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Mostly I want somebody that actually cared about what was going on. I hate to say it, but more bang for your buck kind of deal too as well. I mean, he’s a pretty good guy all around. I don’t look at him just as an attorney. I look at him as my friend kind of. Things were happening in the other home that I didn’t know how to approach and I needed legal counsel for that. If I had approached it my way, I could have maybe got in trouble or overstepped a boundary I didn’t need to overstep. I needed help with that. I got to looking online, I saw his book and the title of it caught me. So yeah, it was mostly the book. He’s a great guy to work with. He’s really down to earth and he asks the questions that you don’t even know you need to answer yet. Do you know what I mean?
Having to come to terms with, I needed to do this now because I put it off and put it off. I didn’t want to face the fact of, “Okay, I need to step up and fight for my daughter.” I didn’t know how or that I needed to really do that yet. Talking with Rick, he more or less made me see that I needed to pull off the Band-Aid and not to be nice about it. That it needed to be done because it was in the best case for the child.
That goes back to the first time I saw him for marital reasons. He was more about trying to fix the marriage than actually try to go through with a divorce and be my attorney for that. He was there trying to help me mend it first before that pushed on and ended up working out. Helping me to negotiate terms, child support amount, stuff like that, and visitation and what to push for, what not to push for yet. I didn’t know any of that. I’d say that would be a good reason to go to Rick.
I was very nervous, very emotional. Going through a divorce is not something I had done before and I didn’t really know what to expect. Primary reason. I had met with other attorneys. I just didn’t feel comfortable with them. When I met with Rick, I immediately felt comfortable, I felt like he was honest and you talk about pretty emotional things and pretty private things and I felt between him and his staff that I could talk to them.
I’ve heard really horrible stories about divorces taking so long and everything is drawn out. He did it in a very timely fashion that was comfortable for me and my ex. I would say the fact that I was able to trust him and feel so comfortable with him, he’s very honest, I felt like any private information that I had to give him was going to be kept between us and he was going to help me and guide me in the areas that I was unfamiliar with. Rick was able to work with my soon to be ex and his attorney very well so that when things arose, they were handled in a timely manner and we were able to get through the process quickly without very many hitches.
For me the biggest win would be us being able to work out custody of our children, and something that was fair for both of us, because that was very important for both of us to be able to come to an agreement when it came to our children. So, the biggest win for me would just be knowing that Rick was very fair to me and my soon to be ex when it came to terms of custody.
I feel that I got the best outcome as possible. My ex and I are on friendly terms due to the way that Rick handled everything, and it was very important to us in the beginning to make sure that we tried to stay as friendly as possible. Now we are able to co-parent very well. Our relationship is– We are able to call each other and actually talk to each other about issues and things that come up. I feel that we’re very good co-parents due to Rick’s guidance and just the way the whole thing was handled.
I would tell them that– which I do actually tell people, that he is honest. He is comfortable. That his staff and he are very professional and that I wouldn’t have chosen anybody else to have helped me through this time. Absolutely, I recommend his services all the time. Again, due to the reasons I just explained and their professionalism and ease of being able to ask questions and things that I was so unsure about and I didn’t want to feel– A lot of people make you feel dumb that you’re asking a question and they never made me feel dumb. I always felt like they were there to help me.
I was looking for an attorney to deal with the dissolution of my marriage, and Mr. Banks was recommended to me by my business attorney. That’s really how I found Mr. Banks. He said that he had a good referral.
His approach; he’s very friendly, very honest, easygoing, has a kind demeanor, puts you at ease.He was very good with his discovery to get to the bottom of things because my husband wasn’t always very cooperative, nor was his attorney.He understands a lot of the psychological aspects of people and it plays a lot into divorces and the stresses it can cause on you.
I was looking for an attorney because I needed to go through a stressful divorce. My main concern was my ex– Well, ex-husband now. He was in Texas, so I needed someone who would be able to help me get through the process and someone who was going to be compassionate through my situation because it definitely wasn’t an easy one.
I did a lot of research on different attorneys and then I found Rick through the internet and I noticed that he had written a book on divorce. He seemed pretty knowledgeable and just seemed like he was the right person for my situation.
It was really pleasant. It was very helpful. I felt that anytime I needed anything, they were there for me. Especially, since I was emotional sometimes and it was stressful, but I didn’t feel like they got irritated with me or anything. They were very compassionate and understanding.
Mainly my ex-husband, [laughs] he was very difficult and there is a time he came into the office and was just bad mouthing me and they stood their ground and stuck up for me and ended up having to escort him out of the office because he was talking so negatively about me. He also helped me with one of the jobs that I had with one of my employers was not very nice and just putting me through a lot of stress, just trying to get my divorce stuff done. Rick ended up writing a letter proving that I have all these things going on. That was helpful too.
Mainly, just being there, answering the phone when I needed to talk to someone to figure out what was going on with my case, but mainly, helping with my ex-husband and the employer too that was giving me a hard time.
I would definitely say that they’re number one in the Central Valley, honestly, because I have dealt with quite a few attorneys and my experience with them was way better than all the other ones and they’re definitely there to help their clients.
I just felt like I was stuck and I didn’t know what to do. I needed some legal advice, any advice, help. Encouragement really like, if this is what I wanted to do or not do. He really helped me because he wasn’t gung-ho about, “Yes, you need to get an attorney.” He was like, “Well, it seems like you want to work on it. Let’s wait.” And so, I really appreciate that.
Actually, he was the only one that I met with. I spoke with some over the phone, but it just felt comfortable. I’m a little bit more shy and timid to say things and I just felt really at ease and so I just went with it.
Good, quiet, gentle. He’s a completely different person from when we go to court, so that was nice. I wasn’t intimidated to talk to him. That’s what made it easy for me.
Being a male, I was worried that he wasn’t going to have the compassion for my kid’s situation, but it was really nice because I felt like without his backbone, I would’ve just felt apart. I really appreciated it. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did without him. He took what I really wanted and made that the priority not so much as money and housing. It was just the main focus was my kids and with my financials, I felt like he could have easily turned me away and just went a different way and he really put my needs and the kids’ needs first. It just blew myself and my parents away. It was very kind of him.
Absolutely. I think if you want an easygoing person to open up with, because you have to say so many personal details too. I trust him with it, but then he just turns around and it’s just like– I don’t want to say snake, but he’s like a shark, a different person. It’s nice to have somebody with that backbone to fight for you, but then still is gentle enough to like get all the information he needs from you. He just makes you feel comfortable. It’s a good aspect especially with this.
What I appreciate is not everyone can afford the type of services that he offers and not very many attorneys, I think, will work with people who can’t afford it, and I just think that that’s a great quality that this firm has, is they’re willing to put the fight before the income. I really appreciate it because that’s where I was at. I’ve gotten pretty much everything I’ve wanted and so I’m happy.
I was in the middle of a divorce and he was recommended to me by my uncle. I wasn’t the happiest with my current attorney. When I first hired him, my ex-husband had filed an ex parte hearing and had been given emergency custody of my son and there had been some false accusations against me by my ex-husband. My reason for hiring Rick was to regain custody of my son.
He’s very nice. He is calm even when you get upset. Going through divorce is emotional. He always remains calm and he never made me feel like my feelings or what I was hoping for was out of the question or wrong.
The main concerns I had is I knew it was going to be a tricky case, I knew it was going to be complicated and I knew that there was going to be hurdles that we were going to have to overcome. I interviewed a couple of attorneys and never got a comfortable feeling with them and when they interviewed with Rick, he made a comment of, “Let’s bring it on.” I told him that if I hired him that we were always going to have to be the aggressor on the offense that we never needed or I never wanted to be on the defense, and throughout the whole process that was the case.
My ex-wife is a little mentally unstable. I knew she was going to be complicated and fight every aspect of the case. She was not going to agree with any common-sense rational decisions. We pretty much had to force her to realize that decisions were being made for the betterment of the children and the outcome in the end was better for the children.
The experience was pleasant. Everybody in the office, including Rick, was pleasant. Everything was forthcoming. I never had any secrets. There was never surprises. I knew what to expect. Communication was always there.
Child custody was the big one. I knew that I didn’t want my ex-wife to have any visitation or custody– I shouldn’t say visitation. Didn’t want my ex-wife to have custody or split custody with the kids 50/50 because I felt that would be negative in the upbringing because she was in my opinion incompetent. He fought and we fought very hard and in the end the outcome is what I was wanting.
If you want an attorney that is a pit bull, that is aggressive, that is going to fight for you, go for Rick Banks. If you want a kitty cat and a rollover person, find somebody else. Rick was awesome to work with and aggressive and no holds. It was everything.
After spending countless hours meeting with attorney after attorney that seemed to be only interested in their retainer, not to mention all the books that I read that had no real answers, your genuine advice and the application of your techniques just saved my sanity. I only wish that I had bought this sooner so that I could spend less time fighting over fights that weren’t worth really fighting over.
I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly because I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself, so I felt like I needed an attorney because my ex was very difficult and I knew I would need a lot of help working with him.
It was great. He made the process really smooth. He was very understanding, was not judgmental. He really just made me feel comfortable.
The difficulties were basically with my ex and he was able to help me mainly with him and also just getting what I needed out of that divorce case. He acknowledged me on a lot of stuff that I didn’t know about. He was able to really explain a lot and help me out with those things.
He reached out to me when it came more to the financial part. He really worked with me on that, especially knowing that I was not employed. I know my family had helped out, but he really helped me out when it came to that department. I really appreciate it because that’s harder when you can’t really afford a lawyer.
Through the case, when my ex lashed out, he was able to handle him in the appropriate way, so that way we could get things done.
I would just tell them that you should do business with him because he’s just a very understanding person, very knowledgeable. He really just works well with people. Very calm mannered. He’s not pushy or anything like that. He’s very honest and will give his opinion, but at the same time will let you make your own decision and that’s really nice.
I came across Mr. Banks’ name and four other people’s names. I did my research and I prayed on it and his name popped into my head, so I called.
Mr. Banks has been my attorney since 2013. Obviously, this is 2018. My divorce took six months and a day. However, there’s always things that come up after the fact. Mr. Banks represented me several times after the divorce had already been final and he was very gracious with his time and his attention to detail and everything. We were always patient, although the parties that we were dealing with weren’t always above board, but everything worked out because we always did things the right way.
It was great working with Rick. He listened, he understood and he was patient and like I said, gracious with his time. He didn’t rush you. He wasn’t like, “Okay, we got to get through this. We need this done. We need that done.” He took his time and everything worked.
We did a lot of mediation. A lot of things was done via stipulation, which helped greatly but it was just dealing with my ex’s attorney’s office and their paralegal who weren’t, I would say, very scrupulous in their dealings and not very nice people.
I would to say, if you want someone who’s fair, who’s impartial, who’s going to listen, who won’t judge you on whatever you’re dealing with, then this is the person that you want to represent you. He’s professional, he’s ethical and that’s the type of person that you want to represent you in court.You want an attorney that is going to hear you because sometimes people listen but they don’t hear. Who’s going to hear your voice and allow you to have a voice in.
You want to deal with Mr. Banks because like I said, you want to deal with someone who’s nonjudgmental regardless of what the details of your divorce lies. As you know, we dealt with a lot after the fact. Dealing with my case, that pretty much became a public spectacle after the fact. So, you want someone who’s going to be mindful, bad things can get out of hand, someone who’s going to have enough integrity not to speak out of place and someone who’s going to ask your permission if they want to speak about your case, which is what he did in my situation because of the publicness of some things that happened after the fact.
For someone who’s contemplating getting a divorce, if this is really what you want to do, you need to get a great attorney. Also, it’s not just the attorney, is the people that work behind the scenes, the paralegals, the office managers, the accountants. You want to deal with people who are looking out for your best interest, but at the same time are fair. Sometimes even in a divorce, your attorney has to tell you something that you need to hear and maybe not necessarily want to hear. You want to have that type of relationship with your attorney and the people in their office. That way when you walk in, everybody feels like it’s the family.