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Teresa Lynn DeFord

Divorce and separation Attorney at The Woodlands, TX

3.9   11 reviews

also known as DeFord Law Firm, PLLC

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Louisiana - LA 22 years
    Texas - TX 28 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Teresa

Learn Teresa’s areas of practice.

WE HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE DIVORCE PROCESS TO CREATE A NEW NORMAL FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.

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Location

De Ford Law Firm, PLLC
4810 W. Panther Creek Drive
Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX, 77381

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Emily | April 9, 2014
Excellent Family Lawyer
Teresa is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She provided just the representation I asked for in my divorce and needed, without fleecing me for unnecessary billables. Her representation was excellent and her fees fair.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Family Lawyer
Through my experience both lawyers at the DeFord Law Firm made me feel confident and comfortable. They went above and beyond on achieving my goals. I truly felt like they had not only my best interest in mind, but also my children and showed compassion throughout the whole process! I would recommend the DeFord Law Firm to anyone and everyone in the Houston area!
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2015
Teresa DeFord
Teresa genuinely cared about me as a person during my divorce. She remained calm and professional, even when I was scared of what was happening. Would use again definitely, but hope I never have to!
Posted by Kelly | March 11, 2015
The war nobody wins Divorce
Teresa did a great job of meeting my needs during the time of my divorce and child support enforcement. Her expertise and understanding helped to make difficult, time consuming legal matters manageable. I felt like I had a prized fighter on my side. She also was available with timely responses to my pressing questions.
Posted by Nancy | March 10, 2015
The Best Attorney Experience I have EVER had!
I was referred to Teresa by a mutual friend and what a great experience I had. I was creating, for the first time in my life, a will to protect my family. Teresa was immensely knowledgeable, understanding and patient as I determined how best to take care of my-self and my family. Between my office and Teresa's office was quite a bit of distance, I am sure I passed the law offices of hundreds of attorneys. I wouldn't change a thing...the end result was exactly what I wanted and the entire experience was positive. Thank you, Teresa!
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Very helpful and reassuring during a tough situation
Teresa was a great help to me when I filed for divorce. She kept me up-to-date with the process, court information, and the next steps. Her guidance was very reassuring as I went through the divorce proceedings, and she put my mind at ease by answering any questions I asked. Her office is located in The Woodlands, which was very convenient for me, and her staff are equally helpful and responsive. I will recommend Teresa to anyone seeking to hire an attorney. Thank you, Teresa!
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Posted by Nikki | February 13, 2015
Guided, instead of pushed, me through my divorce
Some attorneys are pushy and start barking orders at you when a divorce is going down, and make the divorce way more stressful than it already is. Not Teresa. She guided, informed, and let me call the shots based on my situation. She formed a plan, and told me what she needed from me to get the desired results I wanted. She answered all my questions, and we were overly prepared for everything to go my way by the time we were standing in a courtroom. Don't get me wrong, she can be a pit bull if you need her to be, but at least she gives you the choice. Most attorneys will prepare you as if you're going into hand-to-hand combat. Teresa formulates a plan that covers all the bases so issues are stamped out before they can happen, no combat needed. I didn't ask for the divorce, but I got everything I ask for in the divorce (actually more than I asked for). I recommend her to anyone that wants good representation in a courtroom.
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Posted by Emily | February 6, 2015
Exactly the lawyer I needed
Let's face it, no one looks forward to needing a Family Lawyer. But when I needed one, Teresa was the right fit. We discussed our needs up front, and Teresa provided sound advice and great representation. She also respected my need not to get caught up in minor squabbles with "opposing counsel" in order to keep costs down and get a relatively quick resolution. Teresa's service exceeded expectations, I couldn't recommend her more.
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Posted by Katherine Woody | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst attorney
This woman is all about the quick buck. Not one invoice where my money was being used. Paid for my ex’s part for mediation with my money. He was claiming he had no money to give. We were married for 22 years. He is a petroleum engineer. She did the one and only discovery in mediation. I was told there was nothing in his 401 he spent it all. No he hid everything. He was having an affair and built a brand new house with this women while we were still married. Never received dime for child support for my son. Didn’t even show up in court to finalize divorce. The only thing I received was a truck which he was supposed to make the payments on. Two weeks later the truck was missing where I lived. It was repossessed. I called her office and was informed I needed to come up with an additional $5000 for her if I wanted to get it back. For Spousal support $1700 for a year and a half. Now I have to hire someone else to sue him. “Oh wait a minute I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY”
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So Disappointing
I had heard outstanding things about Teresa DeFord from a close friend. I had just been through a highly controversial divorce without adequate representation so I needed the best of the best. I was extremely impressed with her paralegal when I booked the consultation with Mrs DeFord She was extremely knowledgeable and encouraging and helpful however Due to COVID-19 I was booked a week out for a phone consult. Mr. Ford called promptly at the scheduled time but not only had very little input shedidn't ask very many questions. After mentioning my ex-husband had primarily taken all of the money the consulate sped up and i was rushed off the phone. Mrs Deford gave me an extremely false impression that she was going to call me back after reviewing my case. her computer was down so she could not pull up the decree so she had me send her all the information via email and said she would get back to me with in a few days. After four days had gone by I called received the answering machine so I left a message I waited a few more days without a return call and called again I spoke to the lovely paralegal and she assured me she pass on the message I've repeated this process more than three times and have still yet to receive any kind of Phone call email or word as to her professional opinion on which avenue I should proceed. I felt as though I had done something wrong or perhaps upset her by forwarding too much information. i was left feeling inadequate and like a failure, I'm still left wondering what hope I might have.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2015
Worst Divorce Attorney Ever
Do yourself a favor and spend the money on a worthy attorney. I was so overwhelmed during the whole divorce process and needed an attorney to cover all bases for me seeing as I was paying her to represent the best interests of my child and me. There are so many things she let slip through the cracks that are now working against me. She was great at first, seemed to really care. Then once she received my retainer fee, her communication and efforts seemed to dwindle down to 'who cares, I've been paid'. She would take days (once it was a week) to return emails and phone calls. I never received the requested itemized invoice showing how much of my retainer had been used (promised to me in the contract I signed) until it was quickly all gone, not much had been accomplished, and she was asking for more money. Then I felt like she pushed me into mediation so that she could make even more money off of me. I did more 'due diligence' and had more strategy than she ever came up with. I likely could have represented myself better and saved myself the small fortune I spent on her. I have spoken with divorced friends/co-workers who had much better representation and were appalled at the lack of representation I received.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • De Ford Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Rathwell De Ford & Wallison, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Shareholder
  • Rathwell & Nizialek, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Rathwell & Nizialek, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Thompson & Knight
  • 1995 - 1999
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Education

  • University of Houston
  • 1995
  • James Madison College at Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Texas Lawyers Group
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Executive Women's Alliance
  • President
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Executive Women's Alliance
  • President-Elect
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Executive Women's Alliance
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Montgomery County League of Women Voters
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Woodlands Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers 2013
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (1)
Endorse Teresa
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My firm is in Oklahoma and Teresa is our go to referral in the Houston area. She is very knowledgeable and cares deeply about helping her clients make a smooth transition through their life changes. Bottom line - we trust her implicitly to do a great job!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is passionate and well-respected."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Deford is a passionate advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teresa is a passionate advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney DeFord, who is well-respected, very knowledgable about the law, has a well-run practice, and truly cares about her clients. I hold her in very high regard and have known her professionally since 2014."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know Teresa through a group of similarly minded family attorneys who are passionate about their clients and their practice area. She has my enthusiastic endorsement."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to observe Teresa DeFord as she assists her clients and know her to be a strong advocate for her client and a knowledgeable and skilled attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. DeFord is very knowledgable of the law. she cares about her clients and she fights to protect her client's rights."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow estate planning attorney and Personal Family Lawyer, I know I can refer people to Teresa and they'll be given the finest planning, advice, counsel, and follow through there is. Teresa knows exactly what needs to be done to protect children and resources in an emergency and can provide the peace of mind that comes from knowing you picked the right person for the job and the job was well done!"
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The Woodlands Divorce and separation Lawyer Teresa Lynn DeFord
Teresa Lynn DeFord
Divorce and separation Attorney
The Woodlands, TX
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation
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