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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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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
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
..there are lawyers who go above and beyond the call and Alex is one of those lawyers.
When you need legal representation, most lawyers can provide the services being rendered. However, there are lawyers who go above and beyond the call and Alex is one of those lawyers. Not only is Alex knowledgeable, capable, and transparent but his work ethic epitomizes a successful lawyer who, despite the nature of your case, is optimistic and caring. I went into my case with a feeling of uncertainty and fear of which some lawyers would have sought to profitable gain. Alternatively, Alex upon our first consultation provided a peace of mind and confidence that transcend throughout his diligent work on my case. Smith Strong [sic] should be just as proud as I am to have Alex on their team. If you want true legal representation and a peace of mind, I highly recommend Alex Phillips.Lee, 2017 Williamsburg client
Could not have asked for anyone better. His staff are marvelous and I just cannot say enough.
Represented me in a divorce. Could not have asked for anyone better. He offered ideas that I would not have known to think of, kept me abreast of all issues, and was extremely personally supportive of me and my situation. His staff are marvelous and I just cannot say enough. Do not chance getting another attorney - Mr. Smith and his staff will represent you well.Anonymous, 2013 client
Van is an excellent attorney, he made me feel like I was more than just another client like most lawyers do
Van is an excellent attorney, he made me feel like I was more than just another client like most lawyers do. He cares about what is right and he does whatever it takes to win.Maria, 2013 Client
Recently, I was served with Divorce papers. I knew I needed an expert in family law.
Recently, I was served with Divorce papers. I knew I needed an expert in family law. I asked friends, family members, co-workers and had no luck. I finally began searching online. I called and visited several law offices, but didn't feel they were the right fit for me. I then called Smith Strong and initially spoke with Katie. She was kind and her soft spoken sincere concern for my particular situation, led me to hire the family of Smith Strong. Several weeks later, I called and spoke to Kaitlin about my financial circumstances. She reassured me that they would work with me and Kaitlin has been true to her word. Debbie and I have had a ton of e-mail exchanges and she's been quick to respond. She is especially quick to respond to my sometimes panicked e-mails, even on weekends. Van updates me regularly and has never missed a call. He has shown true compassion toward the needs of me and my family. My divorce process has been an emotional life altering event, but with the encouragement and reinforced support from the family of Smith Strong, I will be able to endure what lies ahead and for me that makes all the difference. Thank you, to everyone at the family of Smith StrongKimberly, divorce client, Williamsburg
Made a tough process simple.
H. Van Smith and his firm made my divorce as smooth as possible. There is no such thing as an easy divorce but by taking the time to explain the process and my options, attorney Smith and his team made it easier to navigate. They were with me every step of the way and kept me informed as to the status of the proceedings. I couldn't be more appreciative. You won't be sorry if you choose H. Van Smith for your family law needs.Daniel, divorce client
I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help!
I had a consultation in Van's office with Van himself. I feel I'm very lucky to choose him, professional advise, no push, honest to me, and most important is he will not hold anything back even if it's not gonna bring him any interests . He told me to wait till 2017 to start my case, for the better chance to win. I really appreciate his honest. He is nice to my son, and very nicely walk me out to my car after consultation, which makes me feel more like friends. I'll say no any other attorney will do this to his client. I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help! I'll hire him in 2017, and I'll come back and give more info!Shan, woman who met with Van October 2016
Van was masterful in the courtroom. It was evident that he prepared thoroughly for my case.
Van was masterful in the courtroom. It was evident that he prepared thoroughly for my case. We spoke on the Sunday afternoon prior to my Tuesday court date to go over any last minute issues. Throughout the process his staff did an excellent job keeping me informed. Not a week went by that I didn't receive mail from Smith Strong on copies of documents submitted to the defendant or court.Larry, 2015 client of the firm
On behalf of ThreeBestRated.com, this Certificate of Excellence award for "Richmond, VA Top 3 Divorce Lawyers" is proudly presented to H. Van Smith after duly checking extensive customer reviews, ratings, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.
CERTFICATE OF EXCELLENCE Richmond, VA Top 3 Divorce Lawyers H. Van Smith "On behalf of ThreeBestRated.com, this Certificate of Excellence award is proudly presented after duly checking extensive customer review, ratings, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost and the general excellence. Your commitment to these values and your consistent high quality in your are of business is hereby acknowledged and certified."President & CEO of ThreeBestRated.com
Your book and advice have helped me make difficult choices a little easier.
"I wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you to both of you. Your book and advice have helped me make difficult choices a little easier. I have started my process with someone in my area. I went in feeling much more knowledgeable and secure when speaking with him and surprised my husband with my skills when we have spoken. Again thank you."
Van Smith is not only expert counsel, he is empathetic and knowledgeable. His negotiating skills are top notch.
I recently had to go through a divorce and if there is a bright spot in going through that, it is having a good, competent lawyer. Van Smith is not only expert counsel, he is empathetic and knowledgeable. His negotiating skills are top notch and anyone would be fortunate to have him and his firm represent you in such matters. Thank you Van and Kaitlin for your responsiveness, caring and expertise.Nancy H., 54 years old, Henrico County, Virginia, Divorce Matter
Virginia Legal Elite 2015
"Dear Mr. Smith, Congratulations! You have been selected by your peers as a member of Virginia's Legal Elite for 2015. In cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Business magazine asked lawyers throughout the Commonwealth to nominate the best in their profession in 18 practice categories. When the ballots were counted, you were among the almost 1,000 selected . . . ."Bernie Niembeier, President & Publisher, Virginia Business magazine, October 1, 2015