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Heidi Cochrane

Divorce and separation Attorney at Hillsdale, NY

4.3   11 reviews

also known as Heidi T. Cochrane, The Law Offices of Heidi T. Cochrane

  • State Years
    New York - NY 17 years
    Massachusetts - MA 17 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

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

Location

The Law Offices of Heidi T. Cochrane
2666 Rt. 23
Hillsdale, NY, 12529
The Law Offices of Heidi T. Cochrane
Main Street
Catskill, NY, 12414
The Law Offices of Heidi T. Cochrane
Union Street
Hudson, NY, 12534
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Did real estate closing
Heidi was thorough and answered all our questions. This is not our first purchase of real estate and I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly and efficiently it was handled. No drama, reasonable, and easy to work with.
Posted by MaryAnn | November 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful to this divorce lawyer
I wasn't married for very long so I didn't think I would be able to get alimony. Thanks to Ms. Cochrane's knowledge of procedural technicalities i now have the means to live on until I can get back up on my feet financially.
Posted by Federal Lawsuit Client | July 2, 2015
Sued in federal court
I was being sued for almost half a million dollars on a defaulted loan in federal court. Ms. Cochrane negotiated a settlement of less than $40,000 and I was able to move on with my life!
Posted by JP | April 25, 2015
Knowledgeable and persistent
I had a positive experience with this attorney. She explained her fees clearly up front and was very persistent in going after what was important to me in my divorce. Although the divorce took longer than I expected, I was more than satisfied with the result. After we reached a settlement she also represented me in my real estate closing. I thought her charges were reasonable and the process went very smoothly. I would not hesitate to use this attorney again and actually recommended her to my brother-in-law when he was going through some family court issues.
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Posted by Sarah | July 18, 2013
Child Support
My ex-husband ran a cash business for years, so when I took him to court by myself for child support, he only ended up having to give me a fraction of what he should have, since his tax returns made it seem like he barely made any money. Thanks to Heidi, I now receive about three times the amount that I did before, as well as increased contributions toward the kids' health insurance and unreimbursed medical and dental bills, and my ex is finally paying his fair share.
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Posted by Geoffrey | January 30, 2013
Business contract negotiations and breach of contract
I contacted Heidi because my business was entering into a long-term purchasing agreement from a vendor and I needed someone to draft a contract that would protect me. Heidi was very knowledgeable and listened closely to my concerns. She even brought up a number of issues that hadn't occurred to me. I was happy with the final contract that she negotiated, but even happier later, when I had to sue the supplier for breach of contract. Both Heidi's initial contract and her litigation skills allowed me to recover what could have been substantial losses when the vendor failed to perform. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering entering into a business contract or who is in the process of initiating or defending a commercial litigation issue.
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Posted by Bill | December 1, 2012
Father's Rights and Child Custody
After six supposedly happy years as a stay-at-home mom, my wife left me and the kids for somebody else. She moved in with him and almost immediately, she tried to get custody of the kids and child support on a temporary basis (we all know where that leads). Heidi not only made sure she didn't get the upper hand, but also made sure that I had primary custody, rather than my nut-job ex. She still has visitation, but at least the kids are still with me, who makes them, and not my love-life, my first priority. I'm glad I hired Heidi, because she understands the dad's point of view, instead of just trying to get me to give credit to the mom, as a lot of female attorneys seem to do. I definitely had, and won, my day in court.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2012
speeding ticket
I live in the city and got a serious speeding ticket on a vacation in the Catskills. With Heidi's help, I had a minimal fine with no points on my license.
Posted by Jennifer | March 9, 2012
Divorce Lawyer
Heidi was extremely sympathetic and assisted me in obtaining an outcome that I didn't think was possible in my case.
Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional
I was recommended to this attorney by my legal insurance- the first conversation with her she seemed very attentive, said that it would be a quick case and asked for me to send her my basic details of case after signing retainer. After this, I did not hear from her for over 2 weeks, as she went out of a week on vacation- had no idea until after that she was going to be gone. Then a week later she had gone out for a medical situation (100% not faulting her for this- just gives timeline)- she then emailed saying she would be back in the office. Asked for one more small bit of info and said she would be sending over my papers- again, I did not hear from her. I emailed her to see status and got an automated message that she was again out of the office for over a week. Over 4 months after that initial contact, she did not file anything with the court and only the basic paperwork was completed- which she blamed me for taking so long because the "formatting was off" when she received them back- despite me opening them through Adobe in Google Docs- and this hardly seems a reason to not be able to file paperwork OR get in touch with your client if it needed to be edited. I said I was unhappy with the fact that this case she said would be quick was now drawn out this long with no timeframe of completion- or at this point, even a view of initiating the divorce. She emailed me back saying she does not need to disclose the "inner workings" of her office (as in- the fact her support staff apparently quit within this 4-month period and she doesn't need to to tell her clients she will be out of the office---) and then blamed me for the papers being too hard for her to go through. The page breaks were maybe different than she thought? I didn't edit anything- so it was exactly how she had put them together. She then said I was fine to seek alternate counsel. I replied that I wouldn't if she could tell me she would be able to file the completed papers as she had had them at that point for over a month. She sent an email back saying she was terminating attorney-client relationship and refused to return my paperwork with my information. I am now having to find another lawyer and start the entire process over. This time is stressful enough, and her incompetence just made things that much harder.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Not a good experience
We needed simple paperwork filed. She gave us a verbal estimate. Completely unresponsive to our many phone calls and emails for months. Not sure if she's a good attorney because she was unable to accomplish the task and does not communicate. My experience was that this was a waste of money and time. I do not recommend working with her. We discontinued working with her and coincidentally, her hours added up to exactly what we prepaid, yet our issue was not resolved.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • The Law Offices of Heidi T.Cochrane
  • 2007 - Present
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Greene County
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Criminal Defense Associate
  • Kindlon Shanks & Associates
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Sage Colleges
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Randolph. F. Treece
  • Northern District of New York
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Criminal Defense Intern
  • Federal Public Defender, NDNY
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Lawyering Teaching Assistant
  • Albany Law School
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • New York Attorney General, Bureau of Real Property
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Secondary English Teacher
  • Public High Schools in NYS and MA
  • 1999 - 2003
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Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • 1999
  • Smith College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Second Prize, Regional Negotiations Competition
  • ABA
  • 2004
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Albany Law School
  • 2003

Publications

  • THOMSON/WEST ENT. PUB. & THE ARTS HANDBOOK
  • Preserving Fine Art from the Ravages of Art Restoration (reprint)
  • 2007
  • JALE
  • Puppy Love: Providing for the Legal Protection of Animals
  • 2007
  • ALB. L.J. SCI. & TECH.
  • Preserving Fine Art from the Ravages of Art Restoration
  • 2006

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Hillsdale Divorce and separation Lawyer Heidi Cochrane
Heidi Cochrane
Divorce and separation Attorney
Hillsdale, NY
Licensed for 17 years
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