Minster & Facciolo, LLC

Firm Overview

The firm was established in 1999 with its first location in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. The office in Wilmington, Delaware was opened within six months of the Philadelphia office.

The firm focus is on family law, including issues such as divorce, custody, support and adoption. We also handle pre-nuptial and co-habitation agreements.

Other practice areas of the firm include wills, estate planning, real estate, lesbian and gay issues, small business counseling and employment discrimination.

Example cases

Most recently I defended the right of a young father to have primary custody of his son. Originally the mother had primary custody, but the father felt he would be a better primary parent for his son. I prepared the father for the case by suggesting that he find a better residence where he could raise his son. In preparation for the custody of his son, the client also looked into schools for his son to present to the court. We prepared our evidence for over a year. While preparing our case, we were in and out of court for custody hearings. We convinced the court to order home inspections and, based on their recommendations and the preparation of the father, the court decided that it was in the best interest of the child that the father had primary custody.

Main Office
521 South Second Street
Philadelphia  PA  19147
  • (215) 627-8200
  • (302) 777-2201
  • (215) 928-0215


Free Initial Consultation?
No, I do not offer free consultations. A consultation is $250 with no defined time limit.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I only offer fixed prices for preparing estate documents.

A will package is $500 for a single person and $850 for a couple.
Hourly Rates
$250 per hour for an attorney. Other rates are available for support staff.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours

Other Offices

Wilmington, DE
521 West Street
Wilmington,  DE  19801

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I like practicing family law because it allows me to help people overcome the problems that arise in their daily lives.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is fine for clients to educate themselves on the law, but they should remember that the things they read online may not pertain to their jurisdiction. Clients should keep in mind that the law changes on a daily basis due to court rulings, and what they may read one day may already be inaccurate.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I enjoy reviewing documents prepared by clients. However, clients should be willing to accept suggestions I make and not be offended by them.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Many times during the consultation I will explain to clients that they can represent themselves during certain times within a case. When it is appropriate for them to represent themselves, I explain what they should do in court and how to do it. Often times I explain how they can save money by doing some of the legal tasks required on their own.

Carl J. Minster III

Before Law School, I was employed by the Department of the Navy as a Senior Management Analyst for 10 years and by the Internal Revenue Service as a Project Manager/Consultant for 3 years.

I did not graduate law school until I was 39 years old. I worked my way up in the federal government to a GM-13 when I was 30 years old. I was terminated from that position as a result of discrimination, and therefore filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Today, I share an office with the attorney that I hired to represent me in that case 17 years ago.

My major strength is that I am very well organized. I do not procrastinate, so all my work is planned out in advance. There is no last minute running around trying to file paperwork or find the client to sign needed documents when I am handling a case.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time at home with my family and friends.

  • Bar Number: 81401
    Pennsylvania , 1998
  • Widener University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1997
    Wilmington Delaware, DE
    Moot Court Honor Society.
  • Drexel University
    Bachelor of Science , 1981
    Philadelphia, PA
    Manpower and Operations Management.

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