4.5 stars 39 totalReview Shelley Kester
Posted by anonymous
Shelley from the very start was interested in my goals and finding ways to achieve them. Shelley answered my questions very quickly and after hours. Her fees were reasonable and the whole staff was friendly. I consulted other attorneys and am so glad I selected Shelley and Wilson Kester. Shelley helped me turn things around. I will always be grateful I hired Shelley Kester as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous
Shelley and her team were very kind and welcoming. They offered help and made me feel comfortable. I hired them for my divorce because I was worried about the custody of my 3 year old and my ex wife was also pregnant at the time. During the course of the divorce, my wife filed a ppo on my in attempts to stop me from being present at the birth of my child. I also hired Shelley to fight the ppo. When I went to court to fight, Shelley advised me that she was unprepared. I had 6 witnesses show up for court including one who I had to pay to drive more than 100 miles. Shelley said she did not feel confident, so I had to make a decision to postpone the court date. This caused me to miss the birth of my child.
Shelley continued to tell me that she was filing paperwork(many motions), but my ex never blinked an eye. My ex used a free court appointed attorney and easily ignored all that Shelley supposedly did. Shelley and her team were completely unable to help me, but she continued to bill me for my time. I eventually had to let her go. I negotiated a custody settlement on my own with my ex. I also had to hire another lawyer to settle the property dispute.
In conclusion, Shelley charged me more than $10k and the only result was that she helped me file a paper for divorce. It was a total waste of time and resources. I would not recommend her unless you have an unlimited budget. She was not helpful and was not there when I needed her
Posted by Kathy
Shelley Kester was well prepared and caring throughout multiple legal issues with my ex husband. She is professional and able to listen with supportive understanding. I would recommend Shelley Kester to help with any legal family situation.
Posted by anonymous
My fiancé and I went through an ugly break up and to ensure my rights to be an active father figure for my son I knew I'd need a family law firm to represent me. I heard decent things about shelly being a good attorney so I contacted her office. Upon arrival at her nice office I was nicely greeted and taken into a board room to discuss my case and details about myself. I was given an incredible sales pitch by Shelley as she told me she was a "pitbull" and doesn't back down from anyone and that she would get me the 50/50 custody I was seeking. The initial cost of service just to discuss my case was expected as it was around $200 for me to talk to her. I had some financial help from my family to be able to pay for everything. My initial retainer fee was $3500, which I thought was average and it is, however two weeks later(after approximately 6 documents were filed) I was told my trust was diminished and that I had to put another $3500 in. I was shocked, not only had I NOT seen Shelley ONCE, but the 6 documents cost me $3500. This continued to be the case the rest of my experience with Wilson/Kester. I was never represented one time by the attorney that I was paying premium rates to, instead I was represented by a new understudy of Shelley. I didn't see any real results, instead I was told to settle over and over for results that I couldn't accept. I learned that in the process of child custody, its all about paperwork, just because an attorney charges insane rates doesn't mean that they are better then another. Just because an attorney "talks the talk" doesn't mean that she is better then any of the others in town. I ended up signing off on her firm because the results were not even remotely close to equaling the financial burden caused by her firm to be represented by an understudy and not the person I SIGNED to have represent me. After a 5 month custody battle, in which I was represented in court 4 times(none of them by Shelley) and $10,000 dollars(literally) in expenses my ex and I came to a mutual settlement and later reconciled, two months after the case was closed and I had already paid $10,000 for a case that should not have cost more then $5000, I received YET ANOTHER bill for $3000. I will say, Shelley is probably a very good divorce attorney, but if you are looking for a representation for child custody, look elsewhere because there are 100 other attorneys that can file paperwork just as effectively, and for less then half the cost.
Posted by Andrew
Shelley and her staff did a great job. They all were extremely professional, helpful and informative. All of my emails were answered in a timely fashion. I was always immediately updated on any changes. A huge thank you to Shelley and everyone at the office that assisted on my case.
Posted by Joel
Shelley helped me with an in place JoD. I was not happy with the first outcome. I contacted her for help correcting what I thought was an original JoD that was "written to fail".
She worked very well with me, and my ex-wife's attorney, and we got a positive result.
I wish I'd known about her during the original divorce. I think working with her from the very beginning would have prevented a great deal of grief.
Posted by Jaime
I had a wonderful experience working with Shelley Kester through Wilson and Kester. Her and her team were wonderful. Anytime I had questions or needed to speak with them they were incredibly fast with their response. I highly recommend Shelley and her team for any legal help / advice in the future
Posted by Philip
I cannot imagine this process without the sensitivity, wisdom and support of Shelley as my legal counsel. Her knowledge of the law and of people, as well as her tenacity, were key elements to a good and fair outcome
Posted by anonymous
Shelley Kester has represented me well in a successful child custody trial as well as 4 years of post - divorce hearings in a high-conflict case involving an extended PPO, criminal stalking charges and a vindictive narcissistic former spouse. She is very effective, detail-oriented and does her job with the highest integrity. She understands the laws and how they pertain to your case. She has good professional relationships with her colleagues, the court staff and judges. She is highly respected by her peers (who don't want to oppose her). I wouldn't hire anyone else.
Posted by Jennifer
Ms. Kester helped me with all of my child custody issues and handled my divorce. My ex husband was unwilling to negotiate throughout the entire process and created alot of problems for me. Ms. Kester was compassionate and understanding through the whole process. She has an aptitude on how to read people and was very instrumental in helping me deal with my ex husband effectively. I would definitely recommend her!