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Stacey A. O'Neill Balduf

Family Attorney at Liverpool, NY

4.7   27 reviews
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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
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Currently, I believe in supporting clients and community. I sit on the Liverpool Central School District School Board (I am class of 1980), and the Standing Committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.  I am a divorced and remarried and a mother of a blended family of five children and two son-in-laws.


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Top Contributor 2015
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Law Offices of Stacey A. Balduf


4.7 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mary | September 21, 2014
Divorce is hard...Stacey made a positive difference
I didn't think that I would ever be able to get through my divorce. We had money issues and custody issues and it just didn't seem fair at all. To handle it properly we had to opt for taking some time. I learned that faster isn't better, but it was hard. It was not easy but Stacey helped me face the difficult task of moving ahead and I am now getting on with my life...and so are my children. And it is a good life...a large part thanks to how my case was handled.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Glad she was working for me.
It is hard to appreciate the legal advice you get while you are going through your divorce. When mine was over there were no surprises and I understood what I was doing, why I was doing it and had a plan for the future. My spouse on the other hand was not as prepared and was crying in the conference room with his attorney not understanding what was happening in the same way I was. Stacey prepared me well and did a great job...but hearing what she had to say was not easy.
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Posted by Sherry | September 26, 2022
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I was fortunate to have been referred to Mrs. Balduf. She fought for my rights for a very long time, under difficult circumstances and was all business, all the time! She is honest and fair and exactly what I needed.
Posted by Christine | November 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Not a Quitter!
I finally decided after many failed attempts and getting tired of run around with the ex regarding Child Support that I needed real legal representation. Stacey advised me I could do it on my own my own but I felt more confident paying her to see it through. She was very direct and will not waste your money or time. She was so patient and talked me off the ledge a couple times when I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. She saw the hearing through to the end and after 7yrs I finally have a resolution I can be comfortable with. I highly recommend her if you are looking for someone who will go to bat for you while also telling you how it is.
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Posted by NANCY | August 3, 2021
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Stacey was the rock in the storm
Stacey was patient and she explained the convoluted process clearly. Divorce is a pain the the backside as well as the heart and she made it at least bearable. And she can calm you down without being consending. Her fees were more than fair and I was told up front what to expect. I respect her skill and experience and would recommend her to very good friends. I am so very glad for her guidance during the divorce process!
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Posted by Chris | May 26, 2021
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Great Focused Lawyer
Stacey keeps everything on track, try’s to avoid billing you for unnecessary time and is very responsive all at the same time. She knows how to get through the process and also ensures you are vested in the process and results. I switched form another lawyer to her and she was great and even during Covid with courts crippled she moved each step along until the divorce got done!
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
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Competent representation at an affordable rate
Most of the positive reviews here reflect my thoughts of Stacey. I found her to be highly competent, frank, honest and knowledgeable. Her hourly rate was reasonable and below that of most attorneys who work out of law firm - and much of that has to do with lower overhead as she works from her home office. As she explained to me - if you want an attorney with an impressive, large marble conference room table, you're gonna pay for it. That she lives in an average house in an average neighborhood with an average minivan in her driveway was a positive in my book. It's clear she was looking towards her client's best interest and not a lavish lifestyle at the expense of her clients. She kept my costs down by having me do what homework I could on my own and not nickle-and-diming for every copy, e-mail and phone call to answer a quick question that you see in most law firms. She has some quirks (who doesn't?) and sometimes I had to chase her down to get a question answered, but I wasn't her only client either. That and she also has a life and needs to take a break for a week away with her family once in a while - as well as the time she spends with her volunteer commitments to the church and community. But she also found time to squeeze in calls/e-mails between court hearings and in the evenings / early mornings as well. In the end, I ended up with a divorce settlement that was fair to me, my ex-wife and daughter at a price that was much lower than some of the horror stories I've heard from friends who've gotten divorced too. Heed her advice - there are no do-overs in divorces and you only get one chance to get it right. I asked about the real-estate end of my divorce and she referred me to her husband Bill. Again, competent, reasonably priced representation. I'd recommend her and would use her again should the need ever arise (hopefully not!).
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Posted by Krystle | September 13, 2018
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It's never too late...even when you signed a divorce!
I came to Stacey after I was bullied into signing an uncontested divorce(that I didn't have a copy of and had no proof of signing anything) (NEVER DO THAT) that had me walking away with nothing, not even child support. My papers had already been filed and was assigned to a judge. I called several different lawyers, just wanting to receive child support and no one would work with me until my divorce was final. I contacted Stacey and within a week, a motion was filed to stop the unfair divorce and now I had a chance to receive child support for my children. Stacey knew that I didn't have much money accessible to me, and she gave me a very reasonable payment plan, but also got my ex-husband to pay the bulk of my lawyer fees. I won't lie, Stacey is hard on you but it's only to prepare you for what's to come and to show you she has your back regardless. My ex and his lawyer tried bullying me into an agreement and even threatened custody. Tried scaring me by constantly speaking to our kids about adult matters(which had me wanting to settle for fair less than I'm receiving) but Stacey, in the end got me exactly what I came to her for. And help me navigate speaking to my children and helping them understand this divorce and child support. I would recommend Stacey to anyone. Just remember...IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!
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Posted by William & Danielle | February 19, 2018
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Child Relocation Out of State
Stacey did an amazing job and we are very pleased! She got us the results we wanted in a quick and timely fashion. We especially love that she didn't waste time with lengthy appointments and phone calls. If there is a quick question or she's just checking in, an email was sufficient. We loved this about her! We would HIGHLY recommend her!
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Posted by JF | March 13, 2017
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I cannot thank her enough
I want to recommend Stacey. My ex-wife sued me for the custody of my kids, and for various reasons she had everything on her side to win. She refused to discuss any kind of mutual agreement and was decided to take the kids out of my life. I went to see Stacey out of desperation after deciding that I needed a more aggressive approach than the one used by my court appointed attorney. After three days Stacey negotiated the best possible settlement given my circumstances, a settlement I did not think was possible. I am happy again and I will never be able to thank Stacey enough.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2016
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Stacey took what I believed to be an impossible situation and resolved it beautifully. While going through a divorce a major custody issue came up. Stacey made recommendations and outlined a strategy. Although I was hesitant at times, she gave me her word that her litigation plan would prevail and it did. I have and will again recommend Stacey to anyone going through a divorce or experiencing custody issues. Stacey is honest, straightforward and will tell you how it is even if you do not want to hear it. Do not let that deter you! In my opinion, this is the makings of an incredible attorney. You do not retain an attorney to hold your hand and tell you what you want to hear. You find an attorney that will fight for you and get the outcome you are looking for. If you want the best results, you find the best attorney. One that accomplishes your goals. In the Syracuse area, that attorney is Stacey Balduf.
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Posted by Marhall Swiley | December 8, 2016
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Well done Stacey
I want to say Thank you Stacey B. At first I was extremely nervous with the whole process of Divorce. Through out the year I kept getting knocked down by my now ex wife but Stacey you just plugged along and kept telling me...marshall...we will get there. I cannot thank you enough for the hard work and the bluntness of some of your answers to my questions but in the end you got me what I needed and wanted. Thank you so very much for all that you've done for Mia and myself. Marshall Swilley (aka Happy dad)
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
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Just the Divorce Lawyer I Needed
I went to several lawyers and even hired one before I retained Stacey Balduf, Esq. They all sympathized with me and told me how right I was--not to worry. Well it wasn't until I went back to Stacey Balduf that I realized she was telling me the facts and how this crazy system works. That is what I needed to hear so I was able to prepare and make much better choices. I saw Court and divorce first hand and I only wish I had hired Stacey when I first came to see her. I guess I wasn't ready to hear the "straight talk" then, when I could be promised the "moon" elsewhere. If you are looking for experience and real advice hire Stacey.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2015
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when I was scared to speak up, she would listen
Dissolving a life and a marriage is always difficult, and scary. But when I was intimidated by my ex or hesitant to stick up for myself, Stacey would listen, talk me through, and help me find the courage to stick up for myself and my rights as a mother and wife. She gave me the courage to believe I could get through the process to live my own life again. "This is not your life, this is only temporary"...will see me through to this new chapter of my life. Thank you Stacey.
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Response from Stacey Balduf October 24, 2015
This review really touches me. It is a difficult journey, separation and divorce, but when you work hard and take the time to vision what is important to your life in the years to can do it!!!! PS- I'm really proud of you.
Posted by Ashley | August 8, 2015
Budget friendly and fast!
I hired Stacey to handle my divorce. My ex made things difficult from the beginning but Stacey kept things flowing even when he tried to delay the divorce. She kept the price in check by addressing the important things and and not spending precious time on the things that weren't. This was a very stressful time in my life and I'm glad it wasn't made worse by going into debt. She was firm and direct to my ex's attorney and I felt confident in her. There was a time constraint and I needed the divorce done promptly and Stacey made it happen and I couldn't be happier. I would hire her again for any family related legal issues. I would also recommend her.
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 7, 2015
Patience for Family Issues
As grandparents seeking guardianship, Stacey has represented us. The children are still with us after three years. It is a process and requires patience and trust in your attorney who knows what the court will accept. We listened to Stacey accepting her guidance only to see that the court respected our trying to work things out with the children's mother. We realize that this will be an ongoing process and we hope that Stacey will be our guide for the foreseeable future. There were times we did not fully understand the process and big picture but Stacey always communicated with us when we had questions and stresses during the arbitration and trial preparation. We agreed to settlements prior to two trial dates which was better for all parties, especially the children. Thank you Stacey for all your help and knowledge of family court. We could see how respected you are in the courthouse with colleagues.
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Posted by Brian | June 26, 2015
A great lawyer.
Stacey was very responsive and always available to meet when needed. She helped me get a satisfactory settlement from my Ex Wife and 50/50 custody of my daughter. I'm very happy from using her and even recommended others to her services during my divorce process.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Grandparent's Rights
Stacey was the only attorney who we spoke with who didn't turn us away when we were looking to obtain custody of our grandchildren. It was a messy and difficult matter...however our grandchildren now reside with us and we are able to take care of them, we have custody. This means the world...
Posted by Martin | October 24, 2014
Divorce is hard
I know that most of the time the only people who write a review are the ones who are unhappy so I thought I would take a moment to share this review of Stacey Balduf. My divorce was awful...I had a hard time understanding how the process could be like it is. All I can say is that Stacey talked to me in a way that kept me focused on what was important. She was dead on about what was going to happen and how it was likely to turn out. Because of that my final divorce reflected what was most important to me. On the day of trial, when we settled because Stacey took the time to have a written agreement prepared and sent to counsel prior to court. She was able to alter it at the courthouse, I was familiar with it. I understood it. I had time to let it all sink in. There were no real surprised. When I signed it I was exhausted and drained but relieved. When my Wife signed it with her attorney, only just reading it for the first time, she was in the conference room in tears having a hard time understanding how the process could turn out this way. I would recommend Stacey to anyone that is focused on making a realistic plan for the future.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2014
she got me what I wanted!
Stacey is a very knowlegdeful divorce lawyer, who I was very happy to have o n my side! She taught me much more than the laws pertaining to my divorce, but also many invaluable life skills.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney for Children
  • Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
  • 1989 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Stacey A. O'Neill Balduf, Esq.
  • 1989 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Onondaga County Clerk's Office
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Intern
  • Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 1987
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Boston University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983


  • Standing Committee Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - Present
  • Liverpool Central School Board
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Appellate Division 4th Dept. Attorney for Child Program
  • Attorney
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best- 2 Year Client Satisfaction
  • American Institue of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Child custody Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had several cases with Stacey and she's an effective advocate who is fair and reasonable. She's easy to work with and is very responsive to emails and phone calls. I'm always happy to have her on the other side of a case."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stacey is a professional and knowledgeable attorney, and a zealous advocate for her clients. She is attentive to detail, easy to get in contact with and ensures her clients understand all parts of the legal proceedings. I definitely endorse this lawyer."
Liverpool Family Lawyer Stacey A. O'Neill Balduf
Stacey A. O'Neill Balduf
Family Attorney
Liverpool, NY
Licensed for 35 years
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