Testimonials, Endorsements and Feedback
I invite your feedback including suggestions for improvement in terms of the services I aspire to render to my clients, but also concerning the information on these websites, the tone and opinions Michael Peterson and I express in our blogs, and anything else that matters to you! Your experience and satisfaction is critically important to us, and we are truly honored to be of value to (sometimes) total strangers - but especially to our clients.
My arguable hubris in presenting all of these generous comments is intended to be a challenge to all legal professionals to care for those who would trust us all!
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And, thank you!!!
~ Thurman W. Arnold, III, C.F.L.S. ~
Last year I sought advice regarding an issue which has since come to a wonderful conclusion. Though your counsel was invaluable, it was your sensitivity, integrity and professionalism that were most comforting and impressive. As a result of that experience, I am now seeking your counsel [again].
Rick Q., 5/16/13
Dear Mr. Arnold,
As a self-represented party in a contested divorce, I must thank you for your extremely helpful blog. Time and again, your site turned up as a result of my Googling. And more often than not, I found an answer I needed.
I do not have much I can do to repay my debt to your efforts on your blog, but I would like to donate to a charity of your choosing as a way of expressing my gratitude. I went online today and donated to the family of the little boy who was killed by the Boston Marathon Bombers. Thank you again for all you do. (I also posted on your facebook page).
Brett B., 5/13/13
TWA: Thanks so very much Brett, I am honored to have been useful and thank you for the donation to these victims!
While most divorces are difficult, I can say that mine would put the "War of the Roses" to shame.
Despite the huge challenge, Thurman was able to maneuver his way through the abyss and bring my settlement to a very favorable one for me. He is quite knowledgeable and was quick to act to protect my interest. His staff Diane and Kristin and associate Atty. Peterson were certainly an asset in the process and were always there to listen to my questions and concerns. I know that I was not their only client, and yet, they all went above and beyond their call of duty to work toward a final resolution. I would like to publicly thank Thurman for all of his hard work.
I can't imagine anyone else going anywhere else if they need the best attorney in the desert . While I won't miss the litigation, I will miss them all!
Cyndi Wheeler, Client, 5/10/13
Now I can see why you are the best at what you do.
You have a passion for what you do plus you are like me.
You are a very, very, very hard worker. You are the ideal attorney to have represent me.
Thank you!!!! I just get so overwhelmed with everything. Too many files, too much paper work,
plus supporting the children and the household all by myself.
At times I feel like how much more does God think I can handle.
But I always try to remember, God never gives us more than what we can handle.
Apparently he thinks very highly of us!!!
Anonymous Client, 3/12/13
Many thanks - your various articles on family law are generally the best,
most useful, and easiest to understand about divorce that I've found on the web.
Let me know if you need further information about my question about ….
I'll check your blog for an answer. If it's something not of interest to you,
then I'll still be very happy with all the good pointers I've already gotten from your blog.
Anonymous Univ. of California Professor, 3/11/13
After believing I had long settled matters with my ex-wife without attorneys, I was faced with an
extremely challenging and daunting legal challenge that could have had a devastating impact
on my children and me. After substantial research, I found Thurman's website where I read
insightful and up-to-date legal analysis. In his writings, my initial consultation with him, and throughout his representation in a series of legal challenges I faced, I have been as impressed with Thurman's approach as I have with his sharp legal mind. Thurman was focused on the
outcomes, and not just the legal outcomes: the impact that reactive approaches could have on my children, on my wallet,and even on the impact such approaches might have on ongoing the relationship I must continue to have with my ex-spouse.
I highly recommend Thurman Arnold!
Dear Mr. Arnold,
Thank you so much for your immediate response and for the time that you have dedicated to helping me with this matter.
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I am extremely grateful that you will be representing me as your client. I am very honored to have you as my attorney. I look forward to working with you to assist me in finalizing all the financial matters that need to be done for me and my children. Thank you for your time. I greatly appreciate you.
Thanks so much for responding so quickly....
By the way, I had a chance to look at your website, and I have to tell you it is one of the most impressive legal (or any other kind, for that matter) websites that I have ever seen. Although I like most everything about it, I especially like the content and the way that your principles and values, which I share, coming shining through. Kudos!
Anonymous Attorney, 10/9/12
I stumbled on your website as I was searching for information to help me as I finish
preparing for my own divorce case because my previous lawyer allowed my divorce case
to languish for 5 years and recently the court sought to dismiss the case for inactivity....
Your blog has been helpful in pointing me in several areas I need to address
when I appear to meet with the judge soon. I love your philosphy and will
recommend you to anyone I know who has the misfortune of experiencing a divorce.
I am new attorney as of this year and I believe that a balanced approach
to divorce and one's life is the absolute best way to handle
life's challenges, hardships, and unexpected twists.
Thurman - excellent blog and analysis of the Duras case.
I practice in *** and am looking for a lawyer to file a support motion
in *** . Is this something you would be interested in?
We are having a hard time find competent counsel in ****.
Your blog is the best treatment on the difficult situation that we face
as attorneys needing to be aggressive when we're forced into litigation
with a client needing to feel they are aggressively represented.
Such a tough call for those of us biased in favor of mediation.
Kudos to your openness in your blog.
I will be more than happy to suggest that our firm refer Riverside cases to you.
Name redacted, 8/17/12
"My ex has wealthy parents. I'm trying to get custody on my own.
I can't thank you enough for your website.
Is there any place to make 'thank you' donations?
I'm in Santa Barbara County if you have any references here I'd be very grateful.
May soon need counsel, and any friend of yours is someone I already trust more than average."
Regards, J, April, 2012
"I have learned so much from reading about Thurman and his wealth of information
he provides to people like me who need to understand how to deal with the issues
in Family Law that involves the dissolution of a registered domestic partnership.
I appreciate this opportunity to be educated and respect you,
Thurman, for the expertise and caring you offer to those who need help.
Blessings to you and Jake."
Dorothy Mae, 3/27/12
"Dear Mr. Arnold,
I have wanted to write you for one year and 4 months to thank you for your help in my divorce.
I discovered your blog in November of 2010, probably at 3AM ...
so your blog was instrumental in helping me....
Your blog has helped me keep a sense of humor and
the presence of my Savior at the most inexplicable times.
One was at 3AM this morning when I found my old friend Thurman Arnold
had a new custody article. It was on the Jon Cryer custody stuff....
I learned the Art of Tracing at your knee - many thanks for that.
It is appalling what Family Law lawyers do not or do not want to know.
I now have a new lawyer.
There are a million other blessings I could share but they would fill pages."
"I was looking for a family law SEO specialist to create a new website for me
and his site had a high Google rank. The site is thorough, yet simple to navigate.
He writes with remarkable knowledge and clarity, rare for lawyer. His design is clean.
I selected him as my website designer primarily based on the appeal and ranking of his site -
he clearly knows his SEO stuff. I chose him over at least 15 other firms I contacted,
including all of the big players, and not because of cost, but because of his competence.
He also has tremendous knowledge of Family Law, and I use his site, and insight, as a
resource on substantive Family Law and for the concern he expresses for his clients."
J.C., Northern California Divorce and Family Law Attorney, 2/17/12
I came across your website during a Google search and wanted
to take a moment to commend you for a brillant website.
It always helps me as a Family Court Judge when self-represented litigants
(or represented litigants, for that matter) have some understanding of the reasons
I may decide their cases as I do. It is thoughtful, informative websites such as yours that
helps with that process, providing a valuable 'pro bono' service to the community.
A northern California Family Court Judge, 1/24/12
"Entering legal procedings is stressful and scary.
Dealing with child custody and divorce, it feels like your entire life is dangling
in the hands of other people, Mr. Arnold has the legal insight to defend you.
You will need an attorney that has the knowledge and experience
to handle your case, Mr. Arnold is that Lawyer. Mr. Arnold knows the law, knows what
and what not to do and how to do it. I had a challenging case and
He handled it with perfection. I am so pleased with the outcome.
I would recomend Mr. Arnold and his office
to my family and friends if they ever needed legal help."
Client of T.W. Arnold, 1/23/12
"Dear Mr. Arnold , Just wanted to say 'thank you' very much for taking the
time and especially for going into some 'overtime!' consulting with me.
I know my situation proved all the more difficult by currently living out
of the country,... and [my] special needs children."
Cyndi ***, client, 11/2/11
"I rank Mr. Arnold as excellent and a 10 out of 10 in all categories in the handling
of my case. My overall experience with the Arnold Law Office was Great! I would
recommend him to any family member or co-worker.
Thank you for all your hard work."
Anonymous client, 10/31/11
"Mr. Arnold was attentive, empathetic, knowledgeable and an excellent strategist.
I felt well represented & prepared in every aspect of my case.
Mr. Arnold felt like a friend in my perceived 'crisis' situation.
He was calming and settling in our conversations.
Thank you Thurman!"
Anonymous client, 9/23/11
"I had lost hope in the world of 'attorneys/legal counsel' to help and advise with
skill and knowledge for a persons best interest concerning their legal issues in need
of help with. An attorney who would be honest and straight forward with integrity
and a heart of true compassion. An attorney who is excited about law and the justice
it can bring and who is just as passionate when justice is wrongfully denied.
An attorney who listens patiently when you are all over the place with
anxiety and despair or ADHD :) Well, I can honestly say today I received
"legal counsel" from an Attorney!.... After my appointment for a second opinion, Hope
has been restored and the energy and fight to keep going is alive it was fading. For me to
give up, is just not an option. Humbly, I will continue to move forward.
Thank you Mr. Arnold.... Thank you Sir! Attorney Arnold is all and more of what many
people have stated about him..it is a fact!"
R. Taylor, "Second Opinion" Client, 9/15/11
"Thurman, I just want to follow-up on your bill and all the assistance you gave me.
I did not ignore the bill, the post office did not forward it. We just returned
Friday and found it at the neighbor's.
I'm so sorry that happened as you treated me wonderfully and I feel you were
more than fair in our charges."
J.N., satisfied client, 9/1/11
"I rank Mr. Arnold's firm 5/5 in my interactions with his office and 10/10
in terms of my overall experience and whether I'd recommend him to others.
While he did not appear exactly on time for my court appearances,
he did warn me in advance that he would be late and explained that
hearings don't usually begin in Indio at 8:15 and that I would be 'on the meter'
while we waited for the case to be called."
Anonymous client, 8/15/11
"Mr. Arnold is extremely knowledgeable and committed. He knows the ins and outs
of the system: if there is a way, he will find it. I am more than happy with his help
in my complicated divorce case."
Anonymous client, 8/5/11
"Thank you sooo much for all of your hard work.
I have been able to sleep these last few days and I owe you that."
Client, Claudia ***, 8/1/11
Thank you so very much for your time and advice. Our meeting with you
last week has given [Jane Doe] much hope and for that I cannot express
my gratitude enough. It was such a pleasure to meet you! I leave you with
the three little words you may be dreading - 'I'll be back'. Warmest regards.
"Just wanted to say 'thank you' very much for taking the time and especially
for going into 'overtime!' consulting with me....
I think it ... important to have a solid, knowledgeable ally on my side
and to get things started off on the right foot from the get-go....
Working to get together the $ to be able to work with you on my situation.
Hope to be in touch again ASAP - Thanks again, warm regards"
Many thanks for your great website. My husband is divorcing me
and one of your linked articles on Aggressive Divorce said so much....
As a paralegal under B&P§6450 et seq., I appreciate our attorneys who
have the highest regard for professionalism and ethics.
In other words, you are a breath of fresh air! ... Wish our case were in Riverside County ...
"I rank Mr. Arnold 8/10 in most of my dealings with his office. I rank him
5/5 in being on time for court proceedings. He was professional, attentive
to my needs, and informed about the law."
Anonymous client, 6/15/11
"Thurman thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to my case.
I am glad I turned to you to be my attorney.
You are a good man and lawyer.
My whole family and myself are grateful to you and your staff."
Roger M., client, 6/6/11
"I was referred to Mr. Arnold by a retired judge and also by a local therapist.
Ours was a collaborative divorce, and my husband is an attorney.
In almost all categories I rank him 5/5. Good job. Thank you!"
C.G., client, 6/14/11
"Your blog articles are unlike anything I've seen in the family law area.
When I was searching for pleadings or information throughout the course of my case,
the search results regularly came back with your site...."
As one of the counsel in the case, I much enjoyed reading your article on Davenport."
Name Withheld to Protect Anonymity, 5/12/11
"I love your website and your philosophy. Keep up the good work!"
"We love ThurmanArnold.com!
I really appreciate your collection of resources
on the thurmanarnold.com website,
Joan Ryder, 5/9/11
"Thurman is that rare attorney who promotes cooperative,
non-adversarial divorce. Where many attorneys exacerbate conflict because it
inevitably results in legal fees, Thurman promotes resolution and fair settlement.
On his website and blog, he provides more useful information
than the family law facilitator in superior court. Many divorce information websites
pass on outdated or erroneous information. If an important family law case
is published anywhere in the state, Thurman will analyze it and post it on his blog
within days of the decision. It is not exaggeration to say that he is ahead of the curve
when it comes to family law. I highly recommend his services.
Your blog has been invaluable to me in my dissolution case."
Stephen J., 5/8/11
"I had a very difficult divorce, which colors my evaluation of Mr. Arnold's efforts
and those of his Staff. His Staff was professional, attentive to my needs, polite
and courteous. Mr. Arnold was professional, polite, informed about my case and
informed about the law. Unfortunately Mr. Arnold recommended a private
investigator who ended up not getting his assignment done in the manner
in which I had hoped. I do feel Mr. Arnold could have done a better job
informing me about the law and projected outcome of the case at our first session."
S.C., client, 4/15/11
[Note to S.C., - I really appreciate receiving feedback of both my office's strengths
and weaknesses. It would be a fairy tale to suggest that anybody's experience of
divorce, and of their lawyers who sometimes must be the bearers of bad news,
can be perfectly satisfactory. Complex cases are often quite difficult to predict at the outset.
But I take your message to heart and am always striving to do a better job, including
setting client expectations early on."]
"Great post as usual."
Gary Fong, Party to IRMO Marriage of Fong, 3/9/11
"I want to tell you that I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE! I have been involved in a very high-conflict
Perplexing custody for quite some time. THANK YOU for supplying
such a great amount and knowledge of legal information on your website."
S. M. 2/17/11
"I have been a long time client of Mr. Arnold's. I rank he and his staff 4/5 in returning
calls and getting in for appointments. I rank him 10/10 for his knowledge and
communication style. Diane Dancy is excellent. Mr. Arnold referred me to therapist
Kim Phillips and I was very satisfied with her helping in solving all of our
custody issues. Mr. Arnold could have been more forceful in advising me
against a remarriage I was contemplating at the time."
Anonymous client, 1/14/11
"I found Mr. Arnold through his website. I rank Mr. Arnold 5/5 for returning
calls, getting in for appointments, for professionalism, empathy and caring,
being sincere and caring about my case, and being respectful of my
concerns, and informing me about the law. He was professional,
sincere, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him."
Anonymous client, 12/22/10
"Just wanted to thank you for your website. It's encouraging to find attorneys
who seem to care. I am working at organizing a conference in Las Vegas
to train attorneys to 'do it right for the children' and not for money....
Danielle D, Ph.D, 12/15/10
"Dear Mr. Arnold,
I read and appreciated your cogent blog piece on the much-needed amendments
regarding attorney fees under the Family Code...."
Douglas P., 12/13/10
"I opened your beautiful website and was in awe. You have such a refreshing perspective
on the practice of law and you come from such a balanced place. I can appreciate this
because I am working on my master's degree in transpersonal psychology. I too attempt
to integrate this type of balance into my life."
Suzanne C., 12/11/10
"I am very pleased with the work you did on my website and if you ever need
any recommendations, please feel free to use me as a referral source. I would
be more than happy to pass along my highest
Newport Beach Family Attorney Michael Spiekerman, 12/10/10
"Thurmond, thanks for your excellent articles."
Bruce J., Northern California Family Attorney, 11/20/10
"Thank you Thurman for a very professional job! You may use my first name and last initial,
and I would highly recommend you to anyone who inquired about a prenuptial attorney."
Gene H., client, 11/18/10
Thurman W. Arnold, III is Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Rated Lawyer
of Preeminent 5.0 Out of 5.0 as November 1, 2010
(Date of Latest Review Published on Martindale.com)
"I would like copyright permission to distribute to my general education class participants
the article/question on your webpage about Epstein/Watts/Jeffries.
The page will be printed in its entirety exactly as it appears on your website,
showing you as the source of the information. Thank you for your consideration."
"I decided to go take on my child support modification case without
the assistance of an attorney until 3 weeks had passed and I had more questions
without answers than I began with. Then on a Saturday I caved in
and wrote Mr. Arnold about my case and issues I was having with the legal procedures.
To my surprise, he responded within 30 minutes that same day with a detailed
10 paragraph response answering all of my very specific questions.
Mr. Arnold has since continued to offer his expertise on my seemingly
never ending Family Law issues and while I wouldn't tell people not to try
and handle their case alone because it can be rewarding,
I would definitely recommend Thurman Arnold if you find yourself in over your head.
Dora M., 9/18/10
What a wonderful web site and truly informative too.
I thoroughly enjoyed browsing your site."
I wanted to share with you that I thought your piece "Practice Makes Permanent"
on Cutting Edge Law was nicely done -- wise and humorous --
and will be helpful to
many. All my best,"
Scott Rogers, M.S., J.D.
Director, Institute for Mindfulness Studies
Specializing in the Study and Practice of Law
"Thurman, Thank you for your response.... I enjoy your blogs."
Blessings, Lynn, 9/16/10
"Found Mr Arnold to be very level headed and very brave to take on my divorce.
He acted very professionally all the way through. Worked very well for us.
We used the collaborative process."
Lee M., client, 8/31/10
"I am being taken back to court by my ex-wife to try and change our MSA
in its entirety. Mr. Arnold returned my call to his office with in 60 min of my first call
to his staff who are polite attentive and team focused. He was honest, kind,
and hard working. Sense his retention into my service I have found him to be
a team player who has included me in every decision and choice
being made for my case. I would recommend him to anyone
with a need for the best attorney around."
Ryan B., client, 8/2/10
"Great article! [The Peacemaking Option for Divorce]. Here in Florida
where mediation is mandated by statute in all divorces we have
a community of mediators who are working to educate the public
about the availability of pro-se or self-represented mediation outside
the courthouse with private mediators."
Attorney Elaine Silver, 8/18/10
"I have been reading your blog with much interest. Thank you for this excellent resource
and the mindful language throughout."
"Nice article re Ms Kresge's talk at the AFCC. By the way - the size of the Space Shuttles
was determined by the fact they had to also travel by rail - ergo the size of the
space shuttles were determined by the size of a horse's bum."
"Attorney Thurman Wesley Arnold returned my phone call
immediately after I found him by way of his website www.thurmanarnold.com.
I've been representing myself in the Riverside Court for Divorce and needed
help writing a Request for Modification. Mr. Arnold understood I had no money
to hire him, but still took the time to answer my questions and offered suggestions.
He quoted California Case files for me to use and suggested wording to help me
get my point across. I appreciate Attorney Arnold as a busy professional
taking a few moments out to help Pro Per- Stay at Home Mom like me."
Dora M., 7/1/10
"Just to let you know I came across your website when looking for something on a
Richmond order and found it interesting and informative.
I particularly liked the quote 'rather be talking to a bunch of damn fools [judges]
than listening to a bunch of damn fools [lawyers]'. I am not an attorney but knowing a few,
including family members I understand."
James L. Kelly, CPA, 7/15/10
"Hi Mr. Arnold,
The website looks great as usual! Exciting to see that you have started a mediation facility,
I'm sure it will be extremely beneficial to many!"
Judith S., 7/12/19
I recently read a wonderful article you wrote regarding imputed income, and
reviewed your website. I would love to have your representation on a case in Marin County regarding child support, but I see that you are in Palm Springs.
Do you have any recommendations for a Family Law lawyer in
San Francisco or San Rafael? I have an urgent need for representation in an appeal
for a child support case."
"I have been an attorney for 37 years and am a Certified Family Law Specialist.
Mr Arnold and I have opposed each other in trial. He is very competent and
an experienced attorney. Despite a partial trial, we were able to successfully resolve
many issues without a lengthy trial. He has passed the written exam for
family certification. Upon completion of the certification process,
he will be a very fine addition to the list of certified family law specialists."
Vista Attorney Gordon Meyer, CFLS, 4/10/10
"I endorse this lawyer's work because I trust his ethics and honesty above all else.
Wes, as he is known to his clients and fellow attorneys, has the decades of experience
a client and a fellow attorney looks for and the down to earth friendliness a client,
especially a divorce client, needs when their marriage has fallen apart.
I wholeheartedly recommend this attorney to anyone in need of a family lawyer
in the Palm Springs and Palm Desert area."
Personal Injury Attorney Sebastian Gibson, 3/10
"I have had Mr. Arnold appear in my Courtroom over the years and
now that I am retired, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him
on numerous projects and cases.He is dedicated and hardworking and has
at the heart of his practice the clients needs and best interests foremost.
He is able to litigate a complicated matter with great skill as well as to resolve
through mediation and settlement those cases that are amenable
to alternate dispute resolution.
A really great lawyer and leader in forward thinking Family Law issues."
Retired Family Court Judge, Gretchen W. Taylor, 3/10
"Thurman Arnold is bright and well-versed in family law. In the words of pundit
Ben Stein, he is a worthy adversary. He has softened (in a good way) in recent years and
now realizes that divorce clients are best served by collaboration and cooperation
between the lawyers, and that the aggressive, "see you in court" approach should be a
last resort rather than standard operating procedure (viewpoints which I share)."
Family Law Attorney Mark Gershenson, 2/10
"I highly endorse Thurman Arnold, having known him since the early 1990's
and we worked together on a case several years ago. He cares for his clients and
is very knowledgeable, particularly in the area of Family Law, in which he is
a certified specialist. He has also handled many trials, over the course of his
three decades as an attorney."
Consumer Attorney Robert Stempler, 2/10
"If I have a family law matter, he is the guy that I send it to.
Experienced, hard working and reliable."
Real Estate Attorney Mitchell Sussman, 10/09
"When my divorce went to trial, it became imperative for me to hire an attorney.
I live in Georgia, so I had to do over the phone consultations. When I spoke with
Mr. Arnold, it just "felt right" and I retained him FIVE DAYS before trial.
I arrived in CA the day 2 days before trial and he and his staff came in on Sunday
to prepare. Even with the limited time, he was WONDERFUL in court (and out)
and the ruling came back very favorable in my
Thanks to Mr. Arnold and Diane!!"
Michelle H., client, 10/30/09
"After speaking with 3 different attorneys I knew I wanted
Mr. Arnold to represent me in my difficult and painful divorce.
He was empathic, non-judgmental and always available. I
referred a friend to him and she is also incredibly pleased
with his professional manner and sound advice."
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"I know that you have a hundred complex cases,
Against God in court,
But never mind wayfarer
Let's just get out of this mess
And pray to be loving and humble...."
- Hafiz, From Translations of Daniel Ladinsky "The Gift: Out of this Mess" -
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