge and skills that bespeak years of learning and litigating, along with an exquisite sensitivity to deeper psychological aspects as the process brings out the worst and the best in everybody at different times - will help you choose and act in a way that’s truly in the Best Interests of the Children, as well as your own whether or not you have children.