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Paula A. Menar

Divorce and separation Attorney at New Brunswick, NJ

4.5   15 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 23 years
    New York - NY 19 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Paula

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Professional Biography

College: Montclair State University
Major: Political Science
Minor: Pre-Law

Law School: Brooklyn Law School.

Admissions: New Jersey Bar & New York Bar.

Legal Work: Garces & Grabler from 2000 to 2004.

 

Paula started her firm, Paula A. Menar, Attorney at Law, LLC, in May of 2004. It became Menar & Menar Attorneys at Law in 2007.

 

Areas of Practice: Family Law

Committees: Middlesex County Early Settlement Panel on since or about 2006, Assignment Judge’s Committee for Family Part on since or about 2006, Ethics Committee from 2006 to 2010, Fee Arbitration Committee from 2010 to present, Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Foundation.

Awards: Received the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award

 

Personal Biography

Family: Mother of two young children.    

Background: Born in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Location

Menar & Menar
97 Bayard Street
Suite 101
New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
Menar & Menar
11 Broad Street
Suite 2E
Freehold, NJ, 07728
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Posted by Antonio | November 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Greatly Appreciated and Satisfied with Paula Menar
Paula Menar is a very caring and very intelligent attorney. My case was very complex and Paula showed great caring and compassion through the process. She is very knowledgable of the law and understanding while guiding me thru my case. She is also very tough and fought hard to get the best result for her my daughter and I. I would definitely recommend Paula Menar. I would use her services again if the need arises. She is the person you want on your side.
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Posted by A.O. | December 29, 2020
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Caring Lawyer
I hired the Law Firm of Menar & Menar in 2012. I was going through a divorce, and was not only looking for legal advice, but a lawyer who would guide me through this difficult situation. Menar & Menar, Attorneys at Law, were compassionate, understanding, and explained all my choices so that I could make the best decisions for myself and my daughter.
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Posted by Kimberly | October 8, 2020
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I was represented better than I could have imagined!
I contacted Menar & Menar because I was losing custody of my son. Ms. Menar was able to stop this and I recovered the custody of my son. Ms. Menar was my only hope when I thought I was going to lose my son. My experience with Menar & Menar was stupendous through and through. Ms. Menar knows her craft and walks the extra mile with you. I was represented better than I could have imagined. My needs were put first and I was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained to me. She was completely understanding, professional and worked very diligently to the end. Ms. Menar fought hard for me. She went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I could not have asked for a better law firm or attorney. I am so grateful and I highly recommend her and her firm.
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Posted by Nida | July 29, 2020
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Phenomenal Advocate
I hired Paula to represent me for my restraining order, divorce and custody battle. She truly is very efficient and so experienced. The whole process was very long but I never felt as Paula was not looking out for me. She was the voice that I never knew I had. There were many days where I lost hope but in the end she made sure I got what was right for me. She helped me grow and she provided me the assistance I needed. Not only was she able to defend me from an unjust accusation, her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. Paula has stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. Though we faced challenges, she did not falter. Her thorough research provided us the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I will only recommend Paula as I have never been nor have I ever seen anyone treated better. I am proud to be a Paula's client and will continue to retain them for all legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands.
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Posted by Phoebe | August 2, 2018
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The Absolute Best
Paula Menar was incredible! I had a temporary restraining order and the judge advised me to seek counsel when my ex asked for an extension to get a lawyer. Paula was referred to me by a friend. She was an absolute shark in the courtroom! My ex is a very charismatic person and a pathological liar. Like most pathological liars he is very convincing. So many times before when I tried to bring up things that he had done no one believed me. Paula caught him in lie after lie. She was so skillful at what she does that not only did she catch him in his lies she had him admit to the lies without him even realizing what he was doing! He was revealed for the controlling, abusive, narcissist that he is. The things I had to talk about were painful and embarrassing but Paula helped me through my time on the stand with a great amount of compassion while remaining professional. That is a hard balance to achieve but she nailed it. My final restraining order was granted. My life in the past 10 months since our court date has improved beyond belief. I’m not getting texts every 30 seconds. I’m not waking up to find him in my house even though the doors were locked. I have had no communication from him whatsoever. I never imagined life could be this peaceful, this joyful, this stress-free. I don’t think I could have gotten to this point without Paula as my lawyer in the courtroom. She helped change my life for the better. I strongly recommend Menar & Menar.
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Posted by Ravi Kumar | June 9, 2016
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One of the Best!
Paula represented me in my divorce case. In the beginning, I had hired another attorney as he made me believe that the divorce case in NJ is very simple. After dealing with him and coming to know the judiciary system, I realized that most of attorneys here are clueless when the case goes to trial. Most of the attorney are just to forward the documents back and forth and have you sign it, they hope that both the parties agree and case is closed. However Paula is the best, she is an all-rounder that can maneuver the case in either situation. She will try her best to get the case settle before going to trial in your favor, at the same time, she is fearless to make the case in trial room too. She is very adaptable and comes across as a friendly and family oriented person. This helps you, as a client, since you go through both the emotional and financial trauma during the divorce process. She along with her partner, provide clients the backup and second opinion needed in the complex situation. I was involved in the fraudulent marriage situation that was complicated, involving false domestic violence and other aspect of the divorce and she delivered it for me. She is the best!
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Posted by client | April 27, 2016
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VERY CLEVER AND TACTICIAN!
She helped me and won, in a nasty relocation case. excellent service, good team work as a brother and sister. Big thank you to them!
Posted by Kris | January 21, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I have hired Paula multiple times to help me out with various issues pertaining to my divorce/child support and other various parenting issues I've had to deal with. Paula has helped me through some extremely stressful times and her advice and counsel has always been excellent. She has always fought for me and never led me wrong. I highly recommend her and her team.
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Posted by Veronica | July 17, 2015
Fearless
Paula represented me over 10 years ago and a visitation matter. At the time I was a young mother who was scared confused abused manipulated and intimidated at the hands of an abusive spouse. Paul is firm gave her to me to represent me in this matter . When I saw her I saw her as a fellow female who was nice but I had no idea what I was in for until I got to court . When I go to court she basically turn into a pitbull and fought for me to no end. She objected to anything that could hurt me in court She was quick on her feet and could respond to anything that was being thrown at her. she was aggressive tough fearless basically she figuratively knocked out my ex in court for me . She was my Inner voice I can say things that I was scared to say she could think for me and act for me . The end result was we won and the visitation terms remain in place At the end I felt exhilarated vindicated relieved all thanks to Paula she knows the law and is not scared to speak up and fight for her client in court she represented me and looked out for my best interest in the interest of my son I will recommend her to anyone and plan to use her again
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Posted by Mohammed | December 16, 2014
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Ms. Menar is an excellent lawyer that specializes in Family Law. I found her to be very accessible and attentive. She possesses immense knowledge on NJ family laws. She guided me through the complexities of NJ court system and matrimonial laws. Ms. Menar appears to have a passion for her clients and the cases she takes on. I believe she pursued my case very thoroughly and aggressively for the best outcome for me.
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Posted by Alexander | December 14, 2014
A fighter and a winner
I won residential custody of my son 5 years ago, thanks to the help of Paula Menar. Before Paula, I was at an automatic disadvantage being a man, and had supervised visitation for no good reason. I was often denied even short supervised visitation by my son's mother with no consequence and barely saw my son. With Paula's help, not only did I get my visitation enforced, but we were able to prove that my son's mother was unfit and ultimately, my son came to live with me. Paula always had accurate advice and knew every effective way to combat difficult situations. It was a very difficult process, but she was always compassionate. Paula was also my attorney for a separate matter when my son's mother made up a false assault story and had me arrested. At court, Paula was strong, smart, and honest, and again, won my case. I have been working with her for eight years now and can't imagine how my life would be without her help.
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 10, 2014
Child custody
Back in 2004 Paula helped me gain custody of my grandson Timothy. It was a very stressful time , his mother was my daughter who had substance abuse problems, the child's father was in Florida and was not able to care for him. She was a great help to me during this nightmare. He remained with me for the last 10 years. Tell Paula he graduated high school and began his freshman year at Drexel in Philadelphia. She was instrumental in making that happen, she was very caring and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2014
Quality experience
Paula Menar has represented me in my divorce and child support case, and I have never been dissatisfied or disappointed. Her work is professional and concise. I always will refer her to those who are in need of representation.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2022
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Illegitimate/unfair charges- beware
I hired this office for a very simple case regarding visitation and child support. I was told multiple times that the ease of the case would not allot for more money than the amount of my retainer agreement and that I would get a refund. I paid the retainer agreement in full. I supplied the supporting documentation including requesting previous records myself, weeks before the case. Somehow they still only filed my counter application a day before my court date. Court was ok, although I felt it could have been much shorter however the attorney didn’t do anything to stop the other party from rambling on and on. After court I received an email stating I’d hear from the legal assistant regarding my refund. Instead I received a bill for $2,000 extra dollars. I looked through the itemization, shocked but accepting I am no expert. The billed items charged hundreds of dollars for my inquiry with the office (before I even decided about being represented), phone calls that were only few minutes long where I was charged an hour or more (I matched to my phone records), emails that didn’t ever happen, record requests where I had supplied the records myself, and several other items that were entirely made up. I disputed the charges, providing my own records (like my phone bill and email record that in no way could have been fabricated), and was told that I didn’t understand how things worked. I offered to compromise and started doing my own research. It turned out this is a repeat issue with this office and now I have to file a formal dispute that will end up with me in court/mediation again. Be careful- I guarantee you’ll be overcharged if they think you can pay it.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2015
money hungry and subpar
Paula represented me in a child support case wherein I refused to pay my child support/ visit my child as ordered by the court. Ms. Menar trumped up lies and needless to say she took my money and delivered NO results!
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Menar & Menar, Attorneys at Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner
  • Paula A. Menar, Attorney at Law, LLC
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Garces & Grabler, PC
  • 2000 - 2004

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Montclair State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Middlesex County Bar Foundation
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Monmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Office of Attorney Ethics - Fee Arbitration Committee for District 8
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Middlesex County Bar Foundation
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Middlesex County Bar Foundation
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Office of Attorney Ethics - Fee Arbitration Committee for District 8
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Office of Attorney Ethics - Ethics Committee for District 8
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Presiding Judges Committee
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Boardwalk Seminar
  • Matrimonial Program
  • 2014

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Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Paula as a professional colleague. She fights hard for her clients. I endorse her work highly."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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New Brunswick Divorce and separation Lawyer Paula A. Menar
Paula A. Menar
Divorce and separation Attorney
New Brunswick, NJ
Licensed for 23 years