Posted by Heidi
Divorce was something I never thought I'd encounter, so when it happened, I didn't know where to start. Virginia came highly recommended and never let me down. She helped me stay focused and guided me through a process I knew nothing about in very plain & simple terms. Her knowledge/expertise was calming during a very dark time for me. I would walk out of her office feeling like the world wasn't going to end and my children would be just fine. Exactly the strength I needed at that moment. I'm very thankful for Virginia & her staff for their support and guidance. I would and have recommended Virginia to anyone in need of a professional, compassionate attorney.
Posted by Carl
Virginia has assisted me with a contentious divorce situation. She was extremely helpful by providing me steady, unemotional guidance throughout. My previous counsel had left me feeling that, as the male in the divorce, I was without any hope of having my rights acknowledged.
As soon as I met Virginia, I knew things were going to go differently. Virginia was on my side and acted as an advocate and presented me with options I did not know I had. Her experience in Seattle, Kent, and Tacoma courts meant that she had a knowledge of opposing counsel. That knowledge was comforting, from my perspective, as she was able to give me some insights as to what to expect from my ex's legal representative.
I would gladly recommend Virgina to anyone needing assistance with family law, divorce, separation, or child custody issues. In fact, I have recommended her to a colleague and the review from them has been excellent, as well!
Posted by K.
Virginia Amis served as my divorce attorney. She was extremely reliable, quick to respond, thorough, explained things thoroughly and set my mind at ease every step of the way. Her legal assistant is top notch too. She hired an excellent CPA to value our retirements and I learned from an expert in the field that his valuation of my hard to understand retirement was spot on. She explained things as we went along and warned of any problems that could arise. She is very organized. She was extremely well prepared for the mediation, providing everything to the mediator before the deadline to ensure the mediator had plenty of time to review everything. She is well respected in the field, which was clear when dealing with the mediator. I highly recommend Virginia Amis as a divorce attorney.
Posted by Susan
I hired Virginia Amis for my divorce which should have been an easy process. When my ex husband and his attorney became unreasonable, Virginia acted quickly and explained the process to me and what to expect. She is very knowledgable but doesn't talk over your head. After being married for 30 years she was compassionate with my feelings yet firm in being my activate. I highly recommend Virginia if you are in need of a divorce attorney.
Posted by Rebecca
Virginia was a strong and supportive advocate for me through a divorce in which the other party was attempting to make it difficult and messy. She guided and educated me thoughtfully through legal issues I never imagined that I would have to navigate, all while helping me stay the course and avoid the drama. Her superior knowledge and collected confidence were unwavering, translating her strength on to me in times when I had difficulty conjuring the strength myself.
I received her name through another attorney, a referral for which I'm incredibly thankful. While getting yourself through the door is often the most difficult step when filing for divorce, Virginia demonstrated empathy and compassion, while also helping me to feel confident in my choice. She took the time to thoroughly understand my individual situation, as well as respect how I wanted to handle things for the sake of my children, and strategically guided me through the difficult process so that I could maintain a cordial atmosphere between myself and my ex.
My divorce was completed in a very reasonable time frame, when there are children and other issues involved; and even now, Virginia and her entire staff are always available when I have quick questions or need a piece of advice.
I would easily refer her to anyone in need of an attorney and am very thankful that she was mine.
Posted by Greg
When searching for a family law attorney I contacted several attorneys. Many attorneys who did not practice in King county recommended Virginia based upon their experience of being opposing counsel in other family law cases. Anytime an attorney recommends the attorney from the opposing side this is something to take note of.
Because of these recommendation and of my initial meeting with Virginia I hired her to represent me in my divorce proceeding. My ex-wife was making it extremely difficult for me to spend time with my children. Virginia was extremely diligent and was successful in asserting and securing my rights for my visitation time with my children.
As an attorney myself, one of the things that struck me as most impressive is how prepared and thorough Virginia was throughout the process. It was her thoroughness and attention to detail that resulted in a equitable division of assets and a reasonable level of support for my ex-wife.
I have recommended others to Virginia and I encourage anyone who is looking for an exceptional family law attorney to contact her.
Posted by Chris
I have never cared to deal much with lawyers, but when my marriage began to dissolve I knew I needed someone to help me navigate the process. After searching local resources and reviews, I was fortunate enough to find Virginia Amis, of Amis and Gouras. Virginia was and is an absolute Godsend, and I can't recommend her highly enough. From beginning to end she was professional, compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable, patient, and willing to listen to my needs and provide timely and effective counsel. Even at times when I struggled to cope with my situation, she was able to help me in a supportive and responsive fashion to make sure my interests were protected - going the extra mile to explain what did and didn't have to happen at every stage, and making a deeply painful experience as smooth and easy to deal with as possible. She took care not only of my legal needs, but of me as a person in the interaction - not steering or pressuring me in any way - but helping me to find my way in as comfortable a fashion as she could. Virginia is a thoughtful and caring person, and unique in my experience at bringing that to her practice in truly meaningful ways. She was diligent about keeping me informed, explaining every step and option, and understanding my desires so she could put things in order the way I needed them to be. She and her staff are tremendous. If you need help with family legal matters, you can save yourself one HUGE worry - retain Virginia Amis. I am confident that you will be as grateful for her counsel as I was, am, and will always be.
Posted by Ally
Virginia is a smart, tough divorce attorney who is able to get results without playing dirty. She levels with you and helps you see the divorce as just a step in your life instead of something that consumes your life. She gave me excellent advice throughout the process, not just professionally but also personally. Something she told me that changed my life and my divorce experience is that I had to choose who I wanted to be in the divorce-- I could be bitter, angry, and vengeful, or I could be professional, above board, and move on. She said, "the best revenge is to have a great life." These words are so powerful and moving when going through the divorce experience especially because it is easy to lose one's self in the process.
I was able to reasonably maintain my cool throughout the process, thanks to her advice, her professionalism, and her dedication to getting the divorce process finished as quickly as possible while achieving the results I wanted. In sum, I received everything I wanted and needed from my divorce (financially and also property), and I was able to walk away holding my head high knowing that everything was done ethically and above-board.
Posted by Dave
Virginia has assisted me in my divorce proceedings, child custody case, maintenance hearings as well as other issues that have arisen from my separation and divorce. During the past 7 years since my separation I have been tormented by my ex-wife through her use of the court system. I have not lost 1 case while retaining Virginia Amis' services. Even while dealing with multiple different opposing counsels in the cases brought against me, Virginia has risen to the occasion to represent me with the utmost professionalism, diligence and detailed knowledge of the law.
I could and would not ask for a different attorney to represent me in any family matter that may arise in the future. I strongly recommend for anyone needing representation in Virginia's field of practice to consult her before anyone else. Speaking from experience, you can trust that her ethical and professional efforts for her clients are top shelf.
Posted by Anna Y. Peppard
I found Virginia after my husband filed a restraining order against me that prevented my daughter and I from seeing each other for 2 weeks. My husband made up a sick excuse that my boyfriend harassed my daughter and I did nothing about it. He was jealous because I wanted a divorce and he didn't like my boyfriend. I realized I needed to find a lawyer and had 2 weeks to act.
After doing some research I found Virginia Amis. I went to speak with her about the situation through a free consultation. She was very understanding and knew I had limited time to respond against the restraining order. After speaking with some friends I borrowed a retention fee. Upon paying the retention fee, Virginia immediately began going to work for me. In fact, she even cancelled a consultation. We hammered out a response to the restraining order in a couple hours.
Long story short, my husband ended up canceling the restraining order and never re-filed. I finally got to see my daughter again after 2 weeks. Furthermore... Virginia created a temporary parenting plan that was very fair. I would have my daughter 3 days while my husband would have her for 4 days. I was glad there was a parenting plan in place. Thank you Virginia.
After the restaining order was nulled, my husband filed a motion for spousal support. He wanted $700/mth. with a lump some payment of $2500. Virginia and her team did a fantastic job scripting the response to my husband's motion. We than went to trial for spousal support and my husband was denied any moneys. Again, Virginia and her team were very communicative and responsive during this time.
I am now in debt from my husbands frivoulous motions. Fortunately, Virginia offered to drop her hourly fees to accomodate my income.
Virginia set-up a mediation for my husband and I. She even attended the mediation to provide support for me. I was very nervous at the time and greatly appreciated her presence. I was surprised to see the awesome notebook of files Virginia and her team organized and presented to the mediator.
Virginia has done very remarkable work for me and I would recommend her to anyone going through a tough divorce situation. She is professionable, knowledgeable, and has a wonderful team around her. Veronica, her assistant is a great example. Veronica was always there when I wanted to communicate. She always reponded in less than 24 hours to my questions or concerns.
I have been more than happy to be represented by Virginia Amis and her teammates. After 20 years of experience she definitly knows the right way to go!
Thank you again Virginia!
Anna Y. Peppard.