I was referred to Cary by Steven Mindel to review my palimony case for viability. My legal situation is very complicated nearly 5 years later & 4 lawsuits between my ex & myself, so I knew it wouldn’t be “quick” or “easy” getting Cary caught up enough to decipher the situation, but I very clearly understand now why he is a difficult man to get a hold of, & why his hourly rate is as high as it is - because Cary is worth it. I walked in not expecting to get as much time, respect, information, support & truth as he kindly provided me with.
I arrived with a sheet of paper that drew/listed out, each of the lawsuits: the case number, judge, date filed & complaints, organized chronologically. Cary spent about an hour with myself & a trusted family friend deciphering the overall situation & the best strategy moving forward. He told us what he knew about judges & other lawyers & their demeanours, he used his own past cases as examples to help us understand how he would arrive at his opinions.
Ultimately, he told us the truth. It wasn’t necessarily enjoyable to hear (that basically everything I’ve already lost is lost forever & most likely will just get worse) & he agreed that none of this is by any means fair… but it was realistic & honest, & I can’t imagine a greater gift from an attorney. Altogether, Cary said it was not in my best interest to move forward on this case - that Cary could take my money at an hourly rate, but he didn’t feel the emotional & financial expenses were worth it. When I told him that I didn’t care if I spent every last dollar paying him just to drag my ex through some of the horrors my ex has dragged me through time & again, Cary calmly brought me back down to grown-up Earth: “That isn’t a good way of looking at it.” He reminded me that I’m still young enough to let this go & enjoy my life, & after a few tears, I felt lighter & good about letting this case (& everything else I’ve lost in these terrible 5 years)... go.
Cary is patient, clear, kind, extremely knowledgeable, well-connected in the Los Angeles County court system, professional, realistic, & unexpectedly he also has a dry, lovely sense of humour in stolen moments. I would have felt proud & grateful to have him representing me. In my experience & interactions with him, I truly found Cary Goldstein to be a good man & a brilliant lawyer.