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Kathy H. Lucas

Family Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Kathy R. Holmes

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About Kathy

Learn Kathy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    divorce, separation, child custody and support, collaborative divorce, post separation support and alimony, equitable distribution, trial and alternative dispute resolution involving divorce and other family law matters

    19 years

  2. Divorce and separation

  3. Adoption

  4. Alimony

  5. Child custody

  6. Child support

  7. Domestic violence

  8. Marriage and prenuptials

  9. Uncontested divorce

First-generation American Attorney Kathy H. Lucas is a former New Jersey resident who now lives and works in Raleigh, NC where she practices family law exclusively. Attorney Lucas devotes her considerable legal knowledge and skills to such issues as divorce, child custody and support, post-separation support, division of marital property, separation agreements, adoption, and other family law issues. She also helps clients come to mutually-agreeable terms through her collaborative law practice. She passed the test required by the North Carolina State Bar to be recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law in 2011, an achievement attained by less than two percent of state attorneys. This certification is the highest level of legal training and professional recognition available, cementing her career as a legal expert in her field.

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Licensed for 18 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Kathy

Fresh Start Family Law
4917 Waters Edge Drive
Suite 271
Raleigh, NC, 27606


5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Bobbi | September 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Kathy and Team.
I highly recommend Fresh Start! Kathy and the whole team supported and worked diligently for me during a terrible time in my life. Always following up, always answering every question and concern with compassion and kindness. I didn't have to worry about anything. Now that it is all said and done, I couldn't be happier with the service I received from this wonderful practice. Thank you, Kathy and Team :)
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Posted by Latasha | September 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Fierce, No-Nonsense Attorney
If you're looking for an honest but fierce no-nonsense type of attorney, Ms. Lucas is your type of attorney. Her dedication to my case was apparent from the beginning. She is very resourceful, especially in situations like mine, when the defendant refused to provide requested documents. Ms. Lucas consistently followed-up behind the scenes on my behalf and kept me informed about the status of my case in a timely manner. She was also considerate of my time when it came to court appearances. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Kevin | September 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highest Possible Recommendation!
Ms Lucas guided me through every step of the divorce process. When we first met, I was scared, overwhelmed, and completely unprepared for a contentious divorce. She was supportive and encouraging, and helped me find the strength to fight for my rights. Ms. Lucas expertly negotiated a reasonable custody and property settlement. I wholeheartedly recommend Fresh Start Family Law!
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2019
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Very Honest and Professional
Kathy was very helpful in getting my separation and divorce finalized. She was honest and up front about the expectations, so I was never surprised or led astray during the entire process. Made the whole ordeal way more comfortable than it could have been.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
She’s amazing!!!
Kathy was an exceptional representative in our case. She took the time to understand our complex situation and was compassionate, understanding and in our case provided us w/ the best possible outcome.
Posted by Carolyn | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I HAD THE BEST: Listener, attentative, accurate, speedy, knowledgeable, competitive and most professional attorney for my divorce of a 32 year marriage. That's Kathy H. Lucas!!!
Posted by Steve | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fabulous results
Kathy was a member of a law group I had used previously. She reviewed my court order from my divorce and then talked to me on the phone about my concerns and desires. Since I was in a different state than NC it was difficult for me to meet in person and all our communication was handled by phone or email. She is a very effective communicator and does not hesitate to tell the truth or present all foreseeable senarios and options. She also is quick to point out when she needs assistance and has many competent contacts in her legal arsenal. Kathy stayed on the offensive in my case and produced the most favorable outcome I could have expected. She is absolutely a wonderful lawyer and genuine person. She is reasonable, trustworthy, intelligent and professional. I would not hesitate to use her services again when the need arises. Steve
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Posted by John | March 26, 2015
Highly recommended for Representation
Kathy Holmes is an attorney who comes in prepared and ready to aggressively represent her client. Her knowledge of statutes and case law is evident in the courtroom and I believe made a huge difference in my case. While she understands and respects the protocol of the courtroom, she was not intimidated nor reserved when it came to addressing the court on my behalf. I would highly recommend Ms. Holmes to anyone who wants strong and confident representation.
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Posted by Leslie | February 18, 2015
Knowledgeable and Dependable
Kathy helped me during my divorce and child custody/support proceedings. Her assessment of my situation, along with very candid/clear guidance, helped make the process virtually pain free. I highly recommend her to anyone in a similar predicament.
Posted by Euricka | February 18, 2015
Professionalism was outstanding!
I have referred a number of people to Kathy because she was very knowledgeable, understanding and wants the best for her clients. I'm glad I chose Kathy to represent me during my divorce! It was the best decision I could have ever made!!! Thank you!!
Posted by Adam | February 18, 2015
A light in the dark
I thought the process of a divorce was gong to be the worst experience of my life. Once I met with Kathy Holmes, that fear subsided. She is an amazing lawyer and friend. She even called me a few times to see how I was doing after the divorce was final. Kathy knows the laws and takes your input as to the extent you need her to fight for you and your needs. I have recommended her and will do so more in the future. If you want a quality, knowledgeable and friendly experience, you can't go wrong with Kathy Holmes.
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Posted by Thomas | February 18, 2015
Kathy Holmes was there when I needed srtrong legal assitance
Kathy Holmes handled my legal affairs pertaining to my divorce, and she did a stellar job. This was a very hard time in my life, and Kathy handled my situation with professionalism, and did a fantastic job addressing all my needs and concerns. I highly recommend retaining Kathy's services for your future legal needs.
Posted by Cynthia | February 17, 2015
Great attorney!
I highly recommend Kathy - I was going through negotiations with my ex-husband that were not pleasant. She helped me focus on the end goal and not on the individual issues along the way. She was aggressive when needed and paid close attention to the details. She was excellent at communicating information to me and when we reached a point where further negotiations would not advance my situation, she was quick to let me know so money was not spent unnecessarily. I appreciated all she did for me.
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Posted by Kevin | February 13, 2015
Great Customer Service
Kathy has handled my legal affairs in a professional and courteous manner. She is knowledgeable and responsive, and I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Sheila | February 11, 2015
excellent representation
Upmost professional Lawyer. As daunting as the services are she walked me through every step of the way and exceeded my expectations and treated me with dignity.
Posted by Anthony | February 11, 2015
Separation / Divorce
Ms. Holmes provided a great service during an incredibly difficult time in my life. She handled my divorce and separation. She was extremely responsive to all of my questions and concerns, and kept my best interest as the first priority. She was very approachable on all personal issues, and was direct on all correspondence. Ms. Holmes is professional and courteous, and I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jim | February 11, 2015
Easy transition through troubling times
Kathy was excellent to work with through my divorce. She kept very professional when I couldn't. She understood my needs and helped work the legal aspect of getting me through the experience of divorce. She cared, she sympathized, she encouraged, and she kept the process progressing. She was great to work with and I know I was better for knowing she supported me in the legal process.
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Posted by Jay | February 10, 2015
Category of Family Law
Utilized this attorney for representation in a separation agreement, subsequent divorce, custody agreement, child support, & general rules pertaining interactions between the "two ex's". Would AND HAVE recommended this attorney to anyone needing assistance in the previously listed areas.
Posted by Ryan | February 7, 2015
I was recommended to Kathy by a colleague. From my initial consult I felt that Kathy was completely honest, upfront and fair. I had made a call to a few attorneys and felt like I was just another case. Kathy was on point throughout my case, answering any calls or emails promptly. She was very willing to answer any and all questions and was genuinely interested in getting done what needed to be done. I did not know what to expect in this process, and I recognize all cases are different. However, the guidance I was given from day 1 proved to be the right path with the result that we were targeting. As a male it was good to have the perspective of an attorney who is also a mother. I couldn't be happier with my representation by Kathy and the best thing i can do (and will) is to refer anyone i come across her way. Thank you Kathy for your utmost professionalism, honesty, knowledge and guidance. To have the time that I do with my son going forward is something that I will cherish forever.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fresh Start Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hatch, Little & Bunn LLP
  • 2010 - Present


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004


  • Cub Scouts of America
  • Den Leader
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Client Counseling Competition
  • Chairperson
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Hungarian


  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2011
  • Certified Parent Coordinator
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Kathy
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kathy. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Raleigh Family Lawyer Kathy H. Lucas
Kathy H. Lucas
Family Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 18 years