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Susan Debra Stuart

Divorce and separation Attorney at Smithtown, NY

5.0   22 reviews

Licensed for 43 years

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

    43 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Uncontested divorce
    30%

    4,000 cases

  3. Family
    15%

    43 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    43 years, 1,500 cases

  5. Real estate
    5%

    43 years, 1,500 cases

  6. Wills and living wills
    5%

Susan D. Stuart has over THIRTY-EIGHT (38) years experience in negotiating and litigating all areas of matrimonial law. 

 This would include uncontested and contested divorce actions, separation agreements, paternity, child support, joint and sole custody, custody relocation, spousal support, equitable distribution, grandparent rights, same-sex couples regarding custody and/or visitation, business and professional license valuations, real estate appraisals, post-judgment enforcement and modification proceedings, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, awards of expert fees and counsel fees.

 Susan D. Stuart has litigated in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

 Personalized attention is given to every client. Your case will not be assigned to an associate who is inexperienced and unfamiliar with your case! That is one (1) of the benefits to be derived from retaining the services of a solo practitioner.  Your telephone call will always be returned within twenty-four (24) hours!

 A high percentage of contested divorce cases are settled each year, which results in cost-effective representation for you.

 Contact the firm to schedule a free consultation at your convenience.  Day and evening hours are available, to accommodate your busy schedule.  Most of the clients are referred by former clients, which is the highest compliment.  Don't delay, contact the firm today to learn about your rights and entitlements!

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Licensed for 43 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/28/2022

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

Contact Susan

Susan Stuart
50 Route 111
Ste 315
Smithtown, NY, 11787

Reviews

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Posted by Kristen | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
I hired Susan as my divorce attorney in May 2017, and have been very happy with her. She is extremely professional, and goes above and beyond for her clients. Her secretary Jody is wonderful also- always very helpful whenever I called the office with a question. I would highly recommend Susan to anyone!
Response from Susan Stuart April 27, 2018
Thank you for your warm and wonderful comments. It gives me great joy knowing that I helped you navigate through some very rough terrain. Hoping your future is filled with love and happiness!
Posted by Seth | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You can't find a better attorney to represent you
Stop looking this attorney for you. Susan the sensitive, tells you the facts upfront, tells you what you can do for you and has always over delivered. My family has been using Susan for over 10 years
Posted by Dana | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!
Susan and Jodi were amazing! I went to her to file for divorce. I had no idea where to start, what I was entitled to, etc. Susan explained everything step by step. She always answered every question and returned all my calls promptly. Susan was able to get me everything I was entitled to and more. I would highly recommend her! Very kind and compassionate and extremely professional!
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Response from Susan Stuart October 13, 2022
Thank you for your generous words. I wish you the best that life has to offer!
Posted by Michele | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
Susan was extremely professional, caring and guided me thru the entire process of my divorce. She is extremely knowledgeable and always answered my email or phone call very quickly. I am very happy with her services and would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful
Susan Stuart helped me through a very difficult divorce, including custody battle. Although she claims to be an advocate for both men and women, she clearly helped this father achieve his goal. She is the best!
Posted by Angelina | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism
Susan is beyond professional! When I went to see her my case was a mess! My previous attorney was no where to be found. He never responded to anything or contacted me at all. Susan took on my complicated and messed up case and sifted through to get to the core of it. She was professional beyond words and always had my back! I would definitely recommend you see her if you need an attorney!
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Posted by Gina | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 star
Susan was a referral brought to my attention & I must say she is absolutely excellent. She isn't your typical attorney, she is empathetic, smart, fair and very detailed/skilled. A very trustworthy attorney and works for you!!!. She definitely backs up experience with results. I recommend her very highly. & you won't be disappointed.
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Response from Susan Stuart October 25, 2021
Thank you for your kind words. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
I went to see Susan regarding a difficult time in my life I was a mess when I went to see her, she explained and went through everything that I needed to know and needed to do to in order to get the results I wanted. I must say she was there for me in every way and still is. I am in a better place thanks to her.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer
Susan was the best lawyer for me because she not only told me the truth about what I was entitled to but she cared about me and my children. She took the time to explain everything and made sure I understood all that was happening. She fought for me to get me the best ending possible. If you need someone to help you, she is the one that you need in your corner!
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Posted by Anne | September 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mrs. Stuart was a driving force in my divorce. She made sure I received all that I was entitled to. If you want the best, she is the one for you!
Posted by Jackie | October 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
The environment that Susan creates in her practice eases the difficulty of what can be a very trying time. Susan helped me through my divorce provided sound legal advice, in a timely manner. I always felt as though I was a priority, I never felt like an inconvenience or as though I was asking “silly” questions. Susan also provided council my subsequent real estate purchase.
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Response from Susan Stuart October 31, 2019
Much appreciated. It was a pleasure assisting you through that difficult time in your life. Best of luck!
Posted by Jessica | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience during difficult time
Susan was able to help us navigate through the difficult process of divorce. She calmed my fears, and negotiated for me like I was part of her family. She always returned my emails or phone calls promptly. I would highly recommend consulting with her if you are in need of a divorce attorney.
Response from Susan Stuart September 10, 2019
My heartfelt thanks for such a wonderful review! It gave me great satisfaction to help you through that difficult time. Best of luck.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Great attorney! Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely retain her if I have to.
Posted by joseph | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When you need the best
I retained Susan last year when my life was a mess. I needed an attorney to go up against my wife's hotshot Nassau County lawyer. Susan proved to be all she was hyped up to be. We won our trial ,and I basically got everything I was asking for. I would highly recommend to anyone who needs the best.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In your corner when you need her
Going through a divorce is one of the worst things in a person's life. Knowing Susan was fighting for me and keeping my best interests in mind made the process a little easier. She is honest and followed through on her promises. She always made herself available to answer my questions and truly listened to me.
Posted by Joseph D. | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Professional
I have used the services of Susan D Stuart since 1987. If you are looking for a true professional, an honest evaluation of your legal issues, look no further. I have used this attorney for business, personal and real estate needs, with great success. I recommend Susan D. Stuart with the highest level of confidence.
Posted by John | February 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
I was referred to Mrs. Stuart by my friend who hired her to handle his divorce. My divorce was very complicated and bitter. Throughout the entire proceeding, I found Mrs. Stuart to be very compassionate and helpful. She even returned my phone calls on Sundays! I was very impressed with her courtroom skills. Not only did she see my case through to the bitter end, but she got me amazing results, including joint custody of my children! The judge seemed to be very impressed with her legal ability and her professional manner. I would strongly recommend Susan Stuart for any person who is going through divorce or family court issues.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy to recommend her to anyone!
Susan and her staff prepared my documents quickly and efficiently. I was very happy that my friend had recommended her to be my lawyer. I felt that she really cares about her clients.
Response from Susan Stuart February 12, 2016
Thank you for the wonderful and kind words about my office. I am very lucky to call you both a client and a friend. Best regards to you and your two beautiful children.
Posted by Jill | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience
I met Susan in 2006 for a consultation to start my divorce case, moments into the consult I knew I would hire her to represent me. Susan has been compassionate, thoughtful and supportive during my case. She is thorough, honest, articulates and is always the constant professional.
Response from Susan Stuart February 12, 2016
I want to take the time to thank you for your thoughtful comments. You and I have known each other for a decade, and I am proud to say that our mutual admiration continues to grow. You have been a wonderful client, and it has always been my pleasure to assist you.
Posted by Nick | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The rite Laywer for the job
Susan is very professional, she has taken my 20 year case very seriously and personally. There is no smoke and mirrors! Sometimes you don't like to here what she has to tell you however it is the truth and the best way to solve the situation. As her client for such a long time she has made me feel like family. One last thing I have had 3 other lawyers before Susan, they were very cheap lawyers, Because I went that route it cost me bad visitation,bad financial decisions for support Susan changed that and put me on the rite path, Spend the money and get it done rite the first time so you can sleep at night!! She is the rite choice Good luck
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Response from Susan Stuart February 12, 2016
Thank you for getting right to the point concerning our professional and personal relationship. I have always been zealous in my endeavors to assist you in your legal matters. As an added bonus, I have enjoyed our friendship. Your kind words were heartfelt and greatly appreciated.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole Practitioner
  • Susan D. Stuart, Esq.
  • 1991 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pace Stuart and Black
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Jacoby & Meyers & Associates, LLP
  • 1984 - 1987
  • Staff Attorney
  • Suffolk County Legal Aid Society
  • 1980 - 1984
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Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • J.D. - Cum Laude
  • 1979
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • Pappas v Kells
  • The Appellate Division affirmed the Lower Court ruling.
  • Mascola v Mascola
  • The Mother relocated to Florida and the Father retained sole custody of his children in New York!

Associations

  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Suffolk County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1986
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Staff Attorney
  • 1981 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2019
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • Susan D. Stuart - Featured 2016 Top Attorney
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stuart provides a much needed service on Avvo. She donates her time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have referred many clients to her and they have all been very satisfied with her service."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Susan and I have worked together on several matters in the last few years. I appreciate her professionalism, which is never overshadowed by her zealous advocacy of her clients, combined with practical approaches to very real, every day concerns."
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