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Have you ever heard the phrase…In one split second your whole life can change? My family can attest to the truthfulness of this statement. In November 2016, my son was arrested and charged with multiple felonies. To give you a little background, I had never had any immediate family member arrested, had never been to a jail, had never dealt with bail or had ever had a need for an attorney. After bailing my son out, the next step was to hire an attorney. I had no idea of whom to call. A friend of mine suggested I call an attorney named Mr. Michael Strickland and gave me his number. It was about 9:30 pm, so I stated I would call first thing in the morning. That same friend called back and said she had sent Mr. Strickland a text and he said to give him a call that night. I called, gave him a little background and he gave us an appointment to meet him. Mr. Strickland talked with my son in confidence, then met with us both. My son was first and foremost, the client. Mr. Strickland made notes, asked questions, got names, and got numbers all at our consultation. Mr. Strickland made me as comfortable as I could be during the most difficult time of my life. At each hearing, he was always there waiting for our arrival. He would call us the day before a hearing and let us know what to expect. His legal skills during the hearings made me glad he was on our side. The wheels of justice really do turn slowly, so over the course of 18 months, the court would go silent. Silence weighed as heavy as a court date on us. During this time, Mr. Strickland met with us when we had questions, jointly and separately. His legal assistant, Debbie, provided me with pep talks, mother to mother, as well as answered many of our questions. After 18 months, the words I had been waiting and praying to hear came…CHARGES DISMISSED. Mr. Strickland delivered the wonderful news to me and said he thought I deserved to give my son the news. Mr. Strickland gave me my son back. In actuality, he gave me back to my son. We are finally whole again. SJM
The night I received the message that one of my sisters, and an uncle who we looked upon as a family patriarch and loved like a brother, had been in serious accident with possibly life threatening injury, was one of the times in my life that my little world seemed to stop. The first week was filled with much stress as I was trying to handle insurance claims for my uncle, and my sister’s son was trying to handle her claims. I thought we could do it ourselves but it became very evident this was way over both of our heads. My husband had met Michael many years previously while working in sales, and always spoke highly of Michael as an attorney with good ethics and integrity. I agreed it was time to call Michael to find out how he could help.
Michael agreed to handle the accident for my uncle and my sister, and immediately paid attention to informing us of the correct things to do. My sister is still recovering, and praises Michael. My uncle passed away four months after the accident. What seemed to be an accident immediately became a ”wrongful death.” Michael proceeded to move me forward in the process, handling both cases with compassion, knowledge and integrity. His staff was always right there for me as well. I know I benefited not just by being awarded a suitable settlement, but I now know it takes someone with his skills to do what’s needed. I would highly recommend calling upon him if you find yourself in a similar situation. I hope I never have to again, because we lost a precious family member, but I know where to go if I find myself in that situation again.
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