Testimonials

Top-Notch Legal Representation

“Let’s be honest: by the time you need an attorney, you and your close loved ones have probably been through the wringer, sustained a lot of drama and/or conflict, and you arrive to your first attorney consultation somewhat traumatized and distrustful of people in general. Added to that is choosing an attorney can be a gamble. No matter how much research you do, or how many personal referrals you have, it really comes down to taking a chance on a stranger who may or may not jive with you or advocate exactly as you think you need. Word to the wise: it is smart to retain an attorney for any situation in which you have to deal with an unstable relationship, the court system, a professional issue, or a situation in which your livelihood or income is in play.

First and foremost: cost. Most people don’t have a slush fund for legal issues or a long, protracted court battle. Attorney Hatley’s costs are beyond reasonable, did not cause undue financial strain, and likely are the best in the region.

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Minutes into our first consultation, Attorney Hatley was able to cut to the heart of the matter – she grasped intuitively that it was about my children and advocating for them. Attorney Hatley expertly navigated, motions filed and attorneys retained, and she did so directly with verbiage that accurately reflected the big-picture goals – even when I was uncomfortable facing conflict head-on.

It took almost two years to be heard by the court due to multiple continuances and rescheduled hearing dates. Clients should anticipate that, because attorneys and cases are at the mercy of an over scheduled and understaffed North Carolina court system. Through it all, Attorney Hatley remained calm and focused on the long game. Along the way, she appropriately presented options and had me consider them, but ultimately she steered me toward a position of strength.
During days of sitting and waiting in court, we saw many attorneys in action as they presented cases, and we gleaned a glimpse of how other attorneys operate. By far, Attorney Hatley was the most composed, prepared, and unflappable in comparison to over a dozen of her colleagues. Even on days when we weren’t heard, despite the frustration of sitting in court and costs spent on traveling, I stuck with Attorney Hatley and trusted her.

When it came down to the trial, Attorney Hatley had about 10 days to prepare a strategic plan for almost two years of developments in the case in addition to counter-motions and allegations, which would have buried and intimidated a less proficient professional firm. Despite this, Attorney Hatley’s whole staff kept in consistent contact with me, and were especially supportive on occasions when I was not feeling particularly brave or strong.

Attorney Hatley employed tremendous strategies in court that surprised even me – her client – let alone everyone else. Attorney Hatley didn’t sweat small stuff or get bogged down in irrelevant minute details, which can belabor an already tedious process. She was razor-sharp and relaxed, respectful to everyone on the stand whether on our side or not, and appropriately deferential to the judge but she spoke up and objected when warranted. On breaks and during recesses, she was completely down-to-earth with me, my family, and my character witnesses. I never thought that a trial would actually be a positive experience, but it really was, especially with Attorney Hatley at my side.

The court is supposed to work for both parties and be fair. Attorney Hatley knew I was human, and had imperfect and frustrated moments along the way, and she supported and defended me. She never wavered in her overall strategy and that is reflected in the positivity I feel to this day. I am grateful for top-notch legal representation.”

Kate


Very Professional

“Extremely satisfied with how Attorney Hatley represented my case. Staff was very professional and I was kept well informed during the entire process.”

Rodney Peoples


Goes Above and Beyond

“I am Mrs. Hatley’s paralegal and she helped me with my case as well as my younger brother through his divorce. When she fights for you she is fully invested and has your best interest at heart. Attorney Hatley goes above and beyond for each and every client and I think the positive reviews on here as well as the positive feedback I hear about her from our clients daily speaks volumes.”

Leydis Spence


Firm Understanding of the Law

“Angela Hatley and her employees were very professional and friendly. I hired Ms. Hatley to handle my divorce and she took the time to make sure I understood the process and legal implications of everything involved. She really showed a firm understanding of the law and prevented my ex from taking me to the cleaners. I would recommend Ms. Hatley to anyone going through a divorce, especially if a spiteful spouse is involved!”

Halfthewaysir


Achieved my desired results at a very reasonable price

“Angela Hatley and her employees were very professional and friendly. I hired Ms. Hatley to handle my divorce and she took the time to make sure I understood the process and legal implications of everything involved. She really showed a firm understanding of the law and prevented my ex from taking me to the cleaners. I would recommend Ms. Hatley to anyone going through a divorce, especially if a spiteful spouse is involved!”

Dan Wilson


Judge granted me SOLE Physical Custody

“Mrs. Hatley took on my case after my children were given to my their mother who had told the court I was unfit and was never in my children’s life. I was so frustrated and upset and before paying Mrs. Hatley a dime she confronted my ex-lawyer and told him as soon as she was hired he better be prepared because she was going to fight it. AND SHE DID!!!! It took two years, DSS was called on me several times with false allegations, I was put on child support (which Mrs. Hatley also took care of), each time we went to court she reassured me everything was going to be okay. Her patience and knowledge of the law not only turned around the custody order but the Judge granted me SOLE Physical Custody. I’m so thankful God allowed me to hire Mrs. Hatley! And I found her thanks to these reviews. So if you are reading this STOP AND GO HIRE HER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Ced Dean


Courteous, professional, and extremely knowledgeable

“These guys are courteous, professional and extremely knowledgeable. Will use them again and again whenever needed.”

Kai Murphy


Would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone

“Ms Angela represented me during my divorce and kept me up to date with everything even after. She did her best at all times. The paralegals Christi and Leydis did an amazing job in making sure I filled out all paperwork properly and if I had questions they answered them promptly. Tracy the receptionist did amazing in making sure I was tracking any upcoming court dates and always professional and courteous. Overall the law firm did an amazing job in dealing with me and handling my divorce. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone.”

Robert Kampf


Unbelievably Patient and Caring

“Ms Angela represented me during my divorce and kept me up to date with everything even after. She did her best at all times. The paralegals Christi and Leydis did an amazing job in making sure I filled out all paperwork properly and if I had questions they answered them promptly. Tracy the receptionist did amazing in making sure I was tracking any upcoming court dates and always professional and courteous. Overall the law firm did an amazing job in dealing with me and handling my divorce. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone.”

Karen Flynn


Of the highest quality and degree

“My experience with the Hatley Law firm has been one to read about. As I write this review, I hope that all who read it, will gain clarity and perspective in their decision-making process. If you are looking for a qualified team to represent you then you have arrived at the right place.
My situation like others- was broken and I was in need of real help. I didn’t know where to turn or where to begin. Beginning seemed like an impossibility because so much was coming to an end. But I did my research, took a chance, and walked in their door. My life changed forever.

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My first visit compromised of meeting the staff and being warmly welcomed into an environment of trust. They knew me because they had been me. During my case the staff had sent me encouraging e-mails and that’s when I found out that the reason for the unexpected atmosphere: Angela Hatley had been intimately involved in helping her staff fight the good fight before they were even her staff.

I am so thankful for Angela and her team; Tracy(receptionist), Christi (paralegal), and Leydis (paralegal) were each amazing in their own skill set and helped expedite my case with a sense of urgency and genuine concern. These are amazing ladies!

Angela fought for us. Angela listened to me. Angela was invested in my situation outside of things like retainer fees and filing fees. She truly cared about me and my children. She was competent and ready to fight for us. And she did.

20 Days after walking in her office, my case was resolved.

I believe that REAL help comes from above. Angela Hatley and her staff was that help for me. They were an answered prayer and I will forever be thankful for each of them. I will remember their names and what they did for us always.

If I could reconcile my thoughts about this team and their leader, Angela Hatley, it would be Superlative: Of the highest quality and degree.”

Billy Rains


Everything Turned Out Great

“I love her. She helped me with a custody situation and everything turned out great I would recommend her.”

Kiara Eversley


10 Stars!

“If I could give her 10 Stars I would! Attorney Hatley is absolutely a great Lawyer. She has been representing me in a custody battle, and I have to say that I am very happy with the results up to now. Her and her staff are very responsive. I feel like all my concerns and issues are addressed in a expedite manner. I was recommended to her from another father fighting for custody and I would recommend her to any other parent trying to do the right thing for there children. After investing 6K in my previous layer, he told me that I did not have a chance at primary custody. After I got rid of him and sought out Attorney Hatley representation, the change has been night and day. My child now lives with me. She is vey professional and experienced.

You can be assured her and her staff will give you quality service and you will receive a vigorous and thorough representation. I cant say enough about the Hatley law Firm!”

Ulysses Gerena


Highly Recommend Her

“MS Hatley is a great Lawyer. She represented me in a primary custody case. Even though we really made it to court, as the case was settled between me and the other party, I have no doubt that she would have won the case for me. She makes herself very available for her clients. I highly recommend her as your Lawyer!”

Anthony Lenard


Outstanding Legal Counsel

“As a past and current client of the Hatley Law Firm, I can personally endorse the outstanding legal service provided by Ms. Hatley and her staff. Ms. Hatley is not only an exceptional legal counsel, she is also a very caring, honest, and understanding person. Her firm consistently gives priority to the legal needs of their clients and effectively and successfully addresses them. The Hatley Law Firm has been my choice for legal counsel and now, also the choice of the family members and co-workers to which I have recommended Ms. Hatley.”

Lee, 2015


Professional Legal Representation

“The minute I walked into the law office of Angela Hatley, I knew I was in the right place. I was confused and anxious. A disgruntled parent had turned me into my Professional Board to pursue disciplinary action (the nightmare of all clinicians) and I needed legal representation. Ms. Hatley’s staff was warm and inviting. Ms. Hatley entered the room to greet me. She took all my paperwork and files “to read immediately”. Within two days, my Board had a letter stating she would be representing me, the allegations were false, and she would be on the case to give evidence to this obvious conclusion.

Ms. Hatley proved herself to possess the qualities everyone hopes for in their attorney. She was reassuring and in control. Being an RN as well as an attorney, she possesses an impressive competence when working with medical boards. She did not hesitate to immediately schedule a deposition, and was highly skilled when arguing and contesting the information being presented by Board Professionals. She made me feel well defended and protected throughout the process. She eased my fears and was consistently encouraging.

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My case was dismissed prior to any scheduled Bd. hearings. I am sure this very positive outcome is the direct result of Ms. Hatley’s medical and legal expertise. She was strong and confident throughout the proceedings, and I am sure she represents her Family Law cases with equal respect and commitment. I highly recommend her to professionals and families in the Fayetteville area needing legal representation.”

Alida S. Mason LCSW LPC
The Haymount Institute for Psychological Services


Strong Endorsement from Single Military Father

I have been a client of Ms Hatley since 2008. Angela without a doubt is the best lawyer I have ever known and I have worked with many lawyers in my professional career and my personal situations. My situation started with me having my daughter being taken from me by my x in a very underhanded way after my 15 month brutal deployment to Iraq. With Angela’s help, I later my obtained custody. As with all service members and being male in a town like Fayetteville the cards were definitely stacked against me. But Angela and I never gave up during the 3 year battle. She worked a payment program with me because I was In a bad financial situation due to having to pay child support and my x leaving me with numerous unpaid bills and expenses. Over time we slowly built a strong case. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would win but we did. Now years later my daughter and I are thriving and I have been promoted numerous times and my life and career is on track. Some day I might write a book on my experiences to help service members going through divorce and custody. Angela and I have kept a strong relationship to this day and she checks on us. I have also kept employing her services as residual situations with my x continue, such as her not paying child support. I would recommend you approach divorce like a long war and build a strong relationship with your lawyer. Angela gets that and never leaves your side. Also do not go into this fight on the cheap or you will not win. I basically knew this would be the case. All in all I spent approx $15k over the three years and was given time after to pay it off. It was worth every penny and I don’t pay child support. In fact I get a check every month.”

Jimmy, 2014 client


Child Custody/Divorce

Took my case on short notice and immediately got custody of my son returned to me–she really cares about her clients and takes steps to make sure that the client feels comfortable in this difficult process.

2013 Client


Best Lawyer in Fayetteville, NC

“I just want to express my sincerest gratitude towards Angela Hatley and her excellent staff! I can’t say enough about them. I’m a single father who had his kids taken away from him about a month ago due to serious allegations which involved: -potential criminal child abuse charges -restraining order -two of my family members testifying against me -Court continued 3 weeks in a row (During which I was never able to address the allegations once) -DSS worker who stated on the stand, “High concerns” with my children living with me, that she recommended I should “undergo anger management classes before I was allowed unsupervised visitation.” During those three weeks of continued heartbreak I was so anxious to plead my case I actually stood up before the judge without being called on and was almost held into contempt. I’m so thankful for Mrs. Hatley’s diligence for calming me down and reiterating the importance for me to control my emotions. She was very patient and understanding with me (even though I was so emotional I had an attention span like a fish). It turns out I NEVER EVEN HAD TO TESTIFY! The confidence and experience of Mrs. Hatley controlled the courtroom, and exposed all these allegations to be non credible, despite what DSS had said. She demanded respect in the court room, while she talked no one dared interrupt. The criminal abuse charges were dropped, anger management dropped, and was awarded primary custody of my kids. I NEVER EVEN HAD TO TESTIFY! GOD IS SO GRACIOUS TO HAVE LED ME TO MRS. HATLEY! Despite my constant worrying, I truly felt that Mrs Hatley shared my grief with me, and took my case personal and to her own heart. All the while I was so anxious to plead my case I almost got held into contempt for speaking without being called, when all along I didn’t have to be anxious on nothing, but pray and put my faith in God. God had Mrs. Hatley do all the talking for me, and I’m so greatful to HIM for her. If your not confident in your case because the world seems to be against you, consult the Hatley Law firm! Thank-you and God Bless.”

2013 Client