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When I separated from my wife there was guilt and shame of having 'failed' at marriage. My wife and I agreed to try mediation. Thankfully, friends and family convinced me that I was not in a good emotional state to negotiate in my best interest. I certainly didn't want to screw my wife (not literally, or figuratively), but the mediation process was leading to a financial burden that would have required me working into my 80's! I was a wreck when I interviewed for attorneys. As with any profession, communication and interpersonal skills vary among lawyers. One promised the lowest spousal support possible; another assured me he knew what was best for me. Ms. Sato's approach was definitely a better fit. She started by carefully and comprehensively listening to my situation. You know how you can tell when someone is REALLY listening? That's how I felt telling my story to her. And I knew she was getting it, because the second phase of the interview involved probing questions, further exploring details about my perceptions of my predicament, AND consideration of how my wife perceived her predicament. This was followed by questions designed to catalog what I wanted for my future, as well as for my wife's and our two children's future. At the end of the interview, she provided me with a detailed "to do" list. Ms. Sato had me figured out. I focus better when you give me boxes to check off!
At our second meeting we started reviewing our options with respect to each negotiable item that a divorce encompasses. Although tedious, the process brought my situation and my options into better focus. Ms. Sato had an excellent relationship with my wife's attorney, and I was kept informed of the negotiation process at regular, appropriate intervals, sometimes by email, others by phone. Ms. Sato was always punctual and followed through, often checking in before our next appointment to assure all the necessary data would be available to get the most productivity out of our time spent "on the clock". She kept detailed, accurate records of all conversations and provided me with an accurate ledger of expenses. The process was efficient, and the total legal expenses I accrued ended up being LESS THAN the estimate Ms. Sato quoted at our first meeting. One year after a very successful settlement, I received a review letter to check in and assure I had followed through on the other details that are a consequence of divorce - Wills, DPOAs, Trusts and Titles. There was no additional fee for her time spent in follow up of my case.
Ms. Sato was my most trusted ally through the most difficult time in my life. She has a physician's empathy, a physicist's intellect and Plato's rhetorical skills. Oh, and she is a very good attorney who created a favorable settlement for me, salvaged a functional relationship between the divorcing parties and spared a significant amount of heartache for two wonderful children. I am indebted to this superb professional. I strongly recommend Stephanie Sato without reservation.
Stephanie was very professional in the handling of my case. She explained all options that were available on the different aspects of my case and kept me up to date on the case status. When I had questions she provided clear and accurate explanations so that I could make informed decisions. I expected the process to be overwhelming, but Stephanie made this life changing experience for me very smooth with minimal difficulties. I would highly recommend Stephanie for legal representation.
I can't imagine anyone saying they had an easy divorce. Many times its such a complex, difficult, and argumentative struggle. There is so much to learn and comprehend when it comes to Family Law. When I first came in to see Stephanie, I was immediately comfortable and at ease. She was extremely knowledgeable and professional. I thought she had the perfect amount of moxie to handle my case. In my situation we had to deal with division of assets, custody, child support and alimony. All of these topics were covered at length and explained to me in a straight forward fashion. I armed myself with legal knowledge and felt very comfortable when it came time to compromise/settle with my now ex wife. It really helped to understand the process and have legal guidance. I feel because of the way we handled ourselves during the divorce proceedings, we now have a working and healthy relationship. When there are children involved, I can't emphasize how important it is to be able to communicate in a mature manner. I highly recommend Stephanie as your legal counsel and believe she will guide you with common sense and spot on legal knowledge.