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I hired David in April 2014 to handle a custody modification with a hostile ex. I literally googled “aggressive attorney Indianapolis” and found David on this site and couldn’t be more grateful. David has done more for me in the last month than my previous attorney did for me in 10 years! My ex represents himself in court, despite having no legal training, and likes to file multiple motions and force hearings he knows will require me to hire representation. I relocated out of state for work and let my teenaged son remain with his father per my son’s wishes. When my son decided he wanted to relocate with me I hired David to represent me in a custody modification, in addition to the support modification filed by my ex more than 6 months after my relocation (despite multiple efforts by me and my counsel to get my ex to agree to a custody/support modification document prior to my relocation). In addition my ex was denying me summer visitation with my son. David went above and beyond trying to get my ex to agree to a temporary agreement on support and visitation so we wouldn’t have a hearing on the support issue, only custody. My ex refused, knowing I would need to drive from out of state to attend, and even told David he “had nothing to lose” by going to court. David told him there would be consequences to forcing a hearing and he proved it! First the judge ordered far less support than he was seeking—and far less than was offered him in the agreement David drew up prior to the hearing. Secondly, David managed to get the judge to order my ex to turn my son over to me for 7 weeks of summer visitation, much more than the two weeks we were seeking in the agreement AND despite the judge initially saying she would not rule on visitation, only support. Thirdly, he proved my ex flat out lied to the judge! When David followed up with a rather sarcastic email telling my ex the dates for my summer visitation he also let my ex know he would seek to recoup my attorney fees if my ex perjured himself in court again. My ex replied that he emailed the prosecutor accusing David of threatening him! There were threats, but they were threats David made good on! He told my ex if we go to court my ex would be walking out of court wondering just what happened, and he was. He told him he was now taking this case personally, and he did. We still have a custody hearing in a couple of months and I personally cannot wait to see what David has in store for my ex. I have every confidence my son will be living with me full time in the next few months and have David to thank for that. In the ten years I have been dealing with my ex I have never felt so confident that justice will be served and that my ex will be exposed to the court for lying, manipulating, and wasting the court’s time. This is the first time in ten years I’ve felt like someone has my back and will not let this person take advantage of me and the court. Until this week, every time I walked out of the courtroom I’ve felt like I’ve been screwed by the system, but not this week. David Steele will get you results. He cares more about his clients getting the outcome they deserve than his bill. He has steeply discounted my rates, charging about half of what he could have, because he knows my ex’s goal is to incur legal fees I have to pay. You will not regret hiring him for even one minute!
I've recently read the reviews from Diana/DeeDee and Lynn. It appears that they are taking every avenue possible to slander Kirsh & Kirsh. To say that you were coerced is a very serious charge. Coersion is defined as: "the practice of compelling a person or manipulating them to behave in an involuntary way (whether through action or inaction) by use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or some other form of pressure or force. These are used as leverage, to force the victim to act in the desired way. Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may then lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced. Torture is one of the most extreme examples of coercion i.e. severe pain is inflicted on victims until they give interrogators the desired information." Whether you are stating that Kirsh or your parents, or some other person coerced you to make an adoption plan is an extreme accusation. I understand that you have regrets, but it's time you take responsibility for "your" decision and not blame other people. That is the only way you will move toward healing.Our agency has provided professional counseling services, including options counseling, to expectant women/couples and birth parents for well over a decade. K&K refer women and couples to us and we provide counseling and social services to the majority of women who are connected with prospective adoptive parents through their practice. Steve & Joel encourage all women to seek pre/post-placement counseling. They even have them review and sign a form titled "Why Counseling is Important." Women have the right to refuse counseling, but counseling is always available to every woman at no cost to her.I've personally been with Steve & Joel during hundreds of consent signings. I know the mantra well. They review all of their rights with them (including making sure this is their voluntary decision), clearly tell them they are under no obligation to proceed at this time and that they have the right to parent this child if they choose. They explain the permanence of adoption and Indiana law related to consents. They encourage them to "only sign" if they understand and are ready to proceed. We have walked out of many consent signings because the woman needed more time or chose not to proceed. That is their right and Steve and Joel wish them well.The women we have worked with over the years respect and admire Steve and Joel. Women often tell me that Steve & Joel treat them with respect and compassion. They laugh at how many times Steve and Joel remind them that "they are under no obligation to proceed." Because of this I find it hard to reconcile Diana/DeeDee's recounting of her story with who I know them to be as professionals, and as men.
SIMPLY PUT, DAVID STEELE IS THE BEST DIVORCE LAWYER IN INDIANA!!! David was my last hope in a 20-month long ordeal where my ex willfully dragged her heels to complete the divorce simply because she knew I wanted to do it expeditiously. I needed someone who was totally no-nonsense, aggressive, and efficient to bring closure to this so that both sides could escape this toxic situation and move on with our lives. In addition to dealing with this type of personality, I was also faced with an opposing attorney who appeared to endorse and embrace her using every legal tool available in order to drag out this case for as long as possible. When I hired David, he immediately made clear in no uncertain terms to the opposing side that he would not let this charade continue, and he didn't. In advance of and at my mediation, he demonstrated his constant pledge to me that he would have my back, and he totally did. He made sure that I was protected in every way, and I was COMPLETELY SATISFIED with the successful outcome of the mediation, and I finally have closure to this long nightmare that has haunted me. I came away with EVERYTHING that I desired. David has an INCREDIBLE talent for detail and strategy. Moreover, David is also the most compassionate attorney I've ever seen. My financial resources and retirement were totally savaged by having to support my ex, and I have a very very modest income due to the nature of my work and the recession. David recognized this, and was VERY gentle in his billing, making huge accommodations to assist my current financial plight. His billing was MORE THAN FAIR. I will NEVER forget his kindness and compassion. His principles, contrasted with what I witnessed with opposing counsel, are uncompromising in wanting to do the right thing and to do it with unwavering quality. His being on the state bar ethics committee is also supportive of that. Highly principled, fair, compassionate, yet when it comes to the legal battlefield (and yes it is a battle!), you could not ask for a more skilled, committed attorney. Quite bluntly, after my absolutely positive experience with this state's preeminent divorce attorney, I would be scared as hell if I was an attorney and saw David at the opposing table. I'll say it again: DAVID STEELE IS THE BEST DIVORCE LAWYER IN INDIANA BAR NONE!
We had the pleasure of working with Kirsh and Kirsh to adopt our son Aidan. As one can imagine, the process of adopting a child can be an emotional and stressful experience. However, I cannot think of anyone I would rather have guiding me through the process than Steve and Joel Kirsh and the staff at their firm. When we had questions there was always someone available to take our call and provide answers. And, if something had to be researched or looked into they always got back to us in a timely manner. They were not only accessible, but also approachable. (I really appreciated that as I got closer to our son’s expected arrival date they were very patient with my neurotic-first-time-mother questions and reassured me that everything would be okay!) While they were very encouraging throughout the process they were also very honest and explained possibilities to us so we could be prepared in case we hit any bumps along the road. In addition to being there for us, the Kirshes were also a comfort to our birthmother whom we were matched with using the Kirsh Directed Approach. Our birthmother is a phenomenal young woman and we are so grateful that we were able to match with her. The fact that Kirsh and Kirsh did all the work to find her through the Directed approach took that stress off of our plate so that we could focus on preparing to become parents. And, although they always made it clear that the firm represented us, they answered any of our birthmother’s questions so that she had the information she needed to continue with her adoption plan. I know that she appreciated having a resource to call on and I was grateful that she didn’t feel alone during what was a very emotional and difficult time for her.From helping us get our approval process started, to editing our birthmother letter, to finding the most wonderful birthmother and son, to celebrating with us on Adoption Day, I cannot think of a more qualified or more caring team of individuals to guide you through the adoption process. Because of our wonderful experience with Kirsh and Kirsh, I highly recommend them as THE firm to call when beginning the adoption process, whether you live in Indiana or not!
I wish we had found Kirsh when we started our adoption journey. When we started, we did not know anyone that had completed a successful domestic adoption in the last 5 years. We tried a less expensive agency, but it was not a good fit. Kirsh did a really good job of talking us through match situations and helping us assess risk. After a painful failure with a different agency, we felt Kirsh and Kirsh was our bright light in the dark forest of adoption. We knew this firm was knowledgeable, responsive, and committed to helping us with our goal of having a family. They were always looking out for our best interests. They are true professionals, and you do not always get that with the bargain priced agencies. We strongly recommend Kirsh!Thanks to Kirsh, we have been blessed with a child. If we decide to expand our family again, we will only trust Kirsh and Kirsh with that task. They were so very kind to us through the whole process. Our initial talk was with Joel. We liked him from the start. This firm is comprised of mostly family, and that definitely made a difference. They work together! If someone is out of the office, someone else is happy to help you. Steve has responded to email from us on the weekend. Emley, who worked our match that brought us our child, is truly one of heaven's angels.When we were finally parents, I honestly think they were almost as happy for us as some of our close friends! I cannot say enough positive things about this firm.
After having a bad situation with a less professional agency, I would recommend Kirsh to everyone! They are professional and caring. They keep you informed about your adoption and what is happening in their group. They call you and response to email. Every time you speak with them, they make you feel hopeful. They treat everyone will fairness. They understand birth mom feelings and adoptive family feelings. They walk you through the process before you sign up. They make sure you understand what this is all about. They help write your birth mother letter with wonderful tips. You can tell they know what they are doing. They have the experience to get you a baby! After having been successfully matched and taken home our baby through Kirsh & Kirsh, I would like to write another review of their practice. The people that work for Kirsh & Kirsh are truly special. They understand that they are changing lives for the adoptive family, the brave birth mother, and most importantly the child. They have a deep love for adoption. When we met everyone in their office with our new baby, it was like one big happy family. Of course most of their staff are related. They were so excited for us. It is a good feeling having that family surrounding you in the mountain top experience you are having with your new baby. I cannot say enough that Kirsh & Kirsh would be an outstanding choice for you to grow your family!
I see that there is only one star for Hensley! I totally disagree at this point! My hearing date is July 25th 2013. They have been nothing but awesome with me. I don't call for every little thing, unless its been on my mind for a week, then I'll call. They are very busy people and cannot answer each and every little call/question. They keep me VERY informed! I've just been sitting back with patience and Our great Lord on my side. They have never been rude to me, I'm sorry to those who experienced those cases. I gave them 5 stars for a reason. They have done ALL the work for me from day one! Including, but not limited to, coming to my home in the beginning to be one on one. My next step is to meet with my attorney (no names) face to face to go over everything before I see my judge. Just a great business and they totally have my vote! With my ailments, I don't know what I'd do without them to help me with all of this. Hope we get some better reviews and better star vote! Good luck to everyone going through this long, blistering wait time. They ARE speeding things up as of about a month ago, using video conferencing with a judge. They took my particular case to use! I'm excited that its almost over and I thank everyone in that office that had to deal with me ;)
I hired David Steele to defend me against contempt for not paying medical bills, which I never received, and to countersue for visitation with my two girls that I was being denied. My ex was asking for the moon and more but turns out I wound up getting everything I asked for and we were even able to settle out of court. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from this case, especially in a state that is not big on Father’s rights. What is even more exceptional? When it came time to pay the final bill, knowing I didn’t have a lot of money, David mentioned to me how he didn’t charge me for a single hour of “his time” on the bill and even gave me a free hour on top of it. He was right, not a single charge from him on any of my statements. He truly cares about his clients and the outcomes of his cases making him the true Man of Steele in my book. If you want someone who is passionate about what they do, a good family man, and aggressive for his clients, you need to look no further. While his firm might charge more than other firms, his is worth every penny if you want to get what you’re asking for and maybe even more.
We had heard of Kirsh & Kirsh’s excellent reputation for years, and had met several couples that had used their services. When we made the decision to expand our family through adoption, they were our first choice. From our first initial meeting to follow up visits to show off our adopted son, the entire staff was amazing. They truly are a family run business, and you experience that from the very beginning. What can be a very emotional journey with many turns; Steve, Joel and staff were all by our sides the entire time and provided the words and encouragement we desperately needed.We have begun the adoption process again. Not only are we anxious to add to our family, we sincerely look forward to working with the entire staff once again. We know we are in good hands and they are always looking out for our best interests. The level of experience and professionalism is bar none. Contacting Steve and Joel Kirsh was one of the best decisions we ever made, and will most likely be yours as well.
We originally started the adoption process with another agency approximately 3.5 years ago and were unsuccessful. After this heartbreaking experience, we decided to retain Kirsh & Kirsh for several reasons. First, was due to their excellent reputation. Second, was because our friends had been successfully placed with children through Kirsh and Kirsh. Finally, after meeting with Steve and Joel, we knew we too would be able to successfully form a family with their assistance.We retained Kirsh and Kirsh in September of 2012 and were successfully matched with our healthy baby girl in February of 2013. Everyone in the Kirsh and Kirsh family is so amazing. They are true professionals and experts in this field.The only regret we have is that we did not retain Kirsh & Kirsh sooner!
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