looking for custody attorney

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Weatherford, TX

#1 Sep 15, 2010
can anyone recommend a well respected, reasonable attoney to handle a custody case in Newport?
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Sweetwater, TN

#2 Sep 15, 2010
Barry Valentine very good attorney
used her in custody case

Morristown, TN

#3 Sep 15, 2010
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can anyone recommend a well respected, reasonable attoney to handle a custody case in Newport?
The Slone lady in Dandridge.
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Weatherford, TX

#4 Sep 15, 2010
thanks, I really appreciate the input. Do either of them use any type of sliding scale pr payment installment options?
eatmorepossum

Morristown, TN

#5 Sep 15, 2010
if you want an attorney, get out of newport. all these lawyers are in bed together and will sell you out and still take your money. go to dandridge or sevierville. STAY OUT OF NEWPORT!
tngirl

United States

#6 Sep 15, 2010
I would recommend Barry Valentine also. Really nice guy. smart and hasnt let the system make him bitter!
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Weatherford, TX

#7 Sep 15, 2010
I have never heard of Mr. Valentine. Is he new in the area? When I looked online, I saw information on Derrick Whitson-has anyone heard of him? Oh, and I don't live in newport, but the case will need to be heard there.
tngirl

United States

#8 Sep 15, 2010
He is with Hooper and Cambell in newport. I dont know how long he has been there but reasonably priced. real nice guy. not too old.
meme

Guysville, OH

#9 Sep 15, 2010
Jill Talley or Rebecca Slone!! Hands down!!!
Paralegal

Knoxville, TN

#10 Sep 16, 2010
Derrick Whitson is a very good attorney and he does handle custody matters. Carter Moore is also in the same office with Derrick Whitson. Barry Valentine is also good. Jill Talley won't do anything until she has collected her entire fee and I'm pretty certain that Rebecca Slone would require it also. Charlotte Leibrock is another younger attorney who would handle custody matters. Jeff Greene with McSween and McSween is a little more experienced and handles alot of custody matters. Almost any of the older Attorneys (Tom Testerman, Bill Leibrock, Fletcher Ervin, etc.) would take a custody case but Fletcher Ervin is the only one that I know of that works with people on payments.Hope this helps.
NewportGal

Fort Collins, CO

#11 Sep 16, 2010
eatmorepossum wrote:
if you want an attorney, get out of newport. all these lawyers are in bed together and will sell you out and still take your money. go to dandridge or sevierville. STAY OUT OF NEWPORT!
The lawyers in Dandridge and Sevierville are in the same district and the same Judge hears the cases in Newport as in those counties. FYI: If you hear the name Mulvey run for the hills!
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Weatherford, TX

#12 Sep 16, 2010
thanks so much for all the info. I will start making calls tomorrow. I really hope someone can/will help me. It's a mess and I have to do what's best for the kids.
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Morristown, TN

#13 Sep 16, 2010
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thanks so much for all the info. I will start making calls tomorrow. I really hope someone can/will help me. It's a mess and I have to do what's best for the kids.
Are you a guy trying to get full custody or a girl?A friend used Slone to get joint custody.Are you going after full or joint custody?
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Weatherford, TX

#14 Sep 16, 2010
I am a woman looking to regain custody of my children.
legal

United States

#15 Sep 16, 2010
barry valentine, honest and works with a reputable firm, campbell & hooper
legal eagle

United States

#16 Sep 16, 2010
Just remember that higher priced lawyers don't necessarily make them better lawyers. Talley and Slone lover paperworek and will charge you for every phone call and paper clip they use for your case. I know a man that paid one of them very well and did not get anything and felt she did nt fight hard enough for him. To make matters worse, she talked about him behind his back calling him stupid. Talley uses alot of profanity so if you have sensitive ears, stay away from retaining her. I firmly believe that you do not need to use profanity to get your point across. Ignorant people uses profanity because they don;t have the intelligence to properly get their point across.

I would interview some of the lawyers referred by those in the above blogs and from Newport or wherever and go with the one you get the best feeling that is genuine in your case. Most lawyers do not charge an initial consultation or a very small fee. One more word of advice is to have everything documented that shows the other parent is unfit. Just because you dont like the other parent is not grounds for full custody.
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Mooresville, NC

#17 Sep 16, 2010
Ok so here is the deal from someone who has used both Valentine and Tally in custody issues! Tally is GOOD but very expensive, and expects full payment up front! If you have the money though she is mean and scary and dont take any crap from the other side! You will get as far as your wallet will go with her! However if you are looking for someone that will listen to you and hear you out and work with you on paying the bill Valentine is awesome, he is younger and does a very thorough job. As far as the others cant vouch for any of them? Hope that helps you a little bit! Good luck!!!!
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Weatherford, TX

#18 Sep 16, 2010
I'm hoping to find one who is sensitive to the whole situation. It's going to be hard on all of us, especially the kids. I just want to do what's right. I need someone who will defend me to the best of their ability without causing more stress. We all have had enough of that. I'm not looking to make anyone seem unfit, but I guess that's always a part of it. I'm going to need all the help I can get on this one because it's going to raise some hairs on the back of peoples necks. I appreciate all the input. I've written down all the numbers and will call tomorrow. Then, I will be able to see who's up for the fight. Thanks again.
legal eagle

United States

#19 Sep 18, 2010
Good Luck! But I would go with the one who you feel in your heart will have your interests at heart and not just looking for how much money they can make off you. Talley, for example, will keep dragging the case on just to squeeze the last dime you have. And as a single parent, I am sure you are living day to day and probably don't have the case flow to pay for an attorney's vacations and big homes. It's not the crap she doesn't take off people- that is just a front to intimidate. She has very vulgar language and uses a cuss word in every other sentence so make sure your children are not present if you decide to use her. Another point is that she is not a parent herself so they don't truly know the feeling and heart break you are having in gaining full custody of your children. You want to use an atty who has been through custody battles themselves or who has children who can put themselves in your situation. I personally have used Talley when my ex and I were trying to gain full custody of his children from a previous marriage. We paid Talley a $1500 retainer to go to court. The biological mother did a stupid stunt which caused us to get full custody without the need to go to court. As we did not use her services nor did we go to court, Talley did not refund the retainer. So please make the correct decision and follow your instinct. Talley is very abrasive and has this image of not taking crap off people, but an attorney needs to be able to speak to a judge in a manner whereby the plead is sincere. Judges don'tlike abrasive attorneys. Talley even stated in some of our meetings that she gets fined by the judges for her language and laughs it off. PLease use someone who has your interest at heart and not an attorney making a name for themselves and can cause you to lose custody especially if they are more concerned that they can add another contempt fine to their resume by being disrespectful to the judge. And if you ever get an attorney and the other parent retains Talley, don't be intimidated by her because that is what she wants. Stand up to her and for your kids. The foul language is just used to make you nervous because she does not know how to speak professionally. She has no children- just dogs. I would hate to see anyone spend hard earned money on an attorney whoonly cares about how much money she can squeeze you for. She did the same thing to a good friend of mine. He used her for a divorce- the divorce took over a year to finalize and he was always having to put down $1500 every time he turned around. Things wouldn't come to fruition after a court date that was postponed and before she would do anything else, he had to slap down another $1500. He was not happy with her services but she knew his family had money and knew she could squeeze just a little more out of him. My ex husband used her and I used a young atty in Newport. I got more than he did and it took 6 mo to get my divorce. They wanted to do this mediation (the 1st hour is a set fee and then you pay for each additional hour you are there. I had my list with me before I went in and when the ex and Talley started to argue, I just looked at them both and said no- this is what I want or else my atty and I are leaving. Talley gave in to everything. I sttod my ground with her because I knew how she was as we had used her in a custody battle yrs before. These are your kids you are fighting so lawyers with big mouths don't always get you what you want.
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Morristown, TN

#20 Sep 18, 2010
rebecca slone is not good like everbody says i have used her before and she just made matters worse i wouldnt suggest her to any one!!!!!!!

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