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Paul John Sweeney

Divorce and separation Attorney at Boston, MA

4.5   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    80%
    I handle a variety of issues in domestic relations laws including restraining orders, child custody, child support, complex divorce, and high asset divorce.

    40 years, 1,600 cases

  2. Estate planning
    10%
    I handle estate planning for the purposes of avoiding probate, minimizing estate tax, and for Medicaid planning.

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate
    10%
    I handle all aspects of probate law.

    40 years, 500 cases

I work with the clients to reach an equitable divorce, pursuing a strategy which will cause the least emotional and financial pain to my client and his or her family.  My firm is very experienced at what we do and together we are able to achieve our client's desired results, with clear communication and compassion.

 

Beyond my legal career, I also enjoy sailing when the weather permits (and sometimes when it does not).  I passed the Captain's License Exam in March 2015, and look forward to a continuing my lifelong passion of sailing in a new capacity.

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Location

Law Offices of Paul J. Sweeney
63 Chatham Street
Third Floor
Boston, MA, 02109

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great answer
On point and straightforward. Looking forward to your answer the next question I posted today.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A man of integrity and intelligence
I met attorney Sweeney for specific matters. He responded to my query on timely basis. He came prepared to the meeting with the relevant statutes that were applicable to my matter. Most importantly, Attorney Sweeney was not greedy or pushy. He was genuine, knowledgable, courteous and sensitive to my situation. Finding good lawyers is difficult- as litigation is an unknown territory for most people and can be expensive. Thus partnering with a trusted legal advisor can make a bad situation somewhat bearable. I feel Attorney Sweeney is that kind of a person who would put the concerns of his clients in perspective.
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Posted by Erach | May 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, sincere, and big picture advice
Paul and Susanne not only saw me through my divorce process (that included children), but have been involved in various follow-up issues in probate court (2011-2016). First and foremost, the entire team (Paul, Susanne, and Lauren) is very professional, caring and extremely responsive. Divorce involving children is always challenging, and is only "seamless" for people with means (which we were not due to life circumstances). What struck me about Paul's process was that he truly sought as much of a win-win scenario as possible - looking out for the interests of my ex-wife also, because of how it would impact the children. If you are looking for a cut-throat, take the ex for all they have mercenary - Paul's not your guy! I respect what Paul's team attempts to achieve for families during a very distressing time.
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Posted by Linda | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True gems!
I would not hesitate to highly recommend Paul and Suzanne. They truly care about your needs, are incredibly responsive and professional. I used them for my divorce that involved a daughter with special needs.
Posted by Brett | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfying, Long-Term Affiliation
My family and I have had a very responsive and high quality professional relationship--with Paul and his paralegal, Susanne. It has been ongoing for years. I would not hesitate to recommend the Family Law Firm of Paul J. Sweeney to anyone seeking Probate Representation; Estate Advice; or Issues in Family Law.
Posted by Paul | November 20, 2014
Client review
Attorney Sweeney represented me through my divorce and was able to negotiate a quick settlement which awarded me joint physical custody of my four children without having to go through a costly trial. I can't say enough about how I was and still are treated by him and his paralegal Ms S Paullin !
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
A caring attorney? Who knew!
Attorney Sweeney truly cares about the wellbeing of his clients, both emotionally and financially. Divorce is never easy, but he and his staff help make you feel calm and confident throughout the process. He looks out for the children involved in cases and makes every effort to keep fees down and not litigate unnecessarily. He is a true find in the sea of litigious family law attorneys!
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2014
Excellent representation with care
I have known Paul Sweeney for over 16 years. He has handled my divorce in a case where everything has been challenged since day one making it a difficult case not to mention miserable. Attorney Sweeney has been caring, sensitive, tough when it has been warranted and always knowledgeable about all aspects of my case. I have been extremely please with his company (namely Susanne Paullin) and consider myself very fortunate for their representation, timely responses and consideration of my son's best interest always. I would highly recommend Attorney Sweeney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2014
Satisfied divorced customer
Paul Sweeney was recommended to me by a friend who had two divorces. She said her first lawyer was horrible and that for her second divorce, she found Paul who was amazing. And that was true for me as well. I went into this process completely naive about how one actually divorces. Paul was calm, compassionate, soft spoken, smart and confident that he would take care of me. He is a wiz with numbers and can move them around better than any car salesman I have ever seen. I ended up with the family home and did not have to buy my husband out which is awesome. I can now move forward without a gigantic mortgage that would have financially choked me.
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Posted by jAMES | November 14, 2014
Atty. Paul Sweeney
Paul Sweeney and his assistant Susan, were extremely helpful during my long legal battle with some disagreable family members. I hired him to handle two estate cases that were terribly complicated and he was always responsive to my feelings and questions! Although I have personally not had any dealings with him since the succesful outcome of my cases (2005). I recommended a friend a few years back who was very satisfied with his firm. All in all as far as lawyers go Paul Sweeney, was a good one!!
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Posted by Dave | November 13, 2014
Review of Paul John Sweeney
Attorney Sweeney represented me in 1998/1999 when I divorced. In the years since Paul has handled many Probate and guardianship issues for me, my family and friends. I have also always been able to depend on Paul for legal advice, which has been very helpful. I would highly recommend Paul and his staff.
Posted by Suzanne | February 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not so happy
Paul did the first part of my divorce. He did not prepare me at all for the first hearing we had together. This would have been useful since that is when we arrived at a settlement and when we could have negotiated more effectively. First, my husband had not filed taxes for a few years, I had independently. My ex asked that I let him file jointly...that would have been the time to say, "let's talk later," not yes. Paul didn't counsel me on this. I agreed and that took away any leverage in negotiations. My husband kept filing frivolous contempt orders and I had to respond, hence outrageous legal bills. Also, Paul's birthday had been the day before and his daughters had taken him and his girlfriend out the night before, I discovered at lunch which he needed right away because he had not had time for breakfast. While we were out at lunch, my ex decided to change his mind on a 60:40 settlement he had agreed to. His prep was done at the last minute, the weekend before we went to court, It was spotty, at best. After this performance I changed lawyers and had a very different experience with competency. Paul also did NOT give me bills. Instead he took money in various $15,000 and $12,000 amounts from the escrow in selling our major residence. I do not know how much he got in the end. I called and asked Susanne who told me they would send Billings, but they never did. I did not get a "caring," or even "interested" vibe.
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Response from Paul Sweeney February 17, 2020
This is Attorney Sweeney writing on Monday February 17,2020. Would you please contact me at 617-720-2500 and or email us at [email protected]. I am very concerned about your experience with our firm and would like to discuss the situation with you privately.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Similar expereince w/not so happy client
Extremely disorganized. Paul's paralegal is the reason he isn't completely inept. Paul can't read his own writing when hand drafts in changes at the court on temporary orders, four ways, and draft settlements. Very unprofessional about not discussing cases in advance, debriefing cases afterwards, prepping for meetings and showing up on time. Several times because of the disorganization I was held in contempt for documents that were not submitted on time by Paul. Courts don't care that your lawyer is disorganized it ends up reflecting on the client and ultimately costing more money .I would get calls from Paul after 5 pm Sunday or at 6 pm the night prior to court opposed to reviewing a few days in advance. This only after several calls to the office asking why I have not heard from Paul to discuss court. I had an important work meeting and could not make a court date. I made Paul aware months in advance. I was forced to go to court on a frivolous contempt order almost costing me my job because no continuation was filed. Several times I was taken to court on frivolous orders where my spouse had filed false affidavits. I asked several times for mine to be submitted but again none were. Ultimately, I hired a new attorney and realized divorce attorney organization is important. If deadlines aren't met regarding all the menusha of divorce the client ends up in court, paying money and taking the blame on the work you pay your lawyer to do (or not do).
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Paul J. Sweeney
  • 1989 - Present
  • Assistant Register
  • Norfolk Family & Probate Court
  • 1984 - 1989

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws in Taxation
  • 1988
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Mary K. Riley
  • Verdict for my client was the $1 million estate.

Associations

  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • First Justices' Award
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • First Justices' Award
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Recognition for Pro Bono
  • Massachusets Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • First Justices' Award
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • First Justices' Award
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Excellence
  • First Justices' Award
  • 2013
  • Divorce Top Rated Lawyer
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.
  • How To Handle a Will Contest
  • 2004
  • Massachusetts Continuing Education, Inc.
  • How To Handle a Will Contest
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • How To Handle a Will Contest
  • Will Contests
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
Endorse Paul
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is an experienced and insightful attorney. I am pleased recommend him. RF"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Sweeney. His responses to inquiries demonstrate his knowledge and experience in addition to his experience in the field."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Paul is an outstanding divorce attorney. Highly recommended!"
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked well together on opposite sides and were able to resolve the issues fairly and in an expeditious manner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Sweeney is exactly what an attorney is supposed to be - that is to say - an outstanding advocate for his client's emotional, financial and legal best interests. I endorse Paul with reservation. WM"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly regarded, competent and experienced."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Paul J. Sweeney. I have seen many lawyers interact with clients, but no one shows as much compassion and intellect as Paul. Paul works with clients to set up goals, fully explain the divorce process and help them move on with their lives. He is the reason I go to work everyday, because he is a boss who cares about people. A rare find for a boss and an essential character trait for a divorce attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure off knowing Paul Sweeney since 1981. From our law school days through his tenure as an Assistant Register of Probate in the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court, Attorney Sweeney is one of the few I would conference with to make sure I was representing my clients to the best of my ability. His knowledge of the law is a credit to our profession. It is my pleasure to endorse Attorney Sweeney as one of the best practitioners in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sweeney is an excellent attorney and one whom I have worked with and would recommend highly to anyone seeking a strong zealous advocate. He is a credit to his profession."
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