In need of a good attorney

In need of a good attorney

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Shawn

Lafayette, LA

#1 Dec 2, 2011
I am currently looking for a really great family law attorney. Someone who understands from a father's point of view, and who is willing to get down and dirty in court. Any suggestions?

“Karma is my friend”

Since: Feb 11

Look over your shoulder

#2 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn wrote:
I am currently looking for a really great family law attorney. Someone who understands from a father's point of view, and who is willing to get down and dirty in court. Any suggestions?
Do you need an attorney who will get "down and dirty" because you can't fight a clean fight?
That's a pretty pathetic request. And NO, I don't know any down and dirty attorneys.

Go shopping in the Culdesac for that kind of low life. Plenty over there.
realworld

Abbeville, LA

#4 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn wrote:
I am currently looking for a really great family law attorney. Someone who understands from a father's point of view, and who is willing to get down and dirty in court. Any suggestions?
Shawn, call Natalie Broussard in New Iberia. Myself and two others on this site have used her in past years. We all have good opinions of the service we had received.
Here is where you need to adjust your expectations. If you hire Natalie, She will get you everything you are entitle to. If you are in a courtroom with competent attorneys, there shouldn't be a need to get "down and dirty."
Natalie will not roll over. She will not sell you out. She will not give you false hope in order to obtain your money for a fight you can't win. And you will not leave the courtroom, feeling like you got F#@ked.
There are about 5 honest attorneys in Acadiana. Natalie is one of them. On top of all this, her fees are normal.
realworld

Abbeville, LA

#5 Dec 3, 2011
Hiring an attorney is tricky for those without experience dealing with attorneys. Make a list of questions. First question should be.
"Mr. Attorney, is my request reasonable, and do I have a fair chance at winning?

The answers you get will vary, and you have no way of knowing if your attorney is a scammer until court is over.

The greedy attorney will say:.

"$5,000.00 and I'll give your case my best"
He'll say this, even if you don't have a snowballs chance in hell with your case.

The broke attorney will say:

"4,000.00 and I'll give your case my best"
He'll say this, even if you don't have a snowballs chance in hell with your case.

There is one thing you will say after you sit down with Natalie. When you get up from the meeting, you will feel like you were talking with a regular person, very relaxed, very pleasant. Very honest tone in her voice.
if u want to win

Abbeville, LA

#6 Dec 3, 2011
Call Tony Fantana, he is by far the best in town.
Shawn

Lafayette, LA

#7 Dec 3, 2011
What I meant by "down and dirty" was that the attorney will not "roll over", but will be willing to work hard regardless if they are afraid of the opposing counsel or whatever the reason may be. My ex wife has lied multiple times during mediation, and my attorney just accepts it at its word. Doesnt want proof of anything. I asked for names of attorneys Ms. Marcelle, not to be judged by someone who knows nothing of what I am dealing with. I appreciate all the other responses. I will call Natalie on Monday.

“Karma is my friend”

Since: Feb 11

Look over your shoulder

#8 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn wrote:
What I meant by "down and dirty" was that the attorney will not "roll over", but will be willing to work hard regardless if they are afraid of the opposing counsel or whatever the reason may be. My ex wife has lied multiple times during mediation, and my attorney just accepts it at its word. Doesnt want proof of anything. I asked for names of attorneys Ms. Marcelle, not to be judged by someone who knows nothing of what I am dealing with. I appreciate all the other responses. I will call Natalie on Monday.
Hey, when you ask for a "down and dirty" attorney, it sounds to me you be lookin' for a slime ball.

If you want an attorney who can't be intimidated or bought off in family court, you best contact Jeanne Laborde. But you better be on the decent side of the fight. This lady ain't no slime ball.

Fight the Good fight.
Shawn

Lafayette, LA

#9 Dec 3, 2011
Thats the problem Ms Marcelle, I've never actually "fought" anything. Ever. Just gave in, and now Im being taken advantage of, when I've always felt like I've done my very best at "not rocking the boat and just giving in" and I'm ready to stand up for myself. Would I really be complaining about someone not be on the decent side, if I wasnt myself? I probably didnt explain myself well on here. Thank you for the name

“Karma is my friend”

Since: Feb 11

Look over your shoulder

#10 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn wrote:
Thats the problem Ms Marcelle, I've never actually "fought" anything. Ever. Just gave in, and now Im being taken advantage of, when I've always felt like I've done my very best at "not rocking the boat and just giving in" and I'm ready to stand up for myself. Would I really be complaining about someone not be on the decent side, if I wasnt myself? I probably didnt explain myself well on here. Thank you for the name
You're welcome.
misterlou

Abbeville, LA

#11 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn wrote:
Thats the problem Ms Marcelle, I've never actually "fought" anything. Ever. Just gave in, and now Im being taken advantage of, when I've always felt like I've done my very best at "not rocking the boat and just giving in" and I'm ready to stand up for myself. Would I really be complaining about someone not be on the decent side, if I wasnt myself? I probably didnt explain myself well on here. Thank you for the name
It sounds like you have led a good life. I often felt that part of success in life is not needing an attorney. I have only had to hire an attorney on a few occasions. But after dealing with a a few different attorneys, and talking to friends, I learned to pay attention to words. When you visit an attorney, ask the hard questions. And most important, participate. Don't just hand the situation to the attorney and think that its taken care of. Continue to inquire about progress after you have hired them. Also make it clear to them, what areas you are willing to bend on, and if there are areas where you absolutely won't give ground, make that clear.
Most attorneys feel like they have to give and take. Myself, I want all the benefits I am entitled to, and I can accept those points that where I am not entitled to my wishes. I want an attorney who can clearly tell me how the law applies to my case.
I know a little about Natalie Broussard. She has a diversified background. Besides being competent in Family Law for the last ten years, She spent the first few years of her career dealing with Criminal cases, so she knows that end of the law also.
She is also a down to earth person. Easy to talk to. You will not sit in her office, and feel intimidated. As for honesty, she is probably one of the most honest attorneys in Iberia Parish. Make an appointment for initial consultation, and take it from there, if she says it is worth fighting, then hire her. you'll get your moneys worth.
misterlou

Abbeville, LA

#12 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn, here is the link from a thread on this site from april 2009. Natalie was suggested, and this person used her, and the outcome was favorable.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/abbeville-la/...
misterlou

Abbeville, LA

#13 Dec 3, 2011
Shawn, if you hire Natalie, do us all a favor, and give us an update when your case is settled. If she serves you well, then let us know, if you are disappointed, then indicate such.
Shawn

Lafayette, LA

#15 Dec 4, 2011
I most definitely will. Thanks for all your help.
depressed

Abbeville, LA

#16 Dec 5, 2011
Shawn wrote:
I am currently looking for a really great family law attorney. Someone who understands from a father's point of view, and who is willing to get down and dirty in court. Any suggestions?
Not Terry Fitxgerald..... I had him and he didnt fight for anything.. In fact his advice was..That its only money paid for a year... I am looking for another and am leaning to Paul MoroesiIII
ChootEm

Huntsville, AL

#17 Dec 5, 2011
For God sakes man, don't overload your plate. Keep life simple and let those that would do wrong move the f on. They will get theirs eventually, because they are natural f@#k ups. It is inevitable.

Be careful what you get yourself into. There is always a way outside of the court of law. Court and lawyers should only be a last resort. Humble yourself once again. Practice the art of fighting without fighting. Bruce Lee circa 1975.
Algonquin J Calhoun

Abbeville, LA

#18 Dec 5, 2011
All of the family attorneys, family judges and advisors to the family judges have been at it, in the same environment, for years and years. Everyone within that specialized group is quite familiar with the other and nothing is a real suprise to any of them. They know each other's weaknesses and strengths and what the judge likes and dislikes. The more that an attorney has been at it, the more he or she knows and the better their chances. When I say "knows", legal ability helps for sure but knowing the local machine and how it works may well have a hand up on legal skills ability only.

Study the lawyers' track records. Some will fold like a deck of cards depending who they're up against. Had one, was deathly afraid of the other attorney, lost money. Others will do nothing but won't have a problem collecting fees, saying they need a bit more to keep up the good fight. You can never confront them but the invoices keep coming in.

The first meeting with a possible attorney is the most important event in choosing a family lawyer. Study him or her. Listen to what they're saying. Is gut feeling important? Absolutely, probably the most important. Is this person just saying what you want to hear or are they laying down demands you must meet before he or she will even take your case? If everything sounds wonderful and he or she is not putting demands on you in order to be successful, move on. This is your one chance to decide if you would go into battle with this person. Remember, the next 6 - 12 months of your life depends on this first meeting.
boatlander

Abbeville, LA

#19 Dec 5, 2011
Algonquin J Calhoun wrote:
All of the family attorneys, family judges and advisors to the family judges have been at it, in the same environment, for years and years. Everyone within that specialized group is quite familiar with the other and nothing is a real suprise to any of them. They know each other's weaknesses and strengths and what the judge likes and dislikes. The more that an attorney has been at it, the more he or she knows and the better their chances. When I say "knows", legal ability helps for sure but knowing the local machine and how it works may well have a hand up on legal skills ability only.
Study the lawyers' track records. Some will fold like a deck of cards depending who they're up against. Had one, was deathly afraid of the other attorney, lost money. Others will do nothing but won't have a problem collecting fees, saying they need a bit more to keep up the good fight. You can never confront them but the invoices keep coming in.
The first meeting with a possible attorney is the most important event in choosing a family lawyer. Study him or her. Listen to what they're saying. Is gut feeling important? Absolutely, probably the most important. Is this person just saying what you want to hear or are they laying down demands you must meet before he or she will even take your case? If everything sounds wonderful and he or she is not putting demands on you in order to be successful, move on. This is your one chance to decide if you would go into battle with this person. Remember, the next 6 - 12 months of your life depends on this first meeting.
I agree about the gut feeling notion. Every time I've been cheated or taken advantage of, I had a negative feeling going into the deal. if you get that feeling with your attorney, leave.
And you are absolutely correct about attorneys just telling you what they think you want to hear. Because remember, all you get for your money is "representation" no one said if it was going to be good or bad representation. No matter which one it is, you still have to pay for it.
boatlander

Abbeville, LA

#20 Dec 5, 2011
Remember, two attorneys in the courtroom fighting a case, are like the opposite sides of a garden shears. They cut everything between them, but never each other.
depressed

Abbeville, LA

#21 Dec 6, 2011
boatlander wrote:
Remember, two attorneys in the courtroom fighting a case, are like the opposite sides of a garden shears. They cut everything between them, but never each other.
Nicely put... and they get paid for it....
MrsCuldesac

Santa Barbara, CA

#22 Dec 6, 2011
Well, Just like to say, some say the legal system doesn't work here. It certainly does when you are a Good person. Good always over comes Bad. Whatever situation brings you to the courts,remember. good always prevails!!! Tell the truth no matter what!:)

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