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By: Maulin R.
Gutin & Wolverton Atty At Law
I have used Harley in all of my cases since December of 2011. He has been a great lawyer that has taken much of his time and went above and beyond what he was required to do. He has been very helpful, understanding and knowledgeable in all of my situations. Which has been quite a few in a very short time span which you are about to learn. Mind you, before all of this madness I didn’t even have so much as a seatbelt ticket and I was twenty six.In December of 2011 I was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct. I didn’t know anything about the law or any attorneys. I didn’t know who to ask so I decided to ask my bails bondsman. He recommended Harley and said that he had used him in the past and didn’t know anyone better. So I decided to call him, little did I know this was going to be one of the only smart decisions that I was going to make over the next fifteen months. I went to Harley’s office and he sat with me and explained that our best option was to ask for the diversion program. Which is a program that first time offenders can go through that requires you to complete a year of supervision and in return they will drop your charges. We went to court and that is exactly what I received.In February of 2012 I drank again and caught another battery on a law enforcement officer and a DUI. Harley recommended that I plea guilty and that I would most likely get a year of probation. This is the bare minimum for a DUI alone. Before we could even get to court and ask for this I was arrested again for criminal mischief. He got that thrown out of court. So sentencing came and I received exactly what he said I would. One year of probation with the option of early termination.March of 2013 was the big one. I was on a binge and I was arrested for my third battery on a law enforcement officer, violation of probation, and resisting an officer with violence. Harley had heard that I had been arrested and came to my aid yet again. The state offered eighteen months and was not going to let off. The law enforcement officer I hit recommended prison. Harley said that we had two options. We could accept the deal or we could plea to the judge. He recommended that I plea to the judge and ask for community control. We went to court and I spoke to the judge about everything that I had done and everything that I was going to do. I begged for one more opportunity. Harley told the judge “I know she can do this.” I will never forget those words. He was in my corner when everything and everyone most certainly weren’t. Our wish was granted. I was sentenced to two years community control followed by two years’ probation and all of my charges were adjudication withheld. This means that I am charged but I am not convicted. I successfully completed one year and Harley filed a motion to have the order modified to probation. I now have almost completed one of the three years of probation that I must complete. He also got thirteen charges dismissed out of court that the state tried to tack on during all of my endeavors. When it was all over and done I spent thirty nine days in jail waiting for a court date. Since all of this Harley still continues to support me to this day. He has represented me in my injunction case against my abuser, paternity establishment, and has help set up a parenting plan. I have full custody of my children, full time job, been sober for twenty one months, and will soon be working as a substance abuse peer specialist. None of this would have been possible if Harley had not stood by me and fought for me each and every time.
By: jorge g.
Gutin & Wolverton Atty At Law
Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton represented me in a Florida RICO prosecution. The jury acquitted me on both counts (racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering RICO) on January 17, 2003, following a two week trial in Orange County, Florida.Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton both zealously fought in my defense before we ever made it to trial. No discovery was handed over voluntarily and state witnesses dodged depositions as if they were ordered to by agents or prosecutors and told that there wouldn't be a trial at all. Every party involved expected guilty pleas, with the exception of my wonderful defense attorneys.When it came time for trial Stephen Wolverton represented me in the courtroom and Harley Gutin worked behind the scenes. I truly owe both my life and no words that I state here could possibly express my thoughts. Harley Gutin and his partner Stephen Wolverton are the very best!
By: Tyler T.
Waxman Carol
I’ve consulted Carol on numerous occasions regarding legal matters and each time she has given me the needed information, path forward, or peace of mind that I needed. When you need counsel or representation that is effective, efficient and tactfully tenacious, Carol Waxman is the clear choice. Her legal acumen, combined with her compassionate personality, makes Carol someone that you want to have in your corner. And if the matter is out of her realm of expertise, then she will gladly refer you to someone that will be a good fit for the situation. She’s the total package!
By: debi.johnson.9231
Waxman Carol
After my father passed away, Carol assisted my elderly Mother and me with getting all our needed documents in a row. She was so kind and patient with us and explained everything thoroughly. We feel so much more confident after spending time with Carol. She will evaluate your legals needs and take the time to explain them to you. She is not only knowledgeable, but very compassionate and down to earth which makes her stand out amoungest her peers. I would recommend calling her today!
By: Janice S.
Waxman Carol
"Ms. Waxman has been very helpful to my family and myself on several occasions, assisting my mother with her will and trust, writing a will and trust for my husband, daughter and myself. In all cases, Ms. Waxman has been competent, thoughtful, an excellent communicator giving good practical advice along with being compassionate and sensitive to our needs.I would seek Ms. Waxman's legal advice and help again in the future if needed."Janice Smith
By: Gloria S.
Waxman Carol
Ms. Waxman recently helped me prepare my Trust Agreement and other legal documents that my family will need after I have passed away. It was a pleasure to work with someone who could guide me through this process and explain my options in a manner that helped me to make all the right decisions.
By: Merry M.
Gutin & Wolverton Atty At Law
Amended Birth Record/ Adult AdoptionMr. Gutin (Harvey), assisted me with my adult adoption and the amending of my birth record. He was very diligent and kept me informed of the steps required. Very professional and knowledgeable, I'd seem his services again if/when needed. Thanks Harley.
By: David R.
Gutin & Wolverton Atty At Law
DUI case. Attorney was unprepared for actual court date. In my opinion, he made a error due to ommission in plea negotitations. The firm then totally ignored my three subsequent e-mails asking what happened and what, if anything, could be done.
By: Sam D.
Gutin & Wolverton Atty At Law
Harley and Steven and their staff have helped me through some tough tough fights and we WON everytime.I highly recommend them. Fair prices and compassionate.==AWESOME. Thanks again
By: Amanda S.
Waxman Carol
I've known Ms. Waxman for many years and she has helped me with several civil matters. She is very helpful and VERY knowledgeable! I couldn't have had a better experience!
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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