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Charles Ahlstrom

Family Attorney at Ogden, UT

3.7   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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About Charles

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Attorney Charles R. Ahlstrom founded Sentinel Law Group, P.C. to address the fact that life is more than a legal transaction. With over a decade of legal experience, Charles helps clients develop lasting solutions to some of life’s toughest challenges. Over the years, Charles has gained experience in a variety of practice areas, from federal First Amendment civil rights cases to criminal law. For the last nine years, Charles has dedicated his practice to family law and divorce. With compassion and professionalism, he guides clients through the complex legal system.
Charles holds a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. He was admitted to the Utah Bar in 2003 and is a proud member of the Utah Bar Association and the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah.


Sentinel Law Group, P.C.
2326 Washington Boulevard
4th Floor
Ogden, UT, 84401

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3.7 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law
Negotiating the family court system is something i never wanted to do. I can’t imagine anyone being prepared for such a gut wrenching experience. With that being said Charles Ahlstrom helped me through the process and guided me to put my best foot forward at every step. I would recommend Charles to anyone needing a great lawyer to help through such a painful time. Charles was always upfront with me on my position. My situation turned out good and that’s pretty great considering it was divorce and custody case. I was very grateful to have Charles with me through the courts Charles and Kellie make a great team and work together to supply answers and put some of the tension at ease. I sympathize with anyone going through family courts but it’s important to be going in with someone you can trust.
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Posted by Jen | April 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I had the privilege of having Charles represent me during my divorce. During one of the most difficult periods of my life, not only did Charles provide excellent legal advice - but he cared for me on a personal level. He helped guide me through every step and was always responsive. Even after my divorce when issues have arisen, Charles continued to give me excellent guidance. I not only consider him an excellent attorney, but a wise friend. If you need an amazing attorney, I can't recommend Charles highly enough. I would recommend Charles and Sentinel Law Group to any family or friend needing legal representation.
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Posted by David | March 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Law Group that genuinely cared!
I have had the good fortune of having Sentinel Law Group (specifically Charles Ahlstrom) represent me and my family twice in my lifetime. A member of my family unfortunately found themselves in trouble with the law and we were at loss of what to do or where to turn for help. We were most fortunate that we were directed to Charles and his team. He was effective, relentless and extremely caring in representing us in our time of need. Unlike some attorneys that I have dealt with in the past, his first priority was my child’s welfare and future and not his fee! Money was not his priority. Solving our legal problem was his only concern! His price was fair and reasonable but not his main motivation. Helping us was his only concern! He truly cared about US and not his pocketbook! We are most grateful for all that he has done for us with his personal concern and guidance! He has become more than our attorney! Charles is our friend! That is why when we decided to hire an estate planner, it was an easy decision! Charles Ahlstrom and Sentinel Law Group! They are the best!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Charles has helped me on many things from estate planning, problems with the law and business protection and deals. He is knowledgeable on many areas more so than any other I have seen. He has clearly put in the time to understand the law and doesn’t miss anything. He is quick at making the right decision. He is brilliant at his career. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing help from an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2010
Great Lawyer
I am currently a client of Charles and am very happy with him. I know that if I didnt have a good lawyer on my side with my divorce I was going to be in trouble and felt very comfortable with Charles the very first time I met with him. If you want a trustworthy and caring lawyer on your side Charles is the lawyer for you.
Posted by Rebecc | July 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Current Client
I am a current client of Charles. My niece is going through a hard time with an adoption overturned. We are lucky to have Charles and Kellie at Sentinell. We are waiting patiently and working towards an outcome that we have faith will be in our favor. We appreciate all their hard work and assistance during this time.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2013
not so great
Made me spent thousands of dollars, over a year. Kept promising things would be in my favor. At the end things stayed the same with my kids. He was pretty LAW smart.
Posted by anonymous | November 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst lawyer ever!!
Our case was given to Mr. Ahlstrom when our previous lawyer passed & this turned out to be the biggest mistake of our lives!! He called us 3 days before our court date & asked why we hadn't sent him a response to the documents that he sent us regarding the upcoming court date....we didn't received said documents until after he called us asking why we hadn't responded to them. The stack of documents he sent us (3 days before court) were as thick as an Ogden phone book & then he said that he needed us to write a response to this stack of documents by the next morning so that he could file it with the court in time! My wife sat up until 4am writing our response to said documents & sent our response to Charles. We were then charged several hundred dollars for his paralegal to type our response verbatim what my wife had written!! We ultimately lost custody & thousands of dollars to Mr. Ahlstrom...who literally did nothing he said he was going to do!! Worst experience with a lawyer ever!
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Response from Charles Ahlstrom July 17, 2019
It is difficult for me to respond to a case that is nine years old; even then, I am limited in what I can say. If you would like to discuss the matter with me, I would do my best to address your specific concerns and see what, if anything, could be done at this point in time.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2014
awful experiance
Was horrible. Impossible to get a hold of. Did no research for our case. Did not get things for court that were asked for so we could see them and be prepared. Over billed incorrectly for way more than the work he actually did. Didn't even have correct information in his arguments. Sat at the desk with his head down most of the time and didn't seem to care. If he did things in a good time frame and knew what he was doing we might have had a different outcome. Instead he billed for thousands of dollars and didn't really do anything with no difference in outcome even with a great case.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Weber State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Utah Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Parental Defense Alliance of Utah
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Charles
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Charles. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Charles is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Family Law Practice. He is passionate about his cases while maintaining a professional demeanor."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Ahlstrom is passionate and engaged. He assures his clients are informed and counsels them to make the best possible decisions. I am comfortable recommending Mr. Ahlstrom for any family law matter."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Charles, is an extremely passionate and knowledgeable attorney. I have been impressed by both his professionalism, writing skills, and the depth of concern he has for each of the clients he represents. There needs to be more attorneys like Charles Ahlstrom practicing family law."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Ahlstrom is recognized as a great family lawyer. He is at the top of his field."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Charles is a great attorney, dedicated to securing the best results for his clients regarding their personal family law matters. He is very personable and easy to work with and he cares deeply about his clients and cases. Without question, I am comfortable referring Charles family law matters that arise with my clients."
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