“ Steve and Renee were great to work with! Very professional and realistic. Gave no false expectations or predictions. They communicated everything to us in a timely manner. We will definitely use them again if ever needed! Thank you, Steve and your team! “
“ For my family law case, Steve Smith had a very strong presence and was dominant in the courtroom. The manner in which he carries out cases is something you see in the movies. He was really animated and passionate about my case. His military background is a big asset, and he really helped me out. I would highly recommend him. “
“ We hired Leah M. Baldacci for a family law case and she was so extremely helpful and got me through my case. She’s very professional and takes the time to listen to her clients. She’s a wonderful advocate and a fantastic attorney. If you’re looking for a great attorney, I recommend Leah. Thank you so much for your legal help. “
“ I’ve hired Steve for two cases, and I am very pleased with my decision. He fights for his clients and strives for the best outcome. His entire staff is pleasant and wonderful to work with. “
“ I hired Steve for a parental rights case involving my 2 children. He was aggressive but supportive and did not file unnecessary motions that wasted my retainer. I was terrified of court, but with his experience, I felt at ease. The process was explained, and his staff was great as well. I would hire him again if needed and received a great outcome with an order that works for me and my children. “
Handled my Parental Rights Case with Ease
A Guardian ad Litem, or “GAL,” is an attorney or social worker that is appointed by the Judge in a Family Law Matter to represent the child’s or children’s best interests. Although the GAL’s role is to advocate for the child’s best interests, the child is not GAL’s client, the Court is the GAL’s client. As such, the GAL’s position may differ from the other attorneys involved in the case.
A GAL will investigate the family dynamics on behalf of the child. This investigation will include interviewing the parents, the children, other family members, teachers, daycare providers, doctors, therapists, and other individuals requested to be interviewed by the parents. The GAL will also examine the school, medical, and therapy records of the child.
Throughout the investigation, the GAL will write detailed reports of the findings and make interim and final recommendations to the Judge regarding where the child should reside, the contact the child should have with each parent, the parental rights and responsibilities each parent should have, and other aspects of the child’s welfare.
A GAL receives extensive training on how to investigate the situation, especially when speaking with the child involved in the case. If the child is old enough to express a meaningful preference, the GAL must disclose that preference to the Court, even if the GAL disagrees with the child’s position. The GAL may also testify to the child’s wishes in Court if the GAL believes that the stress of testifying in Court would not be in the best interest of the child.
If there is a contentious dispute over a child’s residence or over parental rights and responsibilities, a GAL may be helpful.
I received a copy of my son's appeal prepared by Carl E. Woock. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to read this appeal.…
Has a ton of experience. Knows the court and the other attorney which should be helpful.
He is a wonderful attorney, and I definitely recommend him. Thank you very much for your help & support, Steve!
Contacted me promptly & provided professional & extremely useful info which allowed me to have a better understanding of the legal context of the issue.
A+, very helpful & understanding. I'm sure he could've charged much more. I will go to him again if I ever have a legal issue.
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