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04/17/2013
By: kevinoceancounty
The Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC
I came to Rachel with a custody issue which was rather complicated. What impressed me initially about her were 3 things: Her ability to understand my case completely right from the initial consultation, ( like I said it was complicated). Her enthusiasm about my case, and her plan on how to handle it. Let's be honest, for a lot of lawyers it's just about the money. I never felt that at all during our times together. She really wants to win her cases. With the information I gave her she put together a beautiful motion for the court. Complete, extremely informative and actually very moving. She really put a lot of time and effort into it.During the process of the case we were hit with a major setback through no fault of our own. I was a wreck. Rachel did not panic. She kept her cool, stayed on top of it, and put together a plan which turned out to be a very good plan. Not only did we rebound entirely from our setback but our motion was granted, WE WON. I was the happiest man in the world that day, and I think Rachel was the happiest lawyer. She really did an outstanding job and my son and I will never forget it. I recommend her 100%
03/22/2013
By: generyaz
The Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC
I was looking for a new attorney in my divorce case after my previous attorney dropped it. I contacted Rachel to setup initial consultation based on all the positive reviews and I am glad I did. She analyzed my circumstances quickly, was very knowledgeable and told me upfront what can be expected in terms of outcome and which strategy should be taken. Two weeks later my case was settled and I am very satisfied with the results. It was such a different experience - I wish she worked on my case from the very beginning. I am highly recommending Rachel's services. She is smart, trust worthy, confident, knowledgeable, organized and compassionate - I believe it's NOT easy to find an attorney with such qualities.
03/20/2013
By: foyleman
The Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC
Great to work with.When I set out to find a lawyer, I was worried about ending up with someone who was aggressively after my wallet.With Rachel I found a lawyer that was rather out to fight for me while making me feel totally comfortable.I've already recommended her to my friends and will definitely use her for any future needs.
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