5.0 stars 45 totalReview Shelley Kester
Posted by Kevin
When I was served with divorce papers, I began the search for a competent attorney in Traverse City. My search led me to Wilson Kester. I was immediately scheduled for a consultation and was able to sit down with Shelley Kester and begin telling her the ins and outs of my marital situation. My situation was complicated by a personal protection order as well as false accusations of criminal activity. Shelley and her team kept in constant contact with me to insure that I was taken care of and was not leaving myself open to any legal issues. My divorce became very messy and was drawn out for far too long. The most reassuring thing about the whole ordeal was knowing that Shelley and her staff would work tirelessly to insure that I was satisfied with how my case was progressing. When it came to mediation, Shelley stayed for 12.5 hours until the agreement was satisfactory in my opinion. From start to finish, the staff of Wilson Kester was a joy to work with and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who is faced with divorce or other family law issues.
Posted by Joe
Shelley was incredibly professional. She's a fantastic listener, and a great communicator. Accessible and informative about the process the entire way through. She always let me know what was my best options, but also let me choose what i wanted, and worked her best to achieve my goals. I would recommend her to anybody looking for the best in family law.
Posted by Charles
Shelley Kester came highly recommended by my therapist, for dealing with a complicated divorce with a highly emotional and potentially volatile spouse. Ms Kester was knowledgeable, prepared, compassionate, and I felt a sense of calm with her reassurances while I was in her presence. She worked hard, long hours when timeliness was critical for a desirable outcome. Eventually everything worked out exactly how I had hoped it would, thanks to Shelley’s competence and commitment.
Posted by Chris
Need more than five stars! The initial attorney I hired was not cut out for what I needed. I looked for someone strong and could lead me through what I predicted would be a nightmare of a divorce. A friend recommended Shelley. After the first consultation I knew she could handle my situation. She guided me through all the tough decisions and complications along the way. Phone calls and emails are returned quickly. Questions answered honestly and straightforward. One very important thing to note is that I felt like I was her only client. Never felt like my case was put on the back burner. Her and Melissa are very strategic in their efforts. My divorce was long and difficult but I am very pleased with the results. I have more time with my children and have kept my business and sanity intact. Thank you Shelley!
Posted by Marét
Great attorney, she represented me in a divorce matter. Have a lot of friends that have used her as well and I really liked her to. She is very hard-working and quick whith paperwork. I certainly would use her in the future when I need an attorney.
Posted by anonymous
Shelley Kester has both keen knowledge of the law, and of human beings.
I hired Shelley for my divorce. The extent to which she protected me as her client, and understood both divorce law and local procedural issues, cannot be understated. The term "she had my back" applies with Shelley and her entire office support team.
I was scared, disoriented, and an emotional wreck. Shelley's demeanor and graceful expertise gave me reassurance and calm during a very stressful time.
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.