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Deborah A. Katz

Divorce and separation Attorney at Wellesley, MA

4.9   39 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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About Deborah

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    38%
    My divorce practice includes uncontested and contested divorce, challenging custody disputes often requiring a Guardian ad litem, visitation, child support, alimony, asset division with high net worth estates, post-divorce modifications and enforcement / contempt proceedings and prenuptial agreements.

    25 years

  2. Alimony
    19%

  3. Child custody
    18%

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    My trusts & estate planning practice includes planning, probate administration & litigation such as will contests, trust disputes and defending & prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims.

    25 years

  5. Family
    10%

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I am a zealous and passionate advocate for my clients.  My practice focuses on litigating civil matters in the Massachusetts State Courts and providing exceptional legal services in a variety of areas of the law. I have successfully tried and handled cases in Superior Court and the Probate and Family Court. I have also argued appellate matters before the Massachusetts Appellate Division of the District Court.

 

My family law practice includes divorce, custody disputes, visitation, child support, alimony, asset division involving high net worth estates, post-divorce modifications and enforcement/contempt proceedings, paternity actions and prenuptial agreements. 


My trusts & estate planning practice includes planning, probate administration & litigation such as will contests, trust disputes and defending & prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims. 

I have vast experience in general civil litigation included premises liability, motor vehicle tort and personal injury matters. 

I am a certified Conciliator through the BBA/MBA conciliator training program pursuant to SJC Court Rule 1:18.

I am an member of the Women's Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association and the Norfolk County Bar Association.

 

When you have chosen me to represent you, I understand that you are trusting me and relying on me to advocate for you during what very well may be the most emotionally exhausting and stressful time of your life.  I take each case very seriously and I will zealously advocate for you to achieve the best resolution. 

Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 24 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/26/2022

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

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Katz Legal Group LLC
60 Walnut Street
4th Floor
Wellesley, MA, 02481
Deborah A. Katz
50 Mall Road
Burlington, MA, 01801
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
Deborah received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2018
Posted by Janis | December 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deborah Katz is the best
I highly recommend Deborah Katz. I needed a lawyer to represent me for my divorce. Upon our first meeting, I knew she was in my corner and I could trust her to give me the very best advice and representation. She was very honest and competent and her office personnel were also very helpful. Along with her knowledge and advice, she was very conscientious about not milking me of my money. She was very straightforward and was able to come to an agreement with my ex and his attorney in a very reasonable amount of time… less than a year! Deborah Katz is the very best!!
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Posted by Pamela | December 13, 2018
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Deborah Katz Gets The Job Done!
I was in a long, drawn out, extremely difficult divorce. It took Deborah Katz just a few months to finally resolve everything that my initial attorney could not handle in 3 years. I only wish I were referred to Deborah Katz from the very beginning. Deborah is compassionate, thorough, knowledgeable and aggressive (when she needs to be). I highly recommend Deborah Katz!
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Posted by Sergiy | May 17, 2022
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Deborah A. Katz is the one who is helping solving problems and not just patching your life
As you can imagine, the legal matter comes with a huge frustration, a lot of stress and lots of unpleasant time. Sometimes, well most of the time, when we end up in this situation, we can be extremely rude and inpatient. Well, when it comes to hire someone to deal with your problems a lot of times lawyers just saying "ohh, well, don't be a silly jerk just sign it" however this approach is NOT acceptable, it is all about your life in a long time. I have been in that situation but i was lucky enough to find Deborah who isn't just helped me but also explained to me in very fine details all the implication of making one or other decision moving forward, she was so patient with me and helped me to make educated decision and not just a "whatever" approach. I'm so grateful that i have had such lawyer who helped me to deal with a craziness of our laws and next to nothing protection of me as a citizen. To conclude, if you are looking for a solution in your life, long term solution so Deborah A. Katz is your answer and great help. I would recommend her not just a 100% but 200% or even more.
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Posted by John | May 13, 2022
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Deborah is a great attorney!
She was calm and firm leading to a fair divorce. It was reassuring to have her experience and advice through this challenging process. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2021
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Highly Recommended
I hired Attorney Katz after mediation failed in an emotionally complex case. Her vast experience, knowledge, and thoughtful advice positioned me to be able to settle the divorce in a far better financial position than would have resulted from mediation. The other party spent tens of thousands of dollars more on a large firm and in the end the settlement was 100% equitable. I feel that I received tremendous value from my investment in retaining Katz Legal Group.
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Posted by jason | March 1, 2021
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JT construction inc. ( owner )
helped me with unsettled case from 12 years ago with my ex wife Deb did a amazing job thanks again
Posted by Karen | August 11, 2020
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Very responsive!
I was very impressed that, even though it had been 2 years since my case was settled, Deborah responded rapidly to my current questions and got me the documents I requested.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2020
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Exceptional lawyer, professional, highly talented and good to have on your side
I was very grateful to have Attorney Katz represent me during my divorce. She is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled at her job. An excellent communicator who always gets the point across and is a true advocate on your behalf. She knew every aspect of my case inside and out and presented very strong arguments in court. Even more admirable was her personable nature and professionalism. She was highly sympathetic, easy to communicate with, and readily available. She quickly responded to my calls and helped me get through some stressful times, even during weekends and outside of office hours. When it comes to hiring a lawyer, there is no one I would recommend more highly!!
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Posted by Nicole | February 18, 2019
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Great divorce lawyer!
I've been working with Deborah for 3.5 years now on a very difficult divorce. Deb's approach is to be sure her clients are always doing the right thing (and she'll tell you if she thinks you're not being reasonable). Deb is also very fair. That doesn't mean she's a wallflower, the opposite - she will fight for her clients. Deb also knows a ton of people in the industry - this is very helpful and you want someone who is connected and Deb is. But I think the part that makes Deb a really great lawyer is that she truly cares about her clients. She's not the type of lawyer that is just out churn a file and make money, she legitimately wants to help people.
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Posted by Dave | June 3, 2018
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Great job - thank you, Deborah!
Deborah did a great job with my divorce. She was prepared, knowledgeable and responsive during what was a stressful period for me. She listened to my requests and concerns - something that not all attorneys do well. I recommend Deborah wholeheartedly.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
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Savvy and Professional
I had the pleasure and reassurance of having Deborah on my side during my divorce. I'm an attorney in a different practice area, so my expectations for legal representation are quite high. Deborah exceeded them. She was thorough, even-tempered, calm, detailed and savvy in representing my interests. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
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Exceptional Representation
I hired Attorney Katz to represent me in a very contentious divorce. I knew I was going to need a sharp and powerful attorney and it was apparent to me during our first meeting that Deborah fit the bill. While her warmth and compassion helped me through times of intense stress, she was the consummate professional in the courtroom. She was organized and eloquent, with a keen eye for detail. Every time I reached out to her she was always very prompt in responding to me. I am forever grateful to Deborah for helping me to navigate a very difficult time in my life and for helping me to secure my financial future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2018
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Very knowledgable and informative
Simply put...she's the best! She successfully structured my parenting plan (with a very spiteful ex) that allowed me to spend a lot more time with my kids than I have seen or heard from other divorced parents. She was also caring and showed an honest level of understanding throughout the entire process.
Posted by Chris | March 27, 2018
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Committed and Professional
Deborah helped me with an extremely difficult post-divorce legal fight which was emotionally and financially exhausting. She stuck with me every step of the way despite some situations that were out of my control and had me in a poor situation financially. She truly cares about her clients, and seeks to resolve disputes fairly & reasonably. My only regret is that I didn’t know during my actual divorce, in which case I’d have had an attorney who actually advocated for me.
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Posted by Matthew | March 26, 2018
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A very difficult case
Deborah did a great job and worked hard on a very difficult case to get me a fair judgement
Posted by Laura | March 8, 2017
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Deborah Katz- Best Divorce Attorney
From the moment I walked into Deborahs' office I immediately felt a sense of calm. Don't misunderstand- she is no pushover. She is soft and caring when you need that hug but stern and poignant when it is necessary. Going though the most difficult time of my life, being so uncertain, scared and emotional, Deboarh was everything I could have asked for and more. Deborah guided me and explained everything along the way. She is a strong woman with a wealth of information and experience in this arena and I would recommend her to anyone that unfortunately would need her.
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Posted by Bruce | January 19, 2017
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Smart, Fair and Excellent Lawyer!
Deborah takes what is a difficult time in a person life and makes it go as well as is possible given the facts and personalities. She explained the complex legal processes and helped me navigate it during the entire process.
Posted by Sandra Sullivan | November 29, 2016
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Attorney Katz
I picked Atty Katz after seeing her on her website. After meeting her, I immediately felt comfortable and just knew she was the right fit for me. Divorce is something I never wanted. I was blindsided by my husband; after 23 years of marriage, he told me over the phone that he met someone else. Within two months of that horrible news, my mother unexpectedly passed away. I couldn't have asked for a more caring attorney. She immediately requested $1,000.00 from my husbands attorney to cover the cost of clothing and misc. expenses to attend the funeral. Divorce is extremely hard, and my husband's lawyer has been unnecessarily difficult. Despite that, Atty. Katz has always conducted herself with the utmost professionalism and always has her client's interests at heart. One thing I have learned is that you want an attorney who is thorough, smart and patient. To have her by your side in a courtroom is empowering. She covers everything and is extremely effective. As a result, I got everything I deserved and more! I feel secure to be on my own now, and I'm able to financially help my children too. Deborah Katz loves her work. She will fight for what is right. She is extremely powerful, yet very caring. She has guided me through all of the sadness, lies, and deceit. Because of her constant commitment, professionalism, knowledge, and compassion, she has made me a stronger person without even knowing. A divorce lawyer is an incredibly hard job, and she makes it look easy. My respect for her is endless.
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Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2016
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Dependable, knowledgeable, ethical
Divorce may be one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through in your life, at least for many of us. I hired Deborah after my previous attorney proved to be incompetent. On my first meeting with Deborah, it was clear that she was very knowledgeable and knew the answer to every legal question I had (something my former lawyer couldn’t do). The divorce should have been straight-forward in my mind (few assets to split and establish a visitation schedule for my son). Deborah looked at my case and agreed completely. Unfortunately, the combination of my ex-wife and her attorney proved this to be incorrect. The two of them made the divorce much more difficult as they dragged the situation out as long as possible, put up every road block possible (e.g. refuse to turn over documents or return emails/phone calls) and tried to extract every penny from me, whether it was ethical or not. In the end though, Deborah proved to be an excellent choice. Despite all of their antics and unethical behavior, I ended in a much better financial position at the conclusion as opposed to if settled before their antics began. Like many of you, I went into this process with concerns that every attorney is despicable, unethical and there just to get every dime from you. Between my former lawyer, opposing counsel and nearly everyone I talked to, there is a great deal of truth in that statement. However, Deborah is none of these things. She does care about you and your situation. She isn’t trying to advantage of you and makes every effort to resolve every issue in your best interest as soon as possible. I never felt like I was being misused which made this difficult process a bit easier. Deborah also does indeed care about you on a personal level and realizes how tough divorce is, especially with a child involved. Many times, she called just to check in to see how I am doing personally. Hopefully, I will never need Deborah’s services again but I plan to remain in contact with her as she truly is a good person. As I mentioned, Deborah knows the law. You will undoubtedly become well aware of this as soon as you speak to hear. She ran circles around the opposing attorney (although the bar was set rather low). She knew exactly what to do in every situation. At the beginning of my time with Deborah, I would constantly make suggestions as what to do next. At the end, I would just say “I trust whatever you tell me to do”. Deborah also was always professional and above all would never compromise her ethics. There were times when I was angry or wanted to take an unsound approach. However, Deborah was there to put me in check, kept my eye on the goal and didn’t allow me to compromise my own ethics. I am glad she did. As someone else stated better, when they went low, we went high. In looking through all of the other reviews, everyone else has validated my opinion of Deborah. I am not someone who takes the time to write a review. However, in this case, I felt I needed to share my experiences with Deborah to help others find someone they can trust.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2016
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She is my Hero!
Attorney Katz is one of the most caring lawyers that I have ever seen. Before my first visit with her, I interviewed a few other family attorneys. But I chose her because I felt she cares about me. And I was right. I won't be able to write everything here but I'm trying to describe her abilities in a few words. I think she is the best lawyer because she is knowledgeable, firm, strong, caring, prompt, smart and organized. Those are the least I could say about her abilities. She has done so much for me. She is my true hero. Thank you Attorney Katz.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Katz Legal Group LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Behman Hambelton LLP
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Gibson Behman, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Law Intern
  • Suffolk County Juvenile Court
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Law Intern
  • Suffolk County Superior Court
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Payne & Hall, P.C.
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
  • UCLA
  • Advance Politcal Science Courses
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Alimony
  • Father shall continue to pay Alimony for four more years.
  • Will Contest
  • Settled for a nominal sum.
  • Negligent Hiring, Supervision & Security
  • The defendant employer/property owner was granted summary judgment and the case was dismissed against it.
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Associations

  • Women's Business Group
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Probate and Family Court Certified Conciliator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Norfolk County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Probate Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer Recognition
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Attorneys in Massachusetts 2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorenys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys Massachusetts 2018
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers 2018
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • New England Scholar
  • New England School of Law
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • WBG Business Forum
  • Planning for Divorce
  • 2017
  • Planning for Divorce
  • Planning for Divorce
  • 2015
  • Educational Seminar for PGA Members
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (5)
Endorse Deborah
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deb is a fabulous lawyer. She gives her clients sound advice in a clear, concise manner. She tirelessly advocates on behalf of clients in order to obtain a fair and just result."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Deborah is an outstanding divorce attorney. Highly recommended!"
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the great pleasure of teaming with Deborah on a high-conflict divorce and custody matter (Middlesex County). Deborah's drive, determination and creativity impressed me so much that I sough an "Of Counsel" relationship with her firm in Wellesley, MA. I take pride in the cases that Deborah and I work together. Family law practitioners of this caliber are rare."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an extraordinary advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the great good fortune of knowing Deborah Katz personally and professionally for a number of years. She is fiercely devoted to her clients, whom she zealously represents, and she possesses a keen legal mind and ability to appreciate nuanced areas of the law. Attorney Katz has handled complex family law cases with vigor and integrity, and I am pleased to endorse her services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with Deborah and she is the ultimate professional She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been the opposing attorney on a number of family law cases in which Deborah was involved, and found her to be intelligent, knowledgeable and skillful in her representation of her clients in those matters. She is an extremely effective advocate and I do not hesitate providing my endorsement of her."
General practice Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"As a former co-worker, I know full well that Deborah is a well organized, thoroughly prepared and extremely knowledgeable general practice attorney with a focus on family law matters. Inside the courtroom, she vigorously fights for her clients armed with a complete understanding of courtroom procedure and etiquette. In the office, she is equally good. With her clients, she effortlessly translates her legal expertise in an easy and compassionate manner allowing those unfamiliar with the legal process to fully understand the important issues of their case. As a co-worker, she always went out of her way to assist myself and other attorneys whenever asked. In sum, Deborah is an attorney who you can trust to fully understand the issues of your case, easily explain what your case means to you and then go to the courtroom and defend your claim before the courts. For all those reasons, I highly recommend Deborah."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Deborah was professional in all dealings , has a complete command of the law concerning defense of personal injury fall down accidents and zealously represented her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my distinct pleasure to endorse attorney Katz; her service is extraordinary according to the clients we refer to her. She is not only knowledgeable and skillful in maneuvering a maze of family and estate planning fields of law but she also has a lovely personality that most clients connect with on a spot. Attorney Katz wins her cases in court when situation requires it yet she is looking for ways to avoid conflicts whenever it is possible. She is fair in all aspects of representation and is easy to work with."
Family Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Deborah for over 15 years. She is conscientious, diligent, caring, and very thorough. I recently referred a client to Deborah and the client was very pleased with Deborah's services and guidance. Deborah took the time to walk the client through their situation and provide much needed guidance. I wouldn't hesitate to refer another client to Deborah."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked on a civil litigation matter with Attorney Katz in which she represented a co-defendant. I was able to observe Attorney Katz throughout the litigation process, including trial court practice and written and deposition discovery practice. Attorney Katz was intelligent, professional and most importantly, very invested in her client. She is on my short list for referrals in the Boston area."
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Katz for more than fifteen years and have referred many cases to her. She is diligent, knowledgeable and consistently succeeds at providing superior representation for her clients in family law and estate planning matters. I recommend Attorney Katz without any reservations."
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Wellesley Divorce and separation Lawyer Deborah A. Katz
Deborah A. Katz
Divorce and separation Attorney
Wellesley, MA
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available