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Katherine Bestine

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Marriage and prenuptials Attorney at Buffalo, NY

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
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COHEN & LOMBARDO,p.c.
343 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY, 14213
Cohen & Lombardo PC
343 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY, 14222-2293
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2007
worst experience ever
I was a client for Ms Bestine. There was never a time when she would return my calls, and i didnt call very often, only in an emergency situation. She never kept me informed of anything..i may as well have represented myself. I felt as though she was for the other side at many times. She forgot to have something put in my divorce decree, and i lost $5,000.00. When my alimony was supposed to stop, she waited 5 months to do anything about it. That was an extra 200.00 per week that was leaving my paycheck, but she didnt care. She never seemed to be in the fight for me, which made me very upset. I often though she was in cahoots with the other attorney. To make a long story short..i lost everything in the divorce, and actually had to pay extra. So i urge anyone that is looking for an attorney, do not go to this firm. It will end up costing you 13,000.00 in attorney fees, and you will loose everyting. OH, and it also took me 3 1/2 years to get divorced. I rate her as two thumbs down!
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
unreliable, unprofessional, and unhinged.
If I could select zero stars, I would. My spouse had used Ms. Bestine in a previous court matter, working with her for approximately a year on a very complex case. Fast forward 6 years later, we contacted Ms. Bestine with a major update via email at the beginning of March, explaining that we would need to have a consult prior to our court date at the end of March. She sent a very snarky response stating that she did not have time to deal with this and that she does not advise over email, which she previously did in November when we had a question regarding our rights. My spouse called Ms. Bestine's office, and was then asked who he was and his phone number, and stated that he would get a call back. Fast forward three weeks, we still had not received a call. We call her office today, 3/20, and are told that she would like to schedule an in-office consultation, which we live two hours away and are now on a time crunch due to the next court date being fairly soon. Ms. Bestine's schedule does not allow any availability for an in-office consultation and we are now left scrambling to find someone to provide us a consultation prior to this court date. Steer clear of Ms. Bestine if you'd like a reliable, professional, and stable attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Not helpful at all
Do not hire this person and save yourself a lot of heartache and money…She did not keep me informed, she was disrespectful, rude, condescending and seemed to purposefully drag things out when our divorce should have been a quicker process. As I read in other reviews, she seemed to be working for the other side as evidenced by her actions and was against me throughout the entire process…she never spoke to me as her client but as someone substandard to her nor did she prepare me for anything to come so I would know what to expect, then she would get angry with me for not knowing something …it seemed that I was telling her what to do at times…it was the most horrible experience
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2021
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psychologically unstable
I wish I had read the other reviews before hiring Ms. Bestine. Thankfully, I only had a couple of encounters with her before determining that she was not the right attorney for me. I saw her have sudden emotional outbursts that are unbecoming to an attorney. For example, she would start screaming "you are going to be f*** up by ..." without explaining her reasoning or the type of "f*** up" that she was referring to. I cannot say much about the extent of her knowledge or her ability to represent a client in court because I switched to a very competent lawyer before she could do any damage.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2014
unethical
This attorney caused me and my family a lot of pain and heart-ache. She was my children's law guardian. She almost never met with them before court and when she did, she did so in front of their abusive parent. She acted very inappropriate and unethical as well as unprofessional. In my opinion, she should not be allowed anywhere near children. Since representing my children, I've not been able to see my children in over a yr. The reason why I lost custody...I couldn't afford a big-time lawyer like my ex could. She would often yell at me and hang up on me when I would call her regarding my children. I felt as tho' she had a personal vendetta against me. She was very biased and often ask my ex's lawyer what they wanted instead of what was in best interest of her clients. Please stay clear of this lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2014
BAD LAW GUARDIAN
Ms. Bestine was assigned as my children's law guardian for several yrs. She never believed anything I said. She interviewed my oldest child for more than 2 hrs and didn't believe her testimony of abuse she suffered from my ex-called her a liar. My ex was convicted on 6 counts of child abuse and she suppressed that evidence and had custody taken from me and gave him my children. She convinced the judge that I needed to be investigated based on my ex's word. I went almost 6 yrs of supervised visitation and the investigation showed I was a good parent and my ex was the problem. She is very unprofessional and often yelled and cussed at me when I called to tell her that my ex was not complying with court orders. She would tell the judge that she met with my children when in fact, my children said they had not seen or spoken with her in YEARS
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2013
Unreliable
This lawyer was extremely disorganized, unprepared and unprofessional. She did not file the proper adjournment for my pretrial hearing in 09 and as a result the judge heard my ex husband without us present. The judge issued an order that I received in the mail and I had to call Katherine and ask her to check her mail because she didn't believe me. Her lack of proper document filing was the reason the judge never respected her or listened to her. She also displayed extreme lack of professionalism when communicating with the law guardian. As if all of this was not enough she showed up to court the day of my trial and asked my family members to fill out questionnaires for testimony in the waiting area. During this process one of my family members had to tell her to check her skirt because it was fully unzipped as she frantically ran around trying to slap together her trial information. The outcome- She took all my money and did nothing but destroy mine and my son's life . I continue to fight in court to this day to try to reverse what her mistake. My son has had to meet with a court ordered psychologist and the Dr. point blank said to me "once the judge hears one party and makes a ruling then they almost never change it". All Katherine had to do was show up and my son would have been protected.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2013
Divorce
Ms. Bestine is a high priced attorney who delivers low quality service. I think she cares more about getting her name up in lights rather than properly representing her clients. She was ill prepared for an important court date and then did not fully inform me of the details concerning what was said. This lack of communication caused many problems. If she was away, her staff knew little about my case, which caused me to spend time and money on phone calls to make sure her substitute had the facts correct. She communicated very little with me and acted like she didn't care about me or the outcome. It appeared like she had a bias for the other side. I also didn't appreciate her attitude and foul language. Stay away from this attorney if you want value for the money. She is not worth it.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2011
Unprofessional and sloppy attorney
I used Ms. Bestine for a divorce proceeding that was almost complete. She had court orders that she never filed on several occasions which cost me terribly. When I did speak with her she was short and agrumentative. She often would swear at me! I actually took a friend into the meetings just to witness her behaviour. They were shocked. I ended up terminating my agreement with her since most of my communications with her were to remind her to sumbit court orders that were sitting on her desk for months. My new attorney reviewed my case and was shocked at the mess I brought in. I paid more to here than my previous attorney and she accomplished nothing! RUN!!!!
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Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • 1989
  • State University of New York, College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College)
  • 1985

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
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  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
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  • Women Lawyers of Western New York
  • Past President
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  • Erie County Bar Association ,Young Lawyers Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1994 - 1996
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Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Women Lawyers of Western New York
  • 2005

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Buffalo Marriage and prenuptials Lawyer Katherine Bestine
Katherine Bestine
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney
Buffalo, NY
Licensed for 34 years