|Category:||Family Law Attorney|
|Address:||623 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106|
|Working:||9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM 9AM–5:30PM Closed Closed|
WATCH OUT FOR MCKAIL! I recently had a consultation with McKail Hamilton at Atticus Legal Group. I paid about $15k to my original divorce attorney who was very dishonest and left me in a terrible situation with custody of my kids, and I am seeking to improve that. Due to this prior situation I am very cautious and meticulous when selecting representation and I will not work with someone who does not demonstrate integrity from the start. My initial consultation with McKail went quite well and I had confidence that she would handle my case with honesty and with the best interest of my family in mind. In our consultation she explained that there were 2 options to approach this and each would be $1500 individually. She explained the benefits of each and her recommendation on WHICH was the best way to begin. She did not indicate that it was necessary to do both right off the bat, but said as the case progressed it may become necessary to file the additional motion. I am the type of person to do anything I can on my own to save money, so we also discussed the option of having her advise me in creating and reviewing the simpler documents I completed myself, at an hourly rate. She had no problem with this and even encouraged it in the consultation, and indicated a rate of $250/hr for this type of service. When it came time to pay up and give her the retainer, her tone change drastically. She said that I would need to file both right away and that she would not really help me draft a motion because this would be taking her work and her money away. She did say that she would give me advice on what to avoid and maybe spend 1 hour looking over what I wrote, but not to help me create an official legal motion, only to prevent me from "screwing up my case" and making more work for her to clean up after me later. She pressured me to not do anything myself and told me that if I did I would probably mess it up and she would have to charge me to fix the damage I did. We had another appointment setup for Friday where I was prepared to offer her over half of the total amount of my case. (Her current policy is half up front.) In the consultation it was $1500 to potentially complete my case and on the phone it was $3000 to get started. Thank god past experiences have made me wise to this type of abuse that is so common in the family law field. When I emailed her next and told her that I was not interested in working with her because of the change in tone and my feeling that she was being deceitful, she turned it around on me and said that I was trying to take advantage of her and take HER money by desiring to file some of the paperwork myself. Here is her response when I told her we would not be moving forward because I felt she was being misleading. Note that I met with her less than 1 week ago and have only had my initial free consultation and 1 phone call (the purpose of which was to setup a time to meet and sign a retainer and pay her.) I had gone in one time prior with my wife to discuss her case (we have separate custody issues with each ex), but then I went back the next day for a consultation on mine, where I indicated we had planned to move forward with her. Seems like she thought she had this on in the bag so let down the façade a little too soon… To be fair to her, she spent over 1 hour in the initial consultation and was very proactive then. Jake: "I am sorry you felt that way. I will admit I was frustrated and taken aback because I felt taken advantage of by you. I am generous with my clients, but when a client states he is looking for ways to avoid paying me, I feel the hours I have spent were not sought for in good faith. You wanted to meet with me for a third time on Friday, but not to hire me but to look for ways to avoid paying me for my time. It was disheartening, and not something I am interested in continuing. I realize you have had bad experiences with previous attorneys, but I do not appreciate suffering the consequences of those attorneys (i.e., they charged too much, so I work for free)."
Russ Hartvigsen has been my attorney since 2011, while my case isn’t in active litigation today, there is rumor that things are about to get crazy again. I’m thankful that Russ has remained in my corner this entire time. I have an anxiety disorder and my anxiety is often directly exhasterbated by even being in the presence of my ex-husband. Over the last six years Russ has learned the triggers of my anxiety, been sympathetic to my flare ups and on many occasions has even put himself physically between me and my ex to provide a safe place. My ex has jeopardized the safety of our children on multiple occasions, Russ has always been their protector. He takes their safety seriously, and has never made me feel like I was overreacting. In court he is incredibly comfortable and confident and it shows. His understanding of the law and it’s application to my case is well researched and planned out, and every time he simply runs circles around my ex’s attorney and just mops the floor with them. In mediation he advised me to be more reasonable with my ex’s offers as they came over and helped explain what my options were and how to make concessions regardless of how much I really didn’t want too. Helped me to get past my anger and fear and let go of my control to reach a settlement without having to go to trial. I’ll never stop recommending Russ, Mckail, and their firm to anyone that needs it, they genuinely care, are concerned for and want the best for their clients, and their client’s children.
The process of getting divorce is obscure, confusing and often complicated for obstacles than many times are created for ourselves, like a mist of questions and doubts, Mckail was the light that first of all, care, and listened to me as a person and then explained, planned and took action as a lawyer. My case even though has started, had many complications from the human perspective, Miss Hamilton, understood and point out the key objectives to focus on to get the case resolved on with the best outcome possible. Right from the consultation the information that she provided me was vital to continue the process as a plan-to-do and not as an stressful chapter of my life, she gave me besides advice, hope and relief. She set up good set of options, pros an cons and she stood beside me so I could understand and get me out of the anxiety that my divorce became to me. She effectively made the mediation with the opposite party to flow smoothly and with results, I will be always thankful that I hired her as my lawyer.
Mckail Hamilton was amazing with my case. She handled everything faster and easier than I expected. I chose to work with McKail because when I first met with her she cared about me and my case. I was a person not just a source of income. She has passion for law and this passion shows in her ability to do what is best for her client and resolve their legal matters in a professional and timely manner. She understood my difficulties and was someone who did not take advantage of my circumstances to earn as much money as possible. She is fair, accurate and caring. I would recommend her to everyone I know. I will not hesitate to use her services again as needed. All employees of Atticus were professional and made my case much easier to go through.
I would recommend Atticus Legal Group and McKail Hamilton to anyone needing representation in a divorce. In my experience, McKail is honest, fair, knowledgeable, and truly cares about listening to your needs and making those her priority. She brings a sense of calmness and assurity to the entire process. If it becomes necessary for McKail to represent you in court, to fight for your rights, she comes well prepared and will not back down from fighting for what is right. McKail also seems to be well liked among her peers, court staff, and others that have worked with her. I think you will find it worth your while to set up a consultation with her if you are in need of legal support and advice due to an impending divorce.
Atticus Legal Group conducts their cases in a very prompt and professional, yet personal way. Any email or voicemail I left was returned within a matter of hours (most of the time within the hour). I worked with Ed. He was great and helped me understand the legal system in a simple and non-intimidating way. He was more than willing to bend over backwards for me, which is very much appreciated while going through a divorce. Ed made me feel like I was cared for. With Atticus, I was able to have the confidence needed to successfully go through the divorse process. Thank you Atticus!
I went to McKail Hamilton in seeking a legal separation. She was considerate of my choice not to pursue a divorce and helped me in all areas relating to this matter. I never felt pushed into something I did not want and she was considerate of my needs as a client. McKail was on top of all information and helped me make the best decision I could for my situation. I have recommended her to others in my situation and urge others to protect yourself.
My experience with Mckail Hamilton has been nothing but exceptional. I work 70 hours a week, so I didn’t have time to file the paperwork for divorce myself. Mckail handle all the tedious paperwork, and patiently guided me through the steps that needed to be taken. She made the most painful event of my life simple so I could spend time to recover emotionally. She is very knowledgeable, and humble. I would recommend her absolutely.
I would highly recommend Russell Hartvigsen. He was my attorney a few years ago and helped me feel safe for myself and my children when going through an ugly divorce and custody battle. He was available at a moments notice if an emergency came up, nights and even weekends if I needed him. I always felt like he genuinely cared for me, and my children instead of us just being his clients.
Russell Hartvigsen helped me ensure that my family would be taken care of when I’m gone. Any question I had about my will, he was quick to answer. The process was quick and painless, yet thorough and very well-explained. He’s a good man with a pleasant demeanor and I felt I was charged a more than reasonable rate. Highly recommend!
Jeffrey Van Slyke
This was hands down the best result I could have asked for. Mckail Hamilton is the attorney you need. I was having trouble with my ex-wife following the divorce decree, and her limiting my time with my son. We took her to mediation and Mckail helped set the boundaries and we came out with a major win. Thank you Mckail.
I employed Mckail to take care of my divorce. I am very satisfied with everything she did for me. I would highly recommend her. She was very responsive to emails, answering questions, etc. She handled things in a straightforward and efficient manner. All in all a positive experience.
Mckail Hamilton is a fantastic Attorney! She is extremely easy to work with, delivered everything I expected, and kept me completely informed all along the way. I would recommend her to anyone.
Mckail was very easy to work with. She was very affordable for me with a limited budget. My ex went with two expensive law firms and Mckail helped me prevail at every turn at 1/6 the price.
Mckail Hamilton, is amazing! She helped me above and beyond. She actually cares! Hard to find a good lawyer these days. I will recommend her without hesitation!
Ed Jang is an excellent attorney. He has given me great legal advice, and really knows what he is doing. I recommend using Atticus Legal Group!