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Joseph E Depaola

Divorce and separation Attorney at North Haven, CT

4.6   32 reviews

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About Joseph

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For more than thirty years, I have been providing quality legal services and advice to businesses and individuals throughout the New Haven Area. I can help you navigate the legal system and set you on the right path to resolving your legal issues.

I will always act on your behalf. My aggressive posture and competent no-nonsense approach to litigation and mediation has developed a well respected practice and earned loyal & satisfied clients.

I am a Trained and Certified Collaborative Divorce Lawyer as well as a Divorce Mediator. This combination of certification and training allows me the unique ability to professionally handle all your family needs.

Licensed for 46 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 09/23/2013

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

Contact Joseph

Joseph E Depaola, Esq
Depaola - Po Box 351
97 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT, 064730351


4.6 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | January 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, Blunt, and Hard Working
I hired Joseph to for the process of marriage separation. While my preference was to get an Annulment, Joseph was straightforward enough to warn me that those situations do not occur very often and are unlikely. Either way, I appreciated his honesty and word, and I decided to continue working with Joe (under the impression that I would get a divorce as an alternative). As luck would have it, thanks to Joe's expert advice, guidance and counsel, when our matter went into court, we were rewarded with having our marriage annulled (instead of a divorce). This was of great importance to me and my former spouse, so we greatly appreciated Joseph's help - I would hire him again if ever need be!
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Posted by Phillip | July 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Honest lawyer
Mr. DePaola represented me recently in court concerning a child support matter. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards his professional manner in the handling of the case. I received a very fair settlement due to his hard work.
Posted by Chris | May 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Well Prepared and Thoughtful advice
We retained Attorney DePaola to represent us for executing a land purchase as well as a construction contract. When these real estate transactions are separate, there are plenty of nuances taken for granted that require an additional level of scrutiny. Attorney DePaola was well versed in all aspects of the legal requirements necessary to support the transactions and made a number of additional recommendations for the negotiations. Excellent level of support!
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Posted by Michael | February 4, 2019
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Michael, Moodus, CT
Very thorough representation. Always had my best interests in mind. On top of the matter at all times. Could not ask for a better attorney, and now friend. Thank Joe and Wendy!
Posted by Jennifer | January 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hire Joseph DePaola
Prior to going to hospital for somewhat major surgery, I decided to be a grown up and get my affairs in order. Having had a positive experience working with him at my workplace, I decided to reach out to Attorney DePoala. He returned my call personally within 24 hours, and treated me like a very important client, despite my legal need being simple (POA/HCA and will). I was able to make an appointment for same week. Attorney Depoala sat with me and spent unhurried time getting all of my intentions clear. If you would like to work with a professional, approabe (both personally and price point), and kind lawyer, look no further, you have your man.
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Posted by Bill | June 16, 2018
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Real Estate
My wife and I highly, highly recommend this outstanding Attorney. He handled a myriad of Legal matters for us with great skill, and his advice was first rate. He was always readily available and quickly responded to our questions, requests, and needs. He immediately addressed conflicts and fully resolved them. Joseph DePaola is a miracle worker on Home Sale Closings!
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2017
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Thank you
I work as a social worker and my place of employment recently hired Attorney DePaola to accompany me to a potentially contentious court hearing involving the appointment of a conservator for a patient I serve. Attorney DePaola conducted himself as a true professional when engaging with my colleagues and in meeting with my patient and her family members, who present with especially complex dynamics. He treated a difficult situation with the utmost respect and approached the work with clear compassion and sensitivity to what was at play for all those involved. Admittedly, our request for his assistance was somewhat last minute, but he worked hard to ensure that he was familiar with all pertinent information related to the case, and navigated the courtroom as if he had prepared for months leading up to the hearing. He was tactful and discreet in his questioning, again exemplifying a sensitivity that I feel is not always present in the legal field. I would highly recommend Attorney DePaola for any complex family matters that result in having to go to court.
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Posted by Lauren | October 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and staff
Joe and Wendy were efficient, responsive, and cost-effective throughout the process of my divorce. I highly recommend them!
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer with Great Results!
Attorney DePaola did a great job representing me in my child support case. He was excellent in the courtroom and someone you would want to have on your side!
Posted by Margaret | November 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Attorney DePaola has been our family attorney for over 30 years. His legal background and experience allow him to provide expert services in many different aspects of law (real estate, estate planning, litigation, divorce, etc.) Our friends are also pleased with his professional services and have used his services for many years. His conventional and everyday manner help to provide a comfortable atmosphere for asking questions and seeking information. He has my high recommendation for any professional legal services required.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2016
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Business Professional
I was referred to Joe, so he could be my closing Attorney for a business transaction. He was easy to work with and professional.
Posted by ED PIERPONT | October 31, 2016
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Posted by ANDY | October 30, 2016
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attorney Depaola
joe and his staff were very professional and helpful.i had a situation with a different attorney but joe straightened it out for me.
Posted by Eileen | May 21, 2011
Excellent and compassionate attorney
I have found Joe to be an excellent lawyer. He has handled my husband's and mine legal affairs for years. But this past year my husband was in a serious accident and I turned to Joe when it happened. He helped myself and my husband through what has been a terrible ordeal. Each step of the way he has guided us through what has been an legal and emotional journey with excellent legal advice and emotional support.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2011
Excellent Lawyer!
Attorney DePaola was nothing short of exceptional during my divorce and as support since. He kept me fully informed, was understanding and kind, and very supportive of me and my children. Perhaps the ONE person who posted a negative report on Attorney DePaola is the one with an issue (why else would someone need 6-10 lawyers in recent times)? Highly recommend you calling Attorney DePaola!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2011
Excellent Real Estate Attorney
I have used Joe to represent me for my home closing and most recently for a mortgage refinance. He is courteous, knowledgeable, honest, and very responsive to phone calls and questions. He is very friendly and personable and goes out of his way to provide the highest quality service possible. I would definitely hire Joe again if I ever need legal council in the future.
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Posted by Maureen | April 18, 2011
Attorney DePaola is the best choice for an attorney and I will use his service for every legal matter.
This past year, my Mother died, and I asked Attorney DePaola to take on the enormous responsibility of closing her estate. He walked me and my family through many difficult situations, always being patient with my inexperience. He guided me from paying for the funeral, to appointing my brother as Executor of the estate. He worked continuously with the court to get the estate through Probate and he guided us on selling her home. One week before the closing of the house, my brother, the Executor of the estate, had a stroke, and could not sign his name. Attorney DePaola was influential in obtaining an immediate court date, then, he went to the court to expedite a substitute Executor so we could close on the sale of the house. He handled a very complicated situation with ease. He has helped me and our family to get through the most difficult year of our lives. He has kept on top of every legal matter concerning my Mother’s estate. More importantly, he e-mails me every day to ask about my brother’s progress after his stroke. Attorney DePaola has taken care of every legal matter for me for the past year while I grieved the loss of our Mother and tended to my Brother’s health. Our family appreciates Joe’s hard work and we owe him many thanks. Attorney DePaola is the best choice for an attorney and I will use his service for every legal matter. Maureen LaBanca
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2011
Repeat Customer
Attorney DePaola was my parents' lawyer for many years. When my husband and I bought our first house, we knew we wanted Attorney DePaola to help us. He did such a great job with our closing, that we went back to him to help us close when we refinanced our home. His staff was extremely helpful answering our many questions; as first time home buyers, we had no idea what we were doing and called often. I highly recommend Attorney DePaola for anyone looking for a new laywer.
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Posted by Maureen | April 16, 2011
I refer all of my clients to Attorney DePaola….
I practiced accounting in North Haven for over 15 years. I have used Attorney DePaola’s law practice for all of my legal matters and I have never been disappointed. He has always been professional in his actions, well organized in his work, and conscientious of time sensitive matters. Over the years I have referred many of my clients to Attorney DePaola, and they have been satisfied with his practice as well. John J. LaBanca, CPA
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Posted by Wendy | April 15, 2011
Estate (no will)
I will share some of my private thoughts with the public about Attorney Joseph DePaola because he is amazing and he so deserves our admiration and gratitude for his service to so many of us. His Administrative Assistant Wendy is amazing as well. Their team has brought me through a time I never anticipated and never could have completed so well without their assistance. My ex-husband died suddenly without a will. We had been divorced for 15 years. He had his own in-home business and we have one daughter in college. He was extremely private and no one knew anything regarding his finances or anything else for that matter. His family was out-of-state and estranged and they did not want to participate in the process in any way. I am completely alone with no family, live by myself, and work full time to support my daughter. Usually,someone who is an executor of an estate of someone who dies "intestate" must attain a bond to ensure that funds will not be misappropriated. Because of my less than stellar credit rating for several years, I was denied bond which is very unusual. My stress level was off the charts because there literally was no one else who would care. My ex-husband and I may have been divorced, but he never remarried, I have always loved him, and we became closer as the years went on. I am grateful that Attorney DePaola was also my ex-husband's attorney of many years. Attorney DePaola worked tirelessly to advocate for my Executorship and succeeded. Attorney DePaola recommended several amazingly qualified and professional people to help with the process. WITHIN ONE MONTH, The business was sold fairly to a person whose excellent reputation and Attorney DePaola's recommendation encouraged the majority of the clients to transfer their business to him ; estate sales were held and the house was sold at a fair price by the best and most personable real estate agent I have ever met; mysterious corporate accounts were identified and liquified for the beneficiaries who were all the daughters; tax affairs were completed, appropriate accounts were established and bills were paid. I received daily and weekly updates from his office regarding what he had done, what I had to do and how to do it, etc. etc. I was emotionally vulnerable and depressed as it became clear to me that I had always loved my ex-husband and could not focus on the practical matters. Attorney DePaola lifted the burden as only excellent attorneys are able to do. I cried at the hearings, I cried at the closings. Attorney DePaola and Wendy had done all the work for me. I didn't have to do anything. If there are angels here on earth as I believe there to be, Attorney DePaola and his assistant Wendy are those.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Joseph E Depaola, Esq
  • 1976 - Present


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • University of New Haven
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mashantucket Pequot Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mohegan Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

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Probate Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Depaola is extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies of the Probate Court and I consider him a valuable resource for clients in need of assistance in the field of probate."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shook is an attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible result for his clients. He is a valuable contributor to the AVVO community and I endorse his work."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
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