Jeffrey Blackman is an excellent lawyer and a good man. He successfully handled my recent divorce, avoiding numerous potential pitfalls along the way. I especially appreciated that Jeffrey, or JB as he is also known, was very good about explaining legal options about how to proceed, telling me in detail the pros and cons of each. Being unfamiliar with the law, I did not understand some of the things he said. Whenever, that happened, Jeffrey found expanded explanations that made sense to me. Whenever options were available, he made sure that I understood the implications of my choices, made recommendations based on possible outcomes and his own long experience with divorce law in Arizona, answered any final questions, and then left the choice to me. Jeffrey’s personal relationships with court personnel at all levels proved invaluable in processing the necessary paperwork, scheduling, determining procedures that were unusual, and assuring that my case would be heard by a judge with no likelihood of bias.
Getting a divorce is not cheap, and Jeffrey’s hourly rates are not the lowest in the area, but I would hire him again with no qualms because he does excellent work, and the final cost to you may be lower than for some lawyers who have somewhat lower hourly rates. Jeffrey is a very good and efficient communicator. He called me once every week to let me know about any developments and to ask if there developments from my side. These calls were very brief, so the cost was minimal and knowing the status of the case at various stages was well worth the cost. It is nice to know that you have someone on your side who is on top of things. Unfortunatley, I have been through other divorce cases, so I have some experience with other divorce lawyers. Here are two instances that indicate problems you may enoucnter with some lawyers, but not Jeffrey. Several months before my recently completed divorce began, I hired a lawyer from a well known Tucson legal firm specializing in divorce. My wife and I drew back from the brink that time, but not before I learned that I could not work with the other lawyer or her firm. After our initial meeting, the lawyer contacted me only by mailing me papers and would not answer my telephone calls. For this lack of service I paid an hourly rate of about $275. For another divorce in a different state, I had a very good lawyer who was a nice guy, but maximized his fees by conducting long conversations at every opportunity, including lots of irrelevant personal topics and then billing me for the entire time. He was very good at it, so I helped put his kids through college. With Jeffrey working your case, you will have all the information you need and you will get it in a timely fashion. Jeffrey is very friendly and understands that divorce is difficult emotionally, but does not try to be a psychological counselor. He gets down to business and is objective about the case. Jeffrey does not play games to run up the cost.
I got the best outcome possible in my case. Jeffrey is an experienced, no-nonsense lawyer who is honest, hard-working, and excellent. I recommend him highly to you.