A good divorce attorney?

road splitLooking for some help in a difficult situation, Sue emails:

I hate to bring negativity to your awesome blog, but I am in need of a good and responsive divorce attorney in the Albany area. Any tips from readers are greatly appreciated!

Anyone have suggestions for Sue? (For a good attorney -- and maybe a good bottle of wine, too.) Please share.

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Comments

I think a bottle of malbec would be really nice about now. I'm thinking of something like a 2009 Trapiche malbec. Warm, jammy goodness.

Though I've not been through the process myself I know attorney & mediator Danial Burns comes highly recommended. http://burns-mediator.com/

He is a Divorce Mediator, who works with couples who prefer mediation over litigation.

As for the attorney, Brendan O'Shea - very nice, honest and helpful in difficult times.
And the wine - go straight for the zin - old vines.
best of luck!!

JoAnn Shartrand in Latham. Definitely not the warm and fuzzy type but she is trained in collaborative divorce and mediation and she knows how to make it go as fast as possible. I went separation to final divorce in 4 months which is unheard of in NYS. Good luck! :-)

Carol Stiglmeier - she'll give it to you straight and get the job done. And she has good taste in wine. Her office is in the old library on Dove St between Washington and State.

Try Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna in downtown Albany. They have a great reputation for like, everything.
Phone - 487 7600
website - www.woh.com

If you want the best, call Shawn D. Flaherty. Top dog in divorce lawyer in the Capital Region.

21 Everett Road Extension
Albany, NY 12205

(518) 459-1819

Michelle Haskings of McNamee Lochner Titus and Williams

mltw.com

Whiteman does everything but divorce.
Good luck in the process. I wish I could recommend Timothy Tippins, the top guy in the field, but I don't think he actually practices anymore. Just acts as a consultant to other divorce attorneys.

Maggie Taback. I have not personally used her but several people I know have and they were very happy with her.

Stephen Molinsek of Friedman and Molinsek. My ex retained him, and he has effectively destroyed me. Great job.

Reconcile. It's cheaper.

I haven't needed one myself but heard good things from a friend who used Colwell Colwell Petro... something. The lawyers office was in Corp Woods, they called her back right away when she inquired and she got a free consultation. Nothing to lose if they'll talk to you for free, suggest giving them a call?

Chad Balzer, of Balzer & Leary is a stand-up guy. Helped me get through my uncomplicated (no kids, no fighting over assets) yet very painful divorce very quickly and made a crappy situation as bearable as possible. Their offices are right on Lark, so you can go and talk matrimonial dissolution, then drown your sorrows at any watering hole of your choice.

Good luck.

Our mediation practice offers divorce mediation in the greater Capital District region, with offices in Albany, Saratoga and Catskill. We provide a co-mediation model, which means that a wife and a husband will work with two co-mediators, one a woman, the other a man, to ensure gender balance in the conversation and facilitation. Our firm's name is Conflict Resolution Group, Inc. and our web site is www.upstatedivorcemediation.com.

Michelle haskins has a very good reputation, also look at Eric Tepper, and stay away from Barb King unless you have a very easy case.

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