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I had consults with a few lawyers before choosing Shailey. I had another Attorney who was out of district recommend her. Shailey is very attentive, professional, knowledgeable, punctual, and responsive. Shailey and her legal assistant were always on top of my case and made sure to explain/answer any questions or concerns I needed address. The one thing that highlighted Shailey the most was her knowledge in family law. She's knows the law like the back of her hand. She is reasonable and straight forward with all situations. She doesn't sugar coat any information. She is prepared AHEAD of time. Not a day before. Shailey takes her job very seriously and stick by her clients in a point of law. I would recommend her over and over again for any family law matter. My case was child support and she accomplished everything I asked for. Just do a consult with her and you will see why she is a great fit for you.

Chris


Private family adoptions need a sensitive, caring hand helping the family through the legal maze. Dennis was the court appointed amicus for my great niece & nephew that we adopted very recently to prevent CPS from taking them from my niece. I found an attorney who was seriously overpriced & never failed to let us down. Dennis was seriously underpriced for all of his services.He was always there, very kind, funny, very knowledgeable in the technical aspects of our case. Always let us know what documents were missing by. You would have thought he was our attorney! During the trial, he was tough but he was prepared and knew his stuff. My babies are safe in their own beds, free of the worry of abuse/neglect by their parents or the state control. He can be direct or laid back but always approachable & never too busy to return an email. In the end, he was the hero. During a very stressful/frustrating time, he was always a beacon to calm the storm. There is a difference.

Client


Dennis Slate and his team (Shailey Gupta-Brietzke, HeeJin Chang & others) are by far the most knowledgeable attorneys regarding CPS cases. After a horrible experience with a family law attorney whom only billed us and showed no measurable results, Dennis Slate came in and quickly devised an actual plan of attack to get custody of our son back. He was able to get CPS to Non-Suit our case and re-establish custody to us within 2.5 months with very reasonable rates.

Our son was medically kidnapped in May and Dennis was able to prove to the court there was no-evidence for abuse allegations. Dennis knows what motions to file, how the system works, how to work with CPS, Child Advocates and Ad Lietum Attorneys. He lives your case to defend it to the best of his ability. His office is a well-oiled machine, always returning phone calls & emails immediately and treating you with utmost courtesy. Dennis and his team work diligently to keep your attorney fees low. When looking for an attorney to entrust with getting your child back from CPS - Dennis Slate is your guy.

Ann Marie


My case was dismissed thanks to Mr. Slate and the evidence he was able to gather. I would not have been able to gather all of the following data without Mr. Slate and his team of professionals. He obtained evidence that CPS fabricated visitation and phone calls stating that they made specific date and time communications that they did not. He obtained legal documents that show discrepancies of statements made by the accuser between different officials of the state and licensed therapists. Never talk to CPS under any circumstances without talking to Dennis Slate, a family lawyer that specializes in CPS cases. Not all family law attorneys know how to handle CPS cases and will not be prepared as Mr. Slate. If you mess around with these types of cases, you are messing around with your life. Through the education of Mr. Slate and his team, he showed that Sexual Assault charges are worse that being charged with murder. I would still be in jail without the help and support of my family, friends, his team, and absolutely Mr. Slate himself. I recommend your life in the hands of Mr. Slate.

Client


There is not much to say really, other than if you have to hire a lawyer let is be Dennis Slate. He is always prepared and ready to defend your legal rights within the depth of the law. Do not hire someone else because they might tell you something you want to hear but do hire him, because he will tell you the true possibilities for your case. In most, cases the outcome of the case will be much better than worst case scenario. This is the 2nd time utilizing his legal services, and I have not had no regrets. He truley is one of the best lawyers, I have had the opportunity to meet! Do yourself justice and hire him because in long run it will be the best option. Moreover, I typically do not write reviews but I just wanted to let the public know what a wonderful lawyer, he really is and what others might miss out by ignoring this review! Thank you Mr. Slate for your sincerity and great legal background.

Angela


I first met Dennis Slate in 2013 after he was highly recommended to me by a close friend. In July 2013 my granddaughter's mother was arrested and charged with child endangerment of my grandchild (6 mos old). CPS was called and my family and the mother's family began an 18 month court case. Dennis Slate represented my family and the end result was that I received Sole Managing Conservatorship of my grandchild. Mr. Slate is very knowledgeable with the CPS system and how they work. If you ever get involved with CPS then you may want to consider Mr. Slate as your attorney. CPS can change your life forever and you will need an attorney who will fight for you and who knows the system. Mr. Slate will do all he can for the children involved and what is best for them.
Six months after our CPS case was closed, I was again in need of help. I retained Mr. Slate to modify the visitation order of the parents of my grandchild, due to their bad choices and lifestyle. On Dec. 9, 2015 the judge granted the order to modify in the best interest of the child. My grandchild is a safe and happy 3 year old,
It has been a 2 1/2 year journey for us and Dennis Slate has been there for us through it all the way. I can say without a doubt that if you are seeking legal representation then Mr. Slate is the attorney you want and need. He is straight up with you and will tell you exactly what he can or cannot do for you. He is very compassionate about his cases. He is the utmost professional in and out of the the courtroom and he is a BEAR when dealing with opposing counsel.
Mr. Slate's staff is very friendly and helpful with all your needs and questions, especially Ryann. Ryann is the best and she went above and beyond to answer all my questions and concerns. She was there for me and all the craziness that went with my case. I cannot say enough about her except that she was awesome.
Thank you Dennis Slate and all you have done so that we can now move forward with our lives. I will never forget your dedication, kindness and support.

Suzi


Dennis Slate and his team were outstanding to work with!
My case with my child and her protection was extremely sensitive and emotional.
Mr. Slate was straight forward, honest and up front with me about what he could do for me and what I could expect.
I have used him twice now.
My last case I went to him with shocking news that no parent wants to hear or deliver. He was concerned and ready to defend my case and keep my daughter safe.
He was gentle with my daughter when she had to testify.
He is amazing in the court room and asks tough questions with complete confidence. He continuously studied the family law codes to help with my case. Him and his team totally kept me updated throughout the case. I rarely had to call them, they contacted me. That's rare!
The end result is that my daughter is now safe and he gave her a voice.
I'm forever grateful to Dennis Slate and his team for fighting so hard with me, the work they all put into my case and for the way they handled my case with b the tough circumstances. He put my daughters wellfair at top priority.
If you are looking for an attorney that knows the system and law, and that has a great team, this is your guy!

Sarah


Dennis was my adopted children’s attorney; he was not my attorney but he acted as if he was in every way (except in court that is) at every opportunity. When I called to set up the date &time for him to come do his home visit, Dennis was available &arrived within a week. He came in jeans, a tee shirt &tennis shoes. He allowed the two year old to play with his pen &paper all the while asking the necessary &difficult questions, observing us &doing his home inspection. At the final adoption hearing date, he played with the same child, watching movies on his own cell phone with her while I chased the one year old. My attorney sat idly by mostly ignoring us. He &his staff always answered the phone, returned calls, answered emails in a timely manner which helps with the stress of the case. He truly showed sincere care for the whole family &correct &complete resolution of the adoption during &after the trial.
Exceptional Knowledge &Assertiveness
Adoption, even private family, ones have many legal technical aspects that can entrap a family &create unneeded litigation, problems &expenses later to unravel. Most of the detailed &serious legal issues in my case were explained to me, not by my hired counsel but by Dennis or his staff. He was not afraid to approach me to make sure that certain things that have procedural requirements under the law were done to protect the entire family. Issues such as name change requests, obtaining a certified copy of the signed order before sealing &other very important issues were never discussed or acted on by my attorney until I notified her after being advised by Dennis. I had to do much of my own paralegal work to keep the documentation flowing into my attorney’s office because it was not being done by my attorney.
Despite that, the documents would linger for weeks &sometimes months at my attorney’s office before being filed with the court after enough begging on my part or getting close to another court date which often was dependent on the documents filed. This was business as normal for my attorney for my case. How long does it take to e file a document you received electronically?
After the trial for termination of parental rights &granting of adoption, it was Dennis who prepared the final order of termination &adoption, got it to me after he signed it, within 2 days of the trial not my attorney as directed by the judge. I got it to my attorney the next day with our signatures &her office never filed it causing yet another delay. My attorney simply said her office did nothing wrong just because things didn't move in my timeline...
Final Words
The list can go on &on about what Dennis did, helped to get done &what my hired attorney did not do but I will not bore you with that list.
I cannot impress upon anyone to do their internet research on any attorney &carefully consider the majority of opinions stated in reviews of that attorney for times in life when it matters the most BEFORE YOU H&OVER YOUR MONEY. You must be your own best advocate in how you spend your precious family resources &to whom you entrust your serious family issues to.

I had to pay my attorney a large non-refundable retainer up front for all of this… My attorney has gone on to other review sites &she said some didn't follow her advice. The thing is you have to know the technical issues, you have to answer calls, emails &discuss things in order to give advice. On the other hand, Dennis went far &above in knowledge, assertiveness, attention &care. He is very personable, approachable, &funny kind of man. I will keep his information for many years &pass it out with zeal.
Don't be afraid to challenge, prompt &question if things don't seem right because they just may not be. There are wolves in sheep's clothes advertising & inflating the level of service they claim they will provide. I fell victim to one of them but Dennis prevented a catastrophe.

Client


I have used Dennis Slate as my attorney since 2011. He and his office personnel are professional and responsive. Dennis is very matter of fact and will tell you the exact truth of the matter. His candor is much appreciated. I would recommend his law office to anyone in need of an attorney.

Kevin J.


Dennis clearly explained what the possibilities were with regards to the end result of our case. He is very professional and understands how to 'handle with care'; you can trust Dennis with important matters such as your children to him as your lawyer. Dennis and his staff were very responsive throughout the entire process and dealt very well with a difficult opposing counsel. We can recommend Dennis to anybody in need of an excellent attorney.

Chris M.


Dennis Slate and his support staff are the most knowledgeable, helpful, professional, and well organized legal team I have ever encountered. Dennis is the man you want on your side when it comes to divorce, child custody, CPS, and any other important family law matter. He is simply the best. He treated my child custody case as if my children’s best interests were as important to him as they are to me. He invests the time it takes to learn your case from beginning to end. He asks all the right questions and is phenomenal in depositions as well as in the court room. Mr. Slate is wise, witty, and not afraid to take on anyone. He’s experienced, realistic, and an all-around great person. Mr. Slate will be honest with you and does not beat around the bush. He was able to help me reach a more workable custody agreement. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve these results without him. Look no further because Dennis Slate is the best attorney in the Houston area.

Karen B.


Private family adoptions need a sensitive, caring hand helping the family through the legal maze. Dennis was the court appointed amicus for my great niece & nephew that we adopted very recently to prevent CPS from taking them from my niece. I found an attorney who was seriously overpriced & never failed to let us down. Dennis was seriously underpriced for all of his services.He was always there, very kind, funny, very knowledgeable in the technical aspects of our case. Always let us know what documents were missing by. You would have thought he was our attorney! During the trial, he was tough but he was prepared and knew his stuff. My babies are safe in their own beds, free of the worry of abuse/neglect by their parents or the state control. He can be direct or laid back but always approachable & never too busy to return an email. In the end, he was the hero. During a very stressful/frustrating time, he was always a beacon to calm the storm. There is a difference.

J.D.


I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Slate to anyone. I came to Mr. Dennis Slate with a challenge that seemed impossible. Mr. Slate asked several questions and educated me on the law. After our conversation Mr. Slate and Ms. Dannielle Simms went into action. It was a relief to be able to place my situation in capable hands. Ms. Simms was always available to answer my questions and provide updates on my case. Her caring and reassurances were greatly appreciated in my times of concern. At trial time I sat back and let Mr. Slate work the law. It was a nothing less than amazing to watch Mr. Slate in action. To say it went well is an understatement. Mr. Slate used his knowledge of the law to expose the truth to the court. I walked out of the courthouse with a huge smile on my face.
I would also like to acknowledge the helpfulness of Ms. Dalia Benitez. Ms. Benitez was always there to answer questions, receive documents, and forward messages.

Cheryl M.


Thank you for your hardwork, and for treating Mike and me with respect, and kindness thru such a sad and difficult situation.

Charlotte S.


I have used Dennis Slate on a few occasions starting in 2005. He was compassionate, skilled and takes the time to explain the details of a case to ensure you understand. I always got the sense he and his staff were working for me and my best interest. On the slim chance he was not available to speak with, his paralegal and legal secretary were knowledgeable and more than able to answer any question I had regarding my case. This is definitely the team you want on your side; they are a cut above the rest.

Nicole S.

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