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Martindale Ratings

Average Peer Rating
4.8/5.0
Average Client Rating
Client Recommended
97% client recommended

Reviews (77)

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5.0/5.0

When you’re in the process of grieving you really need someone with not only knowledge but empathy and care. We found Gil File. We were trying to resolve matters concerning my brother’s estate in North...

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Client 2021/07/08

5.0/5.0

I've known James Oliver for about 8+ years now and he is the best. James and Vicky have helped us with many house closings including primary residence as well as rental property closings over the past 8 years. ...

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Client 2021/04/13

5.0/5.0

I had an urgent issue which they were able to handle same-day. I provided all details of my case over the phone, they took notes, and called me back with a solution within a few hours. Not long after that, they had...

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Client 2021/03/27

5.0/5.0

Gil is absolutely amazing to work with. He was extremely knowledgeable about my circumstances and worked diligently to resolve our problems as quickly as possible. He takes the time to ensure he understands all of...

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Client 2021/03/18

5.0/5.0

Mr. File far surpassed my highest expectations. He was highly recommended by an excellent criminal attorney and I'm so glad that I took his advice. I sought his help when my only child was in an extreme mental...

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Client 2021/02/05

5.0/5.0

Mr File provided Excellent service and is very professional! He completely understand the nature of the business and services provided. The process was flawless.

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Client 2021/01/12

5.0/5.0

James Little worked my son's case as if he were his own child. He explained everything from beginning to end. He called and checked on my son to be sure he was doing what he was supposed to be doing. When my son...

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Client 2020/12/12

5.0/5.0

Aaron Goforth is the BEST!! This was my first time getting in legal trouble and he walked me through the entire process! He's very intelligent, compassionate and dedicated to his clients. I highly recommend him to...

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Client 2020/12/08

5.0/5.0

Gil is a trusteed and competent attorney who bring s strong lever of insight, knowledge, compassion to the courtroom. I never once had to question his approach and it allowed me to be the client and not the...

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Client 2020/10/04

5.0/5.0

Our family had a previously unknown circumstance that impacted settling the estate. I appreciated Gil's kindness and patience throughout the process. He did not rush us while he listened carefully in order to...

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Client 2020/09/04

5.0/5.0

Mr. File was very understanding of a difficult estate situation. He was calm and helpful each step of the way. I was doing this estate from another state. He just kept it simple for me and took care of...

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Client 2020/09/01

5.0/5.0

I hired Gilbert File to represent my interests in a Guardianship case filed by the nursing home my mother resides in. Gilbert took time on multiple occasions to explain the guardianship process to me and patiently...

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Client 2020/07/06

5.0/5.0

I’ve used this firm for several years and trust them with my life! They help put my mind at ease and make my mom worry less. As for me I never worry knowing they have my back. Id definitely refer them to others...

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Client 2020/06/10

5.0/5.0

I have nothing but positive remarks to leave after my experience with Aaron Goforth representing me and would highly recommend him to others in need of a lawyer. He's friendly and easy to talk to, very...

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Client 2020/06/04

5.0/5.0

Aaron Goforth is the BEST Attorney thus far that has represented me and I had many. Aaron Goforth will always be my Attorney of choice. He have represented me in 6 different Traffic Ticket Violations and has won...

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Client 2020/03/12

5.0/5.0

Aaron helped me every step of the way up until all the charges were expunged. I could not thank Aaron enough for what he has helped me with for almost the past 2 years. Hatch Little and Bunn and all the lawyers...

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Client 2019/10/30

5.0/5.0

Very satisfied with services

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Client 2019/10/27

5.0/5.0

Professional, reliable, and effective. Completely satisfied with their services.

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Client 2019/10/09

5.0/5.0

Gil provided so much helpful advice and support during several months of intense family difficulties surrounding and following my father’s final illness and death. Gil was always very clear and honest regarding...

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Client 2019/10/02

5.0/5.0

I have known Bill Young for about ten years. He is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. He handled an issue my son had several years ago with great success and he handled my issue just recently to my great...

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Client 2019/07/26

5.0/5.0

Our team of attorney's did an excellent job throughout the process.

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Client 2019/07/22

5.0/5.0

Hatch, Little & Bunn helped me take care of some old tickets so I could get on with my life. Very professional, their services I highly recommend. No disappointments.

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Client 2019/06/24

5.0/5.0

Gilbert (Gil) was hired to represent my case in seeking guardianship with a family member. Gil was very patient, caring and diligent, while maintaining an exceptionally high level of professionalism from the...

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Client 2019/05/10

5.0/5.0

Bill young & ashlee odom were excellent with helping me with my tickets .im truly satisfied with the services they provide...

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Client 2019/02/26

5.0/5.0

When my siblings and I contacted Gil File we were desperate. Our elderly father and his estate had come under the control of some bad actors. Our previous lawyer had gotten us nowhere. But, despite the complex...

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Client 2019/02/06

5.0/5.0

We recently moved from Oregon. Gilbert File and our Oregon attorney worked together to do a guardianship transfer from Oregon to North Carolina for our son. He worked so well with our Oregon attorney and us! ...

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Client 2019/02/05

5.0/5.0

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Client 2019/02/01

5.0/5.0

When a family member suddenly dies there are about a million things that happen. Add to the death an emergency surgery & that only adds to the complexity of my personal situation. I hired Gilbert File to handle...

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Client 2018/11/14

5.0/5.0

Aaron Goforth was superb. He has handled two different cases for us and made us feel safe. Worth the fee charged.

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Client 2018/10/14

5.0/5.0

Gil File is a competent, knowledgeable, and compassionate lawyer who’s well known in the state NC. For clients from out of state, who are intimidated and unfamiliar with NC laws, please don’t hesitate to seek...

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Client 2018/10/10

5.0/5.0

Aaron Goforth was a great ally to have and an excellent attorney. He walked me through the steps that he was taking while the staff at Hatch, Little & Bunn took care of all the paperwork quickly leaving me with...

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Client 2018/10/08

5.0/5.0

This is the best law firm in Wake County! Thank you Aaron and Morgan for your help. I'm very grateful for you getting my case dismissed. My home insurance company also said you did a great job.

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Client 2018/04/04

5.0/5.0

Gilbert is a great gentleman even when he is not representing you as counsel. Gilbert has a way of thoroughly documenting progress, providing status updates, and genuinely working with both parties. Many have...

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Client 2018/03/23

5.0/5.0

Had to find an attorney with just one week to go before the court. Found Gilbert W. File, being in another state made it very complex. He is a very dedicated and compassionate about his work. So glad to have come...

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Client 2018/01/16

5.0/5.0

Mr Young and Ms Davis. Handled my case Exceptionally. I would have got deported if they would have not helped, they understood my situation and they fought till my case got dismissed. I would highly recommend Ms...

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Client 2017/11/08

5.0/5.0

My daughter's father and I hired Gil File to assist us with a guardianship matter for our daughter. Our daughter is a beautiful, talented, young adult who suffers from a mental illness. With proper medication and...

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Client 2017/09/10

5.0/5.0

An estate planning specialist referred me to Gil regarding a possible litigation issue involving the interpretation of my elderly mother’s Living Will by hospital staff. This was an emergency and end-of-life...

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Client 2017/09/06

5.0/5.0

Best lawyers out there....Its the whole law firm...when they represent you do what they tell you to do and you will be so happy with your results...

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Client 2017/03/28

5.0/5.0

While my son was pursuing doctoral studies in North Carolina, he had a near-tragic encounter with substance abuse and addiction. He attempted suicide and was non-compliant with multiple courses of treatment. My son...

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Client 2016/08/29

5.0/5.0

Justin was very thorough, took the time to get to know me and understand my situation, and offered great advice. I highly recommend him.

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Client 2016/07/19

5.0/5.0

Gil represented me in a guardianship matter with a parent. Throughout the process I felt well represented and informed. Gil was very diligent about understanding this very personal matter and clear on setting...

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Client 2015/04/28

5.0/5.0

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Managing Partner 2014/06/13

5.0/5.0

Patrick is an excellent attorney who gives each client the type of service that all attorneys would be proud of

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Other Legal Professional 2012/12/11

5.0/5.0

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Judge 2012/12/04

5.0/5.0

Mr. Johnson is an ethical professional attorney who possesses good courtroom skills & legal abilities. He is a credit to the profession!

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Judge 2012/12/04

5.0/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2012/12/04

5.0/5.0

Bill has handled a couple cases for me and I have always been pleased. I truly appreciate him and his work.

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Client 2012/04/12

5.0/5.0

I might have paid a slight (and I mean very slight) bit extra for Mr. Young's services, but it was worth every penny. Mr. Young is second to none, in service, responsiveness, reliability, knowledge, experience and...

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Client 2011/10/20

5.0/5.0

Excellent Attorney

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Of Counsel 2011/07/29

5.0/5.0

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Sole Practitioner 2011/07/29

5.0/5.0

Gil is an excellent and thoughtful attorney operating at the highest levels of the practice of law and ethical behavior.

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Partner 2011/07/21

5.0/5.0

No description provided

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Partner 2011/07/21

5.0/5.0

No description provided

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Client 2011/03/31

5.0/5.0

I worked with Gil concerning a real estate client of mine. Gil was responsive, knowledgeable, and so helpful and supportive. He kept both of us in the loop at all times. He never made me feel like I shouldn't...

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Client 2010/10/14

5.0/5.0

I always had confidence that whatever client's file I sent to Gil, it would be worked and investigated to the fullest extent. Gil always kept me informed of updates and always looked out for the best interest of...

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Client 2010/09/23

5.0/5.0

At 87 years of age I didn't know where to turn when I was faced with a barrage of legal problems arising from my husband's unfortunate diagnosis of alzhimers and the court's declaration of his incompetency. Gil...

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Client 2010/09/15

5.0/5.0

Gil has been so caring about my trail,he is a good honest person that has done a wonderful job for me.

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Client 2010/09/13

5.0/5.0

No description provided

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Client 2010/07/08

5.0/5.0

No description provided

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Managing Partner 2010/05/24

4.8/5.0

This team of professionals is as good as you can get to address any legal issue. Just superior service and outstanding results!

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Client 2019/08/29

4.8/5.0

Aaron Goforth was a great ally to have and an excellent attorney. He walked me through the steps that he was taking while the staff at Hatch, Little & Bunn took care of all the paperwork quickly leaving me with...

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Client 2018/10/08

4.8/5.0

Good lawyer with great ethics

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Managing Partner 2012/12/04

4.8/5.0

Mr. Young represented our concerns very well. My only concern is he sometimes does not communitcate with us as much as we would like. He does what is necessary but we would have liked to know more detail

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Client 2010/08/29

4.6/5.0

I think a fine man whose career I shall watch with pleasure.

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Sole Practitioner 2012/12/11

4.6/5.0

No description provided

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Sole Practitioner 2012/11/30

4.6/5.0

No description provided

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Partner 2009/08/07

4.4/5.0

A passionate advocate for his clients

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Partner 2012/11/02

4.3/5.0

Great Firm with well rounded lawyers

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Client 2012/04/23

4.2/5.0

Excellent attorney!

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Sole Practitioner 2012/12/27

4.2/5.0

No description provided

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Judge 2012/12/04

4.2/5.0

No description provided

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Managing Partner 2012/11/30

4.0/5.0

No description provided

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Managing Partner 2014/06/13

4.0/5.0

No description provided

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Partner 2014/06/01

4.0/5.0

No description provided

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Government Counsel 2013/04/22

4.0/5.0

My husband and I had been contesting another individual's Bankruptcy filing. We feel that Hatch, Little and Bunn did an excellent job of explaining the procedures involved, kept us informed, and represented us to...

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Client 2012/06/23

4.0/5.0

No description provided

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Member 2009/08/18

3.8/5.0

No description provided

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Judge 2012/12/04

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