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By: John H.
Law Office of Louis Lombardo, PC
Now that the dust has settled after my divorce, I finally have the opportunity to sit down and review my lawyer. My divorce was extremely high conflict, involved young children, and was in litigation for almost a year and a half.I heard of Lou by word of mouth. Lou was the OPPOSING attorney in a close friend’s divorce. I consulted with three attorneys before choosing Lou. I chose him based on his price and his responses to the questions I asked. I knew my divorce was going to be high conflict, so I chose carefully. I wasn’t disappointed.Here’s what I really liked about Lou:His retainer and run rate were reasonable and competitive.He was honest and fair with his billing. Attorneys are paid by the hour, so be prepared. Expect to pay for every phone call taken and every email read. If a phone call with him was roughly 20 minutes, I got billed for 20 minutes. If we met for an hour, I was billed for an hour. Nobody has perfect recall or walks around with a stopwatch around their neck, so you have to place some level of trust in your attorney to be honest. It also means the support staff needs to be organized so the billing is accurate. I spot checked many times along the way to make sure everything was on the up-and-up, and I never found any irregularities whatsoever. If anything, he tended to cut me some slack here and there if it was just a quick phone call.He’s very experienced. Nobody has a crystal ball, but he was pretty accurate when predicting the outcome of many specific key events.He didn’t strike me as greedy. Again, this goes back to the honesty thing. You hear all sorts of horror stories about attorneys bleeding their clients dry because they can. While I certainly did my share of bleeding, he wasn’t ruthless. He was fair.He’s got a really good supporting team. The office admins and paralegals were top notch.Additional detail: As mentioned above, my divorce was extremely high conflict with young children involved. I had every allegation thrown at me from domestic violence to substance abuse, none of which were even remotely true. It was extremely upsetting. I was under constant and relentless legal attack. My ex-wife was demanding exclusive custody of our children; that my parenting time be limited to 8 hours of supervised visitation per month; that I pay her full attorney’s fees; and a litany of other completely unreasonable demands for spousal maintenance and child support using inflated numbers for my salary. My case ended up going to trial.At certain times during the process I thought Lou was being too tepid in his response, but in the long run it was the correct strategy. He calmly responded to the accusations one-by-one. In the end, my ex’s wildly irrational accusations became her ultimate undoing. Make no mistake; we had to go through a great deal of effort and process to clear my name. In the beginning, things looked very bleak. By the end, I wound up with 50/50 custody of my children and spousal maintenance that was more in line with reality. Child support is largely determined by the state using a set of formulas, so your attorney really doesn’t have much to do with that. Either way, I was extremely pleased with the outcome. My ex’s final attempt to extort me for her attorney’s costs resulted in a minimal judgment in her favor. This was somewhat expected due to the discrepancy between incomes.Given what was at stake and the craziness of what I was dealing with, things could have gone much, much worse had I not had good, competent legal representation. I was so relieved when I read the final ruling and realized it was finally over. I would definitely recommend Lou to anyone and will definitely be using him for any of my future family-law needs. Setting up a Will / Trust is next on my list.
By: Lynn O.
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
We had Jeffrey Hall assist us in establishing a revocable living trust and to draw up other estate planning documents and were very pleased with his services. From our initial contact with him, through the signing of our documents….we had an excellent experience from start to finish. Mr. Hall responded to our inquiry right away, scheduled our appointment quickly, met with us at length to discuss our plans, promptly drew up our documents, met with us again to answer questions, cheerfully made several revisions to our documents when requested and arranged for a smooth signing. We were particularly impressed with the patience he showed answering our myriad of questions, with responses catered to our level of understanding as these kind of documents can sometimes be confusing. When the process was completed, Mr. Hall presented us with all of our documents organized into a binder, which also included a lot of valuable information about maintaining the trust and what we needed to do now that the documents were signed, which was very helpful. After several years of putting this dreaded task off even though we knew how important it was, we were so glad that we found Jeffrey Hall to help us painlessly through the process. He was a pleasure to work with and we recommend him highly for your estate planning needs.
By: Robert Y.
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
I'm new to writing a Trust. I had contacted a number of attorneys. However, I ran into lawyers who couldn't return a phone call or e-mail, lied to me, changed their rate or couldn't provide practical guidance on what considerations go into writing a Trust. Attorney Jeffrey P. Hall was the solution to avoid all that. He's organized, on-time, sensible, clear-minded, decisive, and won't waste your time. He listens. He's easy to work with knowing the Trust will be followed according to my intentions.Only through Jeffrey's legal expertise do I now believe in two phrases that go together - "Trust" and "Peace-of-mind".
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By: Erik R.
Law Office of Louis Lombardo, PC
Rarely do I ever have my questions put into a perspective that I can truly understand. Especially when it comes to knowing how the law works. Mr. Lombardo is very understanding and knowledgeable in his field. He listens and is very respectable. I had no problem understanding his instructions about how to go about my case. It was very refreshing and I came out of my consultations feeling very positive about the knowledge I have gained with each visit. His assistants are very helpful and the office makes you feel at home. That's the kind of atmosphere you want when you go visit your lawyer.
By: bigjohn68
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
My wife and I were in need of having a personal trust drawn up, so we selected Jeff's firm because his website advertised that this was one of his areas of expertise and his office was conveniently located. He was very prompt in responding to my email as was the appointment time. My wife and I felt very comfortable with Jeff. He was very professional, meticulous in how the trust was written, made several recommendations, but there was no pressure.We would highly recommend his services.
By: bnay1299
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
I recently went to Jeff to have my will and trust updated, and he instantly made me comfortable and that I was in good hands. He listens carefully to my needs and goals, provides options to meet those needs and professionally provides the necessary documents to accomplish everything. I walked away with additional tools to help me continue to manage my estate and keep my loved ones informed. You won't find a more caring, straight-forward, honest attorney to handle your estate needs.
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By: Tricia J.
Law Office of Louis Lombardo, PC
Lou Lombardo is an incredible lawyer, not just passionate about what he does but who he does it for. He took the time to learn my individual situation and explained in great detail the entire process. He made sure I was comfortable in my understanding of each part of my case before moving forward, prepping me for what to expect and fighting aggressively for me and my son. Great professionalism, knowledge, and dedication. Lou truly cares for his clients!
By: Thomas R.
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
I contacted Jeffrey Hall to have him update my Will and help set up a Living Trust. Jeff explained the process of creating a trust quite simple and painless. Jeff is very knowledgeable, straight forward, personable and friendly. He answered all my questions and gave me additional tools to help me manage my estate. I'm very pleased with the quality of his work, attention to detail and is very organized. I strongly recommend Jeff Hall. Thanks Jeff!
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By: Dave O.
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
We contacted Jeff to draft a Will and also to solicit advice concerning estate planning. He asked all the right questions and provided the answers to our concerns. He created our Durable Power of Attorney, our Durable Health Care Power of Attorney, Our Living Will and our Last Will and Testament. His knowledge of estate planning greatly contributed toward for our peace of mind. I would highly recommend Jeff for all your estate planning needs.
By: Darrell L.
Jeffrey P. Hall, PLLC, Attorney at Law
I selected Jeff because his website was very well done and informative (no prior reference, just liked what he said on his website). He prepared our Estate Plan documents on a timely basis for a reasonable price. He provided excellent answers to the numerous questions I had, which made me comfortable that he had in-depth knowledge of Estate Planning. I would certainly recommend his services to anyone.
Tips & Advices
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you. After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online, such as yellowpages.com. You can check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, or you need help to navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. Also, during times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you might need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available.
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
  • You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship.
  • The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
  • You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Ask as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant. Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
You can ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases. You should check their office for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You can also ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.

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