5.0 stars 31 totalReview Shelley Kester
Posted by a client
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!
Posted by Tom
during one of the most horrific times in anyone's life rest assured if you engage Shelley Kester you will have someone who is capable and accessible to protect your family and home.
You need to look no further than Wilson Kester attorneys.
Posted by a client
Did good in getting exclusive use of house. Answered interrogatories without my input or approval and if had been sent in would have had to aler. Did not give detailed hour charges for first month of costs. Required way too much money for payment of $10,000 and I ended up getting about $8500 in refund. Should not require so much in one payment!!
Posted by Tara
Shelley and the team at the office are AMAZING!!!! From the start I felt welcomed and had all of my questions answered promptly and explained throughly. I came to her with what I felt was a big task at hand and was so worried of not being able to properly protect my children. She made me feel at ease and did everything needed to help me, help my children! Everything I asked for and was going for, I got!!! Thanks to Shelley and her team, my children are safe and we can finally move forward with life! Thank you to all of you at the office, I will never be able to thank you all enough. God bless you all!
Posted by Chris
One word best describes Shelley Kester - Amazing!
Shelley's professionalism and knowledge led me in the right direction in my recent divorce. She is well respected in the professional community which was evident in our court proceedings. Shelley and her staff made me feel extremely comfortable and I knew that my best interest was at heart. Not an e-mail or a call was ever NOT returned in a timely manner. I was very blessed to have Shelley represent me.
Posted by Renell
Ms. Kester represented me in my divorce case. What could have been a long and arduous divorce, Shelley and her staff made the transition very smooth and swift. Shelley gave me expert advice as well as always being reachable either by phone or after hours e-mails. When she and her staff said they would have something done by a certain day or time they always would. I very much enjoyed working with Shelley and her staff and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone!
Posted by a client
I've had experience with a few other attorneys, but none have left me as pleased as Shelley Kester and her law firm. Ms. Kester and her associates provided me the best legal advice in the time when I needed it most. My inquiries and concerns were always promptly and thoroughly addressed, even after regular business hours. Ms. Kester is extremely knowledgeable in the area of family law, and her experience and guidance have been worth every penny to me in my child custody case. While Ms. Kester is meticulous, thorough, analytical, and diligent, I appreciate her transparency most. She never makes promises she cannot deliver, and she is honest in her assumptions and predictions in how matters in a case may go. Her reliability and trustworthiness make her an asset to her clients in the times when they are most vulnerable. I would highly recommend Ms. Kester to anyone who is serious about their family legal matters.
Posted by a client
My case was especially challenging given the distance between myself and my co-parent mixed in with the job witch took me half way around the world six months out of the year. I contacted Ms. Kester from Afghanistan quite simply asking if I could somehow get my case moved to MI and also if I could get a schedule for visitation vice simply being at the mercy of my co-parents schedule. What I ended up with was far beyond that I received 50/50 custody and 130 overnights a year despite my co-parent residing in another state. Ms. Kester and her staff treated me like I was part of their family from the start and continue to do so to this day. Recently I simply asked for some advice and the response I received was one of a concerned "friend" not one of a lawyer who simply wanted a check. I would highly recommend Ms. Kester.
Posted by Mark
I believe that it was this site and her high reviews that made me make the decision to go with Ms. Kester as my divorce attorney. Overall I cannot say that I would have been better off with another attorney but I did have some issues with this attorney. Interestingly her secretary at that time told me they were not taking new cases but they changed their mind when I told them about our assets of about $500K. One of my first problems was when I dropped off two copies of about 1000 pages of documents that related to my wife's attorneys 'discovery'. Those documents were to be sent to my wife's attorney immediately. Three months later I found out from my wife's attorney the documents were never provided. The secretary told me that they had had some change over in personnel and that the documents were misplaced. I had to provide additional copies of documents that were already provided and it made me look poorly and uncooperative to the opposing attorney and my ex wife. Another issue I had was when Ms. Kester billed me for scanning and emailing these documents at her much higher service rate, when a secretary could have done that at half of the cost. Again these were documents that I had already provided once and had to again and that were late going to the opposing attorney. The next problem was that I was being double billed by their billing person, interestingly there were charges for the exact same service that were on the end of one months bill were then being billed on the beginning of the next months bill. I brought this to their attention and corrections were made. There was a changeover in the billing person as well that probably led to confusion but some of these errors being made were just sloppy accounting as far as I could see. I also noticed charges for looking at emails were made for emails not sent and I was charged for a telephone consult that never happened. Again these corrections were made in my bill but not until after I brought these to their attention. Putting me in this position as a client is not at all comfortable and I was concerned it would negatively impact the lawyer client relationship so I decided to wait on making further billing complaints. This was a mistake as I didn't realize it but there was a clause in the contract I signed with Ms. Kester that stated I had a certain number of days to contest any charge and if I did not contest it in the proper time then I would have to pay it whether it was correct or not. That is what happened in the end. Another problem that cost me over $2000 was in regards to my Michigan Teacher retirement account. Ms. Kester failed to file the correct paperwork with the judge and consequentially what went to the Michigan Office of Retirement Services was not acceptable. As an attorney specializing in divorce cases I assumed she would have experience with that and if she did not she would investigate it properly. The information was easily accessible online at the ORS website. This cost me in several months of reduced pension benefit, plus the attorney costs in correcting this in having the judge sign the proper paperwork. All in all my divorce experience was miserable. On the upside Ms. Kester did not do anything dishonest or counsel me to do so, though this seemed to be no problem for my wife's attorney who was also from Traverse City. She is intelligent but needs to be more conscientious about her individual client and make sure she is correctly wording documentation going before the judge. She also needs to check on her staff to make sure they are doing their job properly. She seemed to have a high turnover rate in staff which would make me apprehensive about going with this attorney. I cannot recommend this lawyer but she is probably better than most. My best advice is to find someone experienced and knowledgeable that will help you mediate a settlement and have in place before one of you even files for divorce and include the settlement with the filing paperwork.