Posted by Rachel
Gary was recommended to me as a "pit bull" who would make sure I came away from my divorce with the best possible financial settlement and parenting plan. Both of these things happened but more than that, Gary was compassionate and kind during the whole process. And because of him, my divorce only took 16 months which I have been told is not too long for this process. Gary's fees are not outrageous and he does not nickel and dime you for every thing he does. He is thorough and on top of everything. I highly recommend Gary Avratin as a divorce attorney.
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Attorney Avratin is an experienced, hard working and dedicated attorney.
AA possesses the uncanny ability to listen, assess, strategize, orchestrate, and execute.
AA commanded the respect of the opposing attorney, client, and court system. He is well respected in the court system and this will definitely work in your favor.
AA worked relentlesly, tirednessly, and efficiently for me, my family, and my future.
Never did I wait for a response, motion, settlement or a divorce for that matter. Together, along with his outstanding assistant Helene, I was divorced in 5 months. It is obvious that AA is passionate about his profession and seriousiness of the impact that his work will have on your life. Most importantly, Gary is honest, attentive and compassionate. It was obvious that Gary was invested in me and my future and for that I am forever grateful.
Posted by Shaun
Before I hired Gary, my divorce languished in mediation and litigation.
My ex-wifes lawyer had dragged out the divorce for over two years, employing as many dilatory maneuvers as she could conjure to delay the divorce and churn fees. My ex wife fully participated in this process having bought the false promises made to her by her lawyers. Among the many promises they made was a truly extraordinary claim that they had the ability to get her support and assets that were greater than those allowed under the Alimony Reform Laws of 2011. Their angle was they could get her a support award based on maintenance of her (exaggerated) marital lifestyle.
The lawyer I had at the time was completely ineffective. She continually accepted disingenuous representations from my ex's lawyer that they wished to settle, when in fact they had no interest in any rational settlement.
When Gary took over my case he knocked my Ex-Wife's lawyers back on their heels. He subpoenaed documents and discovered my ex-wife had been siphoning financial assets for years and hiding them in multiple safe deposit boxes. We learned she had been going on secret trips with other third persons. Gary learned that my ex-wife who said she could not find a job, had actually played over 100 rounds of golf and 300 tennis matches the previous year, and had gone on a half dozen vacations to resort locations. Gary immediately deposed my ex-wife and he caught her in multiple contradictions and lies. Gary also got her to make several very important admissions, which would later prove critical to our case. Gary then proceeded to have a Special Master appointed (which my Ex's lawyers opposed) to determine certain asset values that my ex-wife had inflated to her benefit with the assistance of shill experts she had hired. The Special Master held a hearing and effectively determined the appropriate asset values were less than half of what my ex-wife and her so called experts proclaimed them to be. Within 5 months of Gary taking over as my lawyer my ex-wife's lawyers quit the case and referred my ex wife to other lawyers, who they said could better represent her in a trial. My ex-wife pressed on with her new and even more expensive Boston lawyers. She took me to a trial and demanded 46% of my income and 60% of our assets. She brought both of her high priced lawyers to Court with her every day to argue her case. When Gary got her on the stand he got her to admit that her demand for support had no basis in need. She admitted that her demand was what she wanted not what she needed. He showed her how the evidence on her expenses contradicted the representations on her financial statement and proved that her expenses were not as high as she reported. He exposed her indolent and indulged lifestyle to the Court. My ex-wife, a licensed RN, testified she could not find work. Gary discovered records that showed my ex-wife had been working under the table for extra income that she was not reporting to the court. This fine legal work resulted in an attribution of income to my wife in the final judgement. He methodically and expertly took her through her cross examination and exposed her misrepresentations, exaggerations, false allegations, and entitled attitude. He proved her to be "not credible".
When the judgement came in Gary had won his arguments. My ex-wife got exactly what the statutes provided for, nothing more. Gary had succeeded in dismissing her lawyers demands for higher support to fund her extravagant lifestyle. I was very pleased with the judgment Gary got for me. He is a skilled. honest, and talented attorney and he can best any high priced Boston divorce lawyer(s). He cares about his clients, which is not something I ever felt from my other legal representation. His fees are reasonable and he is extremely fair with his time. He is the best divorce attorney in Massachusetts! You should not hesitate to hire him.
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I hired him, and it soon became clear that I ran back and forth to the court house, he never had my updated file with him, and because he knew I couldn't afford many hours, his work slacked off. My divorce contract was criticized by the judge in court.
Anonymous review posted on
Five years after my divorce, I am reminded daily of the neglect Avratin had for my case. Even my accountant has told me my divorce contract was a joke, especially because there is no clause for what happens when their dad does not take them for the time he is supposed to....furthermore, my contract was supposed to ensure that he takes them 1/3 of the time, but he never does. In the court room, Avratin told me items would be covered in the contract and were not, such as extracurricular activities. Now, every expense for sports, clubs, activities is paid for by me alone. After food, rent, and utilities, I barely can pay for a trip to the movies. My ex is off on his own life with his mistress, now wife, and spends anything he wants on his new family, not his own children. My child support is too low, and Avratin advised me to not take alimony, but now that my children are older, and I am still underemployed, I am in big trouble when child support ends. He promised to look out for my well being, but did not. In addition, he talked about himself and his marital love life all the time when we had our meetings. Do not hire this attorney.
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In my short engagement with Gary he was very accommodating with my schedule. He would meet early at 7:00 am to accommodate my work schedule. He kept in touch to see how I was doing along the way. He returned my retainer as a professional courtesy when his services were no longer needed.
Posted by Donna
I was referred to Gary by my financial advisor of 13 years. I was faced with divorce after 40 years of marriage.It was complicated by the fact my ex was retired military. Gary made it his business to educate himself on all aspects of the military law regarding divorce.Gary with his endless energy and attention to detail,and Helene, his paralegal, with her calm and compassionate nature make the perfect team. They are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of divorce and family law.They both took the time to educate,support and guide me through this difficult process.Gary always handled himself with the highest standard of professionalism.He is well respected throughout the court system.After a 5 year battle, the outcome was all in my favor.I cannot express my love and gratitude I feel for for Gary and Helene. They will always be very special to me.I would highly recommend them to represent anyone in a divorce or family law case. Donna B.
Posted by Jason
I met with Gary one morning before work. I did some research prior to setting up an appointment and wanted someone that I thought would listen to my situation. Gary not only was extremely accommodating through the course of our discussion he gave me some really good resources and said to me "you are not ready for a divorce". With his resources I was able to work on piecing my marriage back together. I never had an attorney talk in such a straight forward manner. I believe Gary really cares. We explored many options and at the end of our visit I realized this guy was interested in the human element too. I never got the divorce, but stay in touch with Gary. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by John
Gary was recommended to me by an attorney who opposed him. That attorney told me that Gary was the only one he would recommend to me. And his recommendation was spot on. Gary took the largest case file most lawyers have ever seen, 8 open complaints with multiple partial judgments over a 6 year period, multiple aspects of legal and physical custody, finance, police reports, GAL reports, depositions, parent coordinator, psychologists, and split siblings. Gary, in only a few months, pulled together the entire case, organized it, applied a winning strategy, and executed the strategy and plan. Six years of open issues were solved in only a few months start to finish (3-day trial). Gary and his paralegal, Helene, are an amazing, organized, knowledgeable team that I have not seen rivaled in this local industry of divorce law. My children and I are grateful to Gary for setting the standard that other attorneys should aspire to.
Posted by Katie
I was referred to Gary Avratin by someone who had experience with Attorney Avratin because his former wife was represented by Attorney Avratin in their divorce. If you are looking for a divorce attorney with intelligence and compassion, Attorney Gary Avratin fits the bill! During this emotionally draining time, Gary and his paralegal Helene LoConte were there for me at every step of the way. Gary and Helene have an amazing ability to work diligently and efficiently as a team. They had a sincere concern for my financial security. I am truly grateful for the special treatment and results that I have received from Attorney Gary Avratin and Helene LoConte.