Be careful with this attorney! SNEAKY!!! Watch out for the retainer fee & the first time consultation fee.
The problem here is that most attorneys do a free first time consult to ensure fit. It is a high-level session & fees are discussed. Mr. Katz charges $250 for this, while most attorneys are free. You don't even know prior to this what the retainer fee will be.
Next MAJOR issue is his retainer language. I was told on the phone that Mr. Katz does what is called an "Minimum Advance Retainer". What this means is that Mr. Katz may give you a $4500 retainer. This retainer is a minimum amount meaning that say Mr. Katz charges $350 an hour for his hourly rate & you only use two hours of his time ($750), you still have to pay him the entire $4500! Basically, he gets an additional unearned $3750 of your hard earned money, because of what again???
Think of it like you're building an addition on your house. The contractor asks for $50,000 up front for supplies & the supplies only end up costing $25,000. He keeps the rest. Sound right to you? Sounds like some shyster stuff to me!
I recently had not one, but 2 cases handled by this team, both with excellent outcomes. They give excellent advice and are responsive, reassuring, helpful, and pleasant to deal with.
Wonderful office. Provides very pertinent and skillful information. Highly recommended!
If I could give zero stars I would. I usually do not write reviews but I felt that I had to speak my peace in this situation. I made an appointment back in September for a divorce consultation for Mr. Katz. His office called me 4 times to reschedule, each time saying he had to appear in court. This pushed my consultation up to the following month. After finally seeing him he basically told me that he couldn't help me and I would not be eligible to receive a monthly maintenance from my husband. The most unsettling thing about his consultation was that after I told him I was physically and mentally abused by my husband and I had police and hospitals records as proof. He seemed heartless and uninterested in hearing my story. I left his office crying after being there for less than 30 minutes, still charged $250. Also, no apologies from the receptionist when I came in for cancelling on me 4 times. Save your $250 consultation fee and go elsewhere.
I hired them for what should have been a simple uncontested divorce it turned out to be the worst experience I have ever had with a lawyer.
I was told one thing by them right from day one and than only a few months later when I asked about it again. I was asked by them who told you that ? That's not correct. Dropped the ball on several matters. Calls and emails went unanswered. I wound up doing a lot of leg work on my own and had to follow up with the clerks office several times my self.
DO YOUR RESEARCH I WOULD NOT HIRE THEM AGAIN.