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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|New England School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Providence College||Social Work||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
Posted by anonymous
This was just an awful experience from beginning to end. When we 1st sat with Sheila my now husbands divorce case was already in the end stage, we had been going back & forth with other attorneys for 2 plus years trying to finalize this divorce. We had to come up with yet another retainer (I believe it was $4500.00) but Sheila assured us since there was a prenuptial agreement & it was near the end, not only would this be fairly easy but that she would be able to finish this case with the money from our retainer. We left that 1st meeting feeling great! Well she couldn't have been more wrong! Not only did the judge throw out the prenup & order my husband to pay his ex $300 a week for 5 years (they had no kids together, had been married a very short time & his ex was currently pregnant with her new boyfriends baby) she got everything on top of that! The house, the farm, the cars EVERYTHING & most of my husbands expensive belongings she had already sold off. He literally left this with a bag of clothes! I could go on & on about how wronged he was but his ex was ordered to keep up the mortgage pyts on the house to protect my husbands credit & she let the house go into forclosure completely destroying his credit. As if it couldn't possibly get any worse we were billed additional THOUSANDS of dollars & for what??? Sheila made only empty promises & did absolutely nothing for him except continuously charge us for every single thing she could as if we weren't already struggling with the outrageous alimony ordered & loss of all his possessions! I urge you to find a different divorce attorney & truly hope no one has to go through what we have the last few years! Find a lawyer who genuinely cares for their clients outcome, not how much money they can make off you
Posted by Dennis
Sheila handled my divorce case with tact and professionalism. Melissa kept me informed at every point in the process. Sheila's familiarity with the opposing attorney made me particularly comfortable. I am very pleased with the outcome and will use Sheila for future legal needs.
Posted by Al
Sheila and her team very capably picked up my divorce case after I had to dismiss my initial overly aggressive attorney. Sheila came up to speed very quickly and had formal proceedings rescheduled in order to respond appropriately and sensitively.
Several things were impressive, some almost immediately…
Responsiveness – Melissa (her very capable paralegal) was quickly available to answer questions (and I had a lot of questions) and would pass those on if needed. If Sheila was not available, then her attorney colleague Kathy Fahey quickly (and ably) stepped in.
I was also able to pop into the Groton office quickly, from time to time.
Emotional sensitivity – This was extremely important in this case, as I am sure that it is in almost all divorce cases. The goal was to get to a settlement before going to court (and we did get to agreement), and the chances of that happening were enormously increased by Sheila’s (and her team’s) sensitivity to emotions – to be adversarial without sensitivity would have been a disaster.
Clarity – Sheila and her team were clear about what was required of the courts, what forms had to be filled out, etc. Melissa kindly supplied an electronic copy of the required financial form and I was able to fill it out myself.
Also, Sheila is a realist – she has a good idea of what a reasonable divorce outcome should look like and what a court will accept, and she advocated what was reasonable. I appreciate that point of view since it did not raise unrealistic expectations. It is one thing to advocate for your client’s position, it is another thing to be overly aggressive.
Summary – If you have a divorce case pending, I highly recommend Sheila and her team to increase your chances of obtaining a good outcome.