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Susan Debra Stuart

Divorce and separation Attorney at Smithtown, NY

5.0   29 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

    44 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Uncontested divorce
    30%

    4,000 cases

  3. Family
    15%

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    44 years, 1,500 cases

  5. Real estate
    5%

    44 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, orders of protection, 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!

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2016
Top Contributor 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018
Top Contributor
2023 2022 2021 + 3 ...

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Location

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

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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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 anonymous | April 18, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fully transparent on Consult
I consulted Ms. Stuart for post nuptial issues that are unrelenting. She gave me her full time and attention and read over my documents, allowed me to ask any questions, gave full opinions based on the law, and provided helpful insight. She is straightforward and honest. That I can say. If hired, I would be able to provide more as to her handling opposing counsel and court, IF it came to that.
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Response from Susan Stuart April 19, 2024
Your kind words are greatly appreciated. I am confident you would have been fully satisfied if the matter proceeded to litigation.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr
I had the good fortune of hearing about Ms Stuart from a friend. She actually follows through on what she says and is very straight forward. I would certainly recommend her to a friend.
Response from Susan Stuart March 28, 2023
Thank you for your nice assessment of my character. It is always my goal to procure for clients results which satisfy their needs.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
highly recommended
I was going through a horrible divorce and desperately needed a lawyer who would be my advocate no matter what. Mrs Stuart was all that and more .If you need someone on your side that will fight for you and really knows the law you need Mrs Stuart Divorce can be an emotionally crippling experience and having Susan on your side is a very comforting feeling ..Needless to say , everything worked out extremely well and I am forever grateful for Susan's representation . She is just the best.
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Response from Susan Stuart March 28, 2023
I was very touched by your wonderful review of my legal services. The practice of law is very gratifying when you make a positive difference in peoples' lives. Thank you, Susan
Posted by Kimberly | March 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Definite Winner
Susan was wonderful throughout the whole process. She took a mess of a case with time sensitivity and got the job done! She had a lot of cleaning up to do, and did so with ease and grace. She only wanted the absolute best outcome for us and wouldn’t give in where she knew she was right. I would recommend Susan to anyone in need…she is knowledgeable, compassionate and a definite go getter!
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Response from Susan Stuart March 27, 2023
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure assisting you.
Posted by Jennifer | March 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relocation and custody
Susan was beyond what I expected out of an attorney. I felt like I was her only client. I felt like she knew every character involved as if she had molded and scripted them herself. I felt heard. I felt cared about. And that last part, that's what people in difficult situations need and she was top notch in that department. She kept me sane. She kept me above water when I felt I was going to stop swimming and float to the bottom. Susan is truly one in a million.
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Response from Susan Stuart March 27, 2023
Much appreciated. It was very gratifying to assist you in this matter, with such a positive outcome.
Posted by Zach | March 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Susan is fantastic. She helped me through one of my most difficult times in my life. I can guarantee if I did not retain her I would not be in the place I am now. She is a bulldog in the courtroom and will not take no for an answer. If you need someone to fight for you...Susan is the one.
Response from Susan Stuart March 27, 2023
I am glad that I was able to help you navigate through a difficult process. Good luck!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I hired Susan for my divorce. She was an excellent attorney who guided me through the divorce process in a very detailed manner. Either her or Jody were always quick to respond and get back to me with any questions I had. I highly recommend her as she kind, smart and always looked out for mine and my children's best interests.
Response from Susan Stuart March 28, 2023
Your wonderful review is greatly appreciated. I am glad I was able to assist you during a difficult process.
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.
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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

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pappas v Kells
  • The Appellate Division affirmed the Lower Court ruling. On appeal, I successfully represented the adoptive parent in a case of first impression versus a biological parent.
  • 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

Received (3)
Given (0)
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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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Smithtown Divorce and separation Lawyer Susan Debra Stuart
Susan Debra Stuart
Divorce and separation Attorney
Smithtown, NY
Licensed for 44 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available