Thomas took the time to listen to my concerns and advise me on the correct course of action. Couldn’t have asked for better help!
thoughtful and helpful
I consulted with Mr. Valkenet about my real estate problem. At the time, I was amidst separation from my fiance and was fighting over the house. Mr. Valkenet was my saving grace shedding me some light of what my possible legal options were. He was even thoughtful to refer me to a lawyer in my area that way I can save on lawyer and travel fees. Gladly, my ex and I were able to settle on our own. But if at that time I needed to hire a lawyer, I wouldnt hesitate to hire him or one of his referrals. Thank you again!!!
Real Estate Consultation
I worked with Thomas Valkenet on a condo sale in Baltimore City. I have nothing but good things to say about Mr Valkenet, as he is very professional and clearly knows what he is talking about. The deal ultimately didn’t go through for the reasons beyond our control, but despite the setback I’d hire him again in a heartbeat.
Extremely Knowledgeable and Helpful
Mr. Valkenet assisted me with a right of redemption matter. He consistently went out of his way to make time for me. He patiently answered all of my questions and provided me with very helpful advice for handling a stressful situation. I felt very confident in having Mr Valkenet handle my matter as he is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend Mr. Valkenet.
Kind, knowledgeable and helpful!
While having a problem dealing with an investment group flipping the house next to mine, I called Mr. Valkenet to get a better understanding of the situation and both parties rights. He was extremely kind and explained everything in understandable language. After speaking with Mr. Valkenet, I had z clear understanding of the situation, where to start in solving my problem and next steps. He was a great resource!!!
Mr. Valkenet gave me a great initial consultation over the phone and really took the time to listen to me. I had spoken with several other lawyers about my situation before finding Mr. Valkenet, but none of them
really understood my problem, and told me there was nothing to be done. Mr. Valkenet understood my case immediately and discussed several promising methods to resolve it off the top of his head. I went from feeling hopeless and frustrated to totally reassured. I am looking forward to resolving my case quickly with his help.
Took Time to talk over the phone
I contacted Mr. Valkenet by email and was surprised when he called and spent a good deal of time talking with me about my issue – and gave me some ideas of how to proceed. I was so impressed with his professionalism and willingness to spend a few minutes without even charging me! If I do need an attorney, I’m calling him
I spoke with Mr. Valkenet by phone to explain my issue, and we covered extensive details, including ideas and key decision points. I was utterly impressed with his candor, knowledge, and the considerable amount of time that he offered, without any allusion to compensation, during just an introductory call.
I was very nervous at first because I had never been sued before but Mr. Valkenet put me at ease immediately. I trust that he has my best interest in mind and will help me through this experience.
- Teresa V Cowan
took the stress off a very difficult situation
Tom Valkenet was immensely helpful in advising me and addressing my concerns. He was very generous with his professional knowledge, which helped guide my decisions. Litigation was ultimately avoided. However, knowing that he had my back, if legal intervention became necessary, took the stress off a very difficult situation.
- Lorrie Miller
Quick response returning call, extremely detailed information and suggestions. A great go to attorney when help is needed.
- D Savage
Ian was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a quality lawyer.
- Staci Finney
Make Young & Valkenet your very first call
Had a problem with a difficult contract. Very succinct and to the point, I can’t recommend Mr. Valkenet enough for his willingness to evaluate the situation, render options and help us resolve in the shortest period of time. Make Young & Valkenet your very first call.
- Mike Drinks
The right law firm
Ian has been a trusted resource for my company for several years now. The right law firm to have on your side.
- Evan Roberts
Very seasoned, smart, and considerate
Wow, how refreshing it is to work with Mr.Valkenet and willing to with you to achieve your desired results. Very seasoned, smart, and considerate. Great find.
- wh hw
Ian is easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend if you’re in need of legal assistance.
- Tyler Anzmann
prompt, knowledgeable, and made sure an agreement was reached
Ian represented my company in the purchase of a real estate portfolio. He was prompt, knowledgeable, and made sure an agreement was reached that satisfied all parties. I fully recommend working with Ian for any type of transaction. We look forward to working with him in the future.
- Jeff Miller
We came to a satisfactory settlement
Ian took on a case where a business next door came on my property and cut down 7 white pines without my permission, using a fake survey as justification. The lawyers for the business were mean and aggressive with ridiculous claims; Ian was great in his responses and ultimately they had to accept culpability. We came to a satisfactory settlement
- David Bolton
Top notch law firm! Ian helped resolve a title cloud, which helped save property that has been in my family since 1910….that’s 110 years!!!! Every other lawyer that I had consultations with said that it would be close to impossible to resolve the title cloud. The title case took almost four years to resolve, but Ian kept me in the loop each step of the way. We had a great rapport and Ian responded to every call and email over the years. I’m sure I was annoying over those years. I am forever grateful for what Young & Valkenet helped achieve and they will always be my top choice for complex legal matters.
- Latoya Gatewood-Young
We had a great experience with Ian at Young & Valkenet. They were very responsive, professional, and extremely helpful in a difficult case. We appreciated their timely attention to all the details of our case, and their ability to convey complex legal information in a clear and concise manner.
Very professional and knowledgeable
Very professional and knowledgeable .
outstanding job they did for my case. I’m very pleased with the outcome.
I strongly recommend this firm to anyone that has any legal needs.
- Summer ZV L
I called in for legal advice and spoke to Mr. Valkenet today. He was extremely helpful and quickly got right to the heart of the matter and the legal implications of my problem. His advice was timely and accurate and put my interest ahead of his own by advising me that my case is not strong and I should avoid litigation!
- Frank Weaver
I would highly recommend Young and Valkenet for your civil litigation needs. Both Ian and Thom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their field. They are responsive to their clients needs and very professional. I can not recommend this firm enough.
- Nicole Rush
Both Ian and Thom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced
I would highly recommend Young and Valkenet for your civil litigation needs. Both Ian and Thom are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their field. They are responsive to their clients needs and very professional. I can not recommend this firm enough.
- Nicole Rush
Clear, concise advise, practical and useful.
Great initial conversation with Tom Valkanet. Clear, concise advise, practical and useful.
I Also got a fair idea of time and costs involved.
Seriously thinking about hiring him.
Thank you for your time !
- Philippe Demol
Ian has been very thorough, communicative, and dedicated in pursuit of our case. I have full confidence that my organization is being represented with professionalism and skill. He has patiently explained any jargon or legal machinations I needed to understand in order to make informed decisions about how to proceed at various junctures with the case, and has kept me updated promptly as things proceed. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
- Amy Menzer
His rates were reasonable
Ian helped me out of a tough spot with a mortgage bank that was letting foreclosed property next to one of my properties flood my basement. Ian was great to work with. His rates were reasonable, he listened, and he got me the best resolution I could expect under the circumstances. I would work with him again in a heartbeat, and have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
- John Newhouse
Very knowledgeable and helpful
Tom Valkenet was very knowledgeable and helpful in providing information about a neighbor noise dispute in Anne Arundel County. He thoroughly explained the steps that need to be taken prior to filing a lawsuit. I was very appreciative of his candor, straightforwardness, and willingness to spend the time to make sure I understood what my options are. I would highly recommend Mr. Valkenet to anyone who has questions and/or needs advice when dealing with nuisance neighbors.
- Heather Dole
Easy to understand
Mr. Ian Valkenet assisted me in understanding, and how to properly respond to, a Non Disclosure agreement attached an offer of employment. Not only did he explain the contract in easy to understand terms, but he also had answers to questions I didn’t even know to ask in regards to the agreement. I fully intend to use Mr. Valkenet in the future should the need arise.
- Kyle Haker
Called about a concern with my house and he was able to point me in the right direction. Never felt like he was disinterested or was trying to rush me off the phone.
I consulted with Thomas Valkenet regarding a dispute I’m having with my condo association. I kind of expected him to explain my options without giving me any real advice unless I put down a retainer, but he gave me honest, thorough advice and explained the pros and cons and likely potential outcomes. He didn’t necessarily tell me what I “wanted” to hear but he told me what I needed to hear, gave me some much needed perspective on the issue, and made me feel more at ease about making my final decision. Had I decided to pursue legal action I would feel extremely comfortable with Thomas Valkenet representing me. Extremely professional, knowledgeable, and truthful. Highly recommended.
- J K
Real estate contract
Thorough, answered all my questions in a way I could understand and was upfront about hourly rate and pricing
Awesome Service / Remarkable Results
Ian, was professional, articulate and exceptional at contract lawyer. Through his outstanding execution Ian negotiated an amenable resolution to my business and real estate concerns. I highly recommend Ian and will re-hire him for future legal matters.
Action Against FormerTenant
I hired Ian to pursue a former tenant for unpaid damages and fees. He filed court action against the former tenant and then successfully negotiated a settlement on my behalf. I was referred to his firm by a friend and will not hesitate to refer others to him. Hopefully, I will not need his services again, but if end up with any similar problems, I will not hesitate to hire him again.
Caring, excellent, knowledgeable, expert
Tom has been so kind, helpful and caring, he is very knowledgeable, patient, detail oriented and definitely the field expert! He can instantly figure out the hidden defects and lies of the opposing parties immediately and always try his best to protect his clients. His staff Magaret and partner are also very helpful, hardworking, supportive and sharp, the team deserve all aspects of clients respect, professionally or personally.
Mr Valkenet gives excellent advice!
- Katharine W Fernstrom
Thorough and Thoughtful
Thomas patiently listened to our concerns and questions and offered us a lot of information about our rights, legal options and courses of action. The knowledge and confidence he gave us immediately reduced our stress levels and helped us make the best decision for our situation. Highly recommended.
- Amancia E
I highly recommend this law firm!
Mr. Ian Valkenet heard my situation and was extremely thorough and expedient in helping me come to a quick resolution with positive results. The company I had issue with would not give me the time of day until I acquired the services of Young and Valkenet. Within 24 hours of Mr. Valkenet contacting the company, my issue was resolved! I highly recommend this law firm!
- vernon koslow
Advice on Home Improvement Contract
We contacted Mr. Valkenet for advise on how to handle a dispute regarding defective workmanship on hardwood floors we had installed in our home by Floormax. He responded quickly and thoroughly with clearly articulated instructions on how to protect ourselves and proceed. We are following his advise and appreciate his interest in our case.
- Mary Ann
Wealth of Knowledge
Thomas returned my call promptly and was able to provide me with a wealth of information. His professionalism and guidance was a breath of fresh air. Great listener and not only will you get a quick educational session, you will leave his meeting with a clear action plan.
Mr.Valkenet was extremely helpful by clearly explaining what my situation is, and exactly what needed to be done to settle the problem. He was very kind and made me feel as if he was carefully listening to what I was saying. I came away feeling greatly relieved. Thank you.
Thank Goodness for Mr. Valkenet
I had to hire Mr. Valkenet for a traffic court case. I know it is rare to hire a lawyer for these types of cases but I wanted to make sure that I was supported when going in front of the judge. For my case there was the potential that I would have been taken advantage of and Mr. Valkenet made sure that did not happen. I am grateful for Mr. Valkenet’s professionalism and his availability by phone. I hope to not have to hire a lawyer again but if I do I will definitely call Mr. Valkenet.
Always thoroughly communicated throughout the entire process. Handled the case with much “vigor” and concern…..Therefore, it’s no surprise that I (and others I know) came out with such a great “victory”!
Thank you Mr. Valkenet….You’re definitely at the top of my referral list!!
- Stuart Fitzgerald
Mr. Valkenet called me about a question I had about an eastment. He explained how the laws work and provided me with about 15 min of consulting for no payment. He confirmed what I thought to be true saving me a lot of money in the long run. If the day comes where I need his services, I won’t hesitate to hire him.
Ian saved the case!
After the sudden death of our attorney, Ian stepped in at the last minute to pickup the case, understand the issues, and work with us to a judgement in our favor at trial. Throughout this process we were impressed with Ian’s patience, advice and attention to detail. The judge at trial also commented about Ian’s organized submission of evidence and preparation for trial.
I emailed Mr. Valkenet and he quickly responded with some availability for a phone conference. He understood my situation and provided detailed answers and advise. Very helpful. Would recommend.
Very Informative Consult
I emailed an initial inquiry to Mr. Valkenet and received a quick response with times available for a phone consultation. During the consultation Mr. Valkenet happily answered all of my questions and gave me an approach for my case that I should consider. The phone consultion was very informative.
Excellend knowledge of the law
Tom was extremely in explaining my options. He patiently listened to the problem of my inability to make mortgage payments and offered some solutions. He was detailed and forthcoming with advice. Thanks Tom for the consultation.
Mr. Valkenet was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. He answered all my questions clearly and concisely. he is a true professional.
Mr. Valkenet was great help guiding me with asking the right question. Thank you.
Don’t Leave Home Without It
I’d like to thank Mr. Valkenet for the broad based, expert counsel I received during our recent consultation, regarding a dispute with a physician and any possible resultant defamation. Although a person may feel that they have a valid basis for a formal complaint against a professional, it’s wise to seek advice from an attorney specializing in your legal issue beforehand. I believe I benefited from a very in-depth discussion with Mr. Valkenet, confident in the knowledge and experience he aptly seemed to possess in the matter. Should you have a litigation or a contract problem, I would recommend meeting with Mr. Valkenet for a very competent legal assessment.
- Mark Serinis
Selfless problem solver
I called to retain Mr. Valkenet for foreclosure representation. Two minutes into the conversation he inquired which bank my mortgage was with and I told him, “PNC Financial Corporation.” Immediately, he advised me of PNC’s client status with his firm and the conflict of interest prevents him from representing me.
He advised me, however of what I could do and sent me an email citing contact information of an attorney he respected both for work ethic and results. In my search for an effective and proactive lawyer, not one time did any of the 12 professionals advise me of the solutions he provided. He had a plan after 4 minutes. I paid him no money and he asked for none and my phone call was after business hours when he could have ignored the call and/or hurriedly ended it, but he didn’t. It’s rare when people give without expecting anything in return and I wish I could retain him. I know why PNC retained him…he’s a sure thing. He knows both sides of the equation. He’s got the answers. And, most of all, he makes the time. You want the best? Well, he is.
Working with Mr. Valkenet was excellent in every way. It was a great experience and I’d recommend him to any one that needs representation.
expedient and positive results
I had a dispute with an employer over wages and hired the services of Mr. Valkenet to help me. he was very responsive and helpful. as soon as he got on board I had almost immediate results from my employer and got back what was owed to me. he is very friendly and intelligent. I highly recommend his services
Real Estate Contract Advice
I reached out to Ian regarding a contract dispute over a real estate purchase. He responded promptly with thorough, sound advice and I was able to resolve my situation later that same day. If you need fast, helpful legal advice – call or email Ian.
- Tim Youse
Ian is an excellent lawyer!! He is professional and knowledgable in his practice. After hiring and working with him, I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer.
Very responsive and insightful
Quick consultation that was very specific and to the point concerning my issue.
- Sean Pauley
Very professional and helpful
He is such an informative, patient and concerned attorney. He gave us all attention and advise regardless of our decision of hiring him.
Will definitely come back to him whenever needed.
- Mohamed Shaheen
Timely response. Very knowledgeable . Answered my questions in a prompt manner during free consultation. Highly recommend!
- Li Zhang
Practical consultation Freely Given
Mr. Valkenet gave me specific procedures and indicated when I might need to further consult an attorney. He definitely is not looking to charge clients for what they don’t need.
Best legal consultation!!
Called and spoke with me at a very professional level showing ample concern with my case and gave me free consultation and advice on how to handle my situation without me needing to pay a dime. Without a doubt in my mind I would use him without hesitation. I highly recommend this attorney!!!
extremely knowledgeable and highly professional
Talked to Thomas Valkenet on the phone for a consultation. The discussion was exactly what I was looking for to get me started on the right path. He is extremely knowledgeable and highly professional. I appreciated his willingness to talk over my situation on the phone and help me with next steps. He treated me with respect, understanding, and courtesy. If I do need a lawyer in the future, I will be contacting him again.
- Dani Phillips
Expertise and professionalism at its best
Tom was irreplaceable during my litigations. My matter, to me, seemed so immense and consuming. That was until I spoke to Tom Valkenet.
His knowledge and professionalism is second to none. I was thoroughly pleased with my time in conversation and in email with mr. Valkenet. He was never too busy for a quick phone call and would ALWAYS respond to emails in a timely matter. Tom seemed more like an old friend who just happened to be a lawyer than someone I had just met. With Mr. Valkanent, in my experience, you are more than just money coming into the office. He treats you with a personable experience, something no amount of money can replace. I would recommend him to anyone that needed litigation help.
Ian was knowledgeable about my options and helpful in achieving my goal. He worked fast and efficiently, and helped easing the tension in stressful situations. Highly recommended.
I called Mr. Valkenet to inquire about my case. Unfortunately he does not practice in my area. He spoke with me and gave me great advice, even though he knew i would be unable to hire him. I really appreciate that he took the time to speak to me and hope I can find a lawyer in my area that is as good as him.
Last Minute Lifesaver!
Ian has helped me with several Big Last Minute cases. Every time I’ve had issues he has only had days to prepare and he has never told me He can’t help me. Every time we have gone to court he has won the cases for me. One of the times he had a lawsuit dropped with a phone call. Either I’m extremely lucky, or Ian is that good. I’m leaning towards the second reason. I highly recommend using the Valkenet Team for any of your legal matters. They have for sure earned a life long client from me. Thank you!
Mr. Ian Valkenet was wonderful! His professional and personable demeanor eased an otherwise stressful situation! I spent less than five minutes in court and with his help and legal counsel my case was immediately dismissed! I certainly would advise anyone seeking a reputable and outstanding attorney to contact Mr. Valkenet!
He worked relentlessly
Ian was amazingly helpful and did everything he could to get me the best result possible. He was thorough throughout the entire process and spent a lot of time researching and communicating with the State. I am very satisfied and I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
I felt Mr. Valkenet was very helpful and ethical in resolving a dispute as well as in dealing with me as a client. I left the conusultation with a lot of respect for him both professionally and personally.
I spoke with Thomas and he was very professional and knowledgeable. Gave me the information I needed for now without pressuring me to hire him. He’s a rare find and I highly recommend him. Thanks Thomas.
A profesional, first rate attorney
I found Mr. Valkenet on the aavo.com website and based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews, decided to called his office. I had just signed a contract for a new home and wanted an attorney to take a look at the documents during a rescission period I was feeling somewhat uneasy about. After faxing him the paperwork, we agreed on a flat fee that seemed quite reasonable and it soon became evident that I had made the right choice. Not only is Mr. Valkenet knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive, he’s easygoing, practical and has a great sense of humor. Emails were returned promply, sometimes within minutes and I found his advice invaluable. He even wrote an addendum on my behalf even though it wasn’t part of the original fee agreement. In the end, I rescinded the contract with the builder but the legal fee was money well spent. Mr. Valkenet is a professional, first rate attorney and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Very thorough analysis
While he couldn’t help me directly in my family estate issue, Thomas provided me a through analysis of what he found that was very helpful. I appreciated it, and maybe some day we can meet on Wyndhurst, an old family place of business for me. I will send me a heritage handbag. I have hundreds of them. Cheers.
Consistent with the other reviews, Thomas is very responsive to the needs of his clients. He is able to communicate with you in a way that puts you at ease as well as break down complicated subjects so you can understand them. He is very engaging and makes you feel like a close family member or friend.
Advice gave me peace of mind.
I called to consult about a civil demand case and Mr. Valkenet was very patient and helpful. He outlined things for me clearly and provided me with the information to make a decision about my situation going forward.
Legal Question for Expungements
Ian was fantastic, even though I didn’t like the answer, he was very professional and quick to respond with the answer. He also took the time to research the for any possible other outcomes. It is because of attorneys like Ian that I became a paralegal.
Ian is a amazing intelligent and informative Attorney. He is very personal and explained every detail through our process. We felt very confident with our decision to use Ian that we have obtained his services on more than one occasion for our real estate needs.
Highly recommend him- amazing experience
Ian was extremely informative, did thorough research into my case and was readily available whenever I needed him regardless of the time of day. Ian was someone who I felt I was in good hands and who made sure that I was thoroughly prepared for my case as well as being supportive and attentive during the hearing. He also made sure that he would be there for my hearing regardless of his busy schedule that day and always made sure that the stress was put on him instead of myself. I would not have won my case or kept my sanity if it wasn’t for him. I highly recommend him.
Gave concise and helpful advice
Ian knew exactly what I needed to know about the problem I called him about. He gave straight forward advice and told me what I needed to hear. He was extremely personable and while I ultimately did not need representation, I would absolutely use him if the need arose.
Mr. Valkenet helped us very much with an unusual situation that had a positive outcome. He was very responsive, fair with his prices, down to earth and we felt treated with respect. Would definitely use him again if ever the need were to arise.
No “DOUBTING THOMAS” here…
Most of the time, due to constraints, and just being busy with daily life in general, few people have the time to even say a lingering good morning or even read the day’s paper; much less spend a minute to read something from a stranger. Let’s face it-we’re just so active these days, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. So when I posted a question a few days ago, I really didn’t expect to get as detailed an answer as Mr. Valkenet gave me. Right off the bat, I could tell he’s not only knowledgeable, but he’s very responsive…you know what I mean…it’s as if he’s right there actually speaking with you. Believe me, those are probably the two most important traits I look for when considering hiring an attorney to help me fight for my rights. It’s truly a personal thing.
I’ve had my doubts about lawyers and whether they’re trustworthy or whether they even know what they’re talking about or not. But after getting such an informed opinion, I know first and foremost that I can trust Thomas Valkenet; and secondly, I know he knows what he’s doing. It takes a genuine compassion for people to be able to not only take time away from your own schedule, but to spend that time reading questions and then fully answering them as well. Who even does that for someone they don’t know? I’m pretty sure he has enough to keep him busy in the course of a day…that’s why I have such positive things to say about the way he shares information. He actually cares!
Until I posted the question I had about the difference between a Motion, a Petition and a Request, I had no idea which would be appropriate to use for my cause. But after Mr. Valkenet gave me details and helped me figure it out, I found myself in a place of better understanding. He used easily understood words so I would have a clear picture of the situation and my options in dealing with them. So let me tell you something, if you need someone to help you navigate through the murky waters of the legal system, and you have doubts, you should definitely speak with Mr. Thomas Valkenet…you will no longer be a “DOUBTING THOMAS” either. I’m sure with all his many years of experience, and his impeccable reputation, he’ll be able to advise you and help you determine what course of action to take in order to get the best outcome possible.
I am thankful to him for allowing me to benefit from his wisdom and experience. That’s pretty generous of him to do if you ask me. I’d highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice–I seriously doubt you could ever find better!
- NINA SKY
You will not regret using this firm -My great experience – Reputable, Responsive and Reassuring
Reputable, Responsive, and Reassuring, definitely needed when you’re going through a legal matter and you’ll find that here. I reached out to Young&Valkenet law firm through AVVO.com and got an email reply from them the same day (I’m still waiting to hear back from all the other places I contacted btw)! Always wondered about businesses, who use a site like this and never respond to potential customers? Anyways, that’s definitely NOT an issue with this firm.
Right from the start with the little information I provided through the site, they had ALREADY obtained copies of pertinent accessible information for me FREE OF CHARGE , and included meaningful “what to expect information” in their very first email reply to me! Super awesome and much appreciated during a rather stress filled time for me and my family.
During my free consultation, it was all I could ask for from beginning to end. I discussed this case with Thomas Valkenet . He was thorough with his review, patient in his legal jargon explanations, and most importantly HONEST. My case is complex and so I was concerned he would not “get it”. But he got it! He impressively outlined all its nuances. He walked me through all my different options and outcomes to consider ( even though the most favorable to me likely meant no case for him).
Mr. Valkenet provided me with a referral to a trusted colleague he believed can help. Actually he did more than that. He emailed me and the person he referred me to explaining what I needed and offering to discuss the details with them directly – 1 hour after we met! No follow-ups…no begging…just REAL HELP. I am keeping this firm’s card close for all my future legal matters because if they can help, I know they will. And I’ll be happy to have them do it!
Oh, also their offices are in a convenient location with free parking (a prize asset for the area). The entire staff was super friendly. Great people and service! Definitely a firm embracing the future (did I mention they blog too ?).
Top Consumer Advocate
Mr. Valkenet has provided me with great information, and it particularly addressed specific elements that I could use to help myself on a pro se basis. Sometimes, a creditor is just not right when they post erroneous information on a consumer report. Thus, potential creditors and employers will take what they see on a consumer report at face-value. Unfortunately, a consumer is usually not knowledgeable of what can be done to remedy these issues. This is why I appreciated Mr. Valkenet’s advise. Not only was Mr. Valkenet precise with the information that was provided, he showed a measure of confidence in the information that was provided, and wasn’t inclined to pressure a consumer into a consultation for hefty up-front fees. Some lawyers will give you sparse amounts of information, which will lead a consumer to paying hefty fees for a consultation, with the lawyer not being able to help you, or offer any relevant information. Mr. Valkenet not only provided the information, there was no pressure to pay money for additional information. With that being said, Mr. Valkenet not only wins my respect, I am now moved to go retain him for any future legal matter. He deserves a GOLD STAR!!
Swift reply, with considerations offered that hadn’t occurred to me.
Frankly, the title sums things up nicely. My question concerned issues related to a real estate transaction and Atty Valkenet identified potential estate planning concerns in his reply, in addition to answering the original question. His swift response did well to assist me in pinpointing my focus as I go forward.
Unemployment Claim Case
Mr. Valkenet represented me in a case involving an unemployment claim. He was the ultimate professional without the ego! He had full knowledge of the unemployment process and was able to clearly break it down into layman’s terms so that I too was able to understand the intricacies of the situation. Whether speaking to me, the hearing examiner or the parties on the “other side”, his demeanor was at all times respectful and attentive. I would highly recommend Mr. Valkenet to anyway seeking legal services.
Ian took my call on a Saturday and he gave me sound advice about what I should do next regarding a property I have in Baltimore. He was very helpful and even did research while I was on the phone to help me figure out what was going on with a property I have in Baltimore. There aren’t many lawyers that would do this on a Saturday morning.
- Heema Balram
Great Attorney, Very Thorough and Professional
I had a difficult situation when a real estate deal fell through and the seller wanted to retain my earnest money deposit when there was a contingency stating that the deposit be returned to me in this specific circumstance. Over 3 months of talking back and forth with the seller, they determined that they were entitled to a large portion of the deposit. I contacted Ian based on his excellent reviews on Avvo. He gave me pricing information up front and worked quickly to give me his understanding of the situation. He wrote a demand letter to the seller with the threat of a lawsuit if the money wasn’t returned to me in full in 2 weeks. Within that time frame I received a document from the seller releasing the full deposit to me and a week later I received the check in the mail.
I have never needed to hire an attorney for anything before, and I was wary of hiring one from the internet, but this experience has been great. I highly recommend Ian and his associates.
Thorough and Prompt
Ian went over our purchase agreement and assured us that my concerns were already addressed in it (I had sent him it with the seller’s edits and my comments). He pointed out a concern of his and advised us to address it in the agreement by stipulating that we have a separate agreement on that issue (the sales price factored in allowing the seller to live rent free for up to 9 months after the closing). His price of $250 was very reasonable and it included a half hr phone discussion; though we didn’t take advantage of this, we did have a question about being married and being on the deed vs. the mortgage. He explained to us a statute in MD that makes for an equitable distribution in the event of a divorce. I highly recommend Ian and would contact him in the future.
The right man for the job!!!
Ian is an outstanding lawyer who is knowledgable and most importantly a tough negotiator. This was my first time ever needing a lawyer and I would recommend his firm to any of my family or friends.
I called looking for representation concerning a complicated real estate purchase. He answered my questions and referred me to another lawyer who answered even more questions. Both of them were excellent!! They gave me great advise and pointed me in the direction I needed to go. I would definitely use these guys in the future.
Exceptional service and effort
ian Valkenet is an amazing lawyer and one who will go the extra mile for his clients. His knowledge of the law and attention to detail are second to none. He put in tireless effort to work for me and I trust him with any matter. I would hire him in a second! He is a true professional who will work relentlessly for you and your family. I could not have had a better attorney.
Very helpful and knowledgeable
I had a question on Christmas Eve and email Ian. He called me back within 20 minutes and answered all of my questions and guided me through through the process. He promptly followed up a few days later to make sure everything was going right on my end. Great and dependable lawyer.
Helpful and knowledgable
Ian helped me with an issue with an old landlord. The problem was resolved quickly and easily thanks to his help. I highly recommend his services.
Easy to work with, smart, and very helpful!
In my experience working with Mr. Valkenet, he was always personable, thorough, and very professional. His expertise on a wide range of legal topics was clear during consultations and he was able to explain all possible legal outcomes. When I had questions or concerns outside our meetings, he returned my calls quickly. I have consulted with him to help me work through wills, real estate transactions, and employment contracts–he has always delivered on-time and I have been very happy with his work. I would highly recommend Mr. Valkenet for any legal issue you might have!
Called Young & Valkenet at a very stressful time and they made me feel more at ease after our conversation. Extremely professional, knowledgeable and willing to help. I was very appreciative of the time and advice offered.
- Aisha Johnson
Just spoke for a few minutes, but Mr. Valkenet was informative about my situation. Gave good advice and talked to me in a way that I felt that I wasn’t wasting his time and made my case feel important.
Pretty Dawg-Gone Amazing 🙂 Talk to this guy. He’s the real deal and knows his stuff.
I am probably a challenging prospective client to speak to. Thomas was great at reining me in and keeping me focused on the facts. He gave us excellent insight into our tangled web of a case without bad mouthing his competition and was very professional. Wish I’d spoken to him first, but he did give us clear directions on how to make the most of our legal representative we have now.
Thank you Thomas … we so appreciate your time!
faith in lawyers restored
I spoke with Mr Valkenet in regards to a claim I was trying to file and his honesty and professionalism made it very easy to understand my situation better.
five stars in the area of contract law
Very helpful with answering my questions of how to defend against a contractor’s claim. He found several areas of weakness in the plaintiff’s case and was extremely knowledgeable and responsive in assisting me…highly recommend.
Spoke with Mr. Valkenet over the phone regarding a potential case. I explained the details regarding our situation and he offered guidance and also discussed similar cases that he was aware of. He referred me to another attorney due to the area where I live and the extra cost it would be for travel (very kind to think of that). I can only hope that the next attorney I speak with is as kind as him.
Review of Ian Valkenet
Ian was very helpful in reviewing and making changes to my outdated employment documents. He was able to point out specific areas that needed to be changed in order to protect me as an employee, that I would not have been able to do on my own. I greatly appreciate how professional and timely Ian was and I would highly recommend him.
Mr. Ian returned my call in a timely manner,he explained to me the pros and cons of a case with me and I understood what was being said. Very very polite and helped me to have the upper hand on my debt collection case.Thank you so much!
I highly recommend Ian Valkenet..
Ian Valkenet took the time to thoroughly explain different aspects of my case. He is compassionate, kind, patient and very easy to talk to. I highly recommend Mr. Valkenet for your legal needs.
I talked to Ian on the phone for legal advice. he was informative and helpful the entire time. I would absolutely seek his help again in the future if needed. He is an excellent lawyer, and I strongly recommend him.
Down to earth and knowledgeable.
I would recommend Ian Valkenet for the shear fact he is motivated, enthusiastic, and well informed. He takes the time to listen and truly understand your unique situation. During our conversations Ian demonstrated more knowledge and confidence then lawyers I used in the past with 20yrs experience.
Thank you, Ian
Ian agreed to offer me legal advice when I had an unexpected run-in with a debt collector.
He walked me through my rights, what to expect from the collection agency, and how to best handle my situation.
Not only was he remarkably responsive, but his answers to my numerous questions were incredibly detailed and thought out. Ian never made me feel as if I was inconveniencing him, or that my problems were not worth his time.
He was both incredibly friendly, and knowledgable, and he will be the first person I reach out to for any future legal needs.
Ian Valkenet — Highly recommended.
I’ve worked with Ian recently on a judgment that I needed vacated due to lack of credibility. I’ve initially contact Ian Valkenet via phone and spoke with him on the situation. He was very attentive, clear and detailed on how the process works and what I can do to vacate such judgment. It was inviting that his firm segment the process step by step, which had helped me understand the process more easily. Finally when I’ve met Ian Valkenet in the courtroom, I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, personable and overall a down to earth person to work with. I was very impressed when he spoke in front of the judge and had my judgment quickly vacated and cleared my name. He’s very confident and passionate in his work and Ian has my highest recommendation. — Gary
Personable & trustworthy
We had a great experience with Ian as our attorney. He was knowledgable, always available, and he showed a lot of compassion for our situation. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of his services!
Needed Legal Advice on the Fly
Was looking for legal advice on Avvo, found this attorney who posted many answers. Called his office for legal advice on a tough situation I was facing and he took the time out of his day to answer my question, I highly recommend this lawyer. Not only was his advice right on the spot, but clearly explained to me in lay terms how to seek the relief I was requesting.
Fantastic, Trustworthy, and Very Knowledgeable Lawyer
Recently, Ian helped me navigate the very difficult and very complex Landlord/Tenant laws within the courts of Maryland.
I was recently faced with a very tough situation where a guest tenant in my apartment did not move out after my lease ended. Maryland laws protected my guest from having to leave my apartment, and I was left to bear the full costs of my guest’s actions.
With Ian’s brilliant legal knowledge of the Maryland Landlord/Tenant Laws and his familiarity with the Maryland court system, he was able to help me with this very difficult problem. He laid out several step by step plans and allowed me to select the plan that I was comfortable in pursuing to help me resolve the situation I was in.
Ian is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy, honest, and well organized lawyer who understands how the Maryland court system works. I highly recommend Ian to anyone who is need of legal assistance.
Mr. Valkenet is very knowledgeable and response very quickly to my question. I personally sent Mr. Valkenet an email to further explain my case and informed me how I could handle it and if not please give him a call for further assistance.
Helped answer civil summons question
I had a legal question concerning a civil summons resulting from a traffic accident. Mr. Valkenet answered my email on a Saturday only hours after my request for information. He explained that my insurance company would handle legal issues. If I feel that the insurance company is not being responsive I will definitely use his services. Thanks again for the quick response and informative information.
- Bill C
I consulted Mr. Valkenet in a series of issues and he seems diligent, honest, and knowledgeably. I highly recommend him in the Maryland Metropolitan area.
Fantastic consultation!! Very professional and informative.
Met Mr. Valkenet today in reference to a dispute with a former employer threatening suit. Mr. Valkenet was very welcoming and reassuring. I left the consultation feeling relieved and worry free. Should I need his assistance in the future with this matter or any other, I am confident he would be a tremendous asset.
Happy Customer//Unathorized Loan
Mr. Valkenet was very forth coming and honest. He helped me out tremendiously on my civil suit against a big bank (Ex Bf took out autoloan with me listed as a co-signer, never signed or authorized the loan). (We won) He and his peers kept me up to date on what was going on with the communication between the bank and when I sat down to discuss the whole case he got me mentally prepaired for what could (and thankfully did not) happen. I highly recommend his law firm.
Spoke to Mr. Valkenet today about a legal issue in Maryland, and I was completely impressed.
First of all he was “all business” in his demeanor, launching immediately into a series of insightful questions to better understand my situation. I appreciated his directness, because if I were to retain him to do this work, I would assume he’d be just as efficient when I’m paying for his time.
Second, he shared his opinions freely without trying to sell me on his services.
Third, he was quite knowledgeable about the issues I was facing.
The value of the consultation was superb.
Was confused and little scared.
To have an attorney write and basically “hey ,you don’t need an attorney at this stage” felt not just good,but refreshing. There are good, trust worthy,moral attorney’s out there folks,Thomas C .Valkenet proves it. Highly recommend.
responsive and helpful
Mr. Valkenet gave me a quick, responsive and helpful answer.
Complimenting Professional Advice
I recently submitted a real estate boundary issue on the AVVO website. It was answered promptly and professionally by Mr. Valkenet. I also spoke with him and he was most kindly on the phone. He offered additional very helpful “pro bono” information via a website link. If I lived in the great State of Maryland, I would most definitel seek his professional advice on real estate legal issues.
Ian is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely professional, has good communication skills, and is knowledgeable of his craft. He always made it a priority to make me feel comfortable and to make sure I understood everything going on. I highly recommend Ian to anyone.
I had a question for Ian about how to get a nolle prosequi ruling expunged from my record. His response was quick, informative, and detailed. He outlined the process thoroughly in a way that was easy to understand. I highly recommend his services.
- Dave H.
I was thoroughly impressed with Mr. Valkenet’s compassion and professionalism during his recent representation of my elderly mother. He kept my family informed with timely updates and he ultimately delivered the successful results we had hoped for. Should you find yourself in need of an attorney, I would highly recommend Ian Valkenet.
Glad we met
Ian made me feel comfortable, he was very patient when I may have called him with tons of questions. I felt that I was guided through this process with no surprises. Ian has only been practicing for a year but, he is confident, knowledgeable and hard working. I would like to Thank You whole heartedly Ian, you are awesome.
Smart, Organized, Supportive!!!
Ian was so helpful! Our case needed professional handling, and that was what we got. I cannot recommend Mr. Valkenet or his firm anymore highly!
Second time hiring Mr. Valkenet
Even after emailing Ian during a Ravens game he responded super quick. On a Sunday.
I hired Ian for my troubled friend who has some crazy 4 cases. His price was amazing for the value you get. Mark my words- he will expensive one day very soon. He saved my friend from a trap and saved him from doing one year for a simple driving case (connected to 3 criminal cases).
We have 3 more cases to go so ill be back im sure. Thanks again Ian!
I am very grateful
Great law firm! They went the extra mile for me. I am very grateful.
- Keith Green
Recent trial with Ian representing me
Ian is an excellent criminal lawyer. He comes from a bloodline of amazing attorneys as well. He recently co counseled a large case for me and helped get a sentence below the guidelines. I’m going to keep an eye on his criminal law future because he will go far.
Knowledgeabe and honest
Mr. Valkenet helped me resolve a problem with a neighbor over a dispute related to our utilities easement agreement. He was knowledgeable, honest, and provided thoughtful advice that helped inform our plan of action. Without him, this dispute would not have been resolved. I highly recommend him to anyone needing a trustworthy lawyer who cares about his clients.
Incredibly Responsive with Great Advice
Ian worked with myself and my roommates to settle a dispute with a neighboring landlord. He was able to help us understand our rights on the matter and worked extremely quickly to allow us to reach a satisfactory settlement of the issue. I would definitely recommend Ian, as he was quite knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.
Great firm!!! Tom and Ian did an excellent job on an extremely complex landlord tenant case for my wife and I. They took the stress off our shoulders and took the reins jumped right in and shielded us against the pending litigation. Professional, knowledgeable, respected among the legal community; they truly are the A-team.
- tony diem
Prompt compasionate lawyer
Mr. Valkenet responded quickly and with compassion to my issue. He took the time to look into my problem and responded with knowledgeable advise.
Mr. Valkenet contacted me through this website and had answered my questions over the phone with great knowledge and concern
out of state contractor
I was facing a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, but I walked out with PBJ. Many thanks.
Review for Tom Valkenet
My husband and I have asked for Tom Valkenet’s expertise in real estate twice in one year. I have used various law firms throughout the years but Tom is a truly trusted attorney and from day one made you feel like a friend not just a client. Tom is all of the above (trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and will keep you informed) but it goes beyond that with him, he takes your case to heart.
Provided solid, real-world advice
Provided timely advice – would defintely recommend him to friends and colleagues.
Job well done!!!
Thomas provided us with excellent service. We were well informed throughout the entire process. Thomas is a very knowledgeable lawer who cares about his clients and does not hesitate in obtaining results. He was a pleasure to work with!
Thomas Valkenet was the most impressive lawyer I have had the pleasure of dealing with.
Mr. Valkenet handled a situation that had been lingering for 2 years; and once he was on the case, he was able to resolve it for us within 45 days. We have never been as impressed with an attorney and as elated with the timing and outcome of the case as we were with him. We highly recommend Thomas Valkenet and commend him on his dedication to his profession and clients, his tenacity and expertise.
Thomas Valkenet, Miracle Worker!
Despite our circumstances, working with Mr. Valkenet was truly a pleasure and we were very lucky to have him work on our case. Throughout our entire ordeal, he kept us well-informed and was extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and steadfast in getting a quick and successful resolution to an extremely difficult task. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for a job well done! We’d recommend Mr. Valkenet to anyone!
Great Attorney: Thomas C Valkenet
Mr. Valkenet has been an exceptional attorney over the past 11 years. I have used his services for several different occasions and have been very pleased with his work. His responce time to my needs has been great. Each time I speak with Mr. Valkenet , he puts my mind at ease and I feel calmed. I have trusted him with all of my family personal information and will continue to do so.
Resourceful, Effective, and Responsive
I’ve known Tom for a few years and he has handled a number of disputes for me. From advising me about the law, litigation, and negotiation to court appearances, Tom is effective, resourceful, and available. He is a pleasure to speak with in person and on the telephone. He practices with style because he enjoys his job. Whether you are a large company or a small business, Tom is the right litigator.
Got the job done!
Mr. Valkenet helped resolve a dispute when my neighbor cut our cable/internet cable because she believed it was on her property. He was so kind and helpful, always available to answer my questions. He gave me great advice and wrote an effective letter that led to the resolution of this dispute. I trust him and I have already recommended him to my friends.
He makes an extra effort to assure clients’ understanding throughout entire litigation process. There’s a genuine and trustworthy component to his expertise that makes the decision to do business with him that much simpler; not to mention, every case he defended (for me) and won. He is extremely helpful, knowledgeable, professional, and I would recommend Ian Valkenet to anyone seeking legal services in the Baltimore Area.
My fiance and I are 1st time homebuyers, and I originally went to Mr. Valkenet for advice on a real property/title question about the process for changing my fiance’s last name on the deed after the wedding.
Mr. Valkenet’s response was both timely and comprehensive, but more importantly he went a step further and explained that from his perspective the real issue we should consider was the different types of joint-ownership recognized in Maryland. He then provided a detailed description of each of the 3 types and how our eligibility for Tenancy by the Entireties would change when our marital status changed.
His thoroughness demonstrated his full command of the applicable legal concepts, and a real value in Mr. Valkenet’s service was his ability to explain the different types of joint-ownership in such a way that a non-legal person could understand them. He provided “real-life examples” that illustrated how the 3 different types of ownership would change the result of a given situation.
He also gave some information about the process of executing a quitclaim deed and made himself available for any additional questions we may have.
While an answer to my original question would have been great in and of itself, Mr. Valkenet went the extra mile to explain an issue he perceived to be more relevant for us–an issue we may have never really recognized on our own. Mr. Valkenet provided a great combination of technical expertise and customer service.
Have you ever been in the depths of despair…stressed, feeling hopeless and helpless…desperately searching for some light ? Ian T. Valkenet provided that light….unemployed and facing eviction my family turned to Ian for assistance. Ian armed with his knowledge , professionalism, and supreme negotiating skills rescued my family from a very tragic situation. Without question Ian T. Valkenet is a fine attorney…..but in my humble opinion he is an even better man.