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Andrew A Bestafka

Divorce and separation Attorney at Freehold, NJ

4.5   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    17 years, 120 cases

  2. Alimony
    20%

    17 years, 120 cases

  3. Child custody
    10%

    17 years, 120 cases

  4. Child support
    10%

    17 years, 120 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    10%

    17 years, 120 cases

The Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. is a boutique firm that specializes in all family related legal issues including divorce, custody, child support, college contribution, equitable distribution, restraining orders, wills, adoptions, alimony, and more.

 

After years with a well known firm I decided to hang my own shingle so I can serve my clients with the attention and fairness they deserve.

 

I graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York and then attended law school at the University of Cincinnati.  I was admitted to the Bar in November of 2007 and, after a short time with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, I started my career as a family law attorney.  I have since opened my own practice so that I could fully institute my own model of client representation.

  

 Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012

While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

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Location

The Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.
45 Dutch Lane Road
Freehold, NJ, 07728

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Medhat | September 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Andrew is a very trusted lawyer with great personality who helped me in the worst time in my life when I was going through my divorce he is very intelligent in his field ,him and his staff provided excellent service, demonstrating professionalism and person attention to all details of my case
Posted by Catherine | September 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficent and informative divorce attorney
I interviewed several lawyers before choosing Andrew as my divorce attorney. He is straightforward and precise pertaining to your rights as a spouse. He advocated on my behalf to get me the best and fairest settlement so I could begin my life again. I found his website very helpful in answering many questions, and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Bob | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fabulous Lawyer
Andrew was referred to me by a friend and I could not have been more pleased. Even thought he was located 40 miles away from my hometown, he always made it simple for us to meet. Meetings were always short, too the point and costs were always kept to a minimum. In the end, I was very happy with the agreement he reached for me and would highly recommend him to anyone in the future! Thank You Andrew!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Andrew Bestafka helped me during the most difficult time in my life. Through his patience and knowledge, both my ex and I were able to come to terms that we both felt comfortable with. I highly recommend him. DP
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and Timely Lawyer
I hired Andrew Bestafka for a problem with my ex-spouse not paying for our kids' shared college expenses. He handled the case very well, and I won! He has great communication skills and is very responsive.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Andrew Bestafka is a class act!
I hired Andrew as my divorce lawyer on the spot. I felt so comfortable and confident with him that never had to consult with other lawyers. During the worst time of my life , I had Andrew by my side to walk me through the divorce process with confidence and knowledge. He is a brilliant man and will help you every step of the way!!
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Posted by Jeff | September 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attoney
Andrew is a great lawyer. He is highly intelligent and extremely well versed in his area of expertise. He handled my matter as if it were his own. Very highly recommended.
Posted by sandro | July 15, 2015
The Best
From the day I stepped into his office, I felt like he truly wanted to help me get the best care I can. Andrew managed to keep me informed and in good spirits, even at the worst times of my divorce process. A true professional that I wholeheartedly recommend.
Posted by Michael G | July 2, 2015
Great Lawyer
Andrew basically helped me take a very bleak situation and turned into a positive, fair result and I'm very pleased with my decision to retain him. My case was very complicated, with many variables, yet he handled them all, at an expert level. I had gone through (2) two previous lawyers, who basically failed me at every turn. They will remain nameless, but I assure you that they left Andrew with a difficult task. I can also tell you firsthand, that the NJ justice system, as it pertains to divorce, is daunting at best. If you're like me, getting through life in business, financial obligations, sporadic intervals of sadness/depression, not to mention caring for the children and juggling/spinning 20 plates at once, you will need a competent lawyer through this time. The whole process is overwhelming and I thought the case would never end. Andrew spent time understanding each situation, honing in on what's truly important, while leaving/placing the emotion (although, empathizing with it) to the side. He got me results! Favorable results! Undoing the previous mess left by the other attorney's. He handled the case with professionalism. Every time I called or emailed me, on each occasion, he got back to me right away and made me feel like his only client. I would recommend him to anyone who is going through a divorce, complicated or not...The best.
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Posted by Joseph | February 20, 2014
Recommendation and Review for Andrew A Bestafka
From the beginning to the end of my case Andrew was a true professional. Upon meeting Andrew and his staff I immediately felt comfortable in their presence and felt we were on the same page with my matters. Andrew’s openness and forward thinking on my case made the entire process uneventful (A very good thing to have while being extremely busy) and with little interruptions along the way. I have recommended Andrew and his staff’s professional expertise to colleagues, family, and friends. He has a knack for making you feel comfortable, assured, and most importantly--to hold a firm client/lawyer trust relationship. As a client you will appreciate his respect for timeliness, and accomplishing tasks with quick resolve. Once again, I am grateful for Andrew’s expertise, timeliness, and easy going attitude. I recommend his services with the upmost regard. Sincerely, J. Longoria, MBA
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Posted by kevin | February 16, 2014
amazing lawyer
Andrew was an and is an amazing lawyer. Keeps it straight foward with no sugar coating. He always kept me informed, and always did alot to keep the bill to a min. Not a paper pusher like most lawyers. I will continue to use and refer andrew to all friends and family!
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2014
Prompt, Honest, and Knowledgeable Lawyer!
Andrew guided me through the entire process of my divorce and helped me resolve my case quickly and without any undue extra stress. In a time of hardship Andrew was very calming and always made me feel like I was in good hands. My case was settled extremely quickly due to Andrew's knowledge and experience in settling peacefully and timely.
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Posted by Nick | February 11, 2014
Trustworthy and gets the job done!
Mr. Bestafka was quick to return my calls and emails. I told him what I wanted as a result for my case and he delivered! Best part is his hourly rate is very reasonable.
Posted by Maryann | February 11, 2014
Divorce attorney
Andrew is very knowledgeable and reliable in a time of need. A very understanding lawyer who looks out for the best interests of his clients. He is very compassionate, kind and follows through with all concerns and issues.
Posted by Arun | February 11, 2014
Highly Recommended
I was referred to Andrew by a close friend. He did a fantastic job for me. He was very detail oriented, and meticulous. I came to him with a complicated case, he was able to make sense of all the details and put it into a concise and very organized document. He was very straight forward and followed up with every detail. He was very fair with his billing and time. If you want someone to really fight for you I highly recommend using him. Arun C.
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Posted by S. Weinstein | December 10, 2013
Ethical Family Attorney
I am always very happy with any legal advice I get from Andrew Bestafka. There has never been a time when I felt that he hasn't had my best interest in mind. He is courteous, very professional and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to divorce law. While he is always looking to settle issues as quickly as possible, he's also very protective of his client's interests. I would recommend his services to anyone who needs a family attorney.
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Posted by john | November 15, 2013
outstanding, superb & concise legal advice
Andrew has always provided superb legal advice. Over the past few years, I've needed his assitance on multiple fronts and he's always available to help. His thoroughness, professionalism and honesty are an added bonus. I definitely recommend Bestafka Law anytime someone is in need of legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2013
Extremely happy!
I was absolutely thrilled with Andrew's work ethics and efficiency. The best attorney I have ever met, very persuasive and talented negotiator. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to all my friends and family. If you need a great attorney, who works quickly, and makes problems go away, call him! I would never use anybody else for any family law issues.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2013
The BEST!
ndrew was highly recommended to me by a couple of friends and business associates. He is by far the best attorney you can find in all of Monmouth County. Professional, courteous, patient, and most importantly, exceptionally knowledgeable. He is very attentive, returns phone calls promptly, always makes you feel like you're his most important client. Andrew is one of the most talented and dedicated attorneys I have ever met. He gets things done fast, and you never doubt for a minute that he has your best interest at heart. I will continue to recommend his services to anyone, who has a need for family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2020
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DO NOT HIRE FOR ANYTHING COMPLICATED
Andrew's worst problem is his ego. He doesn't like questions, client involvement, or any form of disagreement. Clients are expected to willfully submit to his "superior knowledge". Full disclosure, I am a hands on client. I read every document, conducted my own research, and questioned the strategy for my case. Andrew did not like questioning. He viewed this as a challenge to his authority and would easily become agitated. My divorce was particularly "ugly." Andrew is not the attorney to hire for complicated cases. I think he could adequately quarterback a routine/uncontested divorce but he struggles with complex cases. Specifically, Andrew was wrong at every major juncture in my case. He would make calls on how a judge would rule, what compromises were likely agreeable, or how the opposing party would respond to court motions. I'm not exaggerating; every call he made was wrong. He was out-smarted and didn't have the knowledge or experience to handle a hard case. This hurt me financially and emotionally. I made a terrible mistake hiring Andrew. The worst part was that I had to fight the other party as well as my own attorney. He was not on my side. Too often, his ego would take over, especially when I questioned why he was out-smarted. You only get one shot. Get it right. Do not put your life in Andrew's hands if things are complicated.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Volunteer Early Settlement Panelist
  • Monmouth County Courthouse
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Newman Scarola
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Appellate
  • Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • The University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • Columbia University
  • B.A.
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Palimony
  • $1,000,000
  • In the matter of estate of Sarcona
  • 2011 Published Appelate Court Decision
  • Custody Modification
  • Petitioner awarded full custody of the children
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Associations

  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Haydn Proctor American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Trustee
  • 2007 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association, Blood Bank Committee
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Ten Best Family Lwyer in New Jersey
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Publications

  • Dicta
  • Lawyers Assistance Program
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar
  • Divorce Planning
  • 2011
  • Seminar
  • Divorce Planning
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (57)
Given (105)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is an extremely hard worker and a fierce advocate for his clients. I've known Andrew for several years and he's a well respected lawyer in the community. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is very experienced in family law and has a great depth of knowledge. He is not afraid to fight for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For several years now, I've been referring my own clients, friends, and family to Andrew for all family law related matters. Everyone who I recommend Andrew to has nothing but the best things to say about him. Highly, highly recommend Andrew for all your family law needs!"
Domestic violence Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew was impressive in his knowledge of the law, his compassion for his client and his willingness to be reasonable in settling a difficult matter. We were able to help our respective clients settle at a great saving to them and both were happy with the result. I have referred clients to Andrew and will continue to do so in the future. I believe he does an excellent job for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. One needs a lawyer with a heart when getting divorce advice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Very skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to the law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Bestafka gets the job done; he's respectful. He does not string out cases or litigate unnecessarily. But he's aggressive when need be. I recommend him highly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Andrew. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bestafka has demonstrated a high level of knowledge and ethics in this very prickly area of the law. it is a minefield and I would recommend him very highly to anyone in need."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Andrew, he has the knowledge and experience, plus the compassion necessary to help his clients through a tough time."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bestafka is one of the top Family Law attorneys in New Jersey. I endorse him without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bestafka is a well respected lawyer in the legal community."
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Freehold Divorce and separation Lawyer Andrew A Bestafka
Andrew A Bestafka
Divorce and separation Attorney
Freehold, NJ
Licensed for 16 years