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Judy was recommend to me by my psychologist during a very tough time in my life and I will be always grateful. Judy was compassionate and fair, yet firm. She recommended mediation, but after 23 hours of trying, we went to court. In the end, with Judy's help, I obtained what I felt was rightfully mine. Through a very difficult process, Judy was an excellent lawyer to me, I recommend her highly.
I interviewed several attorneys to represent me in a divorce case before selecting Judy. She was extremely knowledgeable regarding family law. She clearly explained my rights and responsibilities and together we mapped out a plan of action. Judy was calm in demeanor, but aggressive in questioning during the trials and I could tell that she was vested in the outcome--vested in me as a person not just as a client/paycheck. There were many times when I wanted to give up and allow my spouse to take material things, just to have the divorce proceedings come to an end; but Judy continuously encouraged me to refuel and not to simply give up...to release material things because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the easy thing to do. I am most grateful though because despite the fact that this was a legal situation, Judy recognized how emotionally difficult divorce can be and she was extremely compassionate every step of the way. I highly recommend Judy for your family law needs.
After my first lawyer did nothing for me in the divorce I thought I would never trust another one. In the years after the final decree I had joined a parents rights group and had learned enough on my own and through other members to try for custody. I prepared and filed the proper paperwork with the court, did all the discovery and depositions, and had jumped through all the hoops necessary. I went to see Ms. Dougherty before the hearing date for the purpose of hiring her to represent me in front of the judge. After she reviewed all the paperwork and we had discussed several matters she told me with a little prep work I could do this Pro Se in front of the judge. She worked with me on my presentation and what to say and not say and had me totally prepared to do it myself. She knows family law, is very trustworthy, and is an example of what an attorney should be. Now one of my sons is going through a divorce with children involved in another county that she does not travel to. His soon to be ex-wife's lawyer, who is reviewed on this site, is not very good in his paperwork. I am advising my son as best I can but before I will let him sign off on any decree I will have it looked at by Ms Dougherty. I trusted her with checking my papers years ago and I trust her with my son's too. She knows family law.