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Posted by Mark
I believe that it was this site and her high reviews that made me make the decision to go with Ms. Kester as my divorce attorney. Overall I cannot say that I would have been better off with another attorney but I did have some issues with this attorney. Interestingly her secretary at that time told me they were not taking new cases but they changed their mind when I told them about our assets of about $500K. One of my first problems was when I dropped off two copies of about 1000 pages of documents that related to my wife's attorneys 'discovery'. Those documents were to be sent to my wife's attorney immediately. Three months later I found out from my wife's attorney the documents were never provided. The secretary told me that they had had some change over in personnel and that the documents were misplaced. I had to provide additional copies of documents that were already provided and it made me look poorly and uncooperative to the opposing attorney and my ex wife. Another issue I had was when Ms. Kester billed me for scanning and emailing these documents at her much higher service rate, when a secretary could have done that at half of the cost. Again these were documents that I had already provided once and had to again and that were late going to the opposing attorney. The next problem was that I was being double billed by their billing person, interestingly there were charges for the exact same service that were on the end of one months bill were then being billed on the beginning of the next months bill. I brought this to their attention and corrections were made. There was a changeover in the billing person as well that probably led to confusion but some of these errors being made were just sloppy accounting as far as I could see. I also noticed charges for looking at emails were made for emails not sent and I was charged for a telephone consult that never happened. Again these corrections were made in my bill but not until after I brought these to their attention. Putting me in this position as a client is not at all comfortable and I was concerned it would negatively impact the lawyer client relationship so I decided to wait on making further billing complaints. This was a mistake as I didn't realize it but there was a clause in the contract I signed with Ms. Kester that stated I had a certain number of days to contest any charge and if I did not contest it in the proper time then I would have to pay it whether it was correct or not. That is what happened in the end. Another problem that cost me over $2000 was in regards to my Michigan Teacher retirement account. Ms. Kester failed to file the correct paperwork with the judge and consequentially what went to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services was not acceptable. As an attorney specializing in divorce cases I assumed she would have experience with that and if she did not she would investigate it properly. The information was easily accessible online at the ORS website. This cost me in several months of reduced pension benefit, plus the attorney costs in correcting this in having the judge sign the proper paperwork. All in all my divorce experience was miserable. On the upside Ms. Kester did not do anything dishonest or counsel me to do so, though this seemed to be no problem for my wife's attorney who was also from Traverse City. She is intelligent but needs to be more conscientious about her individual client and make sure she is correctly wording documentation going before the judge. She also needs to check on her staff to make sure they are doing their job properly. She seemed to have a high turnover rate in staff which would make me apprehensive about going with this attorney. I cannot recommend this lawyer but she is probably better than most. My best advice is to find someone experienced and knowledgeable that will help you mediate a settlement and have in place before one of you even files for divorce and include the settlement with the filing paperwork.
Posted by Paul
I have two children, 5 and 7. I was only granted weekend visits during my divorce and over the last three years since the divorce was final things kept getting worse. I tried to file motions on my own and was told I would have a court date in two weeks. Wrong! I kept getting blown off. I searched online for a lawyer and was very unsure if I could afford one or if my Lawyer would let me down like my divorce lawyer. I decided to set up a consultation with Shelly and gave a brief description to her assistant Ruth over the phone. When I went in to her office I was nervous, a single dad going for full custody...not very often does that turn out good. Shelly and her whole staff, Ruth, Brian and Chelley made me feel extremely comfortable and explained EVERYTHING to me in great detail. I decided to hire Shelly. We had a very short time to get things ready before going in front of the referee for a parenting time violation and status conference. She did a very good job prepping for in in just a few weeks. I ended up with temporary custody and we had to prep for mediation. Mediation was not a option as we found out. So now the preparation for trial. I was very skeptical about everything at this point. Shelly and her staff did a great job explaining what was happening and telling me how I could save my self money by getting medical records or anything relevant to trial. I was still having doubts about the whole trial. With their kind words and explaining absolutely everything I was put at ease. After about six months of court dates, trial prep and then the big trial it is finely over. She helped me win custody of my five year old son and seven year old daughter. These two kids are the reason I wake up every day and Shelley and her team could see that and fought until we won! I would recommend and will recommend her to anyone that is going through a divorce or custody battle. They are simply AMAZING! Thank you Shelley and your team!!
Posted by Donna
I am very pleased with the service I received from Shelley and her office staff. They kept me informed through the whole process. My ex-husband was very difficcult. He seriously wanted to do everything his way without any regard to the facts or my situation. Shelley's knowledge of divorce law in a situation regarding my ex-husband and his attorney changed everything. His attorney terminated their relationship. Now he had no attorney and, with Shelley's support, he was not able to intimidate me. I was able to get the money owed me and he paid my attorney fees. I am so glad I chose Wilson Kester to represent me. I am very, very pleased.
Posted by Lindsay
Shelley and her team helped our family with a parenting time modification order. She and her staff were knowledgeable, trustworthy and full of compassion. I appreciated the personal care that they all gave us and kind words through a very trying time. I am forever thankful for having Shelley and her staff with me and my family to walk that walk beside us.
Posted by a client
Shelley represented me in my divorce. I had thought my ex-husband would be more involved in the process and that he might engage more in the custody arrangement and plan. When it became clear that this would not be his plan, we had to adjust my plan and move forward. It was a challenging process in that I kept expecting a change to my ex's attitude. Shelley and her staff were prepared for whatever change that might be. Ultimately, there were no surprises and I got what was desired for both me and my children.
Posted by Lee
Shelley and her office were the best to work with. They kept me informed and I knew at all times that they had my sons and my best interest at heart. They were nice and helpful and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a family law attorney.
Posted by Alyson
Shelley Kester came highly recommended by everyone I spoke with when I was looking for my lawyer. I was a mess, the word divorce was scary and very intimidating and I needed someone who could navigate the legal system and council me through a VERY emotional process. Shelley helped me to remain focused and deal with the task at hand. A divorce requires piles of paperwork, meetings, mediation and court dates. You need a lawyer who is on top of your case and keeps you informed in a timely manner. Shelley stayed on top of it and her wonderful staff was always willing to help.
Shelley made one of the most difficult times in my life easier. She always gave me time while listening to my thoughts and concerns. I felt like my side was truly being represented in a way which I was comfortable. I would highly recommend Shelley to help you get through your divorce. I’m sure happy she was there for me!
Posted by MichelleJokinen
I have recommended Shelley many times. She showed me so much about being a strong woman. I was in a fight for custody with a man that overpowered me for years and was just scary to me and our girls. She listened to every word we (my family and I) shared with her and for the first time I saw a woman stand up to my ex and watched him really crumble on the stand. It was a really hard time in our lives and having Shelley in our corner was truly a God send. My girls are grown now and have children of their own. Things have healed with my ex and his family and we look forward to showing our grandkids a healthy family relationship. None of this would have ever been possible if Shelley wasn't there to help us when we were weak!!!!!!! Shelley went above and beyond in a heated battle for us and we were victorious!!! I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone! She not only was our attorney in an ugly time in our lives but she was a great example to me that a woman can stand up to a man with an anger issue!!! God Bless Shelley, her staff and her family!
Posted by Jack
Shelley is a top notch Attorney, She kept me informed along the way and was very knowledgable. I would highly recommend her to anyone that needed a Divorce Attorney. She has 2 Paralegals that , as far as I am concerned, are a great assest to this Law Firm. They made a very uncomfortable situation divorce situation into one that I felt very at ease as I knew I had a great "Team" on my side.
Posted by a Divorce client
Shelly Kester is an excellent lawyer. She has been handling my son's divorce and custody issues. She has been a strong and successful advocate for him, always keeping us up to date on the issues.