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I am extremely fortunate to have Robert von Dohlen as my attorney. He has been patient, informative and always very professional. His experience as an insurance adjustor has provided invaluable insight. His calm demeanor has helped to diffuse the unavoidable frustrations that go hand-in-hand with a slow legal system that seems to always throw a curve ball at you. He knows all the games and tactics that the other side will come at you with, and it helps to know what’s coming down the pipeline. Robert has also been extremely helpful in guiding me through other insurance related issues that are not directly involved with litigation.
Vince
Even in what is a stressful life event, Robert is personable and easy to talk to. He provided sound advice and I always felt like he always had my best interest – not the bottom line – in mind.
Hope
I have consulted with Mr. Von Dohlen on both insurance law matters and family law matters and find him to be knowledgeable, smart and having a practicable approach to resolution. I highly recommend him.
Erin
I had a child support issue and I was still could not be settled I took the problem to Robert and he fixed it he was patient he understood he took his time and he got me everything I asked for I was very satisfied and I would recommend his services to anyone.
Sjhun
A few months back we had a landlord issue that luckily, because of Robert, didn’t turn into a huge legal battle in court! Robert really listen to our issues and problems and helps us through the entire legal process of taking care of the issue! We highly recommend using Robert!
Susan
Mr Robert Von Dohlen, was professional and responded to my questions and concerns promply. Going thru a divorce is a difficult time and glad to have completed the process in a logical and efficient manner.
anonymous
I had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Robert, and I was impressed with his knowledge, experience and insight. He cares deeply about his clients and works diligently to protect their interests. I highly recommend him.
Lucy
My case is a commercial insurance claim. I do not understand why the insurance likes to make very little bit thing hard… I am very sorry for the insurance industry. I am happy with Robert. He gets more money for me than I expected. And another good thing I like his is that he returns email very quick.
anonymous
Mr. Von Dohlen handled our matter with the utmost professionalism and expediency. He kept us updated to any status changes and we could not be more pleased with our outcome. I am certain that we would not have achieved the outcome we did without his help. We are generally leary of attorneys, and I have two in my family, but he came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Would and have recommended him to others.
LaNett
Worked closely with all involved to ensure a fair and amicable as possible divorce agreement.
Daniel
Robert was very attentive to my needs and always available and responsive when I needed him. Finalized my divorce issues faster than I ever anticipated. Couldn’t be more satisfied and grateful.
Bart K.
To start off, Von Dohlen is a great lawyer who represented me with pride and strategy. When I spoke with this man I could tell he practically lives in the Courthouse. His insight on the law and how it works really secured my doubts about hiring him. right off the bat, he understood the issues I was having and he knew how to combat them in a respectful informative manner. Lawyers have a bad rep of acting sheisty, but working with Von Dohlen and going over strategies with him really made me feel like I chose the right man for the job. In the beginning of the lawsuit, he gave me several options on how to proceed which I must say were all viable options. He explained to me in great detail what those options would intel (how the opposing counsel would respond and his opinon on court rulings). As my case would develop I never once felt like I did not know what was happening with my case. He was informative and his staff was very friendly. There would be times I would call his office for a case update (after receiving an update the day before) and he never seemed frustrated or irritated. He would always assure me that I was in good hands and I would not have to worry about a thing. His services were very inexpensive which made the whole lawsuit a lot smoother for me. Towards the end of the case, where real negotiations would take place… Read more
anonymous
In what was possibly the most stressful event to ever take place in my fifty (50) years of existence, I cannot imagine where I could have selected a better legal representative than Robert Von Dohlen. This attorney removes the ambiguity from the divorce process. He has a quiet and calm approach to his handling of both the proceeding and client interaction. This becomes extremely important and helpful given the dynamic and often time painful process. If you are going through through the divorce process and need quality representation, I would highly recommend this attorney. In closing there were several occasions where the apposing council attempted to drag out the process so that more billing could be achieved, but this is not the business philosophy of the Von Dohlen Law Firm. I could go on for hours praising this attorney and the kindness and compassion that was continuously shown but i won’t. I will leave it at that. He is amazing and I would highly recommend Robert as you will not find a better representation at any price.
Chris
Robert advised our family after my mother’s abrupt passing. He gave us advice on how to navigate the complexities of dealing with her belongings and financial affairs. His compassion in our time of need was appreciated. We can always count on Robert to be in touch the latest legal trends and information. I’ve known Robert personally for nearly twenty years. No one brings a higher standard of ethics and conduct to legal practice. I highly recommend Attorney Robert Von Dohlen for your legal needs. He’ll get the job done.
Scott
I have used Mr. Von Dohlen for several legal matters, and I’ve always received sound advice. He is knowledgeable and compassionate. I highly recommend his firm.
Karen
Robert worked hard and swiftly on my divorce case. He stayed in constant communication and really helped to guide me in a good direction. I really appreciate his hard work and efforts to assist me
Jamie
As a father of young children, I was very nervous about finding an attorney to represent me in my divorce. I’m very grateful to have found Robert Von Dohlen and his wonderful team! Robert represented me with great dedication and professionalism. He is a straight shooter that doesn’t sugar coat anything and you can truly trust in his advice. His calm and sincere attitude really put me at ease through some of the difficult details of my case. In the end, I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case. Thank you for everything!
Ryan
Mr. Von Dohlen represented me for a divorce in 2017. When I first contacted him and informed him I am active duty, he immediately responded with an offer to take my case. We began immediately developing a strategy that fit in to my life as a military member. In the end the divorce was completed with virtually zero head ache. Very professional and would absolutely recommend his services!
anonymous
Mr. Robert Werner Von Dohlen, was excellent in handling my case with the adjusters and insurance company. He was thorough and very informative. I would recommend him to everyone. Thank You Again!!
Carla
Robert was very helpful in getting my sister and I the money we needed to get back on our feet after our ceiling collapsed and our renters insurance refused to help. He worked hard to advocate on our behalf and helped guide us through the stressful process. Not only was he able to get us some settlement money from the Insurance company, but he was also able to get us into a bigger, better apartment at the same price we were paying for our smaller apartment. I came across Mr. von Dohlen while seeking advice on how to handle the situation. I was speaking with another attorney and the attorney provided me Mr. von Dohlen’s information stating that he was the best person to handle my situation. I was not disappointed!
Angela
Attorney Von Dohlen. Can’t agree any more with those who provided five star reviews here. Stellar work, unbeatable service, really walks you through the process in layman’s terms. Highly recommended for anyone involved in an insurance claim. He will take good care of you! Extremely nice guy and hardworking, gets to the point, and gets it done quickly.
T Kurian
We had a water loss occur in our home at Christmas of 2013. We filed a claim with our carrier who was being nasty and difficult with us throughout the claim. We reached an impasse and I invoked the appraisal clause of the policy. I hired a public appraiser, and a court appointed umpire was assigned to review the appraisal. The appraisal came out quite well in our favor, but the insurance carrier decided not to pay the entire award, so we were left with the choice of either accepting a partial payment of the appraisal award or finding an attorney to sue the carrier. I contacted 5 different insurance lawyers in Houston, and most all of them were basically uninterested in my case because it wasn’t “big” enough. This is where Robert Von Dohlen came in. I contacted his office and he actually listened to what was going on, and seemed genuinely interested in my case and said he would handle the case on a contingency basis. He took the time to understand what had happened, got all of the information from me, and then filed the law suit. The insurance carrier decided to settle immediately, and even after the contingency amount was taken out, I actually received MORE than the insurance company had withheld from the appraisal award. If you are a Houston homeowner and have a similar troubling experience with your insurance company,… Read more
Joshua
I recently found myself in a situation where I needed a divorce attorney. I have a young child and I need to ensure my interests were protected in this unfortunate event. I contacted Mr. Von Dohlen and explained my concerns. He was very helpful in our initial communication and help guide me through a few next steps even though I did not retain his services immediately. Robert contacted me the following morning to check up on me to see how I was doing. At no point was he soliciting services and was genuine in concern. After another lengthy conversation, I knew he was the attorney I wanted to represent me. Through the entire process, Robert was very responsive and easy to get a hold of when needed. He worked with me and kept me informed (in ways I could understand) through the entire process. I am very appreciative of Robert, as I have a more than successful experience in my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Robert Von Dohlen. My hope is that I will never need his services again; however, should something come up down the road in my situation, he will be my first call.
Brent
I have consulted with Robert on a couple of occasions relating to tenant’s rights. He was helpful and knowledgeable.
Miles
Robert was very easy to deal with. When dealing with previous attorneys, I found them non responsive, Robert was absolutely the opposite even responding on weekends and evenings. I felt like he actually cared about me and how I faired in this matter and was not just looking for money. I have already recommended him twice and will continue to do so.
Monty
Robert handled my suit with urgency and professionalism. He walked me through the lawsuit as if I was his most important client. When we walked out of the courtroom, I was proud that he was my attorney.
anonymous
Our lawyer was very helpful in every way. He was courteous and punctual. He was always able to answer any and all questions we had. Overall, we were completely satisfied with him.
LARRY

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Divorce in Tough. Here's How to Hire a Divorce Attorney in Houston

Maybe you have been considering divorce for some time. Or perhaps you just recently decided that divorce is your best course of action. Either way, hiring an attorney can bedaunting. And if you’re the partner just finding out about the divorce, the burden of it all can seem unwieldly. Most of us need professional assistance in times like this; hiring a qualified professional attorney can make things easier. Think of legal counsel as your guide and partner throughout the divorce proceedings. The outcome of your divorce can have a significant impact on your future. Before making any big decisions, take time to do some research and think each step through. Once you are armed with knowledge and empowered to make the right decision, you can take the first steps toward putting your divorce into motion.


How To Find the Right Divorce Attorney in Houston

Chances are you don’t have a “go-to” divorce attorney the same way you’d have a “go-to'' dry cleaner or car dealer. However, finding the right individual to represent you does not have to be overwhelming.


Know Your Goals

Before you can hire someone to advocate on your behalf, you must first decide what you want out of your divorce. Are you most interested in getting out with your separate Houston property intact? Worried about your children, or which party divorce child custody will go to? Worried about who pays the debts?Identify and write out a list of your non-negotiables. Knowing what you want ahead of time will help you select an individual whose experiences are most relevant to your needs in the ideal Houston uncontested divorce case. The same is true of the level of support you desire. Lawyers are not all the same. All divorce lawyers come with a unique background and unique approach to problem solving. Are you the sort of person who likes to take a “hands-off” approach? Or do you like to be more involved in the details of the case? Knowing your goals is the first major step in controlling your divorce in Houston courts.


Ask for Referrals

If you have friends, family members, or colleagues who have experienced working with a divorce lawyer, it may be worthwhile to visit with them and ask for referrals. Word of mouth is often the most direct way to find reputable divorce attorneys in Houston, and your contact can prepare you in advance as to what kind of experience to expect. Conversely, friends and family may warn you about attorneys they do not recommend! Any insight your network can provide is helpful when making this type of decision.


Interview Multiple Candidates

The first professional you meet in Houston may or may not be the perfect fit; if you have the time you should talk to a few attorneys. Interviewing candidates can take some time, but a diligent, systematic approach willimprove your divorce outcome in the long run. Your instincts will help guide you as to which candidates are best suited to working with you, and you may be surprised to hear their perspectives and outlook regarding your case.


Look Deep and Ask Questions

There's a lot to be said about how your attorney makes you feel- not just the outcomes they might deliver. Sometimesthat ‘highly recommended professional with a great track record’ turns out to be not-quite-right for your own divorce case. Pay attention to the way you feel about the attorney’s level of empathy and personal communication style.Ask about the law firm’s client policies. You should have a clear understanding and expectation of when and how to communicate with your attorney’s office.


Take Your Time

Most importantly, take your time. Divorces in Houston are often so emotionally charged that every step may feelincredibly urgent. But fast decisions often lead to regret; slow and steady usually wins the race. Make decisions logically and practically, not emotionally. If you are unsure, pause and consider your options. In the long run, you will be glad that you did.


What Services Do Divorce Attorneys or Divorce Lawyers Offer?

While most of us imagine divorce proceedings happening in a courtroom where a judge makes all the decisions, there are other ways of resolving a divorce. Attorneys are there to help you through settlement agreements, mediation, and arbitration. Of course, if absolutely necessary, your law firm can guide you through a full final trial in the courtroom.


Settlement Agreements

Many couples resolve their divorce through the use of settlement conferences and settlement agreements. Reaching such an agreement generally involves the parties having a good bit of trust and faith that everything is being decided with full knowledge and disclosure. Both spouses should consult with attorneys to make sure that the agreements made are valid and enforceable through the court.


Mediation

Mediation allows you the freedom to resolve issues based on your own opinions and ideas for how you'd like to settle things. You and your spouse can negotiate with each other through a mediator to reach a custom solution to your divorce (instead of having a judge decide!) This may include a discussion of divorce child custody or property division. Many Texas courts require at least one mediation prior to holding a trial on the merits of the case. Most Houston judges will order mediation if properly motioned. Whether you are in mediation due to a judge's orders or your own choosing, your lawyer will help get you prepared and can guide you through the big event when you attend mediation. With help from a divorce family law specialist, at mediation you will sign a binding agreement that makes the mediated settlement agreement non-revokable. Your mediated agreement will go to the judge to be made into an order of the Houston Court.


Arbitration

Arbitration is similar to having a courtroom trial, except an arbitrator is hired by the parties to function very similarly to the judge in the courtroom. Arbitrators are typically lawyers or retired lawyers. Your lawyer will help find a suitable arbitrator. Arbitration resembles a mini-trial, usually in a private setting, where each side presents their case and the arbitrator makes decisions based on the arguments and evidence. Arbitration is less formal than a trial, usually much shorter, and often much cheaper. At arbitration you will sign a binding agreement to abide by the decision. The final arbitration award will go to the judge to be made into an order of the Court.


Court

Sometimes alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and negotiation, are ineffective and your divorce ends up in court for a final trial on the merits. If you find that your case must go to trial, expect to expend more energy, time, and money than you would have by taking alternative routes to divorce. You will work closely with your lawyer to prepare for court. Your lawyer will make opening statements, and then each side will call witnesses to testify. Evidence will be presented and the lawyers will object and argue various points along the way. After the court has heard all testimony and seen all evidence, both sides will present their closing arguments. Then, the judge will issue rulings. You will both work hand in hand throughout the entire process.


How Will My Divorce Lawyer Advocate for Me?

Every divorce presents a new set of circumstances, and each spouse will have different priorities and non-negotiables. Your attorney will listen to your needs and work hard to achieve an outcome that best addresses those needs. Experienced attorneys will be familiar with the laws regarding each aspect of your divorce and will be confident navigating them while advocating for your best interest.


Division of Assets

In the state of Texas, everything you possess in marriage is considered community property unless proven otherwise. Texas courts typically require community property to be divided in a “just and right” manner. With careful preparation your attorney will advocate to ensure you walk away with what you deserve.


Child Custody & Child Support

Child custody and child support issues require a deep understanding of the complex set of laws found in the Texas Family Code. A caring, experienced Houston divorce attorney will work for solutions in everyone's best interest. A primary goal is to resolve who receives or gives custody child support and other family matters.


Spousal Support

In situations where an “at home” spouse may now find themselves re-entering the workforce after a large gap in their resume, the Texas Family Code may provide for post-divorce support. Your Houston divorce attorneys will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.


Prenuptial Agreements

If a prenuptial agreement exists, your law firm representative will make sure that the process of dividing up your assets goes off without a hitch. If any issues arise, your attorney will work towards resolving those issues in your best interest.


Name Changes

The process of changing your name in the aftermath of a divorce can be a time-consuminghassle if not properly pleaded and ordered. Your law firm will advocate for you throughout this legal process to ensure that your name change happens in a timely manner.


How To Get Started with Your Divorce Attorney in Houston

Once you’ve selected your uncontested divorce attorney, it’s time to get to work. But where do you start? It depends on your individual situation and the status of your divorce.


What Is the First Step in Filing for Divorce in Houston, Texas?

In the state of Texas, the first step in filing for divorce requires one of the parties to file the “Original Petition for Divorce” with the court and pay any necessary fees to the city of Houston, or your city of residence. This petition initiates the divorce process and can be done with the help of a law group PLLC. Once the petition is filed, the Houston court clerk will issue a case number. The process of working with your law group will be slightly different depending on whether you are the Petitioner, meaning the party who files the petition, or the Respondent, meaning the party who is served with the divorce petition.


Serving Divorce Papers

Once the Petitioner files for divorce with the aid of their attorney, the Respondent must be notified. The Respondent will typically be served with divorce papers and given a specified deadline to "answer the court" or respond. If the Respondent does not ‘answer’ the lawsuit, the Petitioner can eventually seek a default order from the Court. The Respondent may hire an attorney early and can request to formally accept the divorce papers.


Receiving Divorce Papers

When the Respondent receives “service,” the Houston Texas divorce papers should be read thoroughly. Legal counsel should be consulted before "answering" the court with a response to the Petition for Divorce. Your law firm will file your response for you, and the response will vary depending on your unique situation.


Logistical Preparation in Houston with Help from a Law Group PLLC

After both parties have filed the necessary petitions and paperwork, it’s time to begin preparing for your divorce proceedings. The logistical aspect of preparation is crucial to the outcome of your divorce. You’ll likely need to gather certain personal identifying documents to start. The next step will be to provide your financial information. You will need to include bank statements, tax returns, investment portfolios, retirement accounts, and relevant documentation for any other assets, which may include vehicles, art, and real estate. The more comprehensive your documentation is, the better prepared your law firm will be to fight for you. It’s important to be aware of the fact that Texas divorce law requires that you and your spouse both provide certain financial information to the opposing side within thirty days of the day the Respondent’s answer was filed.


It is also advisable to consider changing your mailing address, email address, and passwords to all online accounts during this time. Taking these steps ensures the privacy and protection of your personal information and prevents your personal documents from falling into the wrong hands. You may also want to begin to open separate bank accounts. While you should not hide or waste any funds at this time, you may conserve resources, so long as you disclose them. Keep careful records in case that information becomes necessary later in the Houston court.


Talk to a Houston Family Law Attorney for Mental & Emotional Preparation

No matter how prepared you may be from a logistical standpoint, there is undeniably a mental and emotional component to preparing for your divorce. Your attorney should be empathetic to your experience as you deal with all of the challenging conversations that divorce requires you to have, especially if there is custody child support or other complicated matters to discuss. You will discuss with your attorney what a positive outcome would look like, but it’s also important to understand that divorces are complex and no matter how amicably issues are resolved, both sides should be prepared to experience wins and losses.


How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost in Houston, TX?

When you purchase legal services, you are getting a custom solution to your unique situation. Prices for similar cases can vary greatly, depending on how you and your lawyer work through the issues. Understanding how legal fees work can help a lot in understanding what those costs might be once the case is finalized.


Most divorce law firm PLLC follow one of two billing models: flat-fee billing or hourly billing. Pros and cons exist for both parties. Under a flat-fee arrangement, the Houston divorce lawyers and client both agree up front on what services will be provided. The usual arrangement under a more “traditional” hourly billing approach provides that the lawyer will hold your deposited retainer in trust; as the case progresses the Houston divorce lawyer will bill against that amount in trust. Both billing models have pros and cons.


If you can find a lawyer who works on a flat-fee basis you should expect that the lawyer will tell you very specifically what work will be performed, for how long, and at what cost. This billing arrangement can often have the effect of your lawyer moving your case along very rapidly. It can also provide you with peace-of-mind in knowing that your legal costs are contained to a fixed number.


If you elect to retain a lawyer on an hourly basis you will be asked to deposit a large retainer into the lawyer’s trust account. The lawyer will work on your case and will bill against your deposit. You should receive an itemized statement showing all charges. Once your retainer runs below a pre-determined threshold, you will be asked to add more money to the retainer. While nearly all attorneys utilizing the hourly model follow strict ethical guidelines, this model does create a situation where the lawyer may not be motivated to move your case along rapidly. Because there are so many variables in divorce, you will never know exactly what your hourly fee divorce will cost until everything is completed and you get the final invoice.


Houston Divorce Attorneys: Here When You Need it Most

Your divorce attorney will be able to help you visualize the finish line of getting your divorce finalized, all the while protecting your rights and your best interest. By communicating with your attorney about the anticipated costs, you can prevent unwanted surprises. Depending on your circumstances, it might be worth finding a Houston divorce lawyer who charges a flat fee, fixed rate for services instead of the more traditional hourly rate billing model.


The road to finalizing your divorce in the city of Houston may seem long and winding, but your law firm will be there to advise, support, and guide you every step of the way. You’ll work together to advocate for your interests, securing the best possible outcome.