I’ve never needed a lawyer before. I live in East TN, and I suddenly found the largest, most powerful bureaucracies in the state, lined up against me with both barrels! They acted as if they were above the law. I’m referring to child protective services. I went to them for help for a child in a bad situation as a mandated reporter. Then they turned on me like a pit bull. It was my worst nightmare. They just arbitrarily determined I was guilty of a crime based on the word of a derelict abusive parent. They never contacted me at all during their “investigation” of me. And they broke many more of their own rules and policies. No one would help. No one would listen to me. Family knew the truth but that didn’t matter. I stood to have my name on a list, a publicly searchable database as someone who did something that never happened. They had NO CASE AT ALL but it never stopped them. I stood to be ruined by reputation, lose my ability to serve God in the capacity that I had for years. Then I found Ms. Lanis Karnes. A lawyer in the family had advised me to find one with experience in the area of administrative hearings for CPS. AND FALSE “indications” as they call them. Best advice ever. Over the months b4 hearing her staff and herself, walked me thru all that was needed, I sent them all the info and some q&a, but it was the best feeling in the world once the hearing started. All the months of worry and anger melted away as I watched her brick by brick destroy what passed as their case against me. Finally someone who was on my side (aside from witnesses and family) she was professional but tough as nails and prepared! She hit them figuratively speaking with a 10 lb hammer over and over till they had no choice but to dismiss b4 it ever even came to the point of mine and witness testimony. I just sat there in awe as she worked over this cps crew. They were stuttering and stammering and covering Their own tails. HIRE HER! HIRE HER! HIRE HER! HIRE HER!
I opened my LinkedIn and saw you on my main page today and it brought tears to my eyes. Time has really slipped away from us. I wanted you to know that I truly have a blessed life and I owe so much of that to you. Thank you so very much for everything you’ve done. Words cannot express the gratitude I have in my heart for you.
I and Adam along with the girls are so thankful for you and could not have made it through this without you. I tell everyone to call you because as I tell everyone it was you that put my family back together. We are forever in debt to you. Thank you and keep us in your prayers.
From Facebook: ” To Lanis Karnes: You have been used by God to make this all possible. You have fought for us every step of the way. You spent hours fighting for our kids so that we could raise them in the house of God. Thanks for every hour spent, all the orders you have had to prepare, and every time you stood before the Judge on our behalf. I could never pay you what this is worth to me, all I can do is say thank you and I pray that God richly bless you.
“Had the most delightful conversation with your sweet Mom on Monday when I stopped by. She is a sheer joy and I was blessed. She made my day!!”
Lanis Karnes and her staff are wonderful!! We have worked with Lanis numerous times in our foster care system. With her knowledge and experience she is able to help both parties with family issue that need to be address for the best interest of the children. Lanis keeps you in the loop with your case so you are aware at all times your standings. As a person her family values, dedication and love for families and their children, communication skills, and promptness to your needs out does all other lawyers. I highly recommend anyone to Karnes Legal Services for any law needs.
Lanis Karnes is currently representing my family in a legal battle with the state. She has been very good to them and very aggressive in her defense. I am truly thankful that they have someone like her on their side. She seems to be knowledgeable, finding avenues to accomplish her purpose; communicates clearly and often; and is like a pit bull, latching on and not giving up. If she can’t win this battle, no one can.
This attorney has integrity, grit, wisdom and a true compassion for her work and the truth. She communicates fabulously, and is willing to invest the time it takes to make you feel fully informed about what is happening. I highly recommend her.
Just wanted to thank you Lanis and your staff for all that you have done. Lanis is a compassionate and caring person who went above and beyond what was asked of her. To think that we only asked for visitation rights when Melissa and Brandy were taken out of state. Well, thanks to Lanis, she not only got the girls back in our custody, but as of Apr. 19th, we adopted Melissa. Lanis took it to where it is today and without her and the grace of God, I shudder to think of what could have happened. Lanis Karnes is a kind and compassionate person who loves children and thinks only of their welfare. We need more lawyers like her!! Thank God for her and her caring staff!!
Lanis is amazing! I can verify that she will fight for you to the end. Lanis Karnes will be the only attorney i ever go to for advice. Ms. Karnes worked diligently for both myself and my children. I have never seen an attorney so dedicated and also so caring. I truthfully do not believe I would have been able to make it through such a difficult time with any other person defending my family. I am so thankful God put her in our lives.
Lanis Karnes is an excellent attorney. She goes above and beyond for her clients!
[Lanis] is a honest hardworking attorney. She is caring and compassionate. She fights hard for her clients. I would recommend her to anyone
The most knowledgeable that I have dealt with in her field. Honest and to the point.