I was given Tom Horgan’s name as a reference for a family law attorney after the lawyer that handled my divorce left private practice. I can honestly say that when I found out I would need to hire a new lawyer, I was petrified. The situation I was in need of help with was very complicated and I had not always had good luck with lawyers, so I was very wary going into hiring someone new. Looking back now, I only wish I had used Tom for my divorce and custody case four years ago!
To say that I was impressed with how Tom handled not just my case, but everything having to do with it- would be a massive understatement. I have never been more relieved to have someone in my corner than I was with this fantastic group. Tom took the time to listen to every single concern I had, every question that came up, and to reassure me from imagining the worst far-fetched, hypothetical scenarios. From the very first phone call I had with him, he could tell merely by the sound of my voice and my word choice that I was incredibly stressed out with the situation and paranoid that anything I said or did would be manipulated against me. Literally on that first call, he took the time to address my fears and gave me a 100% honest, upfront and transparent explanation of his thoughts on my case and what the chances of our success could be. Never, in all my experiences with this area, have I had a lawyer take the time to remind me that self care is still important and calm every concern my panic stricken brain came up with. I am a Type-A planner, need to know what is to come, type of person- I don’t do very well with waiting around, wondering or not having a plan of attack. From the jump, Tom not only had a plan, but he also had Plans B, C, D, and E in the works to prepare for any possible outcome. When it came time for us to move toward getting in front of the judge, Tom kept me in the loop constantly with what steps he was taking when, what motions and response we were submitting, and what was being presented by the opposition. One of the things I most appreciated was that when an offer of some sort was made by the other side, Tom not only listened to my gut reaction to it, but helped me look at it from other vantage points I hadn’t thought of. He was also very upfront with me about what I could do to keep costs down, such as writing my own affidavit versus him sending me one to edit. As a single mom already- that makes a huge difference! I also was very touched that Tom truly got to know about my children over the course of this process and I could absolutely tell that he put their best interests at the forefront of my case over anything else. Since the “resolution” of the case, he has continued to check in on both the kids and I, and (as things haven’t quite settled down yet) he has remained committed to all of our well being. For example, my child at the center of this case has had some stark behavioral changes throughout and especially afterward. Tom took the time to set us up with a counselor that he knows and trusts so that my child can have the support that they need in all aspects possible.
In my few years of experience with family law, I can definitely say that there are some lawyers out there that you should stay far, far away from. They may be good at some types of law, but not family law. Tom Horgan is the type of lawyer that quite honestly, sounds too good to be true- but he is not only 100% real, he is also really and truly amazing at what he does! The type of family law attorney you dream of being on your side. I truly believe this profession is better because of lawyers like him and all they bring to the people they help.