3.0 stars 15 totalReview Benjamin Evans
Posted by anonymous
After 13 years of directly paying my exwife child support for our 2 children, per a verbal agreement, she decided to take me to court for more money. After trying to talk to her and settle situation out of court, as we have for last 13 years, I realized she wasnt going to compromise anymore and simply wanted everything she could get. I knew then that i needed a lawyer.
I was given Ben Evans name as a referral from my roommates EAP. This being my first experience with a lawyer, I had no expectations. After initially speaking with Ben on the phone, I felt comfortable about moving forward with him representing me.
I brought in everything regarding my divorce and explained what had changed since the final verdict years ago. He was quick to decipher everything I had and the situation I was in. By my next visit, he had every bit of paperwork ready to fill out and a rough time frame of what to expect. Every question I had was answered. Every bit of the paperwork I didn't understand or needed quidance on, Ben was there with an answer that related to what I was looking for as my final result.
During the whole process, there were a couple hiccups with a difficult judge, Ben was adamant about rectifying the situation and wasted no time contacting the judge so we could move further on closing my case. All the while, keeping me up to date on everything transpiring.
There were a couple things that I had to take care of on my own, which he informed me of where and how to handle. Including raising the eyebrows of child support division to the alterations in my case, making it easier for me to do what I needed to do.
In the end, my support was lowered, to the surprise of my ex! Ben was easy to work with and communication was spot on. Any problems throughout my case, were handled quickly and on track for ultimate goal. Every aspect of my case was addressed and tended to.
Regardless of my unexpected, pleasant outcome, I pray I don't have to go through this again but will definitely be calling Ben if the situation presents itself. I would recommend him to any person in need of a thorough family lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Evans will not properly represent you and will only waste your money. He does not listen to your concerns and I got the feeling as though he wanted to just get my case over and done with. I consulted with another lawyer on the same case and they were very confused as to why Mr. Evans was making such suggestions about my case. I was very disappointed with the way that it was all handled.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Ben to represent me for a custody case in which I had obtained a default judgement against my son's mother, who had taken him out of state and went into hiding. There were numerous attempts to make contact, and great evidence to support the ruling. He never looked over the information and evidence I had collected through my own efforts, i.e. phone records, emails, previous legal motions. Ben advised me that there were only two real outcomes. One where we took months to go through the motions to fight for the judgement to stand which was unlikely to him, and could cost me the case plus financial penalties. The other was to agree to set it aside and seek a temporary order in which she kept full custody and I could see him immediately. It did not include types of visitation and people involved, telephone/video contact rules and timelines, and many others factors that needed to be in place rather a quick fix to a major problem. It scared me into thinking I had already lost the case even though she was also pending criminal charges. I folded and went with his suggestions. It was not only a terrible mistake it also set the precipice for the situation at hand. She and her additional family members pretty much got away with kidnapping and have grown very defiant. My son gets in trouble if he calls me Dad and he has been told to call me by my suffix. I'm treated as though I was the one who did wrong and they act like I'm a criminal. They act as though the only rules that apply are the ones they set regardless of the order. I can only see further litigation down the road. The main difference next time will be my representation. I think Ben is a nice person, but if you are needing a dedicated and experienced lawyer who will give you proper representation, you may need to seek elsewhere.
Posted by anonymous
Ben is a nice enough person but a sole practitioner with too many cases who does not listen to your concerns, rolls over for the opposing party's attorney and bungles your case. He made some critical errors but my new attorney thankfully fixed them almost immediately, he's not accessible and takes days to respond. He squandered my entire retainer by nickel and diming me on every interaction when I had to repeat myself and ask questions more than once because he wasn't paying attention, or asking me for evidence he had no intention of using. He refused to call witnesses stating they weren't strong, when my new attorney with a much higher profile law firm disagreed (and so did I, this goes back to Ben not listening and making critical errors). If you don't have a cut and dry custody case, seek representation elsewhere.
Posted by Doug Donahue
I hired Benjamin Evans for my custody case regarding my son. It was the biggest mistake I could have made regarding my custody case. At no time did I ever feel Ben gave my case the needed attention or passion I deserved or anyone deserves regarding a custody case. He refused to have phone conversations and only emailed me to discuss my case. During emails he regularly refused to answer questions completely and fully charged me for emails when I emailed back asking for clarification and answers to my emails. I can provide emails and evidence of this and his spread sheet for charging me.
In his responses to my ex's attorney he was very vague and lacked any substance to his rebuttals. Ben did the absolute bare minimum for my case.
He advised me to not fight a restraining order my ex placed on me for leverage and temporary child custody. He single handily derailed any chance I had of obtaining equal time with my son by doing so.
I fired Ben and luckily hired the services of Goldberg Jones during the remaining time of my custody battle. Goldberg Jones was able to salvage some of Ben's mistakes and stop the bleeding from his mistakes and lack of legal attention to my case.
I later find out from the Portland law community through hiring Ben's replacement, that Ben simply takes on way to many cases and has to big of a case load to give his clients the proper legal attention and duties of a lawyer. He simply looks to take on cases and retainers.
After firing Ben, I agreed to not review Ben on any site if he refunded some of my retainer that was not properly used due to his poor handling of my case. We agreed in principal to refund my remaining balance and portion of my original retainer. Mr. Evan's agreed but later reneged on the deal.(I can provide email proof of this if needed).
I will be happy to provide emails from Ben regarding my case if you have any questions or experienced the same issues with Benjamin Evans. I would not recommend hiring Ben for any of your legal concerns or cases. I hope you do not make the same mistake I did by hiring Benjamin Evans.
Posted by Ashley Sundee
Ben has been working with me on gaining custody of my niece for about 7 months now. This has been a difficult situation as I cannot just walk into the court house and file for custody. He has been extremely informative on this whole situation. He has offered me advice on how to save me money and time with the parents. I greatly appreciate him and his patients while working with me. I will definitely recommend him to my friends and family if they are ever in need of a family lawyer.
Thanks again Ben!
Posted by Rachael
I hired Ben to help fight my custody case. He did a very amazing job. It seemed to take longer than I initially expected to complete the case but that was none of Ben's fault. We communicated mostly through E-mail with timely responses. I really liked that he even kept me involved in what was being sent to the other attorney against me. He has very reasonable views to my case and really fought for me. I ended up getting everything I wanted out of my case including full custody of my daughter. He is a really great attorney and I highly recommend him. If I ever have to go back to court I will definitely be hiring Ben again.
Posted by Ceci
Ben Evans is a top quality, professional family law lawyer that has helped me for a year. He is very patient and professional both in and out of the courtroom. I always felt I was in great hands being represented by Mr. Evans.
Posted by Ben
At initial consultation, he first got his $50. Then made me wait for 10-15 minutes. Then I visited him and explained to him about my situation. after about 40 minutes, he said that time is up. All he told me was that his rate is $220/hour and he is willing to take on my case. What a waste of time. He gave no advice. He didn't tell me what he can do for my case. So, I cannot rate his knowledge, but I can definitely rate his trustworthy, responsive, and keeping informed, and specially his ethics. obviously, he is more concerned about his $$ than his work.
Posted by anonymous
I worked with Benjamin Evans for several months. He was my defense against a very well known family law firm and attorney here in Portland. He advised me to take a deal for a temporary hearing that costed me leverage in the case and worst less time with my children. I'm a blue collar worker, and he knew this. I gave him the retainer, paid him several other times. I pleaded with him and struck a deal to pay him what I iowed and he would continue to work with me. He agreed. He withdrew from the case and my representation. He did this on a Friday, 3 days before my divorce trial. I would not reccomend him. He is costly and uncompassionate. Also doesn't care about anyone but himself.