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Bethany Gayle Shechtel

Family Attorney at Rockville, MD

4.4   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 6 years
    Maryland - MD 9 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Bethany

Learn Bethany’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    30%
    Family includes: Adoption, Alimony, Child Abuse, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Separation, Guardianship, Marriage and Prenuptuals, Domestic Violence, Peace Orders, and Uncontested Divorce

  2. Child custody
    20%

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%

  4. Wills and living wills
    20%
    Wills and Living wills include: Wills, Trusts (special needs, irrevocable, revocable, pour-over), Estates, Probate, Will Contests, Litigation.

  5. Alimony
    5%

  6. Domestic violence
    5%

Bethany G. Shechtel is a native Washingtonian and grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. Bethany is a graduate of Richard Montgomery High School, Towson University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and the University of the District of Columbia Law School.

Bethany comes to the legal profession with a strong background in education. Bethany worked for the better half of a decade as a teacher in both Baltimore City, Maryland, and Miami-Dade County, Florida, prior to entering law school.

Capitalizing on her experience and background in education, Bethany handles cases relating to family law, domestic violence, guardianship, juvenile, and special education matters.

Upon entering law school at NOVA Southeastern University Law School, Bethany was selected to be a member of the NOVA Trial Association, Vice-President of the International Law Student Association and an editor of the International Greenbook. Upon moving back to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and transferring to the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, Bethany graduated top in her class earning Summa Cum Laude. Bethany, through the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at UDC, successfully worked for clients at Due Process Hearings and acted as an educational advocate in criminal sentencing hearings, due process hearings, parole revocation hearings, and has worked with school systems both public and private to ensure success for the individual student. Bethany also served as a research assistant to both Professor Andrew Ferguson and Adrienne Jones* and was able to maintain a full academic course load while employed as a law clerk. Shortly after graduating from law school the American Bar Association published an article Bethany wrote on the use of neuroscience in juvenile criminal cases**.

Bethany is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, serves as a Board Member for the Simon E. Sobeloff Jewish Law Society and is active in the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Association. Additionally, Bethany has been selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star (2017 – 2019) and received the Avvo Client’s Choice Badge (2015).

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BGS Law, LLC
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 404
Rockville, MD, 20850
BGS Law, LLC
143 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD, 20701
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Posted by Matthew | April 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No Doubt Bethany Is The Best Family Law Attorney in Montgomery County Maryland
After making a $25k mistake by retaining the first Family Law attorney that appeared in a google search who was a complete idiot who would charge me just for him to sit there and tell me stories, take my calls and confused me with other cases & could never remember any of the details on my case. I had to find another attorney. I finally had enough due to my Divorce & Custody cases being a complete mess. So I found Bethany Shechtel with BGS Law. In my opinion Bethany turned out to be the best Family Law Attorney in Montgomery County. Bethany quickly cleaned up all of the messes that were created by my previous attorney and got my cases back on track. Her support staff were excellent (Thank you Donna & Sharon!) When COVID-19 hit & the courts closed Bethany was proactive to ensure that when the courts opened that we were ready to get the cases resolved quickly, cost effectively and as stress free as possible. She got it done and was a life saver!! Thank you so much Bethany!
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Posted by Josie | July 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and custody
I absolutely recommend hiring Bethany! She has made my divorce and custody process the most smooth as she possibly can! She responds to all messages and emails in a timely manner and breaks down EVERYTHING to her best ability for you to understand. She puts my children first to make sure everything is in the best interest of the children. She is very much worth every penny and I am so thankful for her
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Posted by Aimeé | August 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!!!!!
One of the most amazing lawyers I have ever met. My husband and I had a very difficult crazy family court case. We thought there was no hope and it was only a month from trial, she got us an amazing settlement. She ensured we got her everything that was needed. I personally was so nervous about everything but she calmed and explained everything to us. She ensured we were comfortable and fought for everything we wanted. Our outcome could have been rough with us only getting her in such a short amount of time, but it turned out to be the best that could have happened. When we had a question or needed her guidance we always got an answer and quickly too. I highly recommend her to anyone. We have already referred her to a number of people. And they are also unbelievably happy too. We are also ensuring we keep her for anything in the future. If Bethany is in your corner you can relax because she is amazing and fights for her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Shechtel and Associates
Stephen and Bethany Shechtel are a father-daughter combo. I have worked with both and I am impressed, not only with their knowledge of family law, but with their commitment to ensuring that their clients are informed and represented to the fullest extent. They are very accessible and go beyond, not only what other lawyers would do, but what most people would do. This duo thinks and acts on the behalf of their clients so fervently and aggressively that you feel like family. I am beyond happy and emphatically recommend Stephen and Bethany Shechtel; I am less stressed and feel more protected since securing their services.
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Posted by Carlos | October 13, 2017
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Amazing lawyer and law firm!!
Bethany was very thorough, she kept me updated at all times and strategically led me in all the right directions for me to gain custody of my 3 kids! She’s very aggressive, smart and tells it how it is... Her paralegal Jennifer was also amazing making sure I had all my documents in line, reminding me of court dates, and ensuring Bethany had everything ready for meetings and court days! I would DEFINITELY recommend this firm!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
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Stand and Deliver!!
After a morning of despair mounting, I reached out and was connected with Bethany Shechtel. She is the silver lining in a cloud of fear and misfortune. Bethany took the time to listen to my case. She was patient, kind, professional, and exhibited a no-nonsense, straight-forward type of honesty that set the stage. She was willing to work with me, in defense of my four children, regardless of the short notice (four days, only 2 which were actual business days). And regardless of the difficulties of our case, Bethany of Shechtel and Associates,delivered us a positive outcome!! She is truly a blessing for our family. If you are prepared to be honest and do your best to prepare for Court, you have come to the right place for supreme representation. I am ever so grateful for the time, work, and efforts that Bethany put in to defend my family. We could not have done it without Shechtel and Associates.
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Posted by Barbara | August 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Shechtel will always represent me!
Ms. Shechtel and staff are absolutely phenomenal. They always made me feel that I was the most important client. I feel they were always one step ahead to protect me and my best interest. She is very knowledgeable and precise. I highly recommend this firm I was very happy with my settlement. The office is very convenient in the city of Rockville near the courts. Barbara
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Amazing
Bethany really makes you feel like one of her own. She takes you under her wing and treats you fairly amd honestly. She is very good at what she does amd she uses every bit of her knowledge to help you las if you were family.
Posted by Jennifer | September 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Ms. Shechtel is a passionate and intelligent individual whom is very knowledgeable in domestic matters. Trustworthy and easy to feel comfortable to work with. I would absolutely rather be on her side of the table.
Posted by Steve | August 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Legal Assistance
I would highly recommend Bethany and Shechtel & Associates for their superior work ethics. They are very friendly as well as knowledgeable when it came to dealing with my personal case. Bethany had my best interests in mind and helped guide me and advise me throughout the entire process. I cannot speak highly enough about Bethany and the firm she is a part of.
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Posted by Patricia | May 18, 2015
Wonderful experience!
I can't begin to express how happy we were with Bethany and the overall experience we had. She was always available to speak with my husband an I regarding our case and was very patient explaining in detail any concerns or questions we had. She was honest yet not alarming as most attorneys we have dealt with in the past. She was clear and concise with what our expectations should be and fought for us till we had the outcome we were hoping for and more...highly recommend!
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Posted by Jacqueline | May 18, 2015
Excellent!!
Bethany Shechtel is not only one of the most professional attorneys I have met, but she is also incredibly patient and understanding. I am very grateful for her dedication and continuous hard work.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Promised a lot but didn’t deliver
If you want somebody who will tell you what you want to hear and then not follow through with what she said she would do then this is your lawyer. I hired her for a divorce case and at the time the opposing side had not gotten all the information they should have provided. Bethany said she would start off with subpoena all the information that was not provided. This was never done. She acted like she had fought for me and did all she could later to find out she was lying to me. I now have no recourse and my kids continue to get hurt by my ex. I went with her because of all the positive reviews and recommendations. I don’t want someone else to make the same mistake I did.
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Posted by Jeff | December 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce and disability
Bethany was brought in after a few months into my divorce. She gave me at the beginning a sense of relief. I have to say that I had high hopes at the beginning. I really thought this person was going to do everything she could for me. She did know opposing attorney. I didn’t know at the time this could be a problem All proceedings were done on video because of pandemic. I never met Bethany one time in person. During this time I became very sick from coronavirus and I was suffering from the affects of having the virus. Brain fog, memory, speech, and comprehension problems. My problems from coronavirus were problematic. It caused a lot of tension between her and I. My coworkers also said I was a pain. My coworkers lately have explained to me about how it was difficult talking or even just listening to me. I understand the level of difficulty it was for Bethany dealing with me. This lasted well past final divorce. I had asked her to recover monies that spouse was spending unnecessarily. During separation she gave me 3 different reasons how dissipation was worked out. She even made no attempt to discuss settlement with me. She made it on her own. Sent late at 10:30 pm. Made aware by email from her that she sent it at 1:00 next day. I got home from work and dr appt and she put a 2:00 deadline. Her email did not state 2:00 deadline. No chance to do anything on it. All the statements I asked her prior or what she told me she was putting in settlement she never did. Statement I asked her to ask opposing attorney a question during settlement she said she did but I found later she never did. . Bethany not letting me speak to mediator as to why 2 bank accounts were removed in entirety. Funds from a loan were removed and also dissipation. I couldn’t talk to mediator and Bethany didn’t acknowledge what I emailed her to put in agreement. Honestly who could I go to now since I was told this? The accounts removed jeopardized my federal job. Bethany not accepting what secondary attorney said to put in agreement on settlement day. 3 videos total conferences over the whole time period. As I stated at the beginning I did have high hopes for her. When I fell sick things just didn’t go well after that.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • BGS Law, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Shechtel and Associates, PA
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Child Justice Center, LLC
  • 2015 - 2018

Education

  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  • 2007
  • Towson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • N/A
  • University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Simon E. Sobeloff Society
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Women's Bar Association of Maryland
  • Liasion to BAMC
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice chapter
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Liason
  • 2017 - 2019
  • American Inns of Court
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Best Family Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Female Attorney
  • American Law Institute
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Badge
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • University of the District of Columbia School of Law
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • BAMC Continuing Legal Education
  • Protective/Peace Orders And Their Possible Impact to Consider in Family, Immigration, and Criminal Proceedings
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (15)
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Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bethany makes her clients glad they hired her. Great Attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bethany is compassionate and caring. I endorse Bethany."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bethany cares about her clients and that is evident in her work."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bethany is top-notch. She knows the law, and how to use it for the benefit of her clients. She excels in Court, drafting pleadings and negotiating with opposing counsel. Bethany knows how to stand in Court before a Judge and aggressively represent her clients bests interests. Bethany also understands when the best move is to negotiate, which she does with knowledge and ease."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bethany is a great attorney. She is determined, passionate, and loves a challenge. She is one of the attorneys I will often consult about an issue if I need a second opinion."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bethany Shechtel is a consummate professional. I have had the pleasure of having her as my opposing counsel in one of the toughest cases (emotionally) in my career thus far. Ms. Shechtel treated the issues in this case with sensitivity and compassion while zealously advocating for her client…a tough balance to achieve. Ms. Shechtel is focused on solving problems for her clients, not on billing for needless tasks. For these and for many more reasons, I emphatically endorse Ms. Shechtel."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bethany Shechtel is a dedicated and energetic lawyer. She goes the extra mile for her clients, no matter how simple or complex the case/issues may be. She is well respected by the legal community as a competent and smart attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bethany Shechtel. She is an experienced family law attorney and advocates zealously for her clients. Bethany's assertive yet compassionate representation of clients in the field of divorce and separation is unparalleled."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is caring, very intelligent, and works and works and works for her clients."
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Rockville Family Lawyer Bethany Gayle Shechtel
Bethany Gayle Shechtel
Family Attorney
Rockville, MD
Licensed for 9 years