I actually contacted Mr. Washkowitz twice, as I hadn't heard anything the first time. And while he gave me information I expected, it came across as not really interested - maybe because it was in email, not actually over the phone - which I think I didn't provide a phone number, so not his fault - it was just that I didn't feel that he was vested in my case. Though I sent a few pictures, and explained there were 3 separate incidents.
With that said, I gave him a good rating, because I didn't tell him everything, just a few items about my claim. From those few items, he covered items that I was concerned over. Explained that it could/would be financially draining, etc. Which going into any lawsuit is. I already saw what the fee is for an hour, and that's just the lawyer, doesn't cover any assistants or legal aids, people that need to be paid to make an investigation and come to a conclusion or testify, that may be needed, which may not be as large hourly, but still. So, if it wasn't worth it, even based on actual vs. principal, wouldn't even bother calling. Because this isn't something someone can tell me an estimate for, and guarantee it won't be more than, as if it needs to go to court, wait time, etc. will just keep adding up.
It was the 'no guarantee' and that was it, that left me feeling like he didn't have faith in his ability to win or that he saw my claim as being worth it. I appreciate that it's honest. As it's a third party who will decide the outcome if we go to court. I obviously believe that anyone who doesn't see the damage caused by another person/party, should be compensated and made whole, is wrong, but I am partial cause it's my property. It was the feeling of not having someone who felt the way I did, that not only were lives jeopardized during each occurrence; harassment from the employees of the company; the lack of consideration to my property, and using it as a dumping ground; the overall lack of follow through; etc. that I went through - actually still going through. There was just something about that last sentence that left me feeling uneasy. I expect a judge to be impartial, but fair - but a lawyer I need to understand and empathize with my situation. I want to know, feel, that they are all in, to support conveying my feelings and frustrations to the court, to the best of their ability.
I would recommend people to him, because he actually read what I sent him, which I found rare and responded professionally. With while I may change my mind if I can't find what I'm looking for, and see if he's willing at that time...
In any event, Mr. Washkowitz took the time to contact me; spent time actually reading what I sent (which to me, makes him automatically a good lawyer - as I've gone through the sending only to be asked the same questions I've already answered in my email); and I'm grateful he took the time to answer me in a professional and honest manner. Thank you.
Response from Jared Washkowitz September 21, 2017
Thanks for the review and sorry I couldn't assist you further...I empathize with your situation and it must be frustrating. Unfortunately the down side of legal action is that it can be expensive and there are no guarantees, so if the monetary damages are not high enough then financial considerations come into play as to whether it's worth pursuing. Also want to clarify that this was just an initial consultation by email.