Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers & Family Law Attorneys
Andover | Boston | Newburyport | Newton
Scheduling a Consultation with a Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer or Family Law Attorney
A free, custom, confidential assessment of your case by Attorney Damian Turco, Turco Legal’s principal divorce lawyer and family law attorney, is the best way to learn about the law and your rights. We do consultations by phone or Zoom Meeting. Just call (866) 995-6663 or schedule online using the links below.
How COVID-19 Has Impacted our Courts & Cases
Covid-19 has changed the world in many ways. Yet, we are all adapting, including the court system. While the physical courthouses are closed to all but a few emergency issues, the Probate & Family Court system is operating. Judges, Clerks, and other court personnel are staggering their shifts and working from home. Turco Legal is taking on new clients and moving cases forward to resolution. We’re mediating and negotiating cases remotely through videoconference and telephone sessions. We’re also holding court hearings by zoom meeting and phone. Turco Legal has always invested in technology to manage our cases efficiently and to maximize collaboration among our team. We continue to do so through this health crisis. The current climate presents challenges most of us have not experienced. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering excellent results to our clients.
Divorce and Family Law Lawyer Testimonials
We love working with clients who do their homework before speaking with us. While going through a divorce or other family law matter can be complicated and stressful, our job is to educate, advocate, and bring the case to a fair and reasonable resolution. Delivering great results is the minimum expectation. Exceeding client expectations with such stellar results that the client sings our praises…well, that’s the objective. Here’s a sampling of what a few of our clients had to say about working with the firm:
Effectively Taking Over a Complicated Case…Two Weeks Before Trial
I’m speechless at this point in my partnership with Turco Legal. I spent 2.5+ years with previous counsel that made me feel unstable, hopeless, uninformed and just plain disappointed whether walking out of court or simply within an email exchange. I had it and decided to inquire with Turco Legal which was pretty much the best move I ever made in my case. My initial meeting with Damien made me feel confident 3 minutes into the consultation. He is honest, up front and makes you feel like a partner not a client.
I was teamed with Kristin Sherman and Brianna Rowley for my case. They had 10 days to prepare for my trial date and jumped in feet first. These two are a dynamic duo and absolutely amazing! I was in awe at the work they did in such a small window of time. This group is amazing and I would recommend them until I was blue in the face! They way they made me and my family feel on trial day was nothing short of awesome. Brianna and Kristin has us laughing and light hearted in tandem with prep and emotional support during trial day.
Effectively Managing Complicated Custody Issues
Complex Financial Expertise
Our Areas of Expertise
Our attorneys are all career-long divorce and family law practitioners. Each has unique depth of knowledge with more specialized issues. Whether we leverage our expertise in complex financial cases, high net worth cases, or challenging custody and parenting matters, we are well positioned to perform.
Complex Financial and High Net-Worth Divorce
There are financial issues in every divorce. Cases presenting financial complexity in assets or income require greater expertise and more nuanced advocacy. The complexity comes in various forms. Some cases have valuation issues associated with atypical assets, such as intellectual property, business interests, or trust benefits. Each asset type has its own accepted methods of valuation and oftentimes variables in the methods become disputed. The greater the value of the dispute, the greater the risk of an erroneous valuation being accepted by the court.
Complex income issues, arise in various forms as well. Compensation packages can be unique, particularly with executives, entrepreneurs, trust income beneficiaries, and professional practices. Attorneys unfamiliar with unique compensation structures are less likely to understand them or spot relevant issues. Voluntary unemployment or underemployment also present issues regarding attribution and imputation of income. We represent clients through these issues regularly, often working with financial experts, such as forensic accountants, vocational experts, and business valuation experts. Experience handling cases of this nature provides a clear advantage.
Complex Child Custody and Parenting Issues
Complex child custody issues vary significantly. All cases in which parents disagree about what’s best for the children have some level of complexity. Unlike financial matters, child custody issues typically come with a lack of evidence. Or, the evidence is limited to the testimony of each parent. When one parent seeks to move the children away from the other, either to another part of the state or relocate the children out of Massachusetts, the stakes are unavoidably raised. Substance abuse, mental illness, personality disorders, parental alienation, and neglect all can add to a conflict that’s unsolvable without a strong, experienced advocate and hearing before the judge.
We work with parenting and mental heath experts in the most conflicted of cases. For example, sometimes we motion the court for psychological evaluations, drug or alcohol testing and the appointments of Guardian Ad Litems and parenting coordinators. When we take on a complex child custody case, we architect case strategy in collaboration with our client to deliver a safe, stable, and carefully thought-out parenting plan in the child’s best interest.
Finding the Right Family Law Attorney for You
You want a family law attorney you can trust. A divorce lawyer who can help you when what matters most is on the line. The subject matter is stressful. The process is stressful. And, while you likely acknowledge you would benefit from professional help, for the most part, you don’t see your attorney in action before making the hiring decision. Where do you start? Do you ask friends? Do you Google “divorce lawyer near me” or “Andover divorce lawyer”? It can be overwhelming.
Consider the Objective Indicators
If you are looking for a divorce or family law attorney, hire one who handles primarily divorce and family law cases, has significant experience with a variety of issues, has extensive experience with the issues present in your case, who appears before the probate and family court judges regularly, and with whom you’ll be able to develop an effective working relationship. Since you can’t really take the lawyer for a test drive, consider other credibility indicators. Online reviews are generally outside the control of the lawyer and can be a reliable source of insight. Read up on your prospects and see what their past clients have to say.
Consider an attorney’s experience
This includes how many years the attorney has practiced law, has practiced in the probate and family court, and how much of his or her career has been devoted primarily to divorce and family law matters. With experience comes insight and that may make a real difference in the outcome of your case.
Consider whether the attorney has malpractice insurance and whether the attorney has any disciplinary history with the Board of Bar Overseers
A history of professional discipline or lack of malpractice insurance coverage should prompt more questions if the attorney has not brought the information to your attention prior to asking. Attorneys are not required to disclose this information to prospective clients. However, it can be easily looked up on the BBO’s website found here: https://www.massbbo.org/.
Consider the firm’s resources
Law practices come in many forms, from single lawyers without support staff to firms with hundreds of attorneys practicing in a variety of areas. There’s no perfect structure. Yet, you do want representation that will be able to handle the responsibilities of your case. You’ll want your attorney to be responsive when you have questions or need assistance, as well as jump into action when opportunities and issues arise.
Review the firm’s website
Check out a prospective attorney’s website and read up on the staff to assess whether they seem to have the requisite knowledge to effectively handle your divorce or family law case. A website can provide great insight into a firm’s expertise and knowledge.
Read online reviews
There may be no better place to objectively assess a law practice’s competency than by reading online reviews, good and bad. You likely won’t agree with every online review you read, but reviewing several provides a more complete picture into the experience of working with a lawyer.
Meet with prospective lawyers
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, meet with your potential lawyer, either by phone, zoom, or in person, to decide if it’s a good fit. Do this at your own pace, but don’t hesitate because you are not ready to move forward. You’ll get two helpful benefits by consulting early. First, you’ll get a better education as to how the law will apply to your case and how your case is likely to resolve. That can reduce anxiety by removing much of the unknown. Second, you’ll either have established a rapport and built some trust with an advocate you can go back to when you’re ready, or you’ll have determined that lawyer isn’t the right match. Either way, you’ll likely feel better. You will also have put yourself in a better strategic position to move forward when ready.
Turco Legal – Divorce Lawyers, Family Law Attorneys, and Mediators
We are a six lawyer team with over eighty years of combined experience. We represent clients in greater Andover, Newburyport, Newton, and Boston through divorce, custody, and other family law matters. Our attorney team is primarily composed of highly experienced family law attorneys, some with over twenty years of individual experience. We have extensive experience in the Probate and Family Courts in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties, appearing in court every week. We are familiar with the judges who decide cases like yours. And, the judges and our colleagues know us as reasonable, professional, and strong advocates. Our caseload ranges from counseling and drafting separation agreements to complex resolution or trial of multi-million dollar marital estates. While we always take a conciliatory approach, we prepare to try our cases because excellent preparation maximizes the likelihood of excellent settlement.
Andover Divorce Lawyer, Born and Raised
We find a team approach to litigation strategy provides the best results. However, each member’s unique insights and experiences add to our depth of knowledge. Attorney Turco, for instance, lived his entire childhood in Andover. He played Andover team sports, worked jobs around Andover as a teenager, and had friends across town who went to both the public and private schools in the Andover area. His dad still lives in town, so Attorney Turco is regularly there to visit friends and family in addition to performing his duties as an Andover divorce lawyer. In his words, “Serving the Andover community is really an honor for me, given the community’s significance in my life. As a child, I did not expect I’d be an Andover Divorce Lawyer, but here we are, and it’s a pleasure serving clients there.”
Newburyport Divorce Lawyer, Living and Working in Town
There’s also something to be said for professionally serving the community in which you live. We pride ourselves in delivering excellence while maintaining civility; there is perhaps some additional incentive when living in Newburyport and also being a Newburyport Divorce Lawyer. “Newburyport is a small town,” says Attorney Turco, “but it’s a wonderful town and surrounding community. We’re lucky to be here, but, admittedly, going through a divorce in a small town like Newburyport has its challenges. We’re fortunate to have served so many people here and helped so many families in the Greater Newburyport area move their lives forward.”