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Janel K Ostrem

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  • A great fit

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Doug

    I found Janel's firm (Seattle Divorce Services) based on their ads on local NPR stations. I chose them based on my interview with Janel. Throughout the process she was collaborative, fair, reasonable and very competent. In contrast to opposing counsel Janel stuck by her firm's mission to not introduce additional conflict into the matter. Opposing counsel forced us into an unnecessary and contentious mediation. Throughout this process Janel kept me well informed, but not overly so (held the fees down). The mediator was obviously very impressed with her abilities and knowledge of family law. I got the advice I needed and ended up with an outcome that met my objectives of ensuring my ex wife got what she was entitled and that my rights as a parent of our daughter were protected. I give her and her firm a high recommendation!

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  • Excellent Attorney

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    Anonymous review posted on

    Janel is an excellent attorney. She made a tough time easy to navigate. She was there for me every step of the way always acting as my advocate and ensuring that my best interests were looked after as I went through the divorce process. Her knowledge and decorum kept steady what could have become a storm.

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  • super efficient in handling my easy divorce

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    Posted by Sarah

    I had a very easy, uncontested divorce and Janel did a wonderful job in handling everything for me efficiently so that the cost to me was kept as low as possible. She was very quick with drafting up the paperwork, getting signatures, and getting everything filed. I highly recommend Janel.

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  • highly recommend!

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    Posted by Melissa

    Janel was always on top of my case and kept me informed. She always explained what would come up next and was prepared. My divorce was ugly and long, janel did her best to move things along while not nickel and diming me. She will fight for you when you need her to, and knows when to wait things out. She was a great advocate to have. I highly recommend her, and have to anyone that asks.

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  • Solid Attorney

    4.0 stars

    Anonymous review posted on

    Janel was given my case after I became upset with the way it had been handled by a partner at her old firm. Janel did an adequate job. She did goof up my numbers when it went to court, but she made up for it by handling herself well in court. She also does a good job personalizing and making you feel like she cares. She was way overpriced in her old firm but did little things to soften the blow (like letting me do some of the grunt work). I'm not sure what she charges now.

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  • Best legal experience ever!

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    Posted by Duree

    Janel gives excellent and calm advice during what is a stressful challanging time. It was refreshing to have her as my lawyer. She knows the challange faced by her clients and knows how to guide you through the legal process, making sure you understand all your options.

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  • Fabulous Divorce Attorney

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    Posted by Tina

    I hired Janel as my divorce attorney on a recommendation from my teacher's union. My case was incredibly emotional and filled with more drama than I wanted. I felt hopeless and truthfully, as though I didn't have much of a leg to stand on in court. My ex husband made quite a bit more money than I did, was somewhat ruthless in his decisions and pushback, and we had one child together and more so, we were a mid term marriage.
    Through the process, Janel was knowledgeable, kind, and quick to respond to my questions. She worked with me to provide me options and how to handle the unfolding saga of my life. It truly was a nasty ordeal that, in the end I was able to walk out with my head held high, my dignity in tact, and a new life to unfold in front of me.
    In my first meeting with Janel, she told me she prefers to be amicable when possible, however, in the event that things were not going our way, she had no problem to go in for the fight. She proved that as my divorce was nasty at the end and even through mediation, she did not back down in order to ensure I was taken care of and not taken advantage of.
    I have recommended Janel several times to both friends and acquaintances. In the event I need legal counsel or representation again, she is my first choice.

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  • If you want to win your case I would not recommend working Janel.

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    Anonymous review posted on

    I was not impressed with the way my case was handled. I did not feel Janel knew all the facts of my case. Although, she was pleasant to work with if you want to win your case I would recommend you hire someone with more hutzpah.

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  • Janel K Ostrem and My WILL

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    Anonymous review posted on

    My only complaint I have is she took 6 weeks to write up my WILL
    I was told 2 weeks for the draft instead took 3 weeks.. Made a few changes and Finally after 6 weeks had an Apt to sign Doc.

    If u have lots of time and dont need it done in a hurry.. She has the skills to write up a Will. Cost was $670ish

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  • Divorce? Hire Janel Ostrem!

    5.0 stars

    Anonymous review posted on

    Divorce is a really difficult process to go through and Janel has an ability to keep you focused and as black and white as possible while getting you to remove the emotionality that sometimes negatively affects your decisions. Each time I would panic or go through yet another shock, I always felt better after talking with her.

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