Here's what our clients are saying about Joe Considine and the Marchman Act

Client Reviews and Testimonials

Joe Considine has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. He works extensively as an attorney with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems. Read below some of the testimonials from families who have gone through the process. Perhaps they can provide some comfort and help families who are considering whether to file a Marchman Act proceeding.

Quotations from Considine Clients
Joe, I had lost all hope. I could no longer live with the alcoholic/addict in my life. I had realized that he would not could not ever make the proper decision to seek treatment. Thank goodness for the professionals we reached out to who educated us on the availability of Marchman Act. Florida’s Marchman Act gives families and anyone else who loves a good person who has a problem with an addiction to alcohol or drugs a way to make the decision for them and provide certainty that there will be treatment and that there is hope. Rather than allow the alcoholic/addict to choose whether or not to get treatment, it allows the professionals to assess and advise the court. Of course, there is room for discussion from the alcoholic/addict and their input is greatly valued. I found in my case that once we had moved forward that my husband realized that it was the right choice. In fact, I think he felt relieved. I would recommend to all those struggling to find an answer for how to get proper treatment for someone who is deeply in denial about their addiction to seek advice and education on the Marchman Act. We so needed your expertise, experience and insight to help us navigate a really rough situation in a swift and delicate manner. Your advice and care eased the minds of our entire family and the pain we initially felt in using the Marchman Act to save a loved one’s life. Your way of explaining that we were doing the right thing made it a much easier decision. We are very fortunate that there is a Marchman Act and that there is a Joe Considine.
T.F.
Joe, thanks for the information. ** has finished her treatment, and sober living phase. She is back in **, and in an out patient program. She just received her six months sober token with AA last week. She is integrating well with her children, and is on the right track. We are still in a legal battle with the father of her children, and hopefully soon ** will be filing for custody of the children herself. Wish us luck! My wife and I want to thank you for all of your help. The Marchman Act in my opinion was the determining factor in keeping her in the ** Center and receiving the proper care. Thanks again.
R.H.
…That was coming up on 4 years ago now. My brother, ** is doing well and it probably saved his life. I do not regret having using the Marchman Act to get him into treatment and would do it again if needed. Thank you for your help in assisting our family with the process.
R.C.
My family appreciated very much Mr. Considine’s counsel and legal work preparing a Petition for our loved one. Although ultimately, we did not have to file the Petition, it was a necessary safety net to insure that our loved one remained in recovery. It was a difficult decision, but one that provided our family with peace of mind that we were doing everything possible to insure a successful recovery. Mr. Considine is a wonderful and caring attorney whose interest is only in helping his clients and those they love.
T.B.
Our family had suffered the loss of a sister from alcoholism. After her death, my brother’s substance use disorder spiraled out of control. He was on the same trajectory as my sister with his drinking, but his problem was compounded by a long standing addiction to opiates. He was in and out of short term detox and mental health facilities, but repeatedly refused follow up addiction treatment. He became homeless and we stopped hearing from him. We filed a Missing Persons Report with the Sheriff's Department. We were terrified that we were going to lose another family member to a foe that at times seemed invincible. When we were alerted that my brother had been admitted to the hospital, we knew we only had a short window of opportunity to help him. We called Joe Considine. Joe's calm and reassuring manner allayed my mother's fears and gave us hope. He responded swiftly, and adeptly accomplished what we had not been able to do for my sister. On Mother's Day, my brother went directly from his hospital bed to detox. Five months later he was successfully discharged from treatment. He has reunited with his children and interacts with his grandchildren, who he barely knew, on an almost daily basis. I am forever grateful to Joe for this priceless gift. We could not have done it without him. Joe is incredibly masterful and knowledgeable when it comes to the law. And his understanding of the disease of addiction and how it affects the brain and, subsequently, the behavior of addicts and alcoholics is comprehensive. But in my opinion, what truly makes Joe exceptional is his passion and compassion. In working with him, it is obvious that he has a deep passion and desire to make a difference. But watch and listen to how he personally interacts and communicates. And you will see clearly that it is his compassion for those afflicted by the disease of addiction, AND those who love them, that takes his knowledge and legal expertise to another level and truly effectuates his success in making that difference. You can't put a price on that. Joe, there are no words to express our family's profound gratitude to you for your incomparable expertise, passion, and compassion. Except maybe from my mother, who said that my brother entering detox and beginning his journey of recovery on Mother's Day was "the greatest Mother’s Day gift she's ever received." Thank you, Counselor.
K.K.


West Palm Beach Attorney Joe Considine has been rated Excellent by Avvo.com and is a former C.P.A. with over 1500 litigated cases.
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