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Melinda J. Markvan

Divorce and separation Attorney at Walpole, MA

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Melinda

Learn Melinda’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    20%

  2. Child custody
    20%

    14 years

  3. Child support
    20%

    14 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    20%
    Divorce/Separation applies to married and unmarried partners who have children or own property together and want legal advice or a court order to decide the issues.

    14 years

  5. Uncontested divorce
    10%

  6. Family
    5%

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

Each case is unique.  It's important to understand the best course of action, whether it's litigation or collaborative practice.  I truly care about my clients and strive to achieve the very best results for them.

Location

Markvan Law, LLC
420 Main St.
Walpole, MA, 02081

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Reviews

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Posted by Greg | June 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Practical and Intelligent Family Law Attorney
I was introduced to Mindy through a lifelong friend when I was in deep trouble with a never ending conflict with my ex. Mindy offered direct and practical advice that allowed me to avoid the never ending cycle of attorney's fees with no solution and ongoing conflict. She represented me through a number of complex complaints and always provided advice that was appropriate for the circumstances. In our most recent battle, Mindy recognized the futility of a protracted battle and recommended High Conflict Parenting Courses. I was skeptical at first, but after completing the course (a lengthy process), the war is over and I am now working with my ex to draft a completely new Agreement (without any attorney involvement). If you are smart, Mindy will be the best attorney you can hire (I have had several over the years). If you want to keep fighting with your ex about any and every thing that comes up, she will be the same as an other attorney. The key difference is that Mindy will be very clear with you about what to do and if you listen to her, you will arrive at a great outcome. I was lucky to find her and if you are unfortunate enough to need a family law attorney, choosing Mindy will be a great decision!
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Posted by Shawn | May 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney with Vision, Courage, & Perseverance
I know attorney Markvan for more than 10 years. She assisted my divorce case 10 years ago, and represented me on multiple complaint for contempt and one complaint for modification cases. Although my case was not a very complicated one, my ex has been very mean, acting very badly, and doing all kind of dirty tricks to make my visitation and parental time difficult and expensive. Plus I worked and lived more than 2000 miles away from my son, that added a lot more pain and frustration. Fortunately attorney Markvan knew and worked on my case since day one, she has been very knowledgeable, considerate and supportive on my case. She was always very responsive with her good insights and practical advice with sound legal grounds. I could not attend all the hearings due to long distance, but attorney Markvan still sufficiently represented me and fought for my parental rights and my son's best interests without compromise. She is not afraid of taking a tough stand facing the other side. Thanks to attorney Markvan's vision, courage, and perseverance, plus my own efforts, I maintained the strong bonding and connection with my son during his critical growth period. I highly recommend attorney Markvan.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyers
I’m from Dallas, TX. I have a daughter in Massachusetts. I be going through up and downs with my daughter mother for years. She would cancel plans I made with my child every time she get upset with me. She made all the final decisions with my daughter, even tho I’m good father. There were times she kept my daughter away from me because of her anger to me. I traveled to Massachusetts many times and she stop me from seeing my daughter because of her frustrations with me. I hired Ms. Markvan and all my prayers was answered. I got visiting rights. I put my self on child support. And honestly all the BS decrease by 80%. Me and my daughter mother still not at our best. But going to court and hiring Ms. Markvan was worth every penny. I went through these ups and downs for 7 years before I took my daughter mother to court. I wish I would’ve did it sooner. Ms. Markvan is not just an attorney, She is an attorney that’s passionate about her client. She was there not just legally but like a big sister. Im forever grateful for her services.
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Response from Melinda Markvan November 30, 2018
Thank you! It's nice to hear these kind words. Call me anytime there's an issue. It's a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Gavin Peters | August 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, good communicator, helped everyone.
Mindy is a very capable and experienced family law attorney who has a good understanding of all steps of the divorce process in Massachusetts. She knows how to negotiate an effective settlement, and she also has enough experience at trial that she can capably explain outcomes and options to you throughout. I recently finished an unfortunately contentious divorce. It wasn't easy, but with Melinda's representation and advice, I felt a lot more like I understood the scary and alienating court procedures. We had more emergency temporary hearings than I care to count right now, and Mindy capably showed up to every one, and helped ensure just outcomes. When both me and my ex were finally were all humbled enough to want to settle, her insight into writing settlements was very useful. She helped take our thoughts, and draught them into terms that worked. She was particularly careful of the kinds of vagueness or confusing terms that she has seen cause conflict in the past. She helped us avoid these mistakes. Thanks to our well written settlement agreement, my ex-wife and I are getting along better now than we have in years. This is great. It brings me and my ex peace of mind, but more importantly it helps my children grow up in a supportive environment from both parents; and isn't that everyone's goal here? Thank you Mindy. Without hesitation, I recommend Mindy to anyone getting divorced, needing separate support, or modifying a custody order. It won't be pleasant, but it will be far better with her on your side.
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Posted by Joe | May 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly committed, deeply engaged and very diligent - I can only say highest praise for attorney Mindy Markvan
I have been a defendant in a very contemptous divorce and custody battle. I asked for custody of my daughter and the permission to relocate back to Europe. My case has been initially managed by another attorney who let me down many times and I had to look last minute for a new attorney, one who would need to be ready in few months for my two day trial date. Mindy was recommended to me and from the first moment we met I knew that she had a very different approach than the other attorneys I interviewed: she truly cared for my case. Mindy went out of her way to meet with me and use our limited time to the maximum. She grasped my complicated case within a short time and turned around the entire situation which looked dire at that point. She filed very professional and very knowledgeable motions (which is a skill on itself) and prepared me for trial to the point that I was able to enter the court with confidence. We won the trial hands down thanks to Mindy's hard, detailed work. Even after the trial Mindy remained in touch with me supporting me on the matter of appeal. I highly recommend Mindy as one of the best family law attorneys I have met in the Boston area. If you are looking for a person that cares, is detail oriented, able to manage your complicated emotions during divorce, empathetic and very knowledgeable, do hire Mindy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce made Easy
Melinda Markvan made one of the most unwelcome events in my life tolerable.
Posted by JamieB | July 28, 2014
Awesome
Mindy was a great help during this tough process! I felt very comfortable from the beginning and it made talking about the issues a lot easier! I was informed throughout the process on what to expect and was a great help because I was lost and clueless at times. Over all I don't think i could of done it without her and I owe her a Huge Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2014
Review for Melinda J. Markvan
I would highly recommend Atty Markvan to represent someone in a divorce proceeding. She is very thorough and knowledgeable about the law and seeks to build consensus with the opposing counsel to reach an amicable settlement.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2013
Courteous and Professional
Melinda is an extremely respectful and courteous person. She made the process calm and as painless as it could be. She worked quickly and was very knowledgeable about laws and regulations even as they were changing during my divorce proceedings. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone requiring a divorce lawyer.
Posted by Chad | June 26, 2013
Extremely Competent and Sympathetic
I hired Melinda after consulting with several local divorce attorneys in my area. During the initial interaction/consult, I was very emotional, and she calmly listened to my case and was able to succinctly and clearly describe the process and outline my legal options in a way that no one else could. She was clearly knowledgeable, competent, and importantly to me, compassionate to my situation. I knew immediately she was the right lawyer for me. Majority of our interaction was via phone or email. She was always available and responded to my inquiries in a timely fashion. She drafted my separation agreement, and handled my non-contested divorce case with great attention to detail and kept me informed every step of the way. I recommend Melinda unreservedly. You will not be disappointed if you hire her.
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Posted by Rick | November 19, 2012
Mindy, A Lawyer You Can Trust
I am most grateful to have used Mindy as my lawyer in a difficult case involving a business, investment properties, child custody issues etc. Opposing council convinced my ex that she should get the moon, inciting what could have been a very amicable case into a year long struggle. The only way to get this settled was to win on the motions filed against me, including my ex having to pay her own legal fees. Mindy was incredibly well prepared, insightful, as well as verbally skillful. She then negotiated a very fair settlement that we both could live with. I had interviewed a number of 'high powered' attorneys that competed regularly against opposing council. They estimated my divorce costing between $90-$110k, 10% of my net worth. That wasn't acceptable. I am so grateful for finding Mindy, and got divorce for a small fraction of that cost. She outperformed her competition at every turn. I would highly recommend Mindy, and wish all lawyers we like her.
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Posted by Jack | November 15, 2012
Client Review For Attorney Melinda J. Markvan
Other thank serious illness or death, divorce is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to a family. Through the yearlong process of briefs, court appearances and difficult back and forths, Mindy provided the calm guiding hand that was desperately needed. She was responsive when she needed to be on legal issues as well as responsive on personal issues. She blends the expertises of law and psychology to great effect. Last but not least, the outcome was one we had set as an objective and accomplished to the benefit of both parties.
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Posted by Ellen | November 13, 2012
Very smart and capable.
My son went through a difficult divorce, and Mindy made things work out. She is knowledgeable and easy to work with. She tries to solve problems rather than keep things going. She is good with human relationships, which is so important in times of stress, and she is capable of helping to resolve problems. She can work with both men and women, and is soft spoken and polite. She knows her business, answers you quickly, and keeps you informed.
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Posted by Justin | October 14, 2012
Great Divorce Counsel with a Personal Touch
Melinda (Mindy) was recommended to me by a family member who has worked in a law-firm for over 30 years. From our first consultation, I felt very comfortable with Mindy and appreciated her personal interest and attention in my case. Compared with other attorneys I interviewed, she had a balance of knowledge, sympathy, honesty, and drive that I appreciated. Throughout my difficult and emotional divorce, Mindy kept me well informed (including me in all correspondence with courts and opposing attorneys), listened to and addressed all of my concerns and ideas, and worked diligently as a straight-forward case became complicated. Her dedication to working in my best interest in all aspects from her fees to my settlement goals was consistently apparent, even when she was forced to present me with news/information I was not happy to hear. My case lasted nine months and I was happy to have Mindy with me the entire way. I would gladly recommend her to anyone who finds themselves in the same delicate and complicated situation I encountered. Though she is still fairly young, she works hard for her clients and has the ability and resources to make clients comfortable in a difficult process.
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Posted by Marc | January 12, 2012
Strongly Recommended!
Divorce is not an easy time. Knowing concerns will be competently addressed is not only reassuring, it's essential. With consummate professionalism Ms. Markvan assisted me through these proceedings. She was accessible and responsive by email and phone. On court day, her presence and legal acumen ensured my position was secure and well represented. Her proficient drive is coupled with personal warmth towards clients. I would strongly recommend her services to anyone faced with the challenges of legal breakup or arbitration.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Markvan Law LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Nissenbaum Hickey, LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Lewis & Leeper, LLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Family Law Paralegal/Law Clerk
  • Nissenbaum Law Offices
  • 2003 - 2010
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Schwartz & Nystrom
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Goucher College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Contempt Trial
  • Reimbursement of expenses & legal fees.
  • Contested Divorce
  • Divorce judgment entered
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Separation Agreement entered into Judgement of Divorce
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Associations

  • BNI
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Conciliator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • 2012 Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO.com
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Newsletter
  • Family Law Case Summaries
  • 2013
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Family Law Case Summaries
  • 2012
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Newsletter
  • Family Law Case Summaries
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Co-chair of "Complex Business Valuations"
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (24)
Endorse Melinda
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mindy has great integrity and tenacity and is dedicated to providing her clients with the best representation."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Markvan for over three years and have found her to be driven and passionate about her work. She is an active member of the Boston Bar Association Family Law Section, and of this fall, will be increasing her involvement and commitment to the organization by co-chairing one of its subcommittees."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Attorney Markvan in law school. I know from current co-workers that she is an outstanding advocate who always puts her client's best interest in front. Prior co-wokers, who now work with Attorney Markvan, tell me she is a very passionate and reliable person to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mindy is a smart, compassionate and cost-effective attorney. She is very involved in the greater Boston family law community and has earned a reputation as a terrific advocate. I absolutely recommend her services"
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melinda is well versed in the law, not only as an Attorney but also by her prior paralegal experience. Her depth of experience gives her a greater perspective than many attorneys of similar years of experience. She is active in not only representin g her clients, but also, of extending her expertise by volunteering in such forums as AVVO and other sites to assist the public on a pro bono basis. Her profesionalism and dedication to our profession are most admirable, and her skills are formidable. Family law cases in Massachusetts are complex. If you want an aggressive, well spoken lawyer with great trial skills and a deep working knowledge of the law, then you need to hire Melinda Markvan--and watch her work!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Markvan is a zealous advocate who is dedicated to advancing and protecting the interests of her clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mindy is extremely dedicated and passionate. She is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Markvan is knowledgeable and hardworking. I endorse her as a trusted member of the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Markvan is an excellent, sharp, strong-willed advocate. I strongly recommend her for any and all domestic relations issues in Massachusetts."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mindy is an excellent lawyer and a true expert in all matters relating to divorce and family law. I would highly recommend her to potential clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cares about her clients and her practice."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. She is an asset to the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I knew Mindy throughout law school and find her to be a very bright, hard working, and approachable person, who possesses the highest level of integrity. I highly recommend her as an attorney."
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