If you are not wealthy, RUN. DO NOT hire this firm. My wife and I hired them to help get custody of my daughter. We paid them ALL the money we had saved for a down payment on a house and they took it and spent it all within the first month.
They told us we had all the control, but then filed motion after motion (most of which were denied) without talking to us first. They let us switch to a “cheaper” lawyer (he was not cheaper). We spent nearly $15,000 in 6 months, just to have them tell us they were dropping us because we couldn’t get caught up, we owed three grand and were paying them $800 a month!
We were honest from the start, before we signed anything, they knew our income situation. Despite telling them CONSTANTLY throughout the process that we don’t earn much and that we just needed someone who would fight for us and believe in us, they called EVERY month asking for more money. We made an agreement to pay them $200 per week and any commission we get at work (which is not guaranteed) and this was a stretch for us. They still called every chance they could to see when we were going to have more money to give them. I kept telling them that any extra money we get, we give them, but it just wasn’t enough. We are now being billed for the work they are putting in to drop us.
The first attorney, Francis has an extremely off-putting personality. He actually called me to complain about another client and then billed us for that conversation. He would go on what we called “freak out rants” where he’d call to tell us the judge is an idiot, etc.
Then we got moved to Tim who was supposedly cheaper and would allow us to work with the attorney’s-in-training to save some money (also NEVER happened). We always spoke to and dealt with Tim and only Tim. His assistant only seemed to be able to communicate via email and even then couldn’t answer questions.
Anytime we had ANY questions, we’d have to reach out 2-3 times before getting any kind of response.
This was our first experience with a lawyer & unfortunately I don’t anticipate ever hiring one again if it can be avoided. These people are money hungry. Not sure why, lawyers aren’t exactly going hungry… They failed to do the ONE thing we asked and that was to believe in us and that as long as they did that, we would pay the debt we owed them. We pleaded with them not to drop us and they sent us the notice that they were, right before we were set to go to court.
So thank you James Crawford and ALL your employees for essentially robbing us of our savings and just focusing on what was obviously important to you. Not protecting an innocent child from the sexual abuse our child’s stepfather committed against her, not the rodent-infested house she was living in, but the money that you were oh-so-desperately in need of…