Truthfully, if you need some paperwork filed or something like that, Shawn can handle it. But if you want someone to protect your interests, fight for your interests and think about how the result of your divorce will affect your life, look for a better attorney. No matter what attorney you hire, it's going to be expensive. Don't let the $50/ hr savings cost you in the end! I feel that I paid more with Shawn than I would have through a more expensive attorney. Most "big" attorneys have paralegals that handle the paperwork, writing letters, etc. They charge significantly less per hour for that than Shawn because he does everything on his own and charges you his regular hourly amount. So while the better lawyer may cost you a little more per hour, there will be significantly less "lawyer" hours than with Shawn.
I had a cut and dry case when I went to Shawn. A slam dunk. My wife was in jail for Felony CDV and I had just learned that she was using heavy drugs without my knowledge. I was a 100% clean, self employed father and I wanted to protect my child. He drafted our separation agreement and put many more protections in it for her than he did for me! I should have paid more attention as well but that is what I was paying him to do! I don't want to go into detail but he represented her well in the separation agreement.
When it came time for my divorce, I used him again because I thought it was still an easy process and shouldn't be much to it. I had been supporting my son on my own for the past year. My wife had not kept insurance on our son which was her only responsibility to him. My wife, who had never provided one thing for my son and who remained an unemployed registered nurse for more than 6 months of our 1 year separation and was receiving state benefits, hired a much more aggressive and a little more expensive attorney.
At the temp hearing, Shawn forgot to ask for anything that we had planned to ask for. Absolutely nothing that we discussed happened at the temp hearing. He blamed it on the judge and said that the judge was in a hurry and was rushing our case. I ended up having this woman, who had tried to kill me a year earlier, at my house EVERY morning that my son would have normally went to daycare to pick him up. And then I had to drive 20 min, EVERY DAY, to pick him up!
At mediation, Shawn was more interested in his laptop than protecting my interests. My wife got 90% of what she wanted and I got 10. My 10% being the divorce because other than that, I got the shaft. Shawn was a "yes" man to the mediator and before I knew it, I was raising my son without any financial support from his mother (who at this point was making more money than me), paying 100% of the out-of-pocket medical bills for my son, meeting his mother 4 times every other week 20 min away from my house to drop off our son, and she left with ZERO responsibility to him other than to keep employer provided insurance on him which cost her nothing because she already had a family policy!
Shawn is a good guy but there is a reason that they say the good guys always finish last.