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Law Offices of Sandra J. Mcmanus

San Jose, California

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Law Offices of Sandra J. Mcmanus

San Jose, California

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15 November 2019

Sandra saw me in need in the courthouse as I was crying on the phone about my divorce. I was trying to do it all myself and had been turned away so many times. She patiently waited and introduced herself and her services. She was raw, honest, upfront, empathetic and compassionate to my situation. My divorce was finally finalized and I couldn't feel more free. Thank you Sandra, you were a godsend that day and I will be forever grateful. Your professionalism matched with treating me like a human being is appreciated beyond words. More...

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4 April 2019

I'll start by saying that I did not know Sandra prior to hiring her back in 2014, but I am so glad I did (I found her by doing a random Google search, so it was a bit of a shot in the dark). Without giving too much detail about my specific case (for the sake of privacy), I want to say that Sandra CARES about kids, and she wants to do what is right. The opposing party in our case had no problem lying under oath, which was a hard thing to fight against without hard evidence, but Sandy didn't give up. We did have some setbacks (don't be under any delusion that there won't be setbacks), but we ultimately prevailed due to Sandra's diligence and commitment. She is extremely passionate about her work, and she's a very good listener, which I think is of the highest importance; she wants a thorough understanding of your case and details, even if they might not seem relevant to you, they might be helpful-she notices what matters. That said, she is not going to be pushed around by anyone. If she thinks you have an approach that is not going to be good for your case, she will recommend against it. She is trustworthy, forthright, and considerate. The process of child custody is a complex and stressful one, it's not an easy or straight path by any means (and you CANNOT expect overnight results). I have no doubt that the people who wrote negative things had unrealistic expectations of the law. She is only going to be prepared if you are. Sandra is smart, and sees ideas/details that others might miss, but she plays by the book 100%, which is a good thing! There were several times where we had setbacks and things weren't looking good, but Sandra didn't give up easily. My favorite thing about Sandra? No bullsh*t. More...

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17 February 2017

I hired Sandra for a child custody case, and I was extremely happy with her knowledge, professionalism, advice, and the outcome of my case. She has a great rapport with the other Santa Clara County attorneys as well as with the Family Court Judges. I would highly recommend her to my friends and family. More...

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19 September 2012

I am a male who has been falsely accused of Domestic Violence by my wife. Although it is a civil case, the degree of seriousness is no less than that of Criminal Court. I realize I am one of the minority in such instances. I do believe the federal law Violence Against Women Act has its purpose. It provides a voice and a defense for battered women and children, when before they had none, and it deals with abusers appropriately. The creation of the law was well-intentioned, but as much as there is an epidemic of violence against individuals who are involved in relationships, there remains a gender bias that has contributed to the dismantling of innocent people's lives, and has allowed vindictive individuals to exploit the system.    I had been cut off from finances, my personal documents were withheld preventing me from obtaining employment, and I am being presumed guilty until proven innocent. I am in the position of  proving false fabricated accusations, while my spouse has every service afforded to her for free, and she isn't required to support her claim with evidence. In a time of desperation and looking for assistance, I had been cordially escorted out the door of organizations claiming advocacy on behalf of the victim, while being the victim of malicious intent.  I spent hours in the San Jose Law Library, and countless hours online researching the law and court procedure.   The first two lawyers I met were  the types one would find putting their feet up on their desks and saying: "So what? These were male lawyers. It became so frustrating, one of the lawyers was obsessed with a spec on my shirt. I looked at my shirt pocket and saw no speck. I have always said, the best humor comes from the most tragic of circumstances. It is when you least expect irony.   I had  Sandra J. McManus on the back burner during this time, but made an appointment to visit her firm. We met today. Instead of the typical free 30 minute consultation offered by Mrs. McManus, I was afforded almost an hour, as a result of her personal interest and professionalism. There was never an instant where I felt perceived as the guilty or innocent one. It was never relevant.   The advice given to me was iron clad and the resources invaluable. I never felt as though I was encroaching on her lunch time or consuming the time and profit to be made from potential paying clients. I felt guilty as a result of the time she had given me. I attempted to get up and leave several times just out of respect and consideration. But before I finally did, Mrs. McManus was able to screw my head on straight and aim me in the right direction.   She is an uncommon mixture of compassion and professionalism. Inevitably, I saved the best for last. The last but not least. I chose her because I researched her background. She is a sit in judge at the Santa Clara County Court House, so she has an understanding and insight of both sides of the bench. Similar to Superman, she occasionally forgoes the attire of the attorney in exchange for the judicial black robe.  How many lawyers do you know have this experience?       Like the difference between a teacher and a proctor, the title and professionalism often associated with an attorney garners more respect than that of just being a lawyer. She, indeed, possesses the qualities of an attorney. More...

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