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Kevin T. McDermott

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fishkill, NY

4.3   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
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The attorney you choose should give you a feeling of calm confidence.  You shouldn't be intimidated by your attorney. You shouldn't feel that you can't approach your attorney with your questions.

The best thing your attorney can do for you is to approach your case in a calm, efficient manner to get you in the best position to get on with the rest of your life.   I've been helping my clients achieve that goal for twenty years. 

Location

Law Office of Kevin T. McDermott, PC
804 Rt 9
Suite 3
Fishkill, NY, 12524

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4.3 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by Juliette | July 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
ProBono Divorce.
I was very young and poor. I was married to my now ex-husband in 1990. It was 1996 when another attorney recommended Kevin to me. I had been physically separated 4 full years from my soon to be ex-husband. I had met someone shortly after I left my ex with our son. He was order to pay a mere $25 dollars a week from Family Court. I never did receive a dime from the father, but I was working full time and so was my new beau. I was living a happy life with my son and he really loved my boyfriend, so for my future to move forward I needed a divorce. Yet, I was financially strapped and tried filing an uncontested myself. Sadly, I was naive to the court requirements. I was turned away. That was when Kevin stepped in and saved me. He told me to get the money for the RJI and Docket number and we could move forward. He explained he would do the work free of charge. It took 6 short months for me to have a signed divorce in my hands. Now, he asked me if I wanted a job. I immediately accepted. Kevin taught me how to do everything on the computer and I naturally took up organizing everything. After a very short period of time I was a full fledged secretary and process server for a law office. Kevin restored pride in my self and a paycheck. I became pregnant and worked from home answering forwarded call to my home. I took a brief hiatus when Kevin had other work lined up in NYC. I eventually came back to work for Kevin again in 1999. While I worked for Kevin running the ship in his Goshen office I was welcomed to bring my 1 1/2 year old child into work with me everyday. The generous money I earned made me able to pay for my dream wedding. Of course Kevin and his beautiful wife were in attendance. Having had Kevin as not only my attorney, but my boss as well, I can tell you he has been in this business a very long time. I can say that now having practically grown up with Kevin at age 21 and now being a grandmother. He is incredibly smart, driven, dedicated, energetic, fierce, fair, knowledgeable, warm, kind, caring and reasonable. He will not lead you to believe in a fairytale outcome. He may fight hard, but he does so very realistically. I believe the term is, "won't blow smoke up your butt". He will keep your victories in the realm of possibility assuring you to win. I know Kevin personally and he is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. Don't let his youthful appearance fool you, he is a weathered lawyer. I hope this helps anyone on the fence. Thank you Kevin for all that you have done for me over the years.
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Posted by Kristen | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Tough times great attorney to deal will them together
I hired Kevin to handle divorce and custody. He was very professional and made sure I understood what was going on and gave me options on what to do with every step. Was never pushy. Very reasonable with his fee's. I would recommend and use again if had to.
Posted by Jennifer | August 3, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I hired Kevin to handle my divorce and custody issues and I was extremely happy with how everything was handled. Kevin was very professional at all times. I would and have recommended him to all of my friends.
Posted by mj | February 9, 2015
Very pleased with Mr. McDermott's work
Entering into divorce proceedings is terrifying. Yet, Kevin was a very calming and knowledgeable professional who made the process go as smoothly as possible. He explained complicated matters with a lot of patience, and responded to emails and calls within a day or so. He also covered in detail the pros and cons of my decisions which enabled me to know exactly where I stood at every step. I would highly recommend Kevin for anyone out there who is in need of his particular legal expertise.
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Posted by Ron | February 6, 2015
My divorce
I, unfortunately, hired 2 lawyers prior to Mr. McDermott. They were both good lawyers but failed to get my divorce settled. Fortunately I found Mr. McDermott who not only finalized my divorce, his legal knowledge and professionalism were beneficial in getting the best settlement for me. His care and concern were unparalleled, his attention to detail was unsurpassed and he has my highest recommendations. I was never a big fan of lawyers until I was in the care of Mr. McDermott. What was a long drawn out process by my ex-wife for her benefit was settled expediently and judiciously under the tutelage of Mr. McDermott. What was becoming both costly and burdensome was reasonable and fiscally expedient. I would whole heartedly recommend Mr. McDermott.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
A Good Reliable Lawyer
I was pleased with the work Kevin did for me. I felt that I was in good hands which was especially important to me since it was my first time going through any legal situation. With his many years of experience practicing law he was able to answer my questions and address any concerns I had. I would certainly hire him again for any legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
Hired Kevin for a contested divorce
I was going through a divorce and have 4 children who are living with me. My husband stopped helping me pay the utilities for the house. I was not working and had no money. I told Kevin that he needed to get my husband to pay me child support or at the least help me pay the bills. He ignored me and did nothing. I had to charge all the bills plus the oil for heating my home. My husband left us high and dry. The judge did nothing to help me and my children. Kevin never answered any of my calls. He would send me emails after a weeks time and yell at me as if I was doing something wrong. I was paying him to work for me and it seems like he felt bad for my husband and did not want to really help me. Once I dropped him and went with another lawyer, I received an enourmous bill from him. He charged me for all the calls I made to him even though, I never received a call back. He kept sendind me emails which I did not request and I got charged for those too. I would not recommend him to anyone because he never returns your calls and does not help you in any way possible.
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Response from Kevin McDermott February 6, 2015
I am sorry to hear that you are dissatisfied. My recollection of this matter is quite different. When you first retained me I quoted you a reduced fee because of your financial circumstances. You also had mentioned that you previously filed for divorce with a prior attorney but withdrew that action on the day that matter was set for trial, and that you had spent large sums of money on that attorney and were dissatisfied with that attorney. After you retained me I also counselled you on other family court matters and requested no separate retainer for those matters. We set up a meeting with your husband and his attorney in my office and it was agreed at that point your husband was to pay for all of the carrying costs for the house and continue to maintain the residence. Your husband was belligerent but I handled him professionally. Despite his belligerence, you were still voluntarily letting him back in the house to make repairs, against my advice. When I appeared in court with you the Judge was advised that your husband was paying for all of the carrying costs of the house, and giving you cash for other expenses. The judge ordered that to continue. Notwithstanding that you wanted me to file a motion for support but I advised you based on what your husband could demonstrate he was paying you, that motion would not be successful and deplete the reduced retainer you paid me. In fact, the Judge confirmed my advice to you. You then filed another family court matter for an order of protection against your husband on your own (without telling me first) and wanted me to represent you on that matter. The emails I regularly sent you were to document the advice I was giving you which you were not following (ie that you were already getting money from your husband, and that you wanted to litigate this case in a way that was beyond your financial situation). At that point your retainer was depleted I advised you I could not represent you in another matter without an additional retainer, and that your original retainer for your divorce was depleted and that you actually owed the firm money. At that point you became upset and advised me you had a relative who worked for an attorney who could represent you for free. Ironically, in summer 2014 (after you secured your third attorney) you called my office and left a message indicating that you wanted to hire me again. Apparently after I declined to do more work for you, you decided to prepare a less than truthful review. I would be more than happy to discuss the above with you if you care to.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Office of Kevin T. McDermott, P.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Vergiliis Stenger Roberts Davis
  • 2002 - 2015

Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Pace University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • Middletown Elks Lodge #1067
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Goshen Youth Football League
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

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Fishkill Divorce and separation Lawyer Kevin T. McDermott
Kevin T. McDermott
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fishkill, NY
Licensed for 28 years