Since 1996, I have worked extremely hard to help my clients in the context of an increasingly complicated legal framework. One of the biggest challenges is explaining to my clients, many who are older and even suffering from dementia, the legal ramifications of our work. I receive a lot of compliments but it hasn’t been until now, July 2015, that I asked clients to share their impressions of my work. I am humbled by the responses so far. I will continue to ask for feedback from my clients and will post them – even if they are negative. (I promise).
Please note that testimonials or endorsements found at this website do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter.
What actual clients say:
“Darol has been a wonderful advisor for our family. He has the ability to explain the complexity of the legal world while embracing the human side of any decision that needs to be made.”
“I knew the moment I became acquainted with Darol Tuttle he goes beyond (being) just a lawyer to (having) a deep compassion for those he serves. He is an excellent lawyer and a remarkable human being. I don’t know how I could have handled all the need information and paperwork for our estate. He is easy to be with, friendly and down to earth.”
“Dealing with governmental agencies can be a daunting task. That coupled with the fear of the unknown can make a person downright apprehensive in taking the necessary steps for taking care of their loved one’s long-term care. This leads to procrastination and avoidance, and ultimately extends the pain in dealing with the emotional turmoil.
My mother is 87 years old and receives VA benefits; however, I was unaware of everything to which she is entitled. I would go onto the VA website and click around but wasn’t getting the right information that I needed. Thankfully the site brought me to legal assistance and the name of Darol Tuttle. I made contact with him and briefly explained the situation.
Darol understood our situation and immediately gave me insight into what my mother could qualify for and, if anything, gave me hope that I could get assistance without the stress and anguish that usually comes along with extensive paperwork.On June 5, I had my phone appointment with Darol after filling out a brief questionnaire. By the end of July, all my VA forms were filed and the process began.
His legal assistant, Heather, was responsive and quick to explain everything that was confusing. Her thorough explanations helped me understand the process each step of the way. I didn’t have to deal with the VA or any of the stress of wondering which step was next. They knew the pathways and pitfalls and because of that, the road was relatively smooth.
I have full confidence that all the paperwork is in order because of their experience in dealing with the VA and Medicaid.One cannot put a price tag on this type of assistance. I cannot begin to explain how stress-free this is in comparison to where I would be without this guidance. I believe that without Darol and Heather, I would still be wondering what I should be doing first. Without them, my mother would not be receiving necessary care and at the same time uphold my happiness and patience under such trying circumstances. I am truly thankful.”
The Biggest Success of My Career
I have permission to share the following story and my client, Rachel, has graciously agreed to allow me to post her photo with the story. I want to thank her for allowing me to do so because her story is important and she is likely not alone.
I met Rachel after she called my law office. She contacted me and asked me to help her fight VA’s denial of her widow’s pension, i.e., DIC. She had contacted several lawyers and none would meet with her. Normally, I wouldn’t have taken the consult but her story was heart wrenching.
She was married for eleven years, happily. Her husband was deployed to Iraq but returned with a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was violent. He became abusive. The once happy couple went to marriage counseling. Finally, the counselor advised the wife, our client, to divorce because he feared the husband would kill her. She reluctantly did so. Two months later, the husband committed suicide.
Our client filed for widow’s pension and as did the husband’s child from a prior marriage. The VA awarded pension to the son but not our client because she was not married on the date of death, i.e., she was divorced.
Our client is 31 years old and lives pay check to pay check.
We researched the issue and learned that, if a Court vacated the divorce decree, the VA would likely award the pension. To vacate the decree, however, promised to be difficult. We do not practice family law. Our client called literally 40 attorneys. 39 refused to take the case. One finally agreed, a former JAG attorney, like me. Unbelievably, our client returned to us within 3 weeks with an Order Vacating the Divorce.
We braced ourselves for a long appeal but sent in a statement in support of claim with the Order Vacating. I was stunned to received an award letter from the VA within two weeks. Our client has already received a check for over $20,000 and now will receive pension for life. She deserves it.
Sometimes it is great being a lawyer.