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Julia Best Chase

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   34 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 36 years
    New York - NY 37 years
    New Jersey - NJ 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    License Administratively Revoked No misconduct found

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

About Julia

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I have a passion for helping people throught their problems and protecting children's interests.  It gives me great satisfaction to ease tensions by examining the issue, strategizing a solution and seeing it through to the end.

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Location

The Law Offices of Julia Best Chase, P.A.
120 S. Willow Ave.
Tampa, FL, 33606

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Posted by Dawn | May 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unflappable and expert!
I contacted Julia, when my ex had just threatened divorce. I'm so grateful that I took the time to call, get the info I needed and feel some peace. I had hoped that I would never need to call back. However, when he pulled the trigger, I was on it and Julia was ready to go. She gave me a very realistic honest picture of what to expect, as best that anyone can do, not knowing how my ex and the Opposing team would show up. In Mediation, Julia was unflappable!! The OC was yelling and screaming (when we they had to interact) and Julia was calm and cool. When his team tried to pull punches, she was right there was an answer and proposing things for my defense. for example, when my Ex wanted to divide the upfront alimony into two payments - 6 months apart, within nanoseconds, she agreed "with interest and here's that interest amount as of today". Wow, that alone yielded me an additional $11K in my settlement. She was timely in her replies and her legal assistant was amazing to work with. We had TWO long days of mediation, and she was incredible throughout the entire time! I'm oh so grateful!
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Posted by Kristian Krempel | August 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Caring and Angel
Julia is literally a Godsend-- I was at my breaking point facing criminal contempt charges on a short-term (7 year) no children divorce proceedings -- 6 years of depositions and 19 Request for Production of Documents (no privacy ever- had to provide my credit card and bank statements every 4 months) I was beaten down and severely depressed not to mention the financial stress of 6 years of contentious divorce hearings and two trials and an appeal later-- Julia came into my life to defend me on the Criminal Contempt charges- yes, I was facing 6 months- to 1 year in jail for not being able to make money during COVID and pay the Temp Support Order which had not been in place for 6 years.. What is Temporary about that? I was very frustrated and lacked confidence in the legal process, courts and lawyers when Julia asked me to trust her. This was easier said than done as I had heard those same words from four (4) previous attorneys who all made my case worse-- not better. Julia held my hand and allowed me to cry and be frustrated while continuing to move forward cleaning up the mess that was created by previous counsel and a court system that was not caught up to dealing with a Pandemic. 14 months after meeting Julia-- she had cleaned up the mess and officially ended the 6 plus years and Malicious prosecution from my Ex Wife's attorney who only saw Dollars in his eyes when he saw me. I have the luxury now of looking back in hindsight and ask myself often how much different the last 6 years would have been had I known and hired Julia from the start? Dont make the mistake I made - use this review as a "teachable moment" and take advantage of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have went to my retirement instead of opposing counsel's pocket.
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Posted by Vijay | August 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, Professional and Caring
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, Ms. Julia! After your office took over my case, I began to feel secure and confident, for the first time. I truly appreciate all the help, support, and guidance, I received from you, Stephanie, and all of your staff members who helped me reach the finish line. I am so relieved after 7 years of expensive and brutal litigation, my case is finally over. For the first 5 years, I had different attorneys representing my case and I lost a lot during that time. It wasn't until after you took over my case, that I was able to protect the most important aspects of my life, my son, and the finances that I have to start a new journey. Your experience and advice are exceptional! I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful support and help!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Happy Client
I am so grateful that I hired Julia Best Chase! She truly took care of my needs during a difficult divorce. Her experience and brilliant mind leads her to think outside of the box for each situation as needed. And more than that, she has a tremendous heart for her clients! This is what she did more me. Thank you Julia. You are a Godsend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Julia did an excellent job on my divorce case. It was not an easy case. The father was being quite difficult. I hired her after I had hired a different lawyer, and I needed to change lawyers. She accepted me. And my divorce was ugly! She did a good job :)
Posted by T | July 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Julia helped through a difficult time
Julia is great. She helped me walk through a hard, confusing, frustrating process that I wanted no part of. However she explained the process well, walked through step by step, listened to complaints, frustrations, crazy questions and was very available, patient, calm (when I was not), and fair. I pray you don't have to go through this process, however, if regrettably you do, Julia will work for you in a professional, courteous, timely, constructive way.
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Posted by Sean | July 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great work on my case!!!
It was difficult going through my case during COVID but all in all she was awesome during mediation and lead me through the whole process with ease.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressive, professional and caring lawyer!
I appreciated Julia’s direct and candid responses. Her ‘no nonsense’, professional and honest approach was refreshing. She was accessible and provided just enough’hand holding’ when I needed it. She was patient in explaining the legal step-by-step process of divorce and did a fabulous job of explaining the various legal jargon in a man on the street way!
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Posted by Sabine | February 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!!
Julia is very straight forward, honest and fierce. She handled my case with professional courtesy, superb knowledge and confidence. She worked around my erratic work schedule and kept me informed all the way. Her office staff is efficient and compassionate. I felt comfortable that my best interest was at the forefront at all times. Thank you Julia and team for giving me my life back and an outlook to a brilliant future.
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Posted by Jenny | January 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Julia Chase Best is an outstanding attorney.
Julia Chase Best helped me through a very difficult time in my life. When I first came to her I was indecisive on what course of action and what alternatives were available to protect my assets and earnings as well as my marriage. She suggested a post nuptial that would establish guidelines while we worked on our problems. Unfortunately, after 5 years, I came back to seek a final divorce. She not only walked me through the many steps of the divorce, but she also provided a moral compass, when my feelings got in the way of progress. She was patient and made herself available when I needed guidance or a listening ear as I processed the failed marriage. Her expertise and knowledge of the complex legal issues helped me to see the bigger picture and kept me calm during the many steps needed to accomplish my goals. She was not only my legal counsel, she became my trusted confidant. I am eternally grateful.
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Posted by Kelli | December 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
Choosing Julia was the best decision after getting served my injunction. I was overwhelmed with what could happen if this wasn't dismissed and her compassion for my situation is something you can't buy. Most importantly, she is an experienced, organized, dedicated, honest, and meticulous lawyer. Julia explained the entire processes of trial and prepared me well for the big day. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer!
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Posted by John Hawes | February 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce lawyer with expertise and connections
Julia was so skilled in her expertise in helping my ex wife and I come to a fair and acceptul resolution of our marriage . She performed an in depth financial analysis to quide us on what would be fair . She reviewed our original draft line by line to make sure there were no errors or loopeholes . Finally her advice helped us resolve the dissolution of our marriage in record time while not sacrificing attention to detail . I highly recommend her helping you throw a difficult time .
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Posted by Alex | February 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly the best
In the course of my 3 year divorce, I have had the opportunity to have working relationships with quite a few law firms in the Tampa Bay area. I have had to go to court so often to defend myself against motions my ex-wife filed that , as a lay person, I probably have more court exposure than some lawyers do. You know you've spent too much time in hearings when you've gone to the top floor of the court house in downtown Tampa during recesses and you've been able to look at all the portraits of all the judges who ever served in Hillsborough county. Some of the lawyers I've dealt with were utter scum, some just wanted to suck you dry by keeping the case alive just to get the cash flow going, some were quite good. After my divorce languished in court for over two years with no sign of resolution, I hired Julia Chase and her team. Amazingly, under her guidance, the case finally gained traction and was brought to a very successful conclusion. Julia's performance in the final divorce hearings was quite impressive to say the least. She completely destroyed the credibility of my ex as well as that of her main witness, it was a pleasure to watch this epic performance. I believe Julia is a former assistant prosecutor, it showed. The final divorce document her team wrote is a master piece of eloquence which vindicated me completely after having been on the receiving end of no less than 22 motions to compel, numerous motions for discovery, requests from forensic accountants, interventions from guardians and psychologists with each accusation crazier than the preceding one over the last three years. The end result is that I won 50% custody for my 10 year old son over continued and persistent objections of my ex-wife. I was also able to get satisfaction over numerous other important issues. After having had such excellent legal help, one tends to rightfully judge quite harshly previous law firms who greatly suffer the conparison to Julia and her team
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Posted by Jason Mills | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Outstanding Attorney - Best Decision I Ever Made
Hiring Julia Chase to represent me in my divorce case involving children was the best decision I ever made. From beginning to end, each step of the process was timely communicated and thoroughly explained. The office staff is a true team and the office runs like a well-oiled machine - top notch communication between clients and staff; and excellent organizational skills. Julia is very experienced and has an outstanding reputation in her field. She is very skillful, clever, confident and operates with the highest degree of integrity. I could go on and on. The bottom line is Julia is an absolutely outstanding attorney. I cannot emphasize enough how highly I recommend Julia Chase to anyone seeking representation in family law. Thanks so much Julia, Laura, Ashley, and Stephanie!
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Posted by Scott | May 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Effective
Julia not only represented me effectively, but helped me get through the most difficult time in my life. I am myself a lawyer. I know how rare good lawyers can be. Julia is one of those, and she exemplifies integrity. I can commend her to anyone with my very highest recommendation.
Posted by Stephanie | November 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Battling my Goliath
I have been so blessed to meet Mrs. Julia, her team Laura, Ashley, Stephanie. I have been going thru a difficult custody battle. I made some bad choices in life. It took me hitting rock bottom before I was ready to change and turn my life over to God. See God knew I needed a intelligent, caring quick on her feet attorney, so he led me to her. I told her my story how I had been mentally and even some physical abuse by my son's father. How I was a recovering addict and use to be a exotic dancer. I told her how God saved me with his grace and mercy. I was so scared of how she and her team would react to me and if they would look down on me. To my surprise they didn't run me off with a pitch fork. Mrs. Julia and her team sat across from me with caring eyes and a sweet smile. Mrs. Julia told me not to be ashamed my past doesn't defy the person I am now. She gave me hope and engorgement to go fight my Goliath. If your up against your Goliath then you should turn to God and throw your stone ( my stone was Mrs. Julia) and defeat the giant. God gave me a second chance at being a mother and he used Mrs. Julia to help me. Mrs. Julia and her team Laura, Ashley, Stephanie are a part of my life now each one of them has left their finger prints on my life. They will always have a special place in my heart. With Mrs. Julia Best Chase and her team you don't just hire an attorney you find a friend. I pray that God blesses everyone that comes in contact with Mrs. Julia one of Gods mighty warriors. Mrs. Julia, Laura, Ashley, Stephanie I can't put into words how blessed I am for all that you have done and all that your still doing. The only thing I know to do is pay it forward every chance I get. Thank You! Thank You! God Bless!
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Posted by Johnny | October 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Julia Best Chase came highly recommended by a family friend. I feel very fortunate to have found an attorney with integrity, genuine concern for my case, and knowledge of family law. Mine was an alimony case which my ex-wife was awarded permanent, life-time, alimony. When her circumstances changed, to her good, we found she was no longer in need of the support. The matter was resolved in mediation through Ms. Chase' tenacious, professional persistence. We came to an agreement we both could live with and didn't have to proceed to court. Ms. Chase surpassed my expectations. I was very happy with the outcome and I appreciate the hours Ms. Chase, and her team, worked to get me to this place. I would recommend Julia to anyone in need of great representation!
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Posted by Axel Cadenas | February 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When it was time to go to trial she was completely ready for it.
I was referred to Julia Best Chase while going through a bitter child support/child custody/alimony battle with my ex-wife. Julia was prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, and always completely frank and open with me about the realities and possible expectations of the outcome of my case. She demonstrated exceptional attention to detail, a bedrock of knowledge of family law and I am very satisfied with the representation I received from her and the companionate, professional and effective office staff. Every time I became anxious or nervous she reassured me everything was moving along accordingly and always had kind words for me. She is a tremendously talented divorce trial attorney who genuinely cares about her client's best interests and in my case my daughters best interest as well. Thank you so much Julia , you are the BEST!!!
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Posted by Sheila barker | January 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Civil case
She and her staff gave us the knowledge we needed to know about the laws. They are kind and have alot of patience when you need someone to ask advice . We will refer her to everyone that needs a lawyer.
Posted by Clair | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Divorce
Julia Best Chase helped me through my divorce with compassion and dignity. Julia is extremly knowledgable aggressive and caring, She is head and shoulders above the other firms I interviewed for my divorce that is why I hired her. Julia was the only one who would look me in the eye! Julia's expertise got me the results I wanted and needed. I highly recommend Julia Best Chase for your legal needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 50-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Suarez & Wardell, P.A.
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Hillsborough State Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1997

Education

  • Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Goucher College
  • B.A. Biology
  • 1982
  • Long Island Lutheran High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1978

Associations

  • Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Master- Past Memebership Chair 2004-2012
  • 1998 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member - Past Chair Family Law Section Exec. Counsel 2006-07
  • 1987 - Present
  • Guardian ad Litem Program Thirteeth Circuit
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Next Generation Divorce
  • Committee Chair for Reduced Rate Collaberative Process
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Auxillary Instructor
  • 1988 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Theodor Millison Professionalism Award
  • Tampa Family Law Inn of Court
  • 2005

Publications

  • Open Palm Press
  • [Book] Champions of Collaborative Divorce (Volume 1: Tampa Bay) Chapter 3 The Collaborative Process: Resolving the Problem of Russian Roulette
  • 2017
  • Lawyer Magizine
  • The Burden of Relocation: Parts I and II
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law
  • Violence Injunctions
  • 2019
  • As the Judge Sees it: Top Mistakes Attorney's Make in Family Court
  • Moderator for Judicial Forum with Judges from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties
  • 2018
  • Brandon Bar CLE
  • Contempt
  • 2016
  • Advanved Family Law
  • Author/Speaker "Effectively Agruing Contempt Issues."
  • 2015
  • What Family Law Judges Want You to Know
  • Moderator for panel discussion with judges from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Author/Speaker "Complex Asset Cases" and "Violence in the Home."
  • 2013
  • Successful Financial Settlements for Your Divorce Client
  • Author/Speaker "Tax Matters and Ramifications in Divorce"
  • 2007
  • Child Relocation
  • Sole speaker and author of material addressing the newly enacted F.S. 61.13001 Parental Relocation With A Child.
  • 2007
  • Negotiating the Best Possible Settlement for Divorce Clients in Florida
  • Author/Speaker on comprehensive materials on modifications of custody.
  • 2005
  • How to Help Your Client Survive a Child Custody Evaluation in Florida
  • Co-Speaker with Kathryn Kuehnle, Ph.D. Authored "Initial Communication", "Advising the Client", "Ethical Considerations" and "Responding to the Evaluation Report."
  • 2004
  • A Roadmap Through Florida Divorce Proceedings
  • Author/Speaker on "Custody Arrangements" a comprehensive discussion of initial custody determinations, child support calculations and the modifications thereto.
  • 2004
  • on Family Law Update Seminar: Handling Relocation –
  • Author/Speaker on materials on the burden of proof necessary for the relocation of children under F.S. 61.13 (2)(d) 1997.
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (3)
Endorse Julia
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of opposing Ms. Chase in family and find her to be a staunch yet professional advocate for her clients. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julia is not only a very competent attorney, but she one of the most compassionate and giving lawyers in this profession, more specifically in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Julia Best Chase does a very good job for her clients and is very professional and ethical in the work that she does."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known and worked with Julia Best Chase for almost 20 years. Julia is knowledgeable, talented, dedicated and ethical. I short, she is an asset to our profession."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Julia is fantastic! I endorse her without reservation."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Julia throughout her career and can truly say that she is one of the best lawyers that I know. I frequently seek her out for advice in handling my cases."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Julia for years; beginning in the 1980's when we were Assistant State Attorneys in Hillsborough County. She continues to retain the highest ethical standards. She cares deeply about her clients. She represents them all with zeal, a wealth of knowledge, and good common sense!"
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Julia Best Chase. As a fellow Family Law attorney, I can attest to her knowledge of Family Law, Trial Skills, superior ethical standards, and highest level of professionalism. I highly recommend Attorney Julia Best Chase."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very good family law litigator with the highest professionalism and court room decorum."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Julia is brilliant, hard working, and also has a big heart. I am an appellate attorney, so I get to see a lot of the family law attorneys' work and Julia does outstanding work and also is reasonably priced. If I needed a family law attorney, Julia would be first on my list to call."
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Tampa Divorce and separation Lawyer Julia Best Chase
Julia Best Chase
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 37 years