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Theodore Alatsas

Divorce and separation Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   57 reviews

also known as Ted Alatsas

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Contested and Uncontested Divorces; distribution of property; separation; maintenance; Custody and visitation matters; family offense petitions; prenuptial agreements; child support matters

    28 years

  2. Trusts
    25%
    Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts; Special Needs Trusts; Testamentary and Non-Testamentary Trusts; Medicaid Asset Protection - We help you keep your hard earned property so they cant take it away from you when you're sick.

    28 years

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%
    Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings for indiduals

    28 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Wills; Living Wills; Health Care Proxies; Durable Powers of Attorney; Testamentary Trusts; Guardianship Designation; Probate and Administration of Estates - We help you plan for the orderly administration of your hard earned property.

    28 years

  5. Child custody
    5%
    custody and visitation matters; family offense petitions; orders of protection; writs of habeas corpus; neglect proceedings

    28 years

Theodore Alatsas, Esq. is the founder of the Alatsas Law Firm and the developer of the firm's 3 Pillars of Protection - our mission to Preserve your assets, Provide you Help, and Protect your Future focusing in three separate, and related, areas of law - Divorce and Family, Elder Law & Estate Planning, and Consumer Bankruptcy.

Born the child of Greek immigrants in the early 1970s, Theodore Alatsas, Esq. grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Theodore learned the importance of hard work and dedication to his community at an early age, working his way through high school and college in his parents' deli. As an exemplary student and community activist, Theodore often volunteered his time to help those who needed it. Theodore attended Brooklyn Technical High School, New York University on a scholarship and St. John’s University School of Law.

Theodore's work in the areas of Divorce and Family law, Elder Law and Estate Planning, and Consumer Bankruptcy Law have earned him recognition from a number of professional organizations, including the Lawyers of Distinction, The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Attorney and Practice Magazine, Martindale Hubbell, and Avvo, as well as dozens of 5 star reviews from past clients. As an active member of the legal community, Theodore continues to influence changes in the practice of law and serves on a number of professional boards as a member of the New York State Bar Association, The Brooklyn Bar Assocation, The New York City Bar Association, The Hellenic American Bar Association, The American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the National Assocation of Divorce Professionals.

As a Certified Divorce Specialist by the N.A.D.P., Theodore has earned recognition for exemplifying professionalism in working with divorce and family law clients, having handled matters ranging from the straightforward uncontested divorce to complicated trials. In each case, Theodore Alatsas and his team strive to provide their clients with the kind of representation that empowers them to preserve their assets, provide them help and protect their future.

In the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning, Theodore demonstrated his expertise in 2019, having co-authored the New York edition of "Medicaid Secrets : How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs", and is currently working on the soon to be released 2021 edition. An active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law, Trusts and Estates committee, Theodore remains active in the development and discussion of new laws and changes to existing procedures in order to keep his clients' estate plans up to date and their assets protected.

Growing up in the community, Theodore witnessed first hand the challenges hard working people often face when the economy turns, or when unexpected medical bills devastate a family. To help clients in their deepest need, Theodore has focused his third pillar of protection in consumer bankruptcy. Whether handling a Chapter 7 matter or working to preserve a client's home in a Chapter 13, Theodore and his team have developed a personalized approach to managing clients through the complicated web of the bankruptcy code to help clients get the fresh start they deserve.

During his early 20s, Theodore worked his way through college and law school, while at the same time actively participating and leading various civic organizations. Among these organizations are the Avenue U Merchants’ Association, Citizens for Neighborhood Action, Change NY, and the Joint Council of Kings County Boards of Trade. Theodore’s community involvement was recognized in New York Newsday, the Bay News, and various other community papers.

After graduating from law school, Theodore began the practice of law in the same location where his parents owned a Greek deli. Over the years, his areas of practice have become more specialized to focus primarily on the practice of divorce and family law. His knowledge and experience as a neighborhood practitioner have uniquely qualified him to handle a matter not only from a legal perspective but with compassion designed to guide the client through the process as smoothly as possible.

Theodore remains active in his community, and has been nominated as a candidate for various public offices, including Brooklyn District Attorney and Brooklyn Borough President, and served as a member of the Public Service Commission Siting Board after having been appointed to the position by Governor Pataki in 2002.

Theodore continues to reside in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and his law firm is located on the very spot he was raised. He is fluent in Greek and Spanish.

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Celebrating 25 years!

Location

Theodore Alatsas, Esq.
2115 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY, 11229-3609

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Reviews

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Posted by David | February 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleased client
Thorough, professional, responsive, and efficient. Ted explained everything to me along the way and was respectful and pleasant to work with
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
We appreciate the wonderful review! We're committed to making sure all our customers have the same great experience. Please let us know if there's anything else we can help you with in the future!
Posted by Andy | February 25, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
General will
Helpful good work done peace of mind for me and my family thank you for his advice save a lot trouble in the future
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 25, 2024
Thank you for the 5-star review. It was our pleasure working with you and your family on your estate planning.
Posted by Konstantinos | February 21, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best law firm
Alatsas law firm is a very professional and knowledgeable office that treats you with respect . The staff is very friendly. And covers all your needs and explains very carefully every step and action that needs to be taken in whatever situation that you have. I would highly recommend Alatsas law firm Great job and thank you for your service!
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Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a detailed and positive review of Alatsas Law Firm. We are thrilled to hear that you found our office to be professional, knowledgeable, and respectful. It is incredibly rewarding to know that our staff was friendly and helpful, and that they were able to clearly explain every step and action necessary in your situation. We take pride in providing exceptional service to our clients and ensuring they understand every aspect of their case. Your kind words and recommendation mean a lot to us. We truly appreciate the opportunity to have served you and we strive to maintain this level of excellence for all our clients. Thank you again for choosing Alatsas Law Firm.
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Posted by Leonardo | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Customer
Very knowledgeable very smart easy to work with staff is amazing nice and courtesy call you back right away
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
This review means so much to us! We're proud of our knowledgeable team and their dedication to providing excellent support. Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Paul | May 5, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Recommendation
I would like to compliment Ted Alatsas for his informative consultation. He is a good listener and answers questions in a knowledgeable and helpful manner. It was a pleasure to speak with him and his professional staff.
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We work hard to provide great service, and we're so happy you had a positive experience.
Posted by MDD | January 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Looking for professionalism ???
This Lawer office is the best ! From the Lawer itself down to the staff!. I will recommend them to anyone that wants peace of mind for a fraction of$$, compared to the other Lawer in town! Thank you !!!!
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for the review. We are glad to hear that we were able to provide you with valuable legal work.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is the best
I file for bankruptcy a few months ago , and because of this lawyer all debt has been canceled , today am debt free thank you Ted for representing me , anyone looking for a bankruptcy lawyer please call teadore Alatas you won't regret it , amazing staff also.
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a heartfelt review. We are incredibly happy to hear that Ted was able to successfully represent you in your bankruptcy case and that you are now debt-free! Your success stories are what motivate our team to keep fighting for the best outcomes for our clients. We appreciate you recommending Ted and the Alatas Law Firm staff to others. Your trust in our services means a lot to us. We strive to provide comprehensive support and clear communication throughout the legal process, and we're thrilled to hear that you had a positive experience. Thank you again for your kind words and for choosing Alatsas Law Firm. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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Posted by Jeffrey | July 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Legal Mensch
Shakespearean advised us to first kill all the lawyers, He was too soon to know Lawyer Alatsas. He was fair, precise and clearly presented all the alternatives. He took the stress out of my situation. His amiable staff was also helpful and impressive. I am grateful and have finally found my lawyer!
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind review! We are truly grateful for your appreciation of Ted's dedication to fairness, precision, and clear communication. His goal is to empower clients by clearly presenting all options and alleviate any stress associated with their legal situation. We're also thrilled to hear you found our staff helpful and impressive. Our team is committed to providing exceptional service alongside our legal expertise. It means a lot to us that you've chosen Alatsas Law Firm, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future.
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Posted by NANCY | June 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can smile now ⁶
Due to Covid-19 it takes longer than anticipated but I will define recommended Thed the facts that he takes his time to listen to your concerns and always returning my calls
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you for sharing your experience and for your patience during these challenging times. We sincerely appreciate your understanding that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 can cause unexpected delays. It's wonderful to hear that Ted has been attentive to your concerns and responsive to your calls. We strive to prioritize client communication even in difficult times! We're committed to providing the best possible service despite any external challenges. Thank you for recommending Ted and the Alatsas Law Firm. We value your trust in us.
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Posted by Sam | February 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unique
Theodore is knowledgeable, professional, and personable. He takes the time to listen to concerns and answer questions, and is all-around a pleasure to work with. Without hesitation I highly recommend him to anyone needing legal services.
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2022
On behalf of my team, we are extremely greatful for the kind words. It was our pleasure working with you and we appreciate the feedback. We look forward to working with you and your family in the future.
Posted by Keren | January 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RECOMMENDATION
Mr Alatsas and firm are very professional, diligent and a pleasure to work with. He made the process as stress free as possible, I would recommend his services to anyone.
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2022
Thank you so much for recognize our team's efforts. We strive to continue assisting our clients to the best of our abilities, and appreciate when our clients recognize that.
Posted by Rafael | December 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, efficient and affordable
A colleague recommended Mr. Alatsas’s legal services for a prenuptial agreement and living will I needed. Her words fell short to his efficient work and the professionalism he exercised in putting together these documents, both completed very promptly. He carefully listened to my wishes and treated me with utmost respect. When I looked at the final product, I knew my wishes were safely guarded and stated in carefully written sentences that address my needs in the most professional tone and format. I was happy with the fee he charged me since I noticed the work involved many pages of organized words and thoughts, all with the correct stamps and signatures – I could tell he devoted countless hours to my documents. The texts Mr. Alatsas wrote on my behalf made me feel that I received the best possible legal representation in all of Brooklyn. I highly recommend his legal services.
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Response from Theodore Alatsas December 30, 2021
Thank you for the wonderful praise. It was my absolute pleasure assisting you with your legal needs, and for helping you with your estate planning and prenuptial agreement. Our goal is to provide the one-on-one guidance each client needs in order to help solve their legal issues.
Posted by Anthony | December 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ted is my go to for trust and estate, real estate closing and other legal matters
I have retained Theodore Alatsas (Ted) for personal legal matters over the past 20 years and have referred him to family and friends on many occasion. With Ted you get the personal service (and fees) of a local town attorney and the legal expertise of a seasoned professional. I just did my 4th closing with him, was counsel on 2 different divorces to persons close to me and I have consulted with him quite often on diverse legal issues. Ted is trustworthy, smart and very pleasant to work with. His staff is really nice to.
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Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this incredibly positive and detailed review. We are so grateful for your continued trust in Ted and the Alatsas Law Firm over the past 20 years! Your loyalty and referrals mean the world to us. It's wonderful to hear that you consistently find our personal service, reasonable fees, and Ted's legal expertise to be top-notch. We also appreciate the kind words about our staff. We are committed to providing exceptional experiences for all our clients. Thank you again for choosing us for your diverse legal needs over the years. We look forward to continuing to serve you.
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Posted by David | December 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
5 stars
Mr. Ted Alatsas was beyond helpful and answered all my questions. Very nice office. I would highly recommend this law firm and use them for any upcoming matters I may have. Thanks again Ted for your help!
Response from Theodore Alatsas February 27, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review! We are truly grateful for your kind words about Ted and the Alatasas Law Firm. We are thrilled to hear that Ted was able to answer all of your questions and that you found our office environment pleasant. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and informative experience for all our clients. It's wonderful to know that you would highly recommend us and plan to use our services for any future legal needs. We appreciate your trust in Ted and our team. Thank you again for choosing Alatasas Law Firm. We are always here to help!
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Posted by Angela | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Very thorough n made me feel welcome. I recommend him to all my friends n family
Response from Theodore Alatsas December 1, 2021
Thank you for the great review. At the Alatsas Law Firm, we try to do our best for our clients, from the moment we meet them, through the conclusion of their matter. We are grateful for the recognition.
Posted by Javier | November 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Truthful and Honest
Spoke with Mr. Alatsas, he is friendly, honest, and truthful when recommending legal advise concerning child support.
Response from Theodore Alatsas November 19, 2021
On behalf of the members of my team, I thank you for the opportunity to discuss your legal matter with you.
Posted by Pamela | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
Wanted to make sure my house would be easily left to my children so I contacted Mr. Alatsas to draw up a trust. He explained everything, answered questions, was prompt and so very kind.
Response from Theodore Alatsas October 14, 2021
It was our pleasure working with you and your family to secure that your house and estate would go to your children without the need for probate. Thank you for the kind words and review.
Posted by Sherry | September 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning with Confidence
We knew that it was time to get our affairs in order, but we were confused and a bit hesitant. We were highly recommended to go see Ted Atlatsas. He and his legal assistant Michele walked us through the necessary steps and put us at ease. We would highly recommend this extremely knowledgeable and competent firm.
Response from Theodore Alatsas September 24, 2021
It was our great pleasure working with you and your family, and we look forward to continuing serving you and the future.
Posted by Angeliki | September 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Alatsas is a five star lawyer
He was professional, easy to talk to, handle all our problems quick and got us results to our satisfaction. Always returned our calls and quickly solved what ever came across at the time.
Response from Theodore Alatsas September 22, 2021
Thank you so much for the kind words. It has been our pleasure representing you and your family and we hope to continue to provide excellent service to you all.
Posted by Daniel | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with Ted!
I hired Ted to handle a personal matter in an area of law that I am not well versed. As an attorney myself, I come into contact with lawyers of varying levels of professionalism, and Ted was amazing to work with and I would definitely recommend him to anyone in need of representation for an area of law that he practices. Thank you Ted!
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Response from Theodore Alatsas October 18, 2021
On behalf of our team, thank you for your confidence and your endorsement.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Alatsas Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • ALATSAS and TAUB PC
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Qaza v. Alshalabi
  • Plaintiffs application denied, subject to the plaintiff being able to demonstrate that the defendants facebook profile is current.

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Who's Who Legal
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Elder Care Matters Alliance
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hellenic Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2015 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Estate Planning Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Lawyer for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top Family Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney Family
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney Estate Planning
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Esteemed Lawyer for Family Law
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • 2019
  • Esteemed Lawyer Estate Planning
  • Esteemed Lawyers of America
  • 2019
  • Certified Divorce Specialist
  • National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • 2019
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Publications

  • New York Edition
  • Medicaid Secrets: How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • The "Lockbox" Plan - How can I keep my money when I get sick?
  • Future planning
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Theodore
Real estate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had several high conflict matrimonial cases where Mr. Alatsas was my adversary. He has always been a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent knowledge of the law combined with superior customer service. A commodity not found in matrimonial attorneys."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Alatsas is an experienced divorce attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Theodore Alatsas is the consummate professional. He is respected and knowledgeable, and represents his clients very well, without making frivolous motions designed to prolong litigation."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Honest, knowledgeable, and has the sharp insight of experience to provide very valuable advice to his clients. As a local attorney, he is fully familiar with the difficulties that people from the neighborhood face, and can recommend the best course of action using the outcomes he has witnessed through the years. He is quite active in politics, which comes in handy when a constituent needs their issue addressed at the governmental level, and doesn't hurt when your matter needs to be addressed or adjudicated by someone who already recognizes Ted's integrity from other matters. I highly endorse and recommend Ted Alatsas."
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