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Marlys Anne Bergstrom

Divorce and separation Attorney at Marietta, GA

4.2   20 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 10 years
    California - CA 26 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

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

About Marlys

Learn Marlys’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    Divorce Law * Contested/Uncontested Divorce * Same Sex Divorce * Civil Dissolution * Domestic Partnerships * Divorce Mediation * Legal Separation * Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements * Child Custody & Visitation * Child Support & Alimony * Child Support & Alimony * Modifications * Legitimization * Property & Asset Division * Temporary Protective/Restraining Orders * Domestic Violence & Abuse

  2. Probate
    30%

  3. Estate planning
    10%
    Estate Planning Law * Wills * Trusts * Durable Power of Attorney * Financial/Medical Power of Attorney * Advance Directives * Living Will

Marlys brings 25 years of legal and financial experience to the SM&P team. After working as legal counsel in two “Big Eight” accounting firms for 11 years, Marlys moved from accounting and tax law into divorce law. She had always wanted to be a divorce attorney since she began law school.

“Life took me a different way,” she explained, “and when I had the chance, I made the transition to family law.” To that end, she launched her law firm in Marietta. After seven years in solo practice, she realized she could learn and do more in a bigger firm.

“Since opening my own firm, I have always heard of Stearns Law. And I wanted to be part of a strong, dedicated, and kind team of individuals. I had worked with some of their attorneys and was always impressed with their professionalism. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped.”

“When I met Mary (the firm’s founding and managing partner) and her team, I was struck but not surprised by their responsiveness,” Marlys said. “I have a great deal of admiration for Mary. What she has accomplished in establishing and continuing with SM&P is truly impressive.”

Marlys believes Mary was intrigued by her background prior to family law and, most importantly, her maturity. “Marlys has been out in the working world for a very long time,” said Mary. “Her 11 years in public accounting make her a special prize. Many of our clients going through divorce or estate planning deal with financial issues. She is a great asset to them. Furthermore, her enthusiasm is contagious. We look forward to having her work with us from our Marietta office.”

“I think my approachability and ability to empathize with my clients sets me apart,” Marlys said. Clients agree. They have described her as smart, empathetic, always available, supportive, and honest.

“And I love what I do,” she said. “I try to treat everyone -- clients, opposing counsel, court staff -- the way I would want to be treated. However, I can turn on a dime and be just as tough as the next attorney when that respect is not reciprocated.”

Marlys is a transplanted Californian who now claims Georgia as her adopted state. “One of the many things I like about Georgia is the seasons,” she said, “except for summer. I prefer summer in San Francisco where it’s cool and foggy.”

When not working, Marlys, a golfer since she was 10, spends time on the greens all over the area, including Canton, Johns Creek, and Waleska. She loves to hike, giving Red Top Mountain a special shout-out. She shares her Marietta home with two dogs -- Grisham, a 127-pound bloodhound, and 13-pound Gracie Mae, a Chiweenie. “I hate to admit it,” she said, “but I love to watch reality television. I’m also a big chocolate and ice cream fan.”

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Location

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
291 SE Alexander Street
Marietta, GA, 30060

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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Steven | September 25, 2021
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Awesome attorney
Fantastic and very concerned person and always wanted the best for my child and very easy to work with
Posted by Norman | April 13, 2021
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A answer to a prayer.
I prayed for a attorney that would be honest and sympathetic and that's what I got.Thank you for your hard work this far.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2021
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Lawyer concerned with best interest for her clients
Marlys has done legal work for me over the past 4 yrs. & has been most helpful.
Posted by Karen | February 26, 2021
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Karen Bagley
Marley's Bergstrom helped me get a divorce. She is caring, and compassionate. She was extremely knowledgeable. She truly cares about her clients. I'm extremely grateful.
Posted by Cedric | February 23, 2021
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Professional, Thorough and Timely
I was very pleased with how Ms. Bergstrom listened to my legal issue, communicated what would be done and diligently worked to resolve it. After my experience, I would seek her assistance if needed a n the future.
Posted by Jennifer | February 25, 2017
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Marlys Anne Bergstrom
I hired Marlys to be my divorce attorney. She was amazing throughout this whole process. She was very thorough answering my questions and listening to what I needed. My mediation turned out well and it was exactly what I wanted. We avoided going to court! Thank you so much Marlys and for your wonderful law firm team. Jennifer
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2017
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Professiona, caring and dedicated
I love Marlys, she is very professional and caring as well. She has the ability to see the facts and keep you focus. She will go to court and state supported facts instead of using bluffing techniques as other attorney's use, at the end of the day, when the truth comes to light, honesty and integrity is all that matters. The truth will take you far. Sometimes things don't go 100% as wished, but it wouldn't be lack of interest on her behalf. Many factors contribute to results. Marlys and her staff are very loving and caring people. I recommend 200%.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
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I can trust her
The most important thing in the world to me is my children's safety and wellbeing. My case would be a sensitive subject for any parent; Bergstrom & Associates realize that and are just as dedicated to protecting my child. I was worried that I wouldn't find the right representation. I have too many things going on to be stuck with a jerk for an attorney. Many of the lawyers I had spoken with while searching for representation seem so rude, or gave me the impression that I would simply be just another case for them. After speaking with Marlys I knew that wouldn't be so, and it hasn't been. She's not out just to make a buck, she gets very involved in what's best for her client. Marlys and all members of her firm display the highest level of professionalism and compassion. I view lawyer's differently now. Do to the nature of my case custody, child support, and visitation, plus underlining issues, my emotions would get to me. There were times when I've cried in Marlys presence ,over the phone, or via email and was always met with a hug, and a calming reassuring conversation. Even during conferences when she would see the emotions coming to the surface she would simply touch my hand. A way of saying "don't cry it's okay". I'm not even a crier, but I'm super sensitive when it comes to my children. As all parents should be. I have to be strong for my children and can't break down in front of them, and I don't. Marlys understands that and is strong for me during our conversations. This is the first time that I have ever dealt with the law/court system outside of a speeding ticket and I'm at ease knowing my team(Bergstrom & Associates) are on top of everything. She's knowledgeable and direct. I've told her what was going on,she knows what I want, and what I'm willing to give. There was a time I had to leave negotiations and Marlys was entrusted to makes decisions on my behalf. Negotiations went as we discussed and ended on a good note ,thanks to Marlys. I can't express my appreciation enough for all she has done for me and my family. I thank the lord that Marlys is fighting for me. I would definitely hire Bergstrom & Associates in future legal matters.
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Posted by Jeremy | November 2, 2015
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Client Dedication and Professionalism
Marlys is my second divorce lawyer after I had a bad experience with my first one in the middle of my proceedings. I made the switch to Bergstrom & Associates because of two main reasons. First is their commitment to client dedication. I was impressed with Marlys and her willingness to go the extra mile to meet deadlines. I can't count how many times she has had after hours meetings and phone calls with me just to accommodate my busy work schedule. Her reasonably priced rates for not only herself, but staff as well were also a welcomed change. My previous lawyer had chewed through an initial retainer fee like a bag of chips during the Super Bowl. I had no choice but to find a lawyer that I could afford to go the distance with, especially just to make sure that I was not taken advantage of by a very corrupt and malicious opposing counsel. Second, I do want to mention that her professionalism and knowledge on any topic regarding divorce I brought up was answered. That is the kind of lawyer you want on your side to represent you during a divorce. I am happy that I found Marlys and you will be too.
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Posted by Blanca | October 30, 2015
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Not just a great attorney but also a great human being.
Marlys Bergstrom is my attorney for my divorce proceeding. I am very happy with her services. She is always giving me the best advice and she looks out for your best interest. She does not just look for ways to profit out of the situation like most attorneys do. A successful outcome in mine case is her only priority. She is responsive. You can always call her and share your concerns and know she will address them. I am close to settling my case and it is thanks to the commitment of Marlys and her team.
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Posted by Diane | October 30, 2015
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Long Marriage Ended in 6 Months
Marlys is a very caring, personable and knowledgeable lawyer. She made a terrible situation easy to endure. The divorce was over in 6 months.
Posted by James | October 30, 2015
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caring law firm
Marlys and her staff have been wonderful during the ongoing process of my divorce and custody case. They have been there for me helping me understand and get through this every step of the way. Even after normal office hours and on weekends if I have any problems or major concerns. I would recommend her firm to anyone who has the need for her firms family law services, I don't feel like I'm just another case or a check like some law firms I have spoken with made me feel like, they truly care about what is best for not just me but my children. They made sure I was comfortable and usually they have the answers to my questions even before I ask them. In the beginning of this process I was scared because I had no clue what it was going to be like but Marlys eased those fears in my first consultation and made sure I understood both the good and the bad and for that reason I hired her right away.
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Posted by Matt W | October 30, 2015
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Divorce
I cannot say enough regarding the professionalism, attention to detail, concern for my best interests and speed at which any all questions were responded to. I highly reccomend Bergstrom and Associates to anyone in need of legal counsel. I worked mainly with Alexandra Morris and could not have been happier. A divorce is an experience no one wants to go through, but Alexandra made sure it went as smooth and easy as possible. She insured that the process never overwhelmed me and always had quick, honest answers to any concern I had. I will undoubtedly be returning to Bergstrom and Associates for any future legal needs including rewriting my will.
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Posted by Chaille | February 27, 2015
Satisfied thus far
Ms. Bergstrom is currently representing me in family court. Although the matter hasn't made it to court yet, I feel confident that she will represent me well. She is very attentive to my needs and she has great communication skills. I also find her rates to be very reasonable.
Posted by Michelle | February 19, 2015
Honest and Caring Lawyer
Lawyers tend to have a negative reputation, but Marlys has shown me that is not always the case. She knows what she is doing, and produces results. She is honest and upfront, no beating around the bush, and completely straightforward. She actually cares about her cases and her clients and I find this to be her most honorable characteristic. She is not just out to make a dollar, she cares about her clients and fights for what is right for them. She stays in constant contact (even during holidays) to keep you informed and proofed her clients with a variety of options regarding their case and gives her opinion, but leaves the choice up to the client and will do what the client wants even if she does not see that it is legally the best move. This just shows how dedicated she is to fighting for her clients, and the care she has for them. I believe she gets emotionally involved in her clients issues and that makes her fight even harder to get the job done. Marlys has been working with me for 3 months on a complicated, VERY complicated child support, custody, and visitation case and has done an excellent job. We still have a lot of motions to file and things to do, but she is on top of things and already has a game plan laid out for what comes in the months ahead. I contacted at least 50 lawyers before I found Marlys, met with many of them for a consultation, but ultimately she is the one we wanted to represent us because after our initial meeting we had confidence in her abilities and felt like she cared about us and the case. Because of the complexity of our case, a lot of the other lawyers we met with didn't want to address all of the issues that needed to be addressed, but Marlys was willing to tackle it all, one step at a time. If you are looking for a lawyer, I can not say enough great things about Marlys. I can tell you that she is completely honest and blunt, and is more focused on her client and winning cases than just seeing it as a way to make money. I never thought I would find a lawyer that I felt comfortable with regarding our case, but out initial instincts after the consultation were right and she has been fighting for us and is continuing to fight for us until we get all the issues in the case resolved. You will not find another lawyer that puts their heart in a case like she does, nor will you find one more honest or dedicated to her clients. She has been a God send for us, and we are thankful for her everyday! She knows what she is doing and how to do it, and I am confident she will give you (other clients) the same attention she gives to us.
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Posted by Paloma | February 19, 2015
Simply Amazing
Going through so many things at once, Marlys has really just taken a burden off of my shoulders. She has been helpful since day 1. She is very professional and knowledgeable. At the same time, she is right there when you need her. I would not want to be going through a divorce without her on my side.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
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Mrs
Couldn’t get the paperwork right to get in front of the judge overcharged and never gave any justification for charges a total rip off and never follows through on anything she says
Posted by Patrick | March 14, 2018
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Mishandled my case
Mishandled my divorce case. Had to fire and start over with another attorney at the 11th hour. Over-billed me and had I not been paying attention to my bills, I would have overpaid....
Response from Marlys Bergstrom May 30, 2018
He had incurred over $7,000 in fees. In the name of good will, I deducted $3,500 from the bill. This still was not sufficient so he decided to hire another attorney, his fifth.
Posted by david allan lattal | September 29, 2017
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very disappointed in this firm
Hired this firm to do divorce work which i was happy with from there everything went down hill extremely fast no return calls, lack of communication on pending case, just plain turmoil in this office simply a shot in the dark using their services
Response from Marlys Bergstrom October 13, 2017
Mr. Lattal never hired this firm to represent him. He had scheduled an appointment to come in and meet with an attorney, he didn't show up.
Posted by Sam | October 11, 2015
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Incompetent
Marlys has less than a year experience in family law. I thought she will make up for experience with hard work. She didn't. She failed to do the most basic steps, such as send me the discovery request on time, or complete the affidavit. She responded to formal letters from the other lawer with emails. The cost of these mistakes was extremely harsh temporary order. I had to fire her after a month. She sent me a bill for $2,538 the same day!
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Response from Marlys Bergstrom October 30, 2015
Sorry to learn you were so disappointed. Just to be clear, we did send all the discovery to your attorney and made copies for you to deliver to her. Email responses were prepared in response to emails, not formal letters. It is my opinion, that your decision to represent yourself was what led to the harsh result. After you decided to terminate our relationship, I did have you finalize and pay your bill of $1,038.50, a charge you have formally disputed with the credit card company. We had worked and prepared for the hearing we were scheduled to attend; the day before you "fired" us.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
  • 2021 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Bergstrom & Associates, LLC
  • 2014 - 2021
  • Attorney
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP Attorneys At Law
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Director
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP
  • 2005 - 2010
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2001
  • San Francisco State University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 1996
  • California St Univ Chico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
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Associations

  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cobb County Chamer of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Georgia Legal Services
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia - Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • East Cobb Business Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Legal Management Institute-Cornell University of Law
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Taxation Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • Youth Pride Organization
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • Unclaimed Property & Professionals Association
  • Member/Speaker
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Lead Counsel Rating -Divorce
  • The Lead Council Review Board
  • 2016
  • Certified Lead Counsel Rated-Family Law
  • The Lead Counsel Review Board
  • 2016
  • Certified Lead Counsel Rated Attorney-Estate Planning Law
  • The Lead Counsel Review Board
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys & Firms Award
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award-Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Best Family Law & Divorce Attorney
  • Thumbtack Professional Attorney Review
  • 2015
  • Heartland Pride Award
  • Youth Pride Organization
  • 2013
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Marietta Divorce and separation Lawyer Marlys Anne Bergstrom
Marlys Anne Bergstrom
Divorce and separation Attorney
Marietta, GA
Licensed for 26 years
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