Let me say some things about Mark Bailey. Bear with me, as I am not a poet. I met Mark at the near end of a very ugly divorce. I was a 62-year-old man who had been married for 38 years. During my first meeting with him, I was so full of emotion and confusion, I had to take a friend with me to do some of the talking. The first thing I noticed was this very professional man’s ability to look me in the eye and convey to me that we were starting at a bad spot -- near the end of my divorce. He said to me, “Brian, you need to somehow control the emotion and focus on the facts so I can properly do my job.” This was one of the most considerate things anyone has ever said to me. Very few people in my life have been able to remove the chaff from my speech and leave something behind that made sense.
Mark is one of -- if not the most -- professional people I have ever dealt with. I have referred three people to him with no regrets. There are divorce attorneys that use smear tactics, dishonesty, bullying, and out and out lies in the courtroom. He doesn’t. If you go to an attorney and they tell you great tall tales of how good you are going to come out, do yourself a favor, get up out of your chair and call Mark. He will tell you what could be, what should be, and what he hopes it will be; but he will use facts.
I think divorce is perhaps the ugliest most hurtful thing there is and at a time like this a person needs someone to fight for them, be honest with them, and put them at ease. The lack of sleep, crying, and puking are bad enough -- you don't want to also find out your attorney didn’t have any facts behind them and just played a lot of chin music in the courtroom. It may sound really good when you are in their office, but facts shut them down every time.
The courtroom is this man’s home. I have been treated with respect and kindness by everyone in his office. This guy just plain saved my butt. It takes a lot for someone to gain my respect, yet he had it after our first conversation. I wish I had some magic words to describe how he gave me back some self-esteem … and hope.
Hire Mark Bailey. Let him do his job. He is good at it. The case to him is what a canvas is to an artist. I get a bit emotional at times, but the guy can say two or three words and we are right back on track. Oh, darn it he charges for his work. I learned you get what you pay for. I have yet to see a fluffy email sent to me to pad his checkbook.
I was getting so screwed by my first attorney and I really thought my life was over. Mark put life back in this beat up old man, healed the wounds and gave me another shot at living. Now that right there is a big deal.
They have some pretty decent pens on the reception desk too! Just sayin'. Best money I ever spent was hiring Mark Bailey.
I had retained Mark Bailey for services related to my divorce. His attention to detail and follow up was nothing short of stellar. From his attention to my matter to his staff and their constant updates on progression of the matter. Retaining their services made every difference.
Their attention to detail 'off loaded' the stress and made me feel like my case was just as important to them as it was to me. Kudos to Mark Bailey and
Another Job Well Done!
- George W.*
At the trial, I was represented by a different law firm. Fortunately, my subsequent consultation with John J. Smith (of Bailey, Smith & Bailey, P.C.) revealed potential flaws in the Circuit Court Judge's reasoning; primarily, that the Judge offered no physical evidence (e.g. research) to support his claim that the age of the children precluded effective shared parenting. My case was successfully appealed to the State Court by Mr. Smith with a decision to remand. This allowed for subsequent professional psychological and parenting evaluations with beneficial results that convinced my former wife to reach a Joint Custody Settlement Agreement.
Today, my former wife and I live within one block of each other and our daughters, in high school and middle school, have two happy households. I am happily married with an additional younger daughter, and all are immensely loved. I continue to cherish the time we have together and to play a significant role in their lives. I hope the feeling is mutual among them. Our children are in large part our legacy and there can be no greater source of pride. Suffice it to say, most of this parenting experience would not have been possible without the successful efforts of John J. Smith and the law firm of Bailey, Smith and Bailey, P.C.
- Scott D.*
I am so fortunate and thankful to have been referred to attorney Mark R. Bailey. His intellect was evident throughout the entire process. His advice was grounded in decades of specialized practice and experience. My calls and emails were answered promptly and accurately. Everyone at his firm was courteous and accommodating. Mark was able to keep me on track, move the technical aspects of the process forward while showing compassion rarely found in his profession.
Divorce isn’t pleasant and it certainly is not easy. However, if divorce is necessary, I feel choosing the right attorney will make all the difference in the world. Attorney Mark R. Bailey is a man of integrity, intelligence and understanding. I consider Mark Bailey as one of my most trusted and valued advisors.
- David L.*
- Barry L.*
- Brian V.*
In August of 2009, it was clear that if I stayed with my first attorney I would never see my daughter and felt powerless when the courts allowed them to stay out of the state permanently. After much searching I found Bailey, Smith & Bailey, P.C. and had a very deep consultation with Mr. John J. Smith regarding the failure to take action from my prior counsel and a new course that would benefit me and hopefully lessen the damages already done. This was no easy task and yet Mr. Smith and the entire firm told me that despite the Judge going against state laws that are set-up to protect people like me, there was still hope for me. Mr. Smith took on the Friend of the Court about the charges my ex made against me and cleared that up. He made sure all her bills stayed hers while I took care of my own. The house was awarded to me alone with no buy-out needed.
After my bank account took multiple hits from my wife accessing them, Mr. Smith wasn’t going to allow her any more access than what was necessary. This included my 401-k account. Mr. Smith was ready to go toe-to-toe and it was ordered that she would get the amount she had on the day she left and not one penny more. This was all so overwhelming to me and Mr. Smith never let me lose hope.
Reuniting with my daughter was the toughest part. The travel aspect was upsetting to the Judge, however; I don’t think I would have the parenting time Mr. Smith obtained on my behalf if I would have stayed with my original attorney.
I currently have four years and six months left of court involvement. I have healed more and more with each passing month. The love I have for my daughter has no boundaries and Mr. Smith made sure that I understood every step along the way.
John J. Smith couldn’t change the way things were handled in the past, but I am grateful for the future that he carved out for my daughter and me.