Our Clients Say It Best: Smith Strong Law Firm Delivers Outstanding Legal Services
I am always grateful when clients write thank you notes and leave satisfied scores on legal rating websites. Of course, results vary and past performance does not provide any guarantee for future cases, or your case in particular. But I’d be personally leery of becoming involved with an attorney with less than positive reviews. Wouldn’t you?
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Van, however, took the time and has the patience to fully explain the legal procedures.
Having recently relocated to the Richmond area, we were in need of reviewing and updating our estate planning. We attended one of Van Smith's workshops and found his experience, knowledge, and professionalism along with his personal touch to be extremely helpful for us. Trying to understand the options available and navigate through the estate world can be stressful. Van, however, took the time and has the patience to fully explain the legal procedures, ensuring his clients have all the necessary information and knowledge to move forward. We are so glad we found Van Smith to help guide us.Tom and Patricia, Estate Planning Clients, greater Richmond, VA
He was able to effortlessly and clearly contextualize complex concepts which enabled us to visualize how each component of the overall plan works together for our benefit
In our mid-60s, my wife and I were anxious to update our 20-yr old wills/ trust documents. References from several of our reliable attorney, banker friends intersected at the office of Van Smith. Van prudently and professionally led us through an informative, detailed estate planning exercise that enabled us to create a customized, comprehensive strategy; meet our combined trust objectives; and construct an estate framework that can be updated as future circumstances warrant. We were favorably impressed with Van's knowledge, experience, and, especially, his gift of exceptional communication skills. In addition to thoughtfully and patiently addressing our questions, he was able to effortlessly and clearly contextualize complex concepts which enabled us to visualize how each component of the overall plan works together for our benefit. Van is friendly, engaging, and personable. It's been a joy to work with him and his expert legal team. We've found everyone at SmithStrong works with high energy, enthusiasm, courtesy, attentiveness, and timeliness.Robert and Bonnie J., age 60s, Estate Planning Clients, Henrico, Virginia
Better than expected outcomes with Van and his team during a difficult divorce and custody battle
I had the trifecta from hell: A custody battle, a divorce, and then a PSA enforcement of said divorce. All three were handled by Van and his team. I was never lacking in communication and they were always very thorough to explain my options. What was most impressive, was that during this time (and it was the better part of 3 years for all of this), several attorneys had life event changes and had to leave. I had two attorneys leave during my cases. I was afraid things would be jumbled when the next attorney took my case, but thanks to Van, transitions were smooth. He even took on my case himself to make up for events that were obviously beyond his control when the second attorney had to move. A third attorney was on my case then too, but Van had been personally overseeing everything from the start. The team always made sure to double review every drawn up document carefully with me. We had some air-tight agreements because of this. All three events had better than expected outcomes, and I give that credit to Van and his team for their legal skills, their presence in court, and very clever drafting of legal documents. A final note. While they're based in Richmond, they do have an office in Williamsburg (they know the judges here too).Daniel D., James City County, 39 years old, Divorce and Custody client, IT Specialist
Alex and Kala communicated with me every step of the way and always made sure that I was aware and knowledgeable of the process.
Alex Phillips and his team were true professionals with ensuring my needs were met during a challenging period in my family's life. Alex and Kala communicated with me every step of the way and always made sure that I was aware and knowledgeable of the process. I am extremely satisfied with the guidance and support that they offer.Chris A., Midlothian, Virginia, from Yelp.com
Experience, knowledge, and professionalism helpful during the process of reviewing and updating estate plan.
Having recently relocated to the Richmond area we were in need of reviewing and updating our estate planning. We attended one of Van Smith’s workshops and found his experience, knowledge, professionalism along with his personal touch to be extremely helpful for us. Trying to understand the options available and navigate through the estate world can be stressful. Van, however, took the time and has the patience to fully explain the legal procedures, ensuring his clients have all the necessary information and knowledge to move forward. We are so glad we found Van Smith to help guide us.Tom and Patricia Ringelstetter, age 65, Chesterfield estate planning clients
Thank you so very much for your special and personal attention to my situation [her Husband recently passed, and she came in for a will-based estate plan]. You have always been a special person to my [late Husband] Don and I and our meeting last week to get my estate plan in order just confirms to me your character.
Dear Van, Thank you so very much for your special and personal attention to my situation [her Husband recently passed, and she came in for a will-based estate plan]. You have always been a special person to my [late Husband] Don and I, and our meeting last week to get my estate plan in order just confirms to me your character. May God continue to pour out blessings on you, your family, and your business. I know He will!! God Bless, Donna M.Donna M., Chester, VA, age 74, Will-Based Estate Planning Client
Van Smith noted as "Paragon of all things Domestic Relations in Virginia," by 40-year veteran Williamsburg, VA attorney
Dear Van, We can find no case law or statute to guide us. Therefore, we seek advice from you, the PARAGON of all domestic relations matters!! Do you have a suggestion? Thx and best regards of the new year.40-year veteran Williamsburg, VA real estate attorney, Williamsburg, VA
From our very first meeting, Van, you put me at ease. The one single thought I had after that meeting was I was not alone. For the first time I felt as though it was AND you against the world. Over the next year, you provided sound advice and helped me to navigate to a solution for my divorce. Please know that not only your work matters, but so does the warmth and friendship you bring to every case. I am forever grateful.
12/26/2017 Dear Van, I hope all is well. I have often thought that you must have the worst job in the world. My divorce was the most horrible experience I have ever had, and you deal with that on a daily basis. I wanted to let you know how much your work means to the clients you serve. It was just over four years ago when I called your office for the first time. I had just been served with a notice to pay spousal support that was equal to my entire salary. I was living in Williamsburg by myself, with my friends and family a thousand miles away. I had embarrassing facts about my marriage that I had kept away from those same family and friends for 5 years. From our very first meeting, you put me at ease. The one single thought I had after that meeting was I was not alone. For the first time I felt as though it was AND you against the world. Over the next year, you provided sound advice and helped me to naviage a solution. I was able to relocate back home. Fast forward 4 years. I'm married with a six month old daughter. I come home to a happy home every night to a wife that I enjoy, and she enjoyes me. 4 years ago I was almost a million dollars in debt and today I'm 75% paid off. I have taken advantage of career opportunities that my ex wife forbid me to take and I'm now a leader in my field, community and state. I never thought that life could be like this and at my worst, thought that I had made every bad decision possible and would be sentenced to a life of misery. I sincerely think that leaving my ex-wife was the best decision I could have ever made. Hiring you was the second. Please know that not only does your work matter, but so does the warmth and friendship you bring to every case. I am forever grateful. Sincerely, Jason B., M.D.Jason B, M.D., Physician, 37 years old, Williamsburg, VA Divorce Client
Mostly I want to the thank you for understanding my long, drawn out divorce case and situation. Also, caregiving for a 94 year-old with 2 fractures at 2 different assisted living facilities has been exhausting but teaches you patience and love. We only have one set of parents. God bless you!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and close friends who are like family. I enjoyed reading your newsletter. Keep them coming! Most I want to thank you for understanding my laon, drawn out divorce case. Caregiving for a 94 year-old with 2 fractures over 2 different assisted living facilities has been exhausting but teaches you peatience and love. We only have one set of parents. God bless you and here's to a new beginning for us all in 2018.Lisa C., age 54, Divorce & Estate Planning Client, I.T. Professional, Henrico, VA
I like the way you conduct yourself, Van Smith, Bulldog when needed, but with respect. You are fighting not only for me, but for my daughter.
May the Peace and Joy of Christmas be with You Always. Thank you Van for your support and legal advice. I like the way you conduct yourself, Bulldog when needed but with respect. For you and your family, have a Merry Christmas. Enclosed is a family Christmas card with me and my daughter. You are fighting not only for me, but for her. Thank You again and Merry Christmas. Yours, Bill S.Bill S., age 49, Father, Custody Client, Henrico County, VA
Reader raves that divorce and custody book helped her through a daunting process
"Divorce and Custody in Virginia written by H. Van Smith works as an excellent tutorial, guiding you through the anxious and daunting process of divorce and child custody in the state of Virginia. The book details the “what if’s”, detailing worse case scenarios. What if your ex-spouse is trying to get custody of the children? What if your ex-spouse is overtly hostile, inflammatory, deceitful, manipulative, even launching a campaign to make you look like a bad parent both in the eyes of your children and the law? Entering a divorce is difficult but going through a custody battle throws your life in a warzone. Smith’s book navigates you through this tenuous process with careful, thoughtful steps on what to expect. Mr. Smith’s “Marquis of Success” is garnered from his experience as one of Virginia’s most winning attorneys in family court law (as evidenced by client accounts in his book), granting you powerful skills that will help you maintain healthy relationships with your kids, fight unfair accusations, and uphold your rights as a parent." HUNDRED STAR REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazon.com reviewElizabeth St. Michel, June 10, 2017
Your books and conversations on divorce and estate laws make these aspects of life less intimidating.
Van, thanks for spending time with me on my divorce case and next steps. It was very kind of you to take interest in my family/parent challenges. You just can't expain the time [it takes] when it comes to transitioning the elderly from the hospital/rehab/long-term care and all the financial management that comes with it. Just know that you've been an inspiration to me. The information, your books and conversations on divorce and estate laws make these aspects of life less intimidating. At the right time, I'd love to talk more about how my experience with the elderly, grants, insurance, etc. might complement your materials on estate planning. I'll be in touch soon when we can move my case "off hold".Lisa C., age 54, Henrico County, Technology Executive
Trust me, she knows what she is doing and is highly respected and well known in legal circles and courthouses in Virginia.
I knew nothing about getting a military divorce. Married 20+ years out of state, a full time working Mom of 3, I didn't know what I was entitled to [IF I wanted those things], how to negotiate during mediation [what is REALLY important to me - stay focused], or how to remain civil when an uncontested divorce turns contested. Not once was I caught unware of the process, the paperwork, or her expectations of me. I needed someone not just smart and stylish, I wanted someone who would be honest and straight forward with me about all things. Trust was instant which is rare for me and along the process I had, and she did too, remind me I paid HER for her expertise, knowledge, and sound advice - especially when my feelings got in the way of her REASONABLE sound advice. I could not be happier with my outcome or more complimentary of the legal services provided, professionalism extended, and knowledge base known by Mrs. Jaime Allgood. She works the process in your favor, listening to what you want and knowing what you're entitled to, but never leading you on. Listen to her advice, communicate openly and honestly with her, and allow her to fully represent you. Trust me, she knows what she is doing and is highly respected and well known in legal circles and courthouses in Virginia. I highly recommend her, give her a call!!La'Shawn, 2017 military divorce client
He was very thorough and attentive during our initial consult.
Alex was great with our case. He was very thorough and attentive during our initial consult. He listened to our needs and did what we wanted to do, not what he wanted. He did give recommendations and we listened. Our case was handled quickly and efficiently and settled out of court like we had hoped. I recommend Alex to everyone. Great people!Anonymous client, 2016
I couldn't say enough good things about Alex Phillips.
Alex Phillips helped me come to an agreement with my ex husband regarding child support and custody so I was able to avoid two court appearances. Alex was always available. He responded to emails and calls quickly. He communicated with my often unpleasant ex about the case so I didn't have to. He and his paralegal were always kind and accomodating. Alex went far beyond what I asked from him and actually cared about me as a person. His office was an hour away from me and he was still able to get everything done for me before my court dates and I only hand to go to the office for our initial consultation. I have already recommended him to my friends and family and told them it's worth the short trip. Even after my case was finished, he gave me further advice and made suggestions about how to handle my legal situation in the future (and he didnt even bill me for that). I couldn't say enough good things about Alex Phillips.Anonymous, 2016 Hampton, VA family law client