Firm Overview

Located in Sharon, Massachusetts, we provide strong, effective advocacy. While we believe that divorce and other family law matters should be handled civilly and collaboratively, we are prepared to fight for your interests when necessary. We understand that divorce or disputes relating to paternity, child custody, visitation, alimony or child support can represent a very difficult time in your life, and we will help ensure that you can make informed decisions throughout the process. Our services include mediation, negotiation, litigation, and appeals.

Example cases

Adoption of Rory, 80 Mass. App. Ct. 454 (2011) (Massachusetts Appeals Court): reversal of trial court decision terminating parental rights, established novel precedent that Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 60(b)(4) is applicable to safeguard due process rights of litigants facing potential termination of parental rights.

Main Office

Main
One Post Office Square
Sharon  MA  02067

Phone
  • (781) 784-2322
Fax
  • (781) 793-0600

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free half hour consultation and a flat fee of $200 for any additional time.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We can offer fixed-price services for certain limited representation matters, such as drafting prenuptial agreements.

Hourly Rates

$135 per hour for associates, $200 per hour for senior attorneys, $300 per hour for mediation.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Office Manager

April Lomba

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

We are in some circumstances willing to offer limited representation to clients for a discrete phase of a matter to the extent that it can be separated from the case as a whole.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We balance casework to provide our clients with excellent representation and cost efficiency. Where economy is paramount for a client, we will to the extent feasible allot work to the firm associates, subject to supervision by senior attorneys.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We mediate and arbitrate cases under appropriate circumstances and find it can provide an ideal result for clients.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

In some circumstances we provide reduced rate legal services for indigent clients and we participate in our communities as a firm and individually; Attorneys Nussbaum and Modiste are members of the Committee for Public Counsel Services criminal and children and family law trial and appeal panels.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We provide experienced and thoughtful advocacy based on many years of diverse experience ranging from large, international business litigation and complex trial practice to practice focusing on people's everyday problems. We are extremely responsive to clients' needs and respond quickly to your questions and concerns.

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

In our view, a well-educated client can increase the effectiveness of his or her legal representation, in part, by improving communication with counsel. However, self-education is a highly individual matter and unfortunately misinformation does exist in media such as the internet. We are happy to recommend and provide links to reputable resources offering legal information.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We may be willing to review client-prepared documents under certain limited circumstances.

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

We are willing to provide pro se litigants with general information regarding self-representation but cannot specifically coach clients with regard to presentation of their cases.

Beth M. Nussbaum

Smith Lee Nebenzahl, LLP was established in July 2011, bringing together Emily Smith-Lee, a former partner of a large Boston law firm, and Andrew Nebenzahl, a trial lawyer with many years' experience in complex litigation. Our family law practice is led by Beth M. Nussbaum and Jacqueline Modiste, who each have several years' experience in family law-related trial practice and appeals.

We balance casework to provide our clients with excellent representation and cost efficiency. Where economy is paramount for a client, we will to the extent feasible allot work to the firm associates, subject to supervision by senior attorneys.

License
  • Bar Number:
    Massachusetts , 1996

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