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Zelma V Letarte

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tucson, AZ

4.7   12 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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Finding the right attorney to represent you in a family law case is not easy.  You are making important decisions regarding some of the most deeply personal issues in your life, including your children, your financial well being and your future.  My job is to help you through this extremely stressful time in your life with a resolution.  That's what I bring to your case, simple solutions for complex problems. 

Having spent most of the last 14 years in court, I am an experienced litigator with strong advocacy skills and will assist you in presenting your case in an efficient manner.  I speak both English and Spanish fluently.  Ultimately, the decision is yours to make and the choices are vast, but if you want a simple resolution, you should consider our services.   



4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Breanna | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Spectacular!
I was amazed at how fast Zelma handled my case! It was last minute and I was in contact and in a meeting with her mere days before my court hearing for disputed child support modification. She handled my case with such precision and made sure that my concerns were addressed. She was so very informative about expectations of both sides of this legal nightmare. She gave clear explanations of what to expect but fought for what I was deserved. I could not say enough nice things about her! I definitely recommend Zelma to anyone who is overwhelmed and in desperate need of legal help!
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Posted by Eva | February 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Results Oriented, Organized, Sincerely Cares
Zelma represented me in a very acrimonious divorce. I honestly don't know how she put up with all of my emotions for 2 years. She was always very calm when I wasn't, and would explain the law or strategy in layman's terms. Zelma was sincerely interested and caring about the outcome of my case. She explained circumstances matter of factly even if I didn't want to hear the outcome. Zelma is extremely knowledgeable in family law. I recommend Zelma Letarte 100% for an affordable and winning attorney. I can honestly state that after my divorce I learned how to move forward and not backward with bitterness because of her caring nature during and at the final decree of the divorce. I am a very strong personality and I learned a lot about empathy and fairness from Zelma.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Child Support/Custody Attorney
Our case was not your typical Child Custody/Support case by any means. Zelma went above and beyond with handling our challenging case. I was so impressed how organized and professional she was. We call Zelma the " Bulldog" when it comes to being tough in the court room. Thank goodness she was on our side.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable Advice
I called Zelma due to threats from my spouse to file for divorce. Zelma took the time to listen to my situation, provide feedback and excellent information, and even recommended several things I should do in preparation. She even suggested that I not invest any money just yet, but wait for action on the part of my spouse. l really felt informed and much more prepared. I would highly recommended her to anyone who is facing similar circumstances, and plan to hire her if my spouse pursues a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Experience for a Bad Situation
I would recommend Zelma for anyone in need of Family Law legal assistance; Especially if they are in the military. I was forced to deal with my entire legal custody and parenting time situation while deployed. Zelma and her staff were extremely professional and accommodating to my situation. Because I was lacking telephonic capabilities, Zelma and I communicated via email the entire time. Zelma was able to keep me focused and assured me that things would work out for the best. Which they did. Overall, Zelma made a bad situation tolerable and easy to handle. I am very happy and pleased with my decision to have had her experience and knowledge on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very Good Service
Ms. Letarte provides great advice and great service. Despite the time zone differences that come from living overseas I never had a problem contacting her, and was able to complete the entire process by phone, fax, email and FedEx. Highly recommend her as a divorce attorney
Posted by Steph | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Zelma is the ideal lawyer to have on your side
Going through a divorce is one of the hardest events in life. You go in thinking that the amicable path may be possible; whatever brought you and your spouse together in the first place, will somehow help you part as friends. Often that is not the case and this case in particular was a horrific, complicated mess of a 30+ year marriage. Zelma turned out to be angel, the one you pray for to save you from this mess. Her legal skills are superior as she was able problem-solve through all the issues. She has the social finesse to fight for you passionately while coming off as likeable to all parties (nobody likes or respects the aggressive, antagonistic bulldog, which was the type representing the other party). Above all, and much more importantly, Zelma cares about you as a human being and she is a good person who wants to help others. That aspect is ultimately what is needed to move on with your life. And this aspect can be the hardest to gauge as you look for an attorney. She helped us see the big picture, get pass the feeling that this entire situation was unjust and unfair. She will make sure justice is served but also doesn’t let you to get caught up (emotionally and financially) in every petty fight that the other party creates to simply antagonize you in hopes you will give up the case. Zelma is direct and compassionate, which is not an easy combination to find. I will spend the rest of my life thinking God I found her and would strongly recommend her to anyone going through divorce or child custody issues.
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Posted by Tony | July 31, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I contacted Ms. Latarte by phone for a free consult and retained her services while I was working in Afghanistan. I maintained contact with Ms. Latarte; whom made herself readily available, through numerous phone calls, text messages and emails. She was very understanding of my unique situation and provided me with sound legal advise and information; enabling me to make informed rational decisions instead of emotional ones during a very emotional time for me. During my stay abroad; Ms. Latarte exhibited the highest degree of professionalism, diligence and legal knowledge until I could return to the U.S. and afterwards until my case was finalized. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of her services. Tony
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Posted by Victor | August 23, 2014
Zelma Letarte for president!
I met Ms. Letarte during a free consultation and quickly decided she was one of the best attorney's to handle my case. I made the correct decision. Ms. Letarte was very supportive and kept me at ease throughout an extremely stressful and life-changing custody case. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a competent, fair, and caring attorney.
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Posted by Douglas | August 19, 2014
I would recommend Zelma Letarte to all of my friends !
Zelma Letarte was extremely beneficial in the out come of one of my dearest coworkers divorce. The details were like that of a lifetime original movie. Many twists and turns and ups and downs. She was able to represent my friends personal issues and help him to gain custody of his two young children. I would recommend Zelma to not only a friend, but as well to a perfect stranger. Divorce can be an ugly process, but Zelma will certianly make the process much easier.
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Posted by Lorraine | August 19, 2014
Ms. Letarte is great lawyer
Ms. Letarte was able to help me with my case. She is extremely knowledgable and very compassionate. She will help you any way she can. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor service
I was a client and had to constantly repeat myself edit and correct documents before submission
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • DeConcini,McDonald, Yetwin and Lacy P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pahl & Associates
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Remick West-Watt PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Deputy County Attorney
  • Santa Cruz County Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
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  • Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Council
  • Introduction to Prosecution
  • 2004
  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Step Up to Justice
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys--Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Arizona Family Support Council
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Zelma
Child custody Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. Ms. LeTarte is knowledgeable, professional, and extraordinarily knowledgeable. She is a credit to our profession."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zelma is a strong advocate and brings both integrity and passion to her representation."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cares for her clients and the system"
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Zelma is a tough and fair advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Zelma. She's an excellent advocate for her clients."