As with many other reviews here, our experience was extremely disappointing. Paid for consultation and an additional $1500 as a preliminary retainer for a grandparent visitation matter. Received no response to inquiries regarding the case after waiting a month, only thing she did right was refund our retainer. Only gave one star for this review so I could warn others, do not engage this attorney. I would have left a solid negative five stars if possible.
Gave her thousands for her to do nothing for 2 years. She should be disbarred. She has no Sensitivity towards family court matters,Does not fight for you or make you feel she’s on your side.Never works and never communicates or calls back. Always forgot my name and forgot my case and mixed me up with other people!!I thought I was the only one until I’m reading all the reviews.Hopefully I can spare someone who had just as much as Hope as I did when I gave her $1500 as a retainer and thought that I could be confident with this custody case. She was quick to take the money but did nothing on her side. Don’t waste your time money or emotions on this “lawyer”.
Please I implore anyone looking for an ethical attorney to search elsewhere. Attorney Barker should be disbarred by the NYS bar association. She is not only unethical, abrasive, fights harder for the opposition than the person who retained her, but also very nasty to her clients. My experience was deplorable at best. She was rude, yelled at me and was constantly verbally abusive. Due to on going threats and dishonest and duplicitous suggestions, I eventually brought in family member's to witness how often she lied about small things. She worked so tirelessly for the other side I am still convinced she was paid by my ex-husband. I retained her to amend a separation agreement and use it as the basis for an uncontested divorce. She fought against me harder than she did the opposition. She refused to mention the abuse my daughter and I had suffered at my ex-husband's hands. She submitted forms that I did not agree to and threatened I'd loose my daughter. She refused to discuss my daughter's safety or take the fact that our lives were being threatened seriously. I fired her under the impression that she had a prejudice or bias against minorities only to learn from another attorney that she hasn't been the same since she was diagnosed with cancer. I feel as though she should retire because she is harming families who are already going through very difficult times. Her cold demeanor, verbal abuse and propensity to ignore clients are at the least of your worries. Unfortunately because Barker stands as the gatekeeper to many families getting their lives repaired I recommend that to salvage the bit of life you do have, look for more reputable council.
I walked in to Betsy's office as a newly single mother of two young toddlers. We had a nice meeting and I went over my concerns with her and what it was I was looking to accomplish. She made me feel as though it would be a simple, quick process. I handed over my $850 to her and left feeling relieved that I had taken control of my situation and made a positive step in my life as well as my children. Well, I was wrong. This was February 2019, fast forward to the present and I am out over $500 with absolutely ZERO results. Nothing was done, I was robbed $550. I received one email with a "DRAFT" of what was just copy and pasted from google, I could have done the same. She wanted me to do the things I had hired her to do! We did had one brief phone conversation, 7 minutes maybe and of course I received the bill for that. I left countless emails and voicemails for both her and her assistant Amy. I am a very reasonable person and understand that I was not her only client and she does have a personal life. However, over 6 months with zero results does not seem reasonable. This has definitely been a lesson learned for me. In writing this, I hope to save someone else the time and money I wasted by putting my trust in a reputable(or so I thought) attorney. If you are looking to be taken advantage of and robbed, then Betsy is the one for you.
Elisabeth Barker did outstanding work on my child support case. Attorney Barker without a doubt puts her clients first. Her skills and hard work is surpassed by her modesty and compassion. She knew my daughters are everything to me. The more trust I put into her the more I could see she truly cares about her clients and fights for what is important to them, she is incredibly prepared for court and always kept me informed. Sometimes you feel like the deck is stacked against you, but Elisabeth took her time to explain things to me, met with me even after hours taking time out of her personal schedule to accommodate mine so that I would feel comfortable prior to court. Elisabeth truly helped me maintain perspective along the way – I appreciate that to this day. Elisabeth is honest and forthright, she looks out for her clients’ best interests. I highly recommend Elisabeth Barker to others for representation.