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Laura M. Hoffman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Clifton Park, NY

4.8   57 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Contested divorce matters, domestic violence, post judgment actions, business valuations, enhanced earnings, distribution of professional degrees and other matters surrounding property distribution.

  2. Child custody
    20%

  3. Child support
    15%

  4. Family
    15%

  5. Uncontested divorce
    10%

  6. Appeals
    5%
    Solely related to divorce and other family law matters

Ms. Hoffman limits her practice to divorce and family law matters. This includes a wide array of legal issues ranging from domestic violence, custody and child support, to post judgment actions. She is well-versed in business valuations, enhanced earnings, distribution of professional degrees and other matters surrounding property distribution. Her goal is to combine the facts as the client presents them with the law as she knows it to achieve the client's objectives. She also works diligently to resolve matters before court intervention is necessary. When this is not possible, she is prepared to take the case to trial and has significant trial experience.

 

Ms. Hoffman's academic distinctions make her well-suited for the practice area. She received her Juris Doctor with Honors from Syracuse College of Law in 2005. There, she was awarded the Excellent Achievement in the Study of Trial Practice award by the College of Law, as well as bestowed a Certificate of Specialization in Family Law & Social Policy. She began her practice in this field as a Student Attorney in the Children's Rights and Family Clinic representing clients in court even before graduation.


Ms. Hoffman knows that family conflicts are highly stressful and emotional. She has dedicated her career to helping clients obtain solutions. As a wife and mother, she understands the sensitivity of these issues and will take the time to understand and concerns and develop a tailored legal strategy to meet your needs. Ms. Hoffman resides in Clifton Park with her husband and two young sons.  She is a novice photographer in her limited free time and an avid television watcher.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2021,2019,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2021 2019 2017 + 3 ...

Location

The Hoffman Law Firm, LLC
28 Corporate Drive
Suite 103
Clifton Park, NY, 12065

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  57 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Denise | September 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional service. I would emphatically recommend Laura.
I found all of my communications with Laura to be honest, direct, professional and timely. She came highly recommended to me, from another attorney, as 'Someone who stayed on top of the courts and the opposing attorney to ensure the divorce cases were processed through the legal system as quickly as the law permits'. I found this to be absolutely true of Laura, as she was on top of every step of my divorce case, and managed to get the case processed in under a year. I did not need to manage or follow up with Laura at any step. She was on top of everything and only contacted me when necessary, therefore keeping my fees reduced. If I had questions, her answers were concise and helpful. If I had a question about something that wasn't happening for months she would tell me, "I know why you are asking me that, but don't worry about it now because it won't happen for months, and you don't need to pay me twice to answer that question." I quickly appreciated her approach which assisted me in remaining calm in a very emotional time. I loved that I only worked with her. She did not have an assistant contact me. All of my communications were directly with her therefore alleviating confusion, additional calls, and obviously less fees. Laura's memory is exceptional. She is laser focused on your discussions with her. I rarely had to remind her of a specific detail of a previous conversation. A simple word or two and she knew what I was speaking of. Laura's writing of legal documents to the other attorney and the judge were simply exceptional. Specific, direct, masterful and strong when needed, I told her more than once that her legal writing was to me, a form of art. My particular divorce case was not your average case and the 50/50 NYS no fault rule did not apply. Laura did a lot of extensive research of case study to determine what would be fair distribution under an extreme set of circumstances. I am proud to say we made legal history in our judicial district. I honestly felt, and continue to feel, she was heaven sent to me. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation. She is kind and compassionate to your individual needs, but when she gets in that courtroom...she is a powerful force and she will fight for you. Laura has a lot of integrity. If she tells you your expectations are unrealistic, it is because they are. She will not make a false promise of an outcome that she can't make happen. She will also not lead you in a direction that might not benefit you. Call for a consultation. Everything that I heard of her work ethic, drive, communication and professionalism was 100 percent accurate.
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Posted by Hossam | April 24, 2019
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Ver caring attorney
I’m a Dad, and I did a thorough online search until I found Laura. I took my time to find the proper attorney for my case. My case was very difficult, had multiple aspects that needed careful attention by an extremely experienced litigator, not just an average lawyer. It is enough to state that my twin were not born yet when I started the divorce proceeding against a very manipulative wife, and I was seeking a sole custody of the twin for the entire time. My now Ex-wife made the already difficult case a complete mess. From filing multiple false family offense petitions in different counties, calling the CPS to file false reports, accusing a judge and the twin’s law-guardian as being biased and unethical. She kept changing attorneys because Laura was able to stop her from getting what she wanted, which is alienating the father from the twin’s lives. When an unexpected custody ruling came out, granting my Ex the physical custody, Laura took the case to the appeal court, the decision was completely reversed and we won the physical custody on appeal. That’s how tough she is when she feels that justice was not served properly. What I like most about Laura is the fact that she listens to her clients. She took the time to listen to me, absorb my anger through a very long and frustrating process, and kept me in the loop through the entire process. While she is listening, her brain does not stop working to find legal solutions to my needs. She will tell you the truth about your case, and how is the law will apply to it, not just what you want to hear. Her motions are short and focused, but thoroughly crafted and to the point. The opposing party couldn’t argue her rational, that’s how good she is as a litigator. She is an extremely ethical attorney and knows her stuff very well. If you are looking for a caring, reasonable and tough attorney, look no further. No one can beat Laura in a court setting. Thank you very much for everything you have done and continue to do for me, and most importantly, for my kids.
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Posted by Mark | January 15, 2024
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Calm and Professional
Laura is very professional and patient in explaining what I could expect as I entered getting a divorce. She was very responsive in answering my questions and returning calls/emails. Her calm mannerisms kept the focus on the matter at hand and limited the emotional aspect of the process. I would highly recommend her to navigate through the difficult waters of getting a divorce.
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Posted by Jason | November 10, 2023
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Wholehearted Recommendation
My biggest mistake with my divorce was in using a mediator at first and not engaging Laura completely and fully from the beginning. When custody and other issues came up, Laura was able to help me achieve pretty much every goal I set out to accomplish. My case and custody faced some non-standard issues and Laura did extra research to help me understand how this would affect my case and what was actionable and what was not. She provided me detailed analysis and sound legal advice. Her communication is timely, accurate, complete, and comprehensive. I could not be happier with the service I have received.
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Posted by Albert | November 8, 2023
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The best
Very understanding and knowledgeable. Would recommend for all legal matters.
Posted by Dave | April 6, 2023
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Helpful and professional
I needed Laura's help to complete the termination of support payments after my children were emancipated. Every part of the process was smooth and thorough.
Posted by Ousmane Barry | January 5, 2023
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Happy Client
To start off, I would like to thank the whole Hoffman Law firm specialty Laura M. Hoffman for helping me realize my new year's resolution. My new year's resolution was to get my divorce from my ex-wife. Hiring Laura M. Hoffman as my attorney was the best thing ever to happen to me. I had hired another attorney in the past for the same divorce case but it was a bad experience for me. He wasted my time and my money for almost two years with no result. Before coming to see Laura, I was hopeless and confused. The first day I walked into her office, I felt it in my gut that she was the right person. After hearing my case, she said that she could help me. That was a piece of mind for me because my ex-wife and I live in two different cities. Laura M. Hoffman is a professional Lawyer and fair. I didn't hesitate to hire Laura as my attorney. My ex-wife didn't want to cooperate but Laura got it done somehow. I can't thank Laura enough for the excellent job that she had put on my divorce case. She handled my case as a professional and updated me every time something new pops up.Thank you again for your hard work and working extra hard to ensure our success. I was so grateful to have her as my attorney. Now I'm officially divorce and got my life back. I would highly recommend anyone who is seeking a family law attorney to contact Laura M. Hoffman first. Happy new year! my best wishes to the Hoffman law firm. Thank you so much.....
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Posted by Kristin | July 5, 2022
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Excellent Legal Representation
Laura is an excellent attorney who communicates easily and readily. My case was complicated and Laura was able to keep the emotional tenor of the work in check by providing timely information and education about the law, while applying that information specifically to my case. Any questions I had were answered quickly and when I felt confused about an issue, Laura took the time to help clarify things for me. Through the entire process, I felt like I was in good hands and was being well-represented. Because I was provided with the information I needed, I was able to make decisions that were right for me and for the circumstances. I only wish I had hired Laura in the beginning of my divorce. I highly recommend Laura Hoffman.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2022
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Divorce
My decision to file for divorce was extremely difficult for me. There were many emotions and factors that led me to my decision. After my initial consultation with Laura Hoffman, I knew I had indeed made the right choice. She was compassionate, knowledgeable and professional. She explained the entire process to me, and allowed me to ask questions. Laura was always available to me by e-mail, phone or texts. I valued her advice and trusted her to guide me through this difficult time. I would highly recommend her to anyone else going through the same situation.
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Posted by Farah | January 12, 2022
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Great lawyer, very knowledgeable. don't think twice when hiring her
I would strongly recommend Laura M. Hoffman as a Child Support/Custody lawyer. She delivered what she promised and settled my son’s case in timely manner and charged me reasonable fees. She is to the point and very knowledgeable. She stayed on top of the case and bothered to contact me only when she needed the information. She gave me a reasonable response for each of my question. She is very professional and its my pleasure to work with her. I will not hesitate to hire Laura as my lawyer again if I ever need her assistance in future
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Posted by Tom | January 10, 2022
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Great representation!
Laura pulls no punches! She knows the law and she good at what she does. She took care of my situation, and also gave me the pros and cons of the out come. I will definitely use her again for her expertise. If you want a good chance of getting what you want she is the one to hire.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
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Great matrimonial lawyer
Laura made such a significant impact on the outcome of my divorce. She is a great listener, very organized, very time-efficient, very well-versed in an array of legal issues, and a great communicator. I strongly recommend consulting with her if you plan to file for a divorce.
Posted by Susan | August 9, 2021
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Susan Danskin Seperation Agreement
Laura was professional, attentive, caring, and informative in assisting me with my separation. She was transparent when it came to me contemplating changes to the agreement that would have affected me in a negative manner, always looking out for my best interest. I truly couldn't have asked for anyone better to guide me on the journey.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2021
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Personal Attention During a Difficult and Emotional Time
Laura gave me the personal attention I needed, answered my questions and advised me professionally going into one of the most difficult and emotional times of my life. I would highly recommend Laura Hoffman for anyone who is facing a divorce/separation situation.
Posted by Molly | January 7, 2021
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Experienced and Professional
Hoffman Law is a professional establishment with an easy atmosphere. They are quick to respond to questions or concerns. They knowledge is unquestionable. I was able to trust them easily with my divorce.
Posted by Darren | January 4, 2021
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Knowledgeable and Thorough
I selected Laura to represent me for my divorce after consultations with many lawyers and the fact she came highly recommended from a trusted friend who is an attorney. Throughout the entire process I felt Laura had my best interest in mind and was very thorough. Whenever I had a question she would respond in a timely manner and give a comprehensive response, so I was not left with more questions. As I look back, I appreciate her advice on what was worth fighting for and what was not. In other words, she clearly laid out what my expectations should be for any problems that arose. I would recommend Laura to anyone wanting an attorney who is thorough, organized, and knowledgeable.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
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Very satisfied and well worth the money!!
Laura is an amazing attorney!!! She is both tactful and professional. I went though what I consider a very difficult divorce and she stood by me both in a professional capacity and personal one. A divorce is a hard process but she helped keeping me sane and strong every step of the way. She will advise you in her role as your lawyer and if she is not familiar reach out to her resources to get u answers. She was available to me nights and weekends when things got very difficult. She uses her experience and know how to ensure you and your interests are protected.. Well as much as much as she can. She reviews everything by you and advises of consequences but allowed you the freedom to make a good sound decision. She is realistic and will tell you if your not make cost effective decisions. The most important thing is I felt like I had someone really truly watching out for me and my children. Laura is respectful of council but will fight for u. She documents events and if there is a need, does an amazing job of summarizing your position leaving next to no doubt to the court and council when motions have to be filed. I cannot rave enough about how excellent Laura is. I would highly recommend Laura as someone to work with if u really want someone that will advocate for you!
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Posted by Gene | May 4, 2020
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Highly Recommend
Laura was extremely knowledgeable of the law and organized. She was thoughtful, understanding and responsive throughout the entire process. I can’t thank Laura enough for bringing me through one of the most difficult things I’ll ever experience. I would highly recommend anyone to Laura.
Posted by Kevin | April 13, 2020
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Credit to her profession!
When I retained Ms. Hoffman I felt like I was putting my fate, and those of my kids, in her hands. A friend told me she was the “go to attorney” for complex, lighted cases. Retaining her services was the best move I made. I was thrown out of my house based on my wife’s meritless order of protection, and my parenting time was suspended. I am a licensed professional whose reputation in the community was being destroyed. At our first meeting I felt this was the lawyer to represent me. She was clear, concise, and recommended a course of action. After months of the most nasty, family destroying litigation, I hated lawyers, the system, and the expense. Nobody cared about my kids. But after a lengthy trial, I was vindicated regarding the baseless order of protection, my wife’s vicious allegations against me, and was awarded joint custody of my children wherein I have them fifty percent of the time. In fact, I was also awarded attorneys’ fees because of my wife’s lawyer bringing so many baseless motions. Attorney Hoffman was, and is, the go to attorney. She changed my life and those of my children. She did exactly was she outlined in our first meeting. She was worth every penny, and I will strongly recommend her to others. She is a credit to her profession.
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Posted by Vakanand | October 6, 2019
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Father
Laura is great at what she does. She’s on point and was very helpful! I’d recommend her to anyone needing custody advice, for my 1st time experience it made a huge difference to have a lawyer like her.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Hoffman Law Firm, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • O'Brien & Associates
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, PC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Burke & Casserly, PC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Poklemba & Hobbs, LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • State University of New York College At Oneonta
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hassan v. Barakat, 171 A.D.3d 1371 (3rd Dept. 2019)
  • Successfully overturned trial court decision and obtained physical custody of client's children.
  • Williams v. Williams, 99 A.D.3d 1094 (3rd Dept. 2012)
  • Successfully defended trial court's decision awarding client monthly maintenance, awarded her 50% of the marital portion of the husband's pension and retirement plans, and directed the husband to pay the wife's counsel fees.
  • Kumar v. American Transit Ins. Co., 49 A.D.3d 1353 (4th Dept. 2008)

Associations

  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Saratoga County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers - Top Rated Family Law Attorney
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars - Top Rated Family Law Attorney
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of New York
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Specialization in Family Law and Social Policy
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • 2005
  • Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Practice
  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
  • Power of Attorney Law Update
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
Endorse Laura
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse this lawyer. She is a caring and zealous advocate who will fight for her clients and help her clients through the difficult process of Family Law related disputes. She is very profession and a pleasure to work with. Any client would be well-served to have Laura as his/her attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.Laura is a tremendous advocate. She is a seasoned matrimonial attorney that knows the law and is able to obtain optimal results for her clients. She is dedicated to her clients and will work day or night to make sure their rights and interests are protected. Tough, intelligent and fair--- Laura’s clients benefit from her knowledge, experience, ethics, and ability in the Court room."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura is nothing short of a "super lawyer." She is dedicated to her trade. The amount of detail and care she puts into each matter is unmatched. Highly endorsed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer! Excellent trial skills and an effective advocate for her client's interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura is an exemplary attorney who has a amazing skill set in the areas of matrimonial, custody and related litigation. She is a practical, insightful, effective, tough and compassionate litigator who is a true champion for her clients. I highly recommend her for anyone who finds themselves in need of solid guidance through a difficult chapter of life."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Laura for years. She has the essential traits that make for an excellent attorney. She has the trial skills necessary to take a case to conclusion, but she also has the ability to negotiate a resolution without unnecessary court intervention. She is an asset to the New York State Bar."
Child support Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Laura. She is a knowledgeable, skilled, and highly effective advocate. She is a well-respected and valued member of our legal community. I would suggest her legal services without hesitation."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Laura is an excellent attorney. Highly qualified and skilled. Great professional personality."
Family Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a colleague of Laura's for several years now, I have had many opportunities to observe her practice law with the utmost integrity, professionalism and skill. Laura works tirelessly for her clients and is a well-respected attorney in our legal community."
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