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Laurie A. Lacoste

Family Attorney at Portsmouth, NH

4.4   14 reviews
  • State Years
    New Hampshire - NH 20 years
    Massachusetts - MA 20 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

About Laurie

Learn Laurie’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    45%
    Divorce & Parenting, Legal Separations, Mediation/Litigation, Prenuptial Agreements, Guardianship, Relocation, Spousal Support/Alimony, Domestic Violence, Modification

  2. Probate
    25%
    Estate Administration Guardianships (minors and adults)

  3. Litigation
    15%
    Business litigation Employment litigation Probate litigation Breach of fiduciary duty Breach of contract Real estate and construction litigation Employment contract disputes Unfair and deceptive trade practice issues Homeowners association issues Business defense Collections and creditors' rights Boundary and easement disputes Landlord-tenant disputes Business and partnership disputes

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    Car accidents Motorcycle accidents Pedestrian accidents Slip and fall accidents Dog and animal bites

  5. General practice
    5%
    I perform a wide range of legal services in addition to the practice areas listed. If your issue pertains to an area of law that I do not handle, I can refer you to a competent attorney who can assist you.

Ms. Lacoste was born in Massachusetts and in early childhood moved to New Hampshire where she has lived since. She graduated from Notre Dame College with a BA in Paralegal Studies in 1996 and earned her law degree in 2003. She was admitted to theNew Hampshireand Massachusetts Bars and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire in 2004, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 2009 and in 2010 was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

For the last 20 years Laurie has worked for law firms in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Since her admission to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bars in 2004, Ms. Lacoste has represented clients in civil litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, family law, employment law and probate litigation while working at a prominent New Hampshire Seacoast law firm and as well as her own practice located in Portsmouth. 

Laurie's colleagues describe her as "an excellent attorney committed to doing first rate legal work" and as someone who "has a passion for the law and the legal process second to none."

Ms. Lacoste is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, New Hampshire Bar Association, New Hampshire Association for Justice and Strafford County Bar Association.

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Location

Laurie Lacoste
170 West Road
Suite 6D
Portsmouth, NH, 03801

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Jennifer | December 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharp as a tack, calm inside the chaos
I began working with Attorney LaCoste before she went into practice for herself and I recently retained her again. Her knowledge of family law, including complicated financial components such as QDRO as it pertains to retirement plans and pensions is stellar. She is compassionate but direct and clear, laying out the process that lies ahead and really customizing responses for what is best in your unique situation. She is the solid and reliable resource you need when you are in the most chaotic time of your life.
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Posted by Michael | October 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Work On Our Case!
My family and I would like to thank Attorney Laurie Lacoste of Lacoste Law for the excellent work she did helping us with our case. Laurie worked diligently through issues that came up along the way and took the time to explain laws relevant to our case and present us with options. Laurie is a very competent attorney and knows her stuff! Laurie provided excellent counseling and achieved the best possible outcome for our situation. I absolutely recommend Lacoste Law!
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Posted by Dianne | December 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Definitely the best lawyer I could have hired!!
Laurie helped me win a court battle against a narcissistic person who was trying to keep my daughter away from me. I had alot of help from a friend through this whole process who recommended me to Laurie. If I hadn't hired Laurie to help me with this final hearing, I'm not sure I would have won. She knows all her laws and specifics and as we won the case to terminate guardianship I got to leave the courtroom crying from excitement. I will recommend he to anyone in need and if I need a lawyer again, she will be the FIRST attorney I will call! Thank you so much Laurie for all you have done to help bring my little girl home where she belongs!
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Posted by Kimberly | May 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Lawyer Laurie Lacoste
I have consulted and hired lawyer Laurie Lacoste for multiple occasions every time there has been glowing amounts of honesty, professionalism, and knowledge that has served me the best.
Posted by Charlie | October 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Laurie is an allstar in my book
As anyone knows a divorce is a very stressful time emotionally and financially. Laurie was very patient and personable. She listened to all my stories and comprised a well thought out game plan that in my situation extremely limited the financial ramifications that a divorce can cause. She also recommended a mortgage company to me and i was able to purchase my own home within 8 months after the divorce. So yes I say Laurie is an ALLSTAR.
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Posted by Mary Ann | November 2, 2014
Laurie got the job done for me.
I found Laurie to be a good fit for my legal needs. She explained the process my case would go through and what I could expect in terms of timeline and potential issues that might arise. She seemed open to seeking guidance from outside sources when necessary and was very specific about what she needed from me in the year we worked together. I was pleased with the outcome of my case and I think her knowledge about how the 'settlement game' plays out was very advantageous in getting me a satisfactory resolution.
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Posted by Carl | October 20, 2014
Attorney Lacoste
Attorney Lacoste definitely exceeded my expectations in handling my divorce case. My divorce was a very trying time. Laurie was always there to answer any of my questions. She was very flexible in having face to face meetings that matched my schedule. Same flexibility applied to phone conferences. All questions were answered promptly. If I didn't quite understand the issue or response, Laurie took the time to ensure I understood so I could make an informed decision. It was very clear that Laurie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing in these matters. Laurie took time to thoroughly explain the law and my options regarding what actions I could/should take. I always felt completely at ease with Laurie. It is very clear she has her client's best interests at heart.
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Posted by Wendy | October 16, 2014
#1 Attorney!
Laurie Lacoste is the best attorney I have ever dealt with! She is extremely knowledgable with family laws, and very promt in everything she does! Laurie cares about her clients and has always answered any questions I've had regarding my case! I would highly recommend her, and have.
Posted by Kim | October 9, 2014
Laurie is the best legal decision you will make
I find Laurie to be respectfully professional and very knowledgable. She is an asset to have on your side and part of your legal team. Thank you Laurie
Posted by Jeanne | October 8, 2014
Great Person..Super Lawyer..Definitely Knows Her Stuff
I have not had much experience with lawyers but several months ago I needed one after I was sexually assaulted. On a recommendation, I called the Brown Law Firm and was introduced to Laurie. With her professionalism and knowledge of the law, she has guided me through the legal maze. While doing this she has kept me informed of everything that is going on and in a language that a layperson can understand. She has also been extremely supportive which has meant so much to me. I feel that I am really fortunate to have Laurie as my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
Recomended
Laurie displayed an appropriate level of aggressiveness in order to handle my divorce. She had a good sense of when to push back and how hard, and when not to. She had a good feel for what the court would likely decide vs. not, which helped drive many of our decisions which led to settlement outside of the courtroom.
Posted by Cheryl | October 7, 2014
Highly recommended attorney
Ms. Lacoste has been working on two cases for us over the past year. She has been responsive, thorough, professional and caring throughout this long pain-staking process. Her confidence and knowledge of the justice system assures us that we have certainly made the right choice in our lawyer.
Posted by Jared | July 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Laurie tried to financially take advantage of me because of my disability and failed to properly represent me.
After telling Laurie about my neurological disability she tried to financially take advantage of me by putting a different price in the contract than what we discussed thinking I would not notice. When I confronted her about it, she refused to respond to me. In my first conversation with Laurie she was using vulgarities and then complained to me about how another client is trying to get their money back. Extremely unprofessional. Laurie later decided to withdraw from me case when I had asked her to hire a PI to get necessary paperwork for my case as I was unable to get it myself. Laurie refused. I tried to fight Laurie withdrawing from my case and we had a hearing. At the hearing Laurie LIED to the judge twice stating that I gave her less of a retainer than I really did and then told the judge that I signed a contract that I in fact did not sign. Then Laurie attempted to tell the judge about our conversations in email that are part of the attorney client privilege. Laurie has about the same integrity as Saul Goodman. She is a CRIMINAL Lawyer and should be disbarred. Because of my terrible experience with her I made a website to warn others about her where I explain in more detail about the atrocities that Laurie has committed. Please come view my webpage at https://laurielacoste.com
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She dropped my case 6 weeks before my final divorce hearing
I spent thousands of dollars in my divorce case using Attorney Lacoste. She represented me for over a year. Then in late 2011, 6 weeks before my final divorce hearing, she dumped my case informing me that she had taken a job in the public sector. She notified me via a letter. She gave me no verbal notice in advance. No phone call... nothing. She left me high and dry. I had to cough up another retainer for another attorney. Sorry to say, I feel like I was cheated! How would you feel Attorney Lacoste? You knew my character and what I was up against. I simply cannot recommend you.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lacoste Law, Inc.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Stephen C. Brown, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Carroll County District Attorney
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Laurie A. Lacoste
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Shaines & McEachern
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Paralegal
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Pa
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Paralegal
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Paralegal
  • Chubb Insurance Company
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Paralegal
  • Gallant, Hausler & Lampert
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices of Carpentino
  • 1992 - 1998
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Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Notre Dame College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Guardianship
  • Successfully litigated the termination of Guardianship
  • Child Custody
  • Successfully obtained Emergency Court Order
  • Guardianship
  • Successfully obtained Court Order appointing Grandmother permanent Guardianship of minor
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Strafford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Reduced Fee Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Reduced Fee Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Reduced Fee Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • 2005
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Publications

  • NHAJ Family Law Forum Seminar
  • The Impact of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse on Family Law Cases
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Family Law Forum
  • The Impact of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse on Family Law Cases
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
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General practice Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lacoste is an excellent and reputable lawyer in New Hampshire. She is meticulous in her legal writing and a strong oral advocate. Clients would be well served by her experience and knowledge. I highly recommend her!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laurie is a family law guru and the first person I go to with any divorce or custody question. She's always on the ball and very personable."

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Portsmouth Family Lawyer Laurie A. Lacoste
Laurie A. Lacoste
Family Attorney
Portsmouth, NH
Licensed for 20 years