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Paula S. Silverstein

Child custody Attorney at Shrewsbury, PA

4.7   18 reviews

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About Paula

Learn Paula’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    50%
    Any child custody or child support related issue.

    24 years, 1,800 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    All issues related to Divorce and Separations, Marital Settlement Agreements, Mediation work and attendance for Divorce issues

  3. Family
    10%
    Other Family Law issues which include real estate, criminal issues, PFA's

    24 years, 2,100 cases

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    Serious personal cases, car accidents, slip and fall, broken bones and scarring

    32 years, 700 cases

Paula S. Silverstein has decades of experience representing clients with their personal injury, family law and domestic matters and general civil litigation. If you are living in the Central Pennsylvania area including York and Lancaster and have been injured in a car acccident, facing divorce or any domestic issue, been convicted of a crime or any related law matter, contact Paula S. Silverstein today. Attorney Silverstein in married to her law partner, Bernard Ilkhanoff. They have been in their law practice together since 1999. Attorney Silverstein was an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, then worked for Post & Schell, a large Philadelphia based law firm and then in house counsel for the St. Paul and then opened a private practice.

Licensed for 31 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/24/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/06/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Paula

Ilkhanoff & Silverstein
249 South Main Street
Shrewsbury, PA, 17361
Ilkhanoff & Silverstein
2085 State Street
East Petersburg, PA, 17520
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Lauren | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!!
Attorney Silverstein is an excellent lawyer! She is very knowledgeable and thorough. She was exceptional during the hearing, making her voice heard and knowing every detail about the case. I appreciate all the time she put into my case. I Would highly recommend Attorney Silverstein!
Posted by Ryan | April 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney EVER
Paula is seriously the best attorney you could ever have. I lucked out finding her because she is more then just an attorney. Not only does she work hard and gives it everything she has, but she actually cares about you as her client. It isn’t all about the money. She truly is an amazing person inside and out. I am proud to say that she is not only my lawyer but is also a friend. Paula and her husband Benard are just absolutely incredible. My life has been forever changed since I decided to hire Paula! I had a two day trial for custody for my son and WE WON! Going into court is always an uneasy feeling. I must say she really works so hard and is more prepared to help you then you could ever imagine. If you want this kind of service it is exactly what you get! Paula and her entire staff are unbelievable. If you need help she is a MUST HIRE!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Star Lawyer
Paula is very detailed, honest and takes all considerations when taking on a client. She presents the potential outcomes and is extremely knowledgeable of the applicable laws. If your looking for a strong advocate to letigate your case, look no further than Attorney Silverstein. We hired her without hesitation on 3 separate occasions and couldn't be more pleased! I wouldn't be surprised to see her in a future Guardians of the Galaxy Movie as she protects the interests of others that seek her services :)
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Posted by Sean | April 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much!!!!!!
I hired Paula Silverstein for custody of my son and she was amazing. She walked me through the process and stuck to what was needed to be successful at winning custody. Her experience, knowledge, and drive to do what she felt was right prevailed throughout the entire trial and we won. I put the well being and future of my son in Paula's hands and she came through. I couldn't be more appreciative. Thank you Paula!!!
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Posted by Jeremy | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My own personal bulldog
Paula was there for me every step of the way! She was never afraid to go on the offensive and dig deep to get results. Hiring Paula to work my divorce and child custody was the best thing I could have done! I have referred several other family, friends and co-workers because I know she's all ways looking out for their best interest! Paula has always kept mine and my children's best interest in mind. Even while I was deployed her team fought for my best interest. If I had to do it all over again I would most assuredly hire Paula.
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Posted by Leslie | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Love Ms. Silverstein
Ms. Silverstein and her office staff treat you like family. From my first appointment I knew I chose the right attorney to represent me. Attorney Silverstein was always available and even communicated in the evenings when the day was spent in court. She totally gets the dynamics as it relates to women and the disparity that continues to exist in the legal system. She always spoke honestly and presented the facts and her advice and counsel in a way that I always felt fully informed and comfortable. She and her staff are an extended family. I would highly recommend Ms. Silverstein without reservation!
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication!
We are so impressed with Paula's communication style. Whenever we contact her or her staff, we are always well informed of the latest updates having to deal with our case. She is honest and gives us excellent advice and always on a timely basis. She was recommended to us by a friend who guaranteed us that we would be satisfied and we are extremely pleased with th results! She is so easy to talk to, always giving us explanations in easy terms to understand. Both my husband and I have referred at least three other clients to her firm, all being very pleased with their results. I would absolutely recommend retaining Paula for your legal needs!
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Posted by Kathy | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paula is one of the best!
I hired Paula to handle the mediation portion of my divorce. Many aspects of how she handled the case impressed me. When my ex-husband and his counsel dragged their feet, purposely or not, she could motivate them to move forward. The communicattion between Paula, her paralegal, and myself was very good. Paula took time on the weekends to address my concerns, particularly if she could not contact me during the weekdays due to being in court. Paula did a great job of revising the Marriage Settlement Agreement to protect my interests. Paula is professional and personable. She showed me compassion, yet still communicated to me what was realistic and practical. I admired how she fought for my rights and a fair settlement. I made a good decision in hiring Paula Silverstein!
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Family Law
I decided to hire Paula to handle my divorce and child support matter. I had the immediate impression of receiving the best support in all aspects of my case. She handled herself with broad knowledge and the necessary personal compassion that was needed. Her level of utmost discretion was very much appreciated throughout the entire process. Her experienced advise and proper execution was always intended. She acknowledged the facts of pain associated with making rational decisions and supported with appropriate direction always staying on course to bring the matter to end benefitting her client.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Creating peace of mind
I cannot express in words how wonderful Paula and her team of professionals were to have on my side while dealing with our custody situation. The guidance and support she provided to us was the peace of mind we needed during the stressful time. I took comfort in knowing no matter the day of week or time of day, Paula would immediately respond to my questions and concerns. Her performance in the courtroom is nothing short of mind-blowing. Paula has stuck by my family for over five years and has done nothing but provide us with excellent service! The Ilkhanoff and Silverstein firm is a part of our family because they care for us like family.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2015
Highly motivated and professional
My custody case was brutal. Mediation, Conferences, Hearings, Trial, Appeals....etc. It seemed very overwhelming. In our first meeting Paula basically told me "Relax....just focus on being a good dad. You hired me to handle the legal side. Trust me, do what I ask, and you will be fine." She understood the emotional stress that went along with my custody case and helped to keep me focused. Paula and her team sifted through piles of information, conducted hours of research, and developed a strategy that ultimately led to a winning trial. I highly recommend Paula and her team for family law cases. I will certainly continue to call on her for legal advice and representation.
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Posted by Scott | December 17, 2013
She is the "RealDeal"
I used Paula as my attorney in my personal child custody case. She was such a blessing & help in this trying and at times very ugly process. Having Paula in my corner and seeing her prepare and function in the court room was amazing for certain. I would highly recommend her for any family law matters.I have used several other lawyers in the past but Paula will be the attorney that I recommend to friends and family if the need would arise.
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Posted by Child Custody/Support | March 14, 2013
Custody/Support
Paula is very good at making the truth be known when the other party is trying to bring her clients down, and lying about their own conduct. She keeps you informed, lets you know what it except, and has always gotten us positive results.
Posted by Allison | March 9, 2013
child custody
Attorney Silverstein was a pleasure to work with. She was professional and attentive. The child custody case was a long, difficult road. In the end, Attorney Silverstein won the case and I was granted primary custody. Her legal acumen was above reproach and her skills in the courtroom were stellar. I would recommend Attorney Silverstein to anyone seeking excellent legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2013
Divorce
I retained lkhanoff & Silverstein for my divorce.I was so glad I had Paula as my attorney. She was always readily available and made sure that my ex-husband didn't receive a dime from me! Even though my ex dragged out my divorce for two years, she was always up-to-date on my case and information. If I had a question, I received a response that day. Paula is very knowledgeable and a master of her trade. She was very aggressive in court and passionate about winning. I'm so glad she was on my side! Going through this divorce with Paula reduced a lot of stress and saved me a lot of money. I will definitely be referring friends and family for all of their legal needs to lkhanoff & Silverstein
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Posted by Rosemary | June 3, 2011
Great Divorce and Child Custody Attorney
I engaged Paula Silverstein to represent me for my divorce and child custody case. When I walked into her ofice for my first appointment I was nervous and quite upset. Paula and her staff were quite warm and welcoming. Paula is very well versed in Pennyslvania Law and not only answered all of my questions but provided me with all the information I needed to begin the process of divorce and child custody. I felt so much better after talking with her and knew if I needed anything she was a phone call away. Paula really cares about the client and puts the client's needs first. Even when I had to contact her on a weekend she made herself available to talk to me, providing the guidance, direction and the support I needed. To date she has represented me in court five times and each time there has been a very positive outcome because she deals with only the facts and the truth. I admire her because she is a fair no-nonsense individual who does not promise to her clients unrealistic results regarding the outcome of a hearing. I have referred two of my friends to Paula in the past six months because I know she provides very consice an factual information. In regard to her staff, they are wonderful. I can't tell you how much support I have felt from her entire office. They reallly care about you as an individual. I don't ever feel like just another client. They are so professional yet caring which is exactly what an individual needs when going through such a difficult time.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Paula was knowledgeable and always able to answer my questions. Every time I would start to get anxious and worry about my case, she would remind me to relax and reassure me that she was on top of my case. After a lot of back and forth from opposing counsel, conciliation, mediation, we ended up in trial. Paula did a great job examining and cross examining my ex and his witnesses. The judges decision was in my favor.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor experience
I did not get timely responses from the office or Paula when I had urgent situations arise. She did not show me all of the evidence that was presented by the other side in court. After the hearing was over she claimed she "won" yet the other party got my child 3 out of the 4 weekends and 3 hours one day throughout the week. I had no quality time. It was a terrible situation.
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Response from Paula Silverstein April 21, 2016
Our firm strives to make sure that all matters are handled in a timely fashion and that the utmost professionalism is shown. We welcome you to contact the Firm and meet with the partners to explain how we can better service our clients. Sometimes it is hard for parents to accept custodial decisions of the court.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ilkhanoff & SIlverstein
  • 1999 - Present
  • Assistant City Solicitor
  • City of Philadelphia and its Operating Departments
  • 1991 - 1991

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Undergraduate Program
  • N/A
  • Reptile Continuing Legal Education and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference
  • N/A
  • Reptile Continuing Legal Education and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference
  • N/A
  • Reptile Continuing Legal Education and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference
  • N/A
  • Reptile Continuing Legal Education and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference
  • N/A
  • Reptile Continuing Legal Education and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Custody Cases
  • successful results in many of our domestic cases

Associations

  • Rotary Club of Lancaster - Sunrise
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Chair
  • N/A
  • York County Bar Association
  • Solo and Small Firm Co-Chair
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • YMCA Southern York Branch
  • Chairperson of the Board
  • 2012 - 2013
  • YMCA Southern Branch
  • Chair of Special Needs Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • YMCA Southern Branch
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2013
  • York County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Select Lawyer in the fields of Family, Divorce and Custody
  • Susquehanna Valley
  • 2016
  • Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award
  • York County Bar Foundation
  • 2016
  • Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award
  • York County Bar Foundation
  • 2015
  • Select Lawyer in the Fields of Family, Divorce, and Custody Law
  • Susquehanna Valley
  • 2015
  • Select Lawyer in the Fields of Family, Divorce, and Custody Law
  • Susquehanna Valley
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Service to the Community
  • York County Bar Foundation
  • 2012
  • Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award
  • Jeremiah Sullivan Black Barrister Award
  • 2011
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • York YMCA
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Service to the Community
  • York County Bar Foundation
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Handling the custody case pro bono, teaching other attorneys
  • Custody
  • 2013
  • Paul Smith Library, York VoTechnical, Hope Support Group
  • Family Law, Wills, Powers of Attorney
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Paula
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney Silverstein. Attorney Silverstein is a skilled attorney that vigorously advocates for her clients. Attorney Silverstein works hard to obtain the best possible results for her clients while protecting the things that are most important to them. She is a strong advocate."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent example of a great family law attorney. We have worked together on several cases and I am confident that she gives each of her clients sound legal advice."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We have worked together on several matters and Paula is always on time, well prepared and a zealous advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Silverstein is a committed and prepared advocate for her clients. She is excellent at trial and it is evident that she puts the time and effort into her cases which translate into successful results for her clients. She is a past president of the York County Bar Family Law section and is held in high regard by her peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Experienced and dedicated to caring for her clients needs."

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Shrewsbury Child custody Lawyer Paula S. Silverstein
Paula S. Silverstein
Child custody Attorney
Shrewsbury, PA
Licensed for 31 years