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Michael J. Szklasz

Family Attorney at Dalton, MA

5.0   11 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    30%
    Any claim in which an automobile was involved. Extensive experience dealing with insurance companies.

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce, child support, child visitation, agreements, modifications, contempt actions, adoption, DCF.

  3. Landlord or tenant
    20%
    Summary process evictions, security deposit statute violations, leases, rental agreements.

  4. Personal injury
    15%
    Any general personal injury claims.

  5. Debt collection
    5%
    Debt collection, violations of debt collections practices statutes.

I am an attorney who is concerned that service in the legal industry is almost gone.  To help bring service back, one client at a time, I am not only willing to do housecalls, I ENCOURAGE THEM!  My office does not bill for every minute that may be considered billable to keep my client's legal bills down to a more affordable level.  I am willing to make retainer payment arrangement and am very flexible.  Does this mean that I get taken advantage of by some clients?  Absolutely.  However, I did not become an attorney to become rich.  My decision was more about enjoying what I do and helping others.

Licensed for 13 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Michael J. Szklasz
28 Franklin Street
Dalton, MA, 01226

Reviews

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Posted by Ashok | August 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Very fast response and very good advice. Any time I contacted him he responded within no time. Will definitely refer him.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic help by Michael, very comprehensive
I have a 258E situation in the Appeals Court, and Attorney Szklasz was able to provide me with "workaround" strategy ideas on the various options i have, both at the trial court level, and at the SJC level. In his session with me he was very patient, and provided me excellent advice, as i go forward with an attorney (i couldnt hire him, he is too far out of my geographic area).
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Response from Michael Szklasz November 14, 2017
Thank you for the positive words. I am happy that I was able to help.
Posted by Tia Maria | June 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The most helpful attorney answer your legal question with passion.
Attorney Szklassz gave me the quick responses and helpful answers. Great advice and great manner.
Response from Michael Szklasz July 3, 2017
Thank you for your excellent review. It was my pleasure.
Posted by sam | February 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Must admit, Michael is the most helpful attorney I have ever consulted!
Michael is someone I would 100% recommend any day to my family or friends. He is very helpful, extremely knowledgable and most importantly a great person!
Response from Michael Szklasz February 11, 2017
Thank you very much for the great review!
Posted by Mari Peck | January 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response!
Answered my question right away!
Response from Michael Szklasz March 22, 2017
I find it a pleasure to help others.
Posted by Christina Rivela | November 4, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best
I'm a single, disabled Mom. After much research I knew I wanted This atty..However, I was disheartened to see he was hours away. Yet, when I told him this he offered to make a House Call! I'll be lucky, I believe, if he takes my case after we meet. I met him through AVVO and he impressed me very much with his responses. Then after reading every review I could find plus awards, etc..I was sold.
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Response from Michael Szklasz November 5, 2016
Thank you for your excellent review! My office strives to make it as convenient as possible for clients. Our main objective after excellent legal representation is excellent client service!
Posted by Tammy Sargent | January 27, 2015
Need help with papers when husband passed & for court stuff
Don't know what I would do if Mike wasn't around he's the best Lawyer, if it wasn't for him I don't Know , If I would have known What paper work to do when my husband passed 2 years ago & other things he has done for us .Mike your the best .and Thank you.
Response from Michael Szklasz August 31, 2015
It was my pleasure. One of the main reasons why I decided to practice law in a solo-practice was that I wanted to bring service back into the legal industry. I am very happy that I was able to help you in your time of need.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2014
Caring, Personable, Modern, Yet Old Fashioned Attorney
I contacted Attorney Szklasz to seek direction regarding a family matter, (adoption). His response was very fast and his legal advice was considerate, easy to understand and concise. I also referred Attorney Szklasz to a friend for an issue with an automobile. His response to her was identical. Should I need future legal counsel, I would not hesitate to retain his services.
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Response from Michael Szklasz April 10, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review! It is always a pleasure to assist people in their time of need!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2014
My "Go To" Guy
My wife and I hired Michael after a couple of failed representations. Very failed. Mike stepped right up to the plate and won every case we hired him for with his hard work and dedication. I call him for every legal aspect of our lives. He is knowledgable and flexible. He is sensitive to all needs, and respects my time and my feelings. I recommend Michael to all my friends and even people I don't know who I over-hear need legal help. Michael is my go-to guy and I wouldn't want it any other way. Great family Attorney and landlord-tenant Attorney.
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Response from Michael Szklasz March 11, 2014
Thank you for your glowing review and for the opportunity to serve you and your wife!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2011
Very helpful!
I hired Attorney Michael J. Szklasz to help me with a legal issue I was having with my landlord. Not only was he very knowledgable about the law, he helped me to understand it! He actually educated my landlord's attorney. He got me results well above what I expected.
Response from Michael Szklasz March 11, 2014
Thank you- it is a special experience for me and my office to successfully help clients. Thank you also for the opportunity to assist you.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2010
Great lawyer!
Mr. Szklasz was a very good lawyer. He contacted me as soon as he found out any new information. Any time I contacted him he responded within 24 hours. I won my case with his help. I would recommend Mr. Szklasz to anyone looking for a lawyer. He is new but he does a great job and is very knowledgeable. The next time I need a lawyer I will be contacting him.
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Response from Michael Szklasz March 11, 2014
Great review! Thank you very much for the review and the opportunity to serve you!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael J. Szklasz
  • 2009 - Present
  • Selectman
  • Town of Dalton
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Planning Board Member
  • Town of Dalton
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • Wahconah Regional High School
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Finance Committee Member
  • Town of Dalton
  • 2012 - 2015
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Education

  • Western New England University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts- Summa Cum Laude
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of **** ********
  • The guardianshp was vacated and custody went to the mother.
  • Client v McDonnough
  • My Client won

Associations

  • Berkshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Alpha Chi
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor- Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor- Personal Injury
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Best of the Berkshires
  • Berkshire Eagle Newspaper
  • 2014

Publications

  • Abicus
  • The Massachusetts Landlord Guide with Forms
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Mass Appeal
  • Legal issues on television
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (32)
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Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael J. Szklasz as a peer and colleague"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Szklasz is a lawyer with boundless energy and great integrity. He is always well prepared and very knowledgeable about car accidents matters."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael J. Szklasz is a great lawyer with excellent judgment and legal ability. He is a well-respected attorney in the legal community. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Szklasz is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael always takes the time to provide detailed and excellent answers to actually address the questions that clients post."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read Attorney Szklasz answers to Massachuseetts questions asked in the Avvo website and have found his responses to be thoughtful and accurate as to the law."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Szklasz provides insightful answers and helpful responses to the readers here at Avvo. I can see from his responses that he is very educated in his field and that he provides practical advice to a potential client. I endorse Attorney Szklasz in the family law, divorce, child support fields of law."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Szklasz. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Szklasz is highly regarded by his colleagues and is a top-notch personal injury lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An incredible advocate respected by peers and clients alike."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very well respected in the legal community."
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Dalton Family Lawyer Michael J. Szklasz
Michael J. Szklasz
Family Attorney
Dalton, MA
Licensed for 13 years