Naples Divorce Attorney, Elizabeth Wolt, PA (239)-353-9988 Client Reviews

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  • Excellent, professional and Extremely efficient

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Posted by ML
December 11, 2018

I hired Ms. Wolt after seeing her glowing reviews regarding divorce. I was very happy with the way she handled my case
from the initial call to the final result . Elizabeth made this difficult
life changing process seamless for me. Do not hesitate to consult her if you are looking for a very competent divorce attorney.

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-Very professional & Knowledgeable

  • 5 stars

Posted by Shawn C
September 21, 2018

Elizabeth Wolt handled my divorce in 2018 and helped guide me through the very difficult time. She was always available for questions and help. It was obvious that she was well respected by her peers. I was very happy with her services and I felt well represented. Thank you again!

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The Best!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Carlisha Myers
September 18, 2018

She is an amazing person and would definitely get the job done thank you so much

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Great Job

5.0 stars

 

Posted by Mirsada
September 13, 2018

She did an excellent job, i appreciate what she did for me. She has great legal strategies and knowledge with the experience to back it up.

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Wonderfully knowledgeable and patient

5.0 stars

Posted by Lesley
September 12, 2018

Elizabeth was so patient with me and explained all aspects of the divorce process as we moved along. I could not have done this without her. She handled my husband’s attorney and my controlling husband with finise and grace; and got a very good result for me. I highly recommend her!!

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Amazing, professional Attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by DANIEL BARACALDO
December 13, 2017

Since day one I was very impressed. Before Elizabeth I consulted 2 more attorneys to handle my divorce and it was a very disappointing experience. After talking to her and hire her services I realized it was the best decision I could have made. Every time I called or emailed her I received a response the same day, every time she said she would send or file a document she did. She even…

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Elizabeth Wolt

Honest, resourceful, smart attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Cheryl
August 19, 2014

This is the second time I used this attorney. She is honest, resourceful, caring and really smart. I liked that she asked me what my goal was and honestly told me that one goal was not possible. She referred my former spouse & I to professionals that really helped with our parenting issues and kept us from having to fight in court. I was impressed she did what was best for us as a post divorce family rather than her law firm

I hired Elizabeth For divorce

5.0 stars

Posted by Robert
June 4, 2014

I chose Elizabeth for a divorce that my wife and I were going through. I thought that she did a good job, answered all my questions, always called back when I left a message and took the time to investigate my situation.

Firm, Professional and Compassionate all rolled into one dynamic attorney

5.0 Stars

Posted by Lisa
June 1, 2014

These reviews helped me find Elizabeth Wolt. The moment I hired her I felt a sense of complete relief and she never let me down. She does not waste your money or time. She gets the job done. She has a background not only in law, but in psychology and mental health, and this combination of professions is priceless. She is up front, and wants to resolve your case, not run up your bills…

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Hired for step-parent adoption

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Posted by Adelle
March 28, 2014

Mrs. Wolt helped me with a stepparent adoption for my son. She was wonderful about keeping me informed on the status of the case, as well as answering any and all questions I had. I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be dealing with the same situation.

I highly recommend Elizabeth Wolt

5.0 Stars

Posted by  Abby
March 17, 2014

Ms. Wolt just handled my divorce with children. She did an excellent job of keeping me always informed, explaining everything, handling all matters expeditiously and always with our children’s best interests being paramount. I highly recommend her!!

Trustworthy, Intelligent, responsive

5.0 stars

Posted by April
August 9, 2013

I have hired her twice in the past year for different cases. Over and above all her wonderful qualities such as trustworthy, Responsive, Knowledgeable and Keeping me informed, I did not have to worry or suffer any anxiety. She is totally on top of everything at all times. Her educational background puts her at an advantage far above many of her peers.

Great layer

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Posted by SUSAN
August 8, 2013

I needed a lawyer for my divorce so I asked my sister if she knew one. My sister said i have a great lawyer she handled all my stuff. I got her number called and explained that my husband was in jail. i needed to get divorce, she took my case. That same day she sent me everything i needed to sign and mailed a copy to my husband .She worked hard in getting everything done quick. I didn’t…

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Hired for management of settlement agreement & divorce

5.0 stars

Posted by Tim
December 18, 2012

Ms. Wolt’s management of all legal actions related to my divorce was excellent. Specifically, she ensured all points in the settlement agreement were clearly identified to both my spouse and me and all issues were quickly resolved in a very professional manner. The settlement agreement and divorce documents were signed and submitted in less than three weeks from retaining her as my…

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She got an excellent result

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Posted by Pete
December 17, 2012

I had a 35+ year marriage and a very, very difficult spouse. She settled our divorce with a minimum of “blood shed”. She even managed to get my ex’s attorney to behave professionally by calling him on his bad behavior at mediation. I was really impressed by her people skills and her knowledge of the law. The male attorney on the other side kept trying to bully her and she just…

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  • Look no further, if you want a professional, intelligent, personable, honest, and respectful Attorney

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Posted by April
December 13, 2012

She handled a marital agreement which was in contempt by my former husband. She did exactly what she said she was going to do. Everything was done so efficiently and quickly. I found it quite comforting to be able to trust her completely as I knew she always had my back. We did go to mediation and it was handled so professionally, unlike the one I was at in 2007. I am thrilled that she was able to resolve this in a few months.

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Posted by Bahl
March 29, 2017

  1. WOLT MADE ME THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT ATTORNEYS. I LIKE THE FACT THAT SHE WORKS ALONE AT HOME, IN THIS WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE DIRECTLY TO ME. SHE WAS EXTREMELY PROMPT IN PREPARING HER CASE FILE AND PAPERWORK AND KEPT ME INFORMED AT ALL TIMES. MS. WOLT WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE WHEN I HAD…

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  • Amazing experience!

5.0 stars

Posted by Yvonne
March 15, 2017

I hired Beth Wolt to handle my dissolution of marriage, and was extremely pleased with the entire process. She was vey professional, and showed great interest in ensuring that my needs were met. Communication was exceptional, and I am very grateful for her support.

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  • Thank You

5.0 stars

Posted by Garry
February 27, 2017

Elizabeth handled my divorce professionally and competently and got a fair and equitable result for me. She is highly ethical and trustworthy. I appreciated her advice and no nonsense approach to getting a fast resolution for my divorce.

I would highly recommend her for anyone seeking a divorce in Lee and Collier…

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·         Walked with me thru hardship loan modification.

5.0 stars

Posted by Dustin
January 23, 2017

In November of 2009 wife was told she had cancer that she would not servive. She went to work on a hardship loan modification by gathering all forms as needed. She sent in all of requested paperwork before her death on 2 March 2010.
Athought every form needed was in their hands and calls to them at least 2-3…

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·         Excellent Attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Marianna
January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Wolt was recently my divorce attorney. She understood the situation I was in and made sure that my divorce was handled in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. She did not waste time or billing hours on unnecessary costs. She was easy to understand and was always available for any questions I had or concerns. She was a wonderful, compassionate attorney in a very…

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·         DEDICATION

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Posted by Martin
January 19, 2017

I cant be more positive and thankful for the way she handled my case, and of course the outcome. She was very professional, thorough and knowledgeable about the most current laws and regulations. She was a wise choice.

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·         Compassionate individual

5.0 stars

Posted by Jennifer
January 19, 2017

My experience having Elizabeth as my attorney exceeded every expectation I had. I came to her at a very delicate time in my life after my husband unexpectedly served me with divorce papers and asking for full custody of our child. I had been a stay at home mother, full time student, and clueless about the legal situation at hand. She handled my case with not only a vast legal…

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·         Divorce amendment

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Posted by Wayne
January 18, 2017

Beth helped me with getting everything changed on my divorce settlement and showing me as primary parent. She was very precise and performed the task is a speedy matter. She will give you her personal attention to your matter and see it through. She’s very trustworthy and would recommend her to anybody.

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·         An attorney you can count on!

5.0 stars

Posted by Ingrid
January 18, 2017

I have hired Elizabeth on three occasions. She is a very smart, responsive and highly professional attorney. She is VERY good at what she does and knows how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.

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·         Helpful and compassionate through a trying time

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous
January 18, 2017

Elizabeth was very helpful with the legal work I needed. She helped me through all of the steps with my best interests in mind and helped me to feel comfortable with the process. I felt like I had someone who I could trust and who was sincerely interested in the best outcome for me. I would highly recommend her and have already to other individuals who have needed legal help.

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·         A True Professional

5.0 stars

Posted by TMY
March 24, 2015

Elizabeth Wolt I am very please to say handle my needs always with my very best interests at hand. As well as being totally legally competent she was extremely professional and was personally vested in my process. I felt from the start she was the a full Team Player and always gave a 100%. I would definitely recommend her as a full ad-versed and compassionate attorney which is a lot to say with some of the legal professionals out there!!

·         VERY, VERY GOOD NEGOTIATOR

5.0 stars

Posted by Deborah
December 2, 2014

I had a very long mediation in a very complicated case. I was a stay at home Wife for over 30 years and husband who handled all the “business matters”.a She found everything, researched the financial issues with an accountant and got me the best settlement I could have hoped for. She was really patient with me and explained everything along the way. I feel blessed to have found her and I highly recommend her!

·         Use this Lawyer!

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous
September 19, 2014

Very professional and knowledgeable. Always updated us on all aspects of the case. Made no false promises but was obvious she was doing everything legally possible to increase our chances of success. Cost was very reasonable.

  • Knowledgable and compassionate divorce attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Sherrin
October 11, 2012

Ms. Wolt helped me through a very difficult time in my life with knowledge and compassion. I can’t say enough about her and her wonderful assistant, Sal. I highly recommend this attorney!

  • This Fort Myers Divorce lawyer is something special

5.0 stars

Posted by T. G.
June 20, 2012

I came to her from a referral of a close friend. I was mad-my wife had cheated on me and I wanted vengence. She very skillfuly held my hand through thus divorce and got me to release my anger and focus on my kids. I realize now a year later that hiring her saved our family. My Wife’s atorney tried to stir things up and drag things out and she stopped them at every turn. My kids and I send a Christmas card and will every year.

  • Awesome!

5.0 stars

Posted by Janise
June 18, 2012

There are no words to describe what a wonderful attorney she is. I would and have recommended her. Very professional, knowledgeable and honest. She is the best. Always kept me informedand watched for my best interest.

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Posted by Mary Lou
June 17, 2012

I have dealt with many attorneys in my lifetime and I would have to say that Elizabeth Wolt is one of the best – in fact, she is the best, most honest and hard work attorney I ever had to deal with. Elizabeth handled all the issues arising out of a real estate deal gone very very bad. Mine was a very complicated case and did not only deal with real estate, but fraud and criminal activity. She was…

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  • Fair and caring — worked hard to keep costs down for all parties

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Posted by anonymous
June 11, 2012

She handled my divorce from a ten year marriage, and she kept me informed every step of the way. She worked tirelessly on a settlement so that we didn’t even have to incur the cost of a mediation. I never felt as if she was just “after the money” even though my ex was wealthy . She sent me emails or phoned whenever there was anything to report. I would recommend her to anybody…

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  • Absolutely the best!

5.0 stars

Posted by Scott Abrahamson
June 11, 2012

When I needed legal help fast, Ms. Wolt was ready, willing and quite able to handle my legal problem. She is a professional with a very kind demeanor. She knows the law inside and out. If I ever need help again, I would call her first.

 

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How to Fix your relationship

How can I Fix my relationship hashtagfamilylaw hashtagmediation
How many times in my 22 plus years of practicing law I have wished my clients would have asked this question.
Marriage counseling is a great tool and used by a good therapist often the answer, but I’ve heard so many times that it just didn’t work. I’ve spent many hours learning conflict resolution skills for party’s going through divorce. What if those same skills were taught to the client long before they landed on my doorstep with a relationship that was now too far gone to salvage? Mediation for family conflict is a new approach that teaches you to recognize how and why you are failing to communicate with your partner or your teenage child and vice versa and then teaches you how to fix it. The process is in itself a teaching and learning opportunity. In an age where approximately half the marriages fail and untold numbers of unwed relationship ships break up, there has to be a better way. Having worked with clients going through divorce the process is gut wrenching and very expensive both emotionally and financially. At Family Mediation & Dispute Resolution we offer an innovative approach to resolving your family conflicts before divorce becomes the only option. Call us 239-353-9988
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Elements for a successful divorce

The Seven most important Elements for a Successful Divorce

By:  Elizabeth Wolt, Esq.

February 2019

  1. Mediate:  If at all possible, do not bring your divorce dispute to the courts. Of course, there are situations when there is no other choice, but if you can, avoid it. Simply stated, litigation does nothing for you or your spouse but cost you additional money and stress as well as a loss of your dignity. The process itself, by nature, is very adversarial. While most jurisdictions in Florida require mediation before setting a family law matter for trial,  I can tell you that following an impassed mediation, or a partially resolved mediation, meaning a mediation where resolution of all issues and completion of a settlement agreement have not taken place, the attorney must change gears in order to fulfill their obligation to be your zealous advocate. If you are unrepresented, your stress level is even further elevated as you now must become your own zealous advocate. Alternative dispute resolution or Family Mediation gives you the opportunity to set aside your negative feelings about a spouse and focus on resolving the issues at a time when the power and control rests solely in your hands. Litigation strips that power away from you completely; and leaves a judge who is often overworked and does not have the benefit of the time a mediator has with you to get to know your specific issues and explore creative resolutions that will work for you and your family. This can result in an outcome that is a lot worse than what can and should be achieved in family mediation.
  2. Have knowledge of your finances.  The most important facts to have before you mediate your divorce is to make sure you have knowledge of all your finances. Make sure you have filled out a financial affidavit completely and accurately. The Florida Supreme Court has sites where you can download financial affidavit forms with instructions. You will need a short form if your individual gross income is less than $50K per year. That form can be found at the following link: https://www.flcourts.org/content/download/403036/3456550/902b.pdf.

If your individual gross income is more than $50K per year you will need to fill out a long form. That form can be found at the following link:

https://www.flcourts.org/content/download/403038/3456562/902c.pdf

It is of vital importance that you know what your expenses will be post-divorce and what marital assets & liabilities exist that will need to be divided. You may also need proof of the numbers your spouse is putting on their financial affidavit. In Florida, mandatory disclosure is just that “Mandatory” You need to insist upon having all the documentation required of rule 12.285 prior to mediation. That form can also be found online at: https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/345287/3052131/01-2344_rule.pdf

Often parties agree to waive mandatory disclosure if they can both sit down and share their documentation and agree on the numbers used. This provides some level of privacy as well. Before a final judgment can be entered in your case, you will either need to file a document advising the court you have complied with mandatory disclosure, or that you both have waived it. As the rule requires specifically citing all the documents provided, many couple elect to share these document in the mediation process, but to formally waive the requirement so that their Certificate of Compliance, which becomes a matter of public record, is not on file advising anyone who looks of your specific assets & liabilities and possibly account numbers. I recommend exchanging mandatory disclosure and financial affidavit as far in advance of your scheduled mediation as possible. A good mediator will insist that this has been completed before scheduling your mediation. I have seen many cases blow up during this process. I cannot stress the importance of being fair and honest in preparation of this document; and collecting support for both the expenses you are claiming you will have post-divorce and for the value of assets and liabilities you will be listing. Kelly blue book is a good source for valuing vehicles. Again, print the search and bring it with you. Having a realtor do a market analysis of a piece of real property that will be sold or otherwise divided is necessary as it will provide a neutral opinion of what like properties have actually sold for in the location where the property lies. I have found that most parties do not have an accurate opinion on what their real property is actually worth. If possible, contact all lenders and get payoff amounts for vehicles and any loans secured by properties. Ask your lenders ahead of time for information about taking a loan over that may now be a joint loan or in the other spouse’s name. If possible get pre-approvals for any asset you want to keep post-divorce where the title will need to be in your name alone and thus the other party will want the liability that goes with the asset to be out of their name.

If you have retirement accounts-is the balance marital, non-marital or a combination of the two? All assets acquired -no matter how they are titled- after the date you say “I do” until the date you separate, or file for divorce are marital assets. This is news to a lot of people who mistakenly believe that everything titled in their name alone leaves the divorce with them. Call your plan administrators and get a summary plan description; and advise of the date of marriage and separation or filing date and request a printout of the “marital value” of the plan. The same is true of brokerage accounts and all liabilities, which are often credit cards. Have a up to date printout of the liability that existed as of the date of separation or filing. The process of putting together your current financial picture and putting together an accounting of what your expenses will be post-dissolution is arguably the most stressful and onerous part of the divorce process, so give yourself enough time to do a thorough job and collect everything that you will need. In fact, I will not schedule a mediation unless and until both parties have completed this process. I cannot stress the importance of this exercise both practically and financially. While it may feel overwhelming to complete this task, especially if you are the spouse who did not have control over the finances, it will tell you that after it is completed your stress level will likely decline greatly. Knowledge is power. This process also takes away a lot of the unknowns of your future, but laying everything out on paper. Find out all you can about how your life works; and how you will want it to work post-divorce. These details will set you up for negotiations in a strong position of knowledge.

  1. Innovation: The next goal after you have decided to mediate your family law case is to think of innovative ideas, try to think outside the box when it comes to solutions. Divorce is one of the most stressful life events most people will ever go through. You have to recognize you are in trauma. A mediator with innovative ideas is crucial to finding resolutions that work for you. This is where I shine. I have settled many a family law matter by simply suggesting an alternative outcome and path to get there to a client. Using the standard Visitation and financial agreements may not always fit you as an individual, so thinking about what you ultimately wish to accomplish prior to your mediation is very helpful, both to the mediator and for yourself. You accomplish this goal by visualizing what your perfect life as an individual rather than as a couple will look like post-divorce. Validate your feelings and those of your children and family. Allow yourself some time to cry and to grieve for your marriage. When emotions are given their place, they are less likely to erupt at other times. I often advise clients to think of planning a trip to China, but instead their plane gets diverted to France. Instead of spending their entire trip being disappointed they are not in China, they could instead embrace that they are in France and explore all France has to offer.

 

  1. Organization is also key to a successful outcome in mediation; and mediation is key to a better outcome of your divorce. For example, if you are on a spouse’s health insurance, find out if Cobra is offered and the cost. If not, know what health insurance will cost you in the future as a single person, bring that information in writing from the source to your mediation. There are often trust issues with divorcing couples and bringing proof of costs that you will be looking to have covered is important for several reasons: 1) the other party recognizes it was important enough for you to do some work to get the information; and 2) you have the actual information needed.
  2. Emotional Support: Reach out for support. If your finances permit, get professional help with a counselor. Check with your religious organization, and online for local classes and support groups, such as single parent groups and divorce support groups. Sharing your burdens lessens them. There are also specialized financial persons that will help you set up and manage your finances post-divorce. Lean on friends and family but be wary of people, however well-meaning, that stir the pot. I recommend setting boundaries, such as we will not talk about the spouse, especially if children are involved. There are literally thousands of books out there that can be very helpful and offer good practical advice.
  3. Consult an attorney: Speak to a professional who is dedicated their practice to family law issues. Check websites and rating services such as Martindale-Hubbell to get a good attorney that will give you good advice. AVVOLegal.com is a good such resource as well as Martindale-Hubbell.com. You want an AV rated attorney; and/or a board certified Marital & family law Attorney. Make it clear you do not wish to litigate, if possible, but just want some information. Have a written list of your questions. Many attorney offer free consultations or will let you pay a one-time hourly rate to meet with you. A good family mediator will encourage you to get independent legal advice prior to mediation. Mediators are neutral persons that guide you to resolution of your issues. They should not be relied upon to offer legal advice; and in fact, are not permitted to provide legal advice beyond general information provided to both parties.
  4. Be Dignified in your actions: Ending your marriage with dignity will always serve you well. As mad as you may be, put your emotions on a back burner and deal with the issues in a civil and polite manner. I strongly believe that others treat us as we believe we should be treated. Nothing derails resolution more quickly than parties that disintegrate into blaming and name-calling. This doesn’t mean you have to give-in to demands or requests you feel are unfair, it simply means that rather than lashing out or shutting down you instead explain why the request is unfair. I have seen many spouses and attorney for that matter, act in a manner that they believe denotes strength and, in fact, does just the opposite. It is much easier to be nasty and shut down communication than it is to remain civil and devote your energy into problem solving. . In over 22 years of practice, the best divorces are those in which both parties and their attorneys, if they have retained them, are civil and polite. Know that this bump in life will soon be over and a year from now your life will look much different and you will be able to start looking forward to a positive future.

Biography: Elizabeth Wolt, Esquire Is an AV Preeminent rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating process since 1887.  She is certified pending with the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator. She is a member of the Harvard Negation Project; and she has been specifically trained to mediate Family law casesShe blogs regularly on Family law matters at www.woltlaw.com and is a frequent speaker.

She earned a law degree from University of Miami, Cum Laude (1997) and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida earned Magna Cum Laude (1994). She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1997, The Lee County Bar Assoc. since 1997 and the Collier County Bar Association since 2014. Actual Client reviews are posted at AVVOLegal.com, Martindale-Hubbell.com, and are posted at www.woltlaw.com.

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The benefits of non-confrontational resolution in Family law matters

Mediation vs. Litigation: The benefits of non-confrontational resolution in Family Law matters

By:  Elizabeth Wolt, Esquire
February 2019

Many people go into a divorce with emotions high and vengeance on their mind. You want to get even, you want to punish your spouse for making you feel bad, depressed, humiliated, or worse. While realizing these emotions are completely normal, one has to rationally decide if they help you reach the goal of a stable, happy life. I cannot think of one instance where they do.  When divorce is not your idea, you may even go into a classic defensive “stall mode” to try and drive the other person a little crazy with angst. Again, stop and decide what your perfect future looks like and determine if your actions and thoughts move you towards that goal or not.

Going about settling your divorce case is, for most people, the biggest negotiation of their life. The stakes are huge: Your children, your money, your sanity.

Most people feel the need for professional assistance to make sure they are getting their fair share and that their children’s best interests are being protected.

In rare cases, divorcing couples are able to rationally discuss division of all the marital assets and liabilities and come to a resolution on their own. This is very rare. While divorce lawyers are the go-to professional with the courthouse at the end of the process, I would like to propose a better alternative. A professionally trained Family Mediator who will work with all parties and their attorneys, or with unrepresented parties to resolve a mutually agreeable solution.

Mediation is about finding ways to fairly, efficiently and inexpensively create a solid foundation upon which both spouses can launch their new independent lives and best function as co-parents to their children, if minor children are involved. The mediator’s role is to facilitate both parties in making an informed and fair division of assets and resolution of their issues. The parties make all the decisions whereas if you go to court, A Judge who does not know you, listens to the evidence and enforces the resolution upon both parties-usually leaving one or both parties feeling unhappy and unheard. The mediation process, in contrast, leaves you- the parties -to fashion your own resolution that works best for you and your family. The Family mediator works to make sure that both spouses have all of the information that they need to settle their case and acts as a guide and assistant throughout the negotiation process. Mediation focuses on creating mutually agreeable solutions to divorce-related problems.

Litigation, on the other hand,  is about winning and often seeks retribution for past behaviors and transgressions. In divorce litigation, the fight is on. In their role as advocate, divorce attorneys have an ethical obligation to zealously represent their clients. If you choose litigation, make sure your divorce attorney listens to you, understands what your goals are, has a strategy that you approve of, and that you thoroughly understand what your case will ultimately cost.

So why don’t more divorcing couples mediate their settlement? Because someone –or perhaps both parties– is angry and wants to get even.

The problem is that Florida is a no-fault divorce state. This means the Judge will not want to hear about infidelity or what hell your spouse has put you through. It is usually legally irrelevant. You will leave the courthouse without finding the retribution you are seeking and will usually leave with much less money than when you started the process. Litigation is expensive-both monetarily and emotionally. The answer is usually not found in the courthouse.

The best way to get even with a spouse you feel has wronged you is to be happy in your future without them. Let them see that they have no control over you and that you are better off without them.

After 22 years of practicing law, mostly solely dedicated to Family Law, I can tell you that focusing on the punishment of your spouse for negative and hurtful past acts and behaviors is risky in terms of (1) actually getting the satisfaction that you want; and (2) draining your wallet. Most judges are not very interested in dirty marital stories or idiotic behavior. They have limited time and a high mandate to make sure that they make decisions that are in the best interest of children. Adult feelings of humiliation and sadness are low on most judges’ agendas when it comes to both property distribution and spousal support. This is simply because the law of no-fault divorce makes most of it legally irrelevant.

Many people litigate because they want to tell their story- They want to be heard.

This can be done in mediation and is often times effective in making real change in how parties deal with one another. If you mediate your divorce settlement, you will not only be talking to your spouse, but there will also be a mediator there to help you find the best words so that your message will actually be heard. You cannot change someone’s way of thinking, necessarily, but it often does feel very good to be sure that you have been heard. On the other hand, if you choose the courthouse because you are looking for a judge to slap down your spouse for behaving badly, you may end up very disappointed when a judge just doesn’t want to get involved in the details of your hurt.

Biography

Elizabeth Wolt, Esquire Is an AV Preeminent rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating process since 1887. l She is certified pending with the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator. She is a member of the Harvard Negation Project; and she has been specifically trained to mediate Family law casesShe blogs regularly on Family law matters at www.woltlaw.com and is a frequent speaker.

She earned a law degree from University of Miami, Cum Laude (1997) and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida earned Magna Cum Laude (1994). She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1997, The Lee County Bar Assoc. since 1997 and the Collier County Bar Association since 2014. Actual Client reviews are posted at AVVOLegal.com, Martindale-Hubbell.com, and are posted at www.woltlaw.com.

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Naples Divorce Attorney, Elizabeth Wolt, Esquire-Real Client Reviews

  • Excellent, Professional and Extremely Efficient !!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by ML  December 11, 2018

I hired Ms. Wolt after seeing her glowing reviews regarding divorce. I was very happy with the way she handled my case  from the initial call to the final result . Elizabeth made this difficult  life changing process seamless for me. Do not hesitate to consult her if you are looking for a very competent divorce attorney.

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  • Very Professional and Knowledgeable

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Shawn C  September 21, 2018

Elizabeth Wolt handled my divorce in 2018 and helped guide me through the very difficult time. She was always available for questions and help. It was obvious that she was well respected by her peers. I was very happy with her services and I felt well represented. Thank you again!

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  • The Best!!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Carlisha myers  September 18, 2018

She is an amazing person and would definitely get the job done thank you so much

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  • Great job

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Mirsada  September 13, 2018

She did an excellent job, i appreciate what she did for me. She has great legal strategies and knowledge with the experience to back it up.

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  • Wonderfully knowledgeable & patient

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Lesley  September 12, 2018

Elizabeth was so patient with me and explained all aspects of the divorce process as we moved along. I could not have done this without her. She handled my husband’s attorney and my controlling husband with finise and grace; and got a very good result for me. I highly recommend her!!

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  • Amazing professional attorney.

 

5.0 stars

Posted by DANIEL BARACALDO  December 13, 2017

Since day one I was very impressed. Before Elizabeth I consulted 2 more attorneys to handle my divorce and it was a very disappointing experience. After talking to her and hire her services I realized it was the best decision I could have made. Every time I called or emailed her I received a response the same day, every time she said she would send or file a document she did. She even…

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  • ELIZABETH WOLT
  • Honest, resourceful smart attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Cheryl  August 19, 2014

This is the second time I used this attorney. She is honest, resourceful, caring and really smart. I liked that she asked me what my goal was and honestly told me that one goal was not possible. She referred my former spouse & I to professionals that really helped with our parenting issues and kept us from having to fight in court. I was impressed she did what was best for us as a post divorce family rather than her law firm

  • I hired Elizabeth for divorce

 

4.0 stars

Posted by Robert  June 4, 2014

I chose Elizabeth for a divorce that my wife and I were going through. I thought that she did a good job, answered all my questions, always called back when I left a message and took the time to investigate my situation.

  • Firm, Professional and Compassionate all rolled into one dynamite attorney.

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Lisa  June 1, 2014

These reviews helped me find Elizabeth Wolt. The moment I hired her I felt a sense of complete relief and she never let me down. She does not waste your money or time. She gets the job done. She has a background not only in law, but in psychology and mental health, and this combination of professions is priceless. She is up front, and wants to resolve your case, not run up your bills…

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  • Stepparent Adoption

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Adelle  March 28, 2014

Mrs. Wolt helped me with a stepparent adoption for my son. She was wonderful about keeping me informed on the status of the case, as well as answering any and all questions I had. I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be dealing with the same situation.

  • I highly recommend Elizabeth Wolt

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Abby  March 17, 2014

Ms. Wolt just handled my divorce with children. She did an excellent job of keeping me always informed, explaining everything, handling all matters expedicioulsy and always with our chilren’s best interests being paramount. I highly recommend her!!

  • Trustworthy, Intelligent, Responsive

 

5.0 stars

Posted by April  August 9, 2013

I have hired her twice in the past year for different cases. Over and above all her wonderful qualities such as trustworthy, Responsive, Knowledgeable and Keeping me informed, I did not have to worry or suffer any anxiety. She is totally on top of everything at all times. Her educational background puts her at an advantage far above many of her peers.

  • Great Lawyer

 

5.0 stars

Posted by SUSAN  August 8, 2013

I needed a lawyer for my divorce so I asked my sister if she knew one. My sister said i have a great lawyer she handled all my stuff. I got her number called and explained that my husband was in jail. i needed to get divorce, she took my case. That same day she sent me everything i needed to sign and mailed a copy to my husband .She worked hard in getting everything done quick. I didn’t…

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  • Management of Settlement Agreement and Divorce

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Tim  December 18, 2012

Ms. Wolt’s management of all legal actions related to my divorce was excellent. Specifically, she ensured all points in the settlement agreement were clearly identified to both my spouse and me and all issues were quickly resolved in a very professional manner. The settlement agreement and divorce documents were signed and submitted in less than three weeks from retaining her as my…

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  • She got an excellent result

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Pete  December 17, 2012

I had a 35+ year marriage and a very, very difficult spouse. She settled our divorce with a minimum of “blood shed”. She even managed to get my ex’s attorney to behave professionally by calling him on his bad behavior at mediation. I was really impressed by her people skills and her knowledge of the law. The male attorney on the other side kept trying to bully her and she just…

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  • Look no further, if you want a professional, intelligent, personable, honest, and respectful Attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by April  December 13, 2012

She handled a marital agreement which was in contempt by my former husband. She did exactly what she said she was going to do. Everything was done so efficiently and quickly. I found it quite comforting to be able to trust her completely as I knew she always had my back. We did go to mediation and it was handled so professionally, unlike the one I was at in 2007. I am thrilled that she was able to resolve this in a few months.

  •  

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Bahl  March 29, 2017

  1. WOLT MADE ME THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT ATTORNEYS. I LIKE THE FACT THAT SHE WORKS ALONE AT HOME, IN THIS WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE DIRECTLY TO ME. SHE WAS EXTREMELY PROMPT IN PREPARING HER CASE FILE AND PAPERWORK AND KEPT ME INFORMED AT ALL TIMES. MS. WOLT WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE WHEN I HAD…

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  • Amazing experience!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Yvonne  March 15, 2017

I hired Beth Wolt to handle my dissolution of marriage, and was extremely pleased with the entire process. She was vey professional, and showed great interest in ensuring that my needs were met. Communication was exceptional, and I am very grateful for her support.

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  • Thank You

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Garry  February 27, 2017

Elizabeth handled my divorce professionally and competently and got a fair and equitable result for me. She is highly ethical and trustworthy. I appreciated her advice and no nonsense approach to getting a fast resolution for my divorce.

I would highly recommend her for anyone seeking a divorce in Lee and Collier…

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·         Walked with me thru hardship loan modification.

5.0 stars

Posted by Dustin  January 23, 2017

In November of 2009 wife was told she had cancer that she would not servive. She went to work on a hardship loan modification by gathering all forms as needed. She sent in all of requested paperwork before her death on 2 March 2010.  Athought every form needed was in their hands and calls to them at least 2-3…

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·         Excellent Attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Marianna  January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Wolt was recently my divorce attorney. She understood the situation I was in and made sure that my divorce was handled in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. She did not waste time or billing hours on unnecessary costs. She was easy to understand and was always available for any questions I had or concerns. She was a wonderful, compassionate attorney in a very…

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·         DEDICATION

5.0 stars

Posted by Martin  January 19, 2017

I cant be more positive and thankful for the way she handled my case, and of course the outcome. She was very professional, thorough and knowledgeable about the most current laws and regulations. She was a wise choice.

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·         Compassionate individual

5.0 stars

Posted by Jennifer  January 19, 2017

My experience having Elizabeth as my attorney exceeded every expectation I had. I came to her at a very delicate time in my life after my husband unexpectedly served me with divorce papers and asking for full custody of our child. I had been a stay at home mother, full time student, and clueless about the legal situation at hand. She handled my case with not only a vast legal…

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·         Divorce amendment

5.0 stars

Posted by Wayne  January 18, 2017

Beth helped me with getting everything changed on my divorce settlement and showing me as primary parent. She was very precise and performed the task is a speedy matter. She will give you her personal attention to your matter and see it through. She’s very trustworthy and would recommend her to anybody.

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·         An attorney you can count on!

5.0 stars

Posted by Ingrid  January 18, 2017

I have hired Elizabeth on three occasions. She is a very smart, responsive and highly professional attorney. She is VERY good at what she does and knows how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.

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·         Helpful and compassionate through a trying time

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  January 18, 2017

Elizabeth was very helpful with the legal work I needed. She helped me through all of the steps with my best interests in mind and helped me to feel comfortable with the process. I felt like I had someone who I could trust and who was sincerely interested in the best outcome for me. I would highly recommend her and have already to other individuals who have needed legal help.

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·         A True Professional

5.0 stars

Posted by TMY  March 24, 2015

Elizabeth Wolt I am very please to say handle my needs always with my very best interests at hand. As well as being totally legally competent she was extremely professional and was personally vested in my process. I felt from the start she was the a full Team Player and always gave a 100%. I would definitely recommend her as a full ad-versed and compassionate attorney which is a lot to say with some of the legal professionals out there!!

·         VERY, VERY GOOD NEGOTIATOR

5.0 stars

Posted by Deborah  December 2, 2014

I had a very long mediation in a very complicated case. I was a stay at home Wife for over 30 years and husband who handled all the “business matters”.a She found everything, researched the financial issues with an accountant and got me the best settlement I could have hoped for. She was really patient with me and explained everything along the way. I feel blessed to have found her and I highly recommend her!

·         Use this Lawyer!

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  September 19, 2014

Very professional and knowledgeable. Always updated us on all aspects of the case. Made no false promises but was obvious she was doing everything legally possible to increase our chances of success. Cost was very reasonable.

  • Knowledgable and compassionate divorce attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Sherrin  October 11, 2012

Ms. Wolt helped me through a very difficult time in my life with knowledge and compassion. I can’t say enough about her and her wonderful assistant, Sal. I highly recommend this attorney!

  • This Fort Myers Divorce lawyer is something special

 

5.0 stars

Posted by T. G.  June 20, 2012

I came to her from a referral of a close friend. I was mad-my wife had cheated on me and I wanted vengence. She very skillfuly held my hand through thus divorce and got me to release my anger and focus on my kids. I realize now a year later that hiring her saved our family. My Wife’s atorney tried to stir things up and drag things out and she stopped them at every turn. My kids and I send a Christmas card and will every year.

  • Awesome!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Janise  June 18, 2012

There are no words to describe what a wonderful attorney she is. I would and have recommended her. Very professional, knowledgeable and honest. She is the best. Always kept me informedand watched for my best interest.

  • ML lawyer review of EAW

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Mary Lou  June 17, 2012

I have dealt with many attorneys in my lifetime and I would have to say that Elizabeth Wolt is one of the best – in fact, she is the best, most honest and hard work attorney I ever had to deal with. Elizabeth handled all the issues arising out of a real estate deal gone very very bad. Mine was a very complicated case and did not only deal with real estate, but fraud and criminal activity. She was…

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  • Fair and caring — worked hard to keep costs down for all parties

 

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  June 11, 2012

She handled my divorce from a ten year marriage, and she kept me informed every step of the way. She worked tirelessly on a settlement so that we didn’t even have to incur the cost of a mediation. I never felt as if she was just “after the money” even though my ex was wealthy . She sent me emails or phoned whenever there was anything to report. I would recommend her to anybody…

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  • Absolutely the best!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Scott Abrahamson  June 11, 2012

When I needed legal help fast, Ms. Wolt was ready, willing and quite able to handle my legal problem. She is a professional with a very kind demeanor. She knows the law inside and out. If I ever need help again, I would call her first.

  • Excellent, Professional and Extremely Efficient !!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by ML  December 11, 2018

I hired Ms. Wolt after seeing her glowing reviews regarding divorce. I was very happy with the way she handled my case  from the initial call to the final result . Elizabeth made this difficult  life changing process seamless for me. Do not hesitate to consult her if you are looking for a very competent divorce attorney.

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  • Very Professional and Knowledgeable

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Shawn C  September 21, 2018

Elizabeth Wolt handled my divorce in 2018 and helped guide me through the very difficult time. She was always available for questions and help. It was obvious that she was well respected by her peers. I was very happy with her services and I felt well represented. Thank you again!

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  • The Best!!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Carlisha myers  September 18, 2018

She is an amazing person and would definitely get the job done thank you so much

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  • Great job

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Mirsada  September 13, 2018

She did an excellent job, i appreciate what she did for me. She has great legal strategies and knowledge with the experience to back it up.

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  • Wonderfully knowledgeable & patient

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Lesley  September 12, 2018

Elizabeth was so patient with me and explained all aspects of the divorce process as we moved along. I could not have done this without her. She handled my husband’s attorney and my controlling husband with finise and grace; and got a very good result for me. I highly recommend her!!

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  • Amazing professional attorney.

 

5.0 stars

Posted by DANIEL BARACALDO  December 13, 2017

Since day one I was very impressed. Before Elizabeth I consulted 2 more attorneys to handle my divorce and it was a very disappointing experience. After talking to her and hire her services I realized it was the best decision I could have made. Every time I called or emailed her I received a response the same day, every time she said she would send or file a document she did. She even…

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  • ELIZABETH WOLT
  • Honest, resourceful smart attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Cheryl  August 19, 2014

This is the second time I used this attorney. She is honest, resourceful, caring and really smart. I liked that she asked me what my goal was and honestly told me that one goal was not possible. She referred my former spouse & I to professionals that really helped with our parenting issues and kept us from having to fight in court. I was impressed she did what was best for us as a post divorce family rather than her law firm

  • I hired Elizabeth for divorce

 

4.0 stars

Posted by Robert  June 4, 2014

I chose Elizabeth for a divorce that my wife and I were going through. I thought that she did a good job, answered all my questions, always called back when I left a message and took the time to investigate my situation.

  • Firm, Professional and Compassionate all rolled into one dynamite attorney.

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Lisa  June 1, 2014

These reviews helped me find Elizabeth Wolt. The moment I hired her I felt a sense of complete relief and she never let me down. She does not waste your money or time. She gets the job done. She has a background not only in law, but in psychology and mental health, and this combination of professions is priceless. She is up front, and wants to resolve your case, not run up your bills…

More

  • Stepparent Adoption

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Adelle  March 28, 2014

Mrs. Wolt helped me with a stepparent adoption for my son. She was wonderful about keeping me informed on the status of the case, as well as answering any and all questions I had. I would highly recommend her to anyone who may be dealing with the same situation.

  • I highly recommend Elizabeth Wolt

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Abby  March 17, 2014

Ms. Wolt just handled my divorce with children. She did an excellent job of keeping me always informed, explaining everything, handling all matters expedicioulsy and always with our chilren’s best interests being paramount. I highly recommend her!!

  • Trustworthy, Intelligent, Responsive

 

5.0 stars

Posted by April  August 9, 2013

I have hired her twice in the past year for different cases. Over and above all her wonderful qualities such as trustworthy, Responsive, Knowledgeable and Keeping me informed, I did not have to worry or suffer any anxiety. She is totally on top of everything at all times. Her educational background puts her at an advantage far above many of her peers.

  • Great Lawyer

 

5.0 stars

Posted by SUSAN  August 8, 2013

I needed a lawyer for my divorce so I asked my sister if she knew one. My sister said i have a great lawyer she handled all my stuff. I got her number called and explained that my husband was in jail. i needed to get divorce, she took my case. That same day she sent me everything i needed to sign and mailed a copy to my husband .She worked hard in getting everything done quick. I didn’t…

More

  • Management of Settlement Agreement and Divorce

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Tim  December 18, 2012

Ms. Wolt’s management of all legal actions related to my divorce was excellent. Specifically, she ensured all points in the settlement agreement were clearly identified to both my spouse and me and all issues were quickly resolved in a very professional manner. The settlement agreement and divorce documents were signed and submitted in less than three weeks from retaining her as my…

More

  • She got an excellent result

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Pete  December 17, 2012

I had a 35+ year marriage and a very, very difficult spouse. She settled our divorce with a minimum of “blood shed”. She even managed to get my ex’s attorney to behave professionally by calling him on his bad behavior at mediation. I was really impressed by her people skills and her knowledge of the law. The male attorney on the other side kept trying to bully her and she just…

More

  • Look no further, if you want a professional, intelligent, personable, honest, and respectful Attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by April  December 13, 2012

She handled a marital agreement which was in contempt by my former husband. She did exactly what she said she was going to do. Everything was done so efficiently and quickly. I found it quite comforting to be able to trust her completely as I knew she always had my back. We did go to mediation and it was handled so professionally, unlike the one I was at in 2007. I am thrilled that she was able to resolve this in a few months.

  •  

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Bahl  March 29, 2017

  1. WOLT MADE ME THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT ATTORNEYS. I LIKE THE FACT THAT SHE WORKS ALONE AT HOME, IN THIS WAY SHE WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE A BETTER SERVICE DIRECTLY TO ME. SHE WAS EXTREMELY PROMPT IN PREPARING HER CASE FILE AND PAPERWORK AND KEPT ME INFORMED AT ALL TIMES. MS. WOLT WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE WHEN I HAD…

More

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  • Amazing experience!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Yvonne  March 15, 2017

I hired Beth Wolt to handle my dissolution of marriage, and was extremely pleased with the entire process. She was vey professional, and showed great interest in ensuring that my needs were met. Communication was exceptional, and I am very grateful for her support.

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  • Thank You

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Garry  February 27, 2017

Elizabeth handled my divorce professionally and competently and got a fair and equitable result for me. She is highly ethical and trustworthy. I appreciated her advice and no nonsense approach to getting a fast resolution for my divorce.

I would highly recommend her for anyone seeking a divorce in Lee and Collier…

More

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·         Walked with me thru hardship loan modification.

5.0 stars

Posted by Dustin  January 23, 2017

In November of 2009 wife was told she had cancer that she would not servive. She went to work on a hardship loan modification by gathering all forms as needed. She sent in all of requested paperwork before her death on 2 March 2010.  Athought every form needed was in their hands and calls to them at least 2-3…

More

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·         Excellent Attorney

5.0 stars

Posted by Marianna  January 20, 2017

Elizabeth Wolt was recently my divorce attorney. She understood the situation I was in and made sure that my divorce was handled in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. She did not waste time or billing hours on unnecessary costs. She was easy to understand and was always available for any questions I had or concerns. She was a wonderful, compassionate attorney in a very…

More

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·         DEDICATION

5.0 stars

Posted by Martin  January 19, 2017

I cant be more positive and thankful for the way she handled my case, and of course the outcome. She was very professional, thorough and knowledgeable about the most current laws and regulations. She was a wise choice.

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·         Compassionate individual

5.0 stars

Posted by Jennifer  January 19, 2017

My experience having Elizabeth as my attorney exceeded every expectation I had. I came to her at a very delicate time in my life after my husband unexpectedly served me with divorce papers and asking for full custody of our child. I had been a stay at home mother, full time student, and clueless about the legal situation at hand. She handled my case with not only a vast legal…

More

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·         Divorce amendment

5.0 stars

Posted by Wayne  January 18, 2017

Beth helped me with getting everything changed on my divorce settlement and showing me as primary parent. She was very precise and performed the task is a speedy matter. She will give you her personal attention to your matter and see it through. She’s very trustworthy and would recommend her to anybody.

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·         An attorney you can count on!

5.0 stars

Posted by Ingrid  January 18, 2017

I have hired Elizabeth on three occasions. She is a very smart, responsive and highly professional attorney. She is VERY good at what she does and knows how to get the job done quickly and efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend her to my family and friends.

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·         Helpful and compassionate through a trying time

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  January 18, 2017

Elizabeth was very helpful with the legal work I needed. She helped me through all of the steps with my best interests in mind and helped me to feel comfortable with the process. I felt like I had someone who I could trust and who was sincerely interested in the best outcome for me. I would highly recommend her and have already to other individuals who have needed legal help.

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·         A True Professional

5.0 stars

Posted by TMY  March 24, 2015

Elizabeth Wolt I am very please to say handle my needs always with my very best interests at hand. As well as being totally legally competent she was extremely professional and was personally vested in my process. I felt from the start she was the a full Team Player and always gave a 100%. I would definitely recommend her as a full ad-versed and compassionate attorney which is a lot to say with some of the legal professionals out there!!

·         VERY, VERY GOOD NEGOTIATOR

5.0 stars

Posted by Deborah  December 2, 2014

I had a very long mediation in a very complicated case. I was a stay at home Wife for over 30 years and husband who handled all the “business matters”.a She found everything, researched the financial issues with an accountant and got me the best settlement I could have hoped for. She was really patient with me and explained everything along the way. I feel blessed to have found her and I highly recommend her!

·         Use this Lawyer!

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  September 19, 2014

Very professional and knowledgeable. Always updated us on all aspects of the case. Made no false promises but was obvious she was doing everything legally possible to increase our chances of success. Cost was very reasonable.

  • Knowledgable and compassionate divorce attorney

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Sherrin  October 11, 2012

Ms. Wolt helped me through a very difficult time in my life with knowledge and compassion. I can’t say enough about her and her wonderful assistant, Sal. I highly recommend this attorney!

  • This Fort Myers Divorce lawyer is something special

 

5.0 stars

Posted by T. G.  June 20, 2012

I came to her from a referral of a close friend. I was mad-my wife had cheated on me and I wanted vengence. She very skillfuly held my hand through thus divorce and got me to release my anger and focus on my kids. I realize now a year later that hiring her saved our family. My Wife’s atorney tried to stir things up and drag things out and she stopped them at every turn. My kids and I send a Christmas card and will every year.

  • Awesome!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Janise  June 18, 2012

There are no words to describe what a wonderful attorney she is. I would and have recommended her. Very professional, knowledgeable and honest. She is the best. Always kept me informedand watched for my best interest.

  • ML lawyer review of EAW

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Mary Lou  June 17, 2012

I have dealt with many attorneys in my lifetime and I would have to say that Elizabeth Wolt is one of the best – in fact, she is the best, most honest and hard work attorney I ever had to deal with. Elizabeth handled all the issues arising out of a real estate deal gone very very bad. Mine was a very complicated case and did not only deal with real estate, but fraud and criminal activity. She was…

More

  • Fair and caring — worked hard to keep costs down for all parties

 

5.0 stars

Posted by anonymous  June 11, 2012

She handled my divorce from a ten year marriage, and she kept me informed every step of the way. She worked tirelessly on a settlement so that we didn’t even have to incur the cost of a mediation. I never felt as if she was just “after the money” even though my ex was wealthy . She sent me emails or phoned whenever there was anything to report. I would recommend her to anybody…

More

  • Absolutely the best!

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Scott Abrahamson  June 11, 2012

When I needed legal help fast, Ms. Wolt was ready, willing and quite able to handle my legal problem. She is a professional with a very kind demeanor. She knows the law inside and out. If I ever need help again, I would call her first.

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US Supreme Court Overrules 8th circuit and resolves dispute re: revocation-upon-divorce statute

In an 8-1 opinion, The US Supreme Court reversed Sveen v. Merlin, 138 US 1815, 1819 (2018) No. 16-1432, Slip Opinion. and resolved the conflict that existed between the Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Colorado Supreme Courts and held that a Minnesota revocation upon divorce statute’s retroactive application was not am unconstitutional impermissible impairment of the Contracts Clause. Florida also has a revocation-upon-divorce statute (Fla. Stat. Sec. 732.703) and this opinion makes it clear that the family law PR actioner should include in their best practices advise for clients to revisit their estate plans after entry of a final judgment and to carefully craft settlement agreements to reflect any intent that an ex-spouse is to remain a beneficiary. In all instances best practices would dictate re-executing all beneficiary designations so that they post date the Final judgment even where a party’s intent is to keep the ex-spouse as a beneficiary.

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UPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

Syllabus

Sveen et al. v. Melin

certiorari to the united states court of appeals for the eighth circuit

No. 16–1432. Argued March 19, 2018—Decided June 11, 2018

The legal system has long used default rules to resolve estate litigation in a way that conforms to decedents’ presumed intent. In 2002, Minnesota enacted a statute establishing one such default rule. The statute provides that “the dissolution or annulment of a marriage revokes any revocable . . . beneficiary designation . . . made by an individual to the individual’s former spouse.” Minn. Stat. §524.2–804, subd. 1. Under the statute, if one spouse has made the other the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or similar asset, their divorce automatically revokes that designation so that the insurance proceeds will instead go to the contingent beneficiary or the policyholder’s estate upon his death. The law does this on the theory that the policyholder would want that result. But if he does not, he may rename the ex-spouse as beneficiary.

Mark Sveen and respondent Kaye Melin were married in 1997. The next year, Sveen purchased a life insurance policy, naming Melin as the primary beneficiary and designating his two children from a prior marriage, petitioners Ashley and Antone Sveen, as contingent beneficiaries. The Sveen-Melin marriage ended in 2007, but the divorce decree made no mention of the insurance policy and Sveen took no action to revise his beneficiary designations. After Sveen passed away in 2011, Melin and the Sveen children made competing claims to the insurance proceeds. The Sveens argued that under Minnesota’s revocation-on-divorce law, their father’s divorce canceled Melin’s beneficiary designation, leaving them as the rightful recipients. Melin claimed that because the law did not exist when the policy was purchased and she was named as the primary beneficiary, applying the later-enacted law to the policy violates the Constitution’s Contracts Clause. The District Court awarded the insurance money to the Sveens, but the Eighth Circuit reversed, holding that the retroactive application of Minnesota’s law violates the Contracts Clause.

Held: The retroactive application of Minnesota’s statute does not violate the Contracts Clause. That Clause restricts the power of States to disrupt contractual arrangements, but it does not prohibit all laws affecting pre-existing contracts, see El Paso v. Simmons, 379 U. S. 497, 506–507. The two-step test for determining when such a law crosses the constitutional line first asks whether the state law has “operated as a substantial impairment of a contractual relationship.” Allied Structural Steel Co. v. Spannaus, 438 U. S. 234, 244. In answering that question, the Court has considered the extent to which the law undermines the contractual bargain, interferes with a party’s reasonable expectations, and prevents the party from safeguarding or reinstating his rights. See id., at 246; El Paso, 379 U. S., at 514–515; Texaco, Inc. v. Short, 454 U. S. 516, 531. If such factors show a substantial impairment, the inquiry turns to whether the state law is drawn in an “appropriate” and “reasonable” way to advance “a significant and legitimate public purpose.”Energy Reserves Group, Inc. v. Kansas Power & Light Co., 459 U. S. 400, 411–412.

The Court stops after the first step here, because three aspects of Minnesota’s law, taken together, show that the law does not substantially impair pre-existing contractual arrangements. First, the law is designed to reflect a policyholder’s intent—and so to support, rather than impair, the contractual scheme. It applies a prevalent legislative presumption that a divorcee would not want his former partner to benefit from his life insurance policy and other will substitutes. Thus the law often honors, not undermines, the intent of the only contracting party to care about the beneficiary term. Second, the law is unlikely to disturb any policyholder’s expectations at the time of contracting, because an insured cannot reasonably rely on a beneficiary designation staying in place after a divorce. Divorce courts have wide discretion to divide property upon dissolution of a marriage, including by revoking spousal beneficiary designations in life insurance policies or by mandating that such designations remain. Because a life insurance purchaser cannot know what will happen to that policy in the event of a divorce, his reliance interests are next to nil. And that fact cuts against providing protection under the Contracts Clause. Last, the law supplies a mere default rule, which the policyholder can undo in a moment. If the law’s presumption about what an insured wants after divorcing is wrong, the insured may overthrow it simply by sending a change-of-beneficiary form to his insurer.

This Court has long held that laws imposing such minimal paperwork burdens do not violate the Contracts Clause. It has repeatedly sustained so-called recording statutes, which extinguish contractual interests unless timely recorded at government offices. See Jackson v. Lamphire, 3 Pet. 280; Vance v. Vance, 108 U. S. 514; Texaco, Inc. v. Short, 454 U. S. 516. The Court has also upheld laws mandating other kinds of notifications or filings against Contracts Clause attack. See Curtis v. Whitney, 13 Wall. 68; Gilfillan v. Union Canal Co. of Pa., 109 U. S. 401; Conley v. Barton, 260 U. S. 677. The Minnesota law places no greater obligation on a contracting party than these laws—while imposing a lesser penalty for noncompliance. Filing a change-of-beneficiary form is as easy as satisfying the paperwork requirements that this Court’s prior cases approved. And if an insured wants his ex-spouse to stay as beneficiary but does not send in his form, the result is only that the insurance money is redirected to his contingent beneficiaries, not that his contractual rights are extinguished. Pp. 6–14.

853 F. 3d 410, reversed and remanded.

Kagan, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, and Sotomayor, JJ., joined. Gorsuch, J., filed a dissenting opinion.

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Fla Supreme Court allows biological father to rebut presumption of legitimacy to child born to intact marriage

The Florida Supreme Court in Simmonds, et.al, v. Perkins (SC17-1963) June 28, 2018. This case has huge implications. Prior to this case a child’s parentage could not be established by a putative or biological father born to a Mother married in an intact marriage. There wee public policy reason to keep intact marriage and families free from unwarranted interference. The biological father in this case was found to have standing to rebut the common law presumption that the mother’s husband is the legal father of a child born to an intact marriage- or the “presumption of legitimacy” – when he has “manifested a substantial and continuing concern” for the welfare of the child. The biological father of a child filed a petition to establish paternity, child support and timesharing. Mother moved to dismiss his petition, arguing it was barred by the common law presumption of legitimacy because she was married at the time of the child’s birth and remained married. The Circuit Court held that 4th DCA precedent required dismissal of the petition as a matter of law. The fourth DCA reversed, concluding the presumption was not applicable with these facts and the Florida Supreme Court Affirmed, holding that the presumption of legitimacy does not create an absolute bar to an action by a biological father to establish parental rights when the child’s mother was married at the time of the child’s birth and both she and her husband object to the action.

Full opinion follows: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2018/sc17-1963.pdf

 

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If your spouse dissipates assets during divorce?

If you have a spouse that is a spendthrift or a bad business person and they dissipate or diminish assets during a divorce you cannot get your share of that asset awarded where it no longer exists unless you can prove misconduct. The case law creates the burden of proving misconduct very difficult to reach. The take away is to secure your marital funds if you are worried they will be dissipated by the other spouse. Most courts enter a standing order making it punishable by contempt to abscond with the joint funds or assets, but you can probably put them away for safe keeping in an account the spouse suspected of diminishing them cannot reach to preserve the asset for distribution. In the recent case of OLIVAREZ v. OLIVAREZ,43 FLW D1902b (Fla.1st DCA) in Case No. 1D17-4050 The court  reversed the order which included $23,000.00 of assets allegedly dissipated during the divorce proceedings and remanded the case to remove the diminished funds from the equitable distribution scheme and revisit alimony to see if the redaction of this asset effected the award of alimony , child support and attorney fees for reconsideration where there was no evidence of spousal misconduct as to the dissipated assets.

Full opinion follows:

(PER CURIAM.) Rebecca Olivarez appeals the trial court’s final order of dissolution, which included $23,000 of assets allegedly dissipated during the dissolution proceedings. Absent a showing of misconduct, “it is error to include assets in an equitable distribution scheme that have been diminished or dissipated during the dissolution proceedings.” Winder v. Winder, 152 So. 3d 836, 838 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014) (quoting Roth v. Roth, 973 So. 2d 580, 584 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008)). Accordingly, we reverse the equitable distribution portion of the final judgment. As a consequence, we also reverse the trial court’s determinations of alimony, child support, and attorney’s fees for the trial court’s reconsideration, if necessary. Branch v. Branch, 775 So. 2d 406, 408 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000) (The “reversal of portions of the final judgment necessarily affects the overall plan for equitable distribution of the marital assets and liabilities, as well as other financial aspects” such that “on remand, the trial court may reconsider the entire plan of equitable distribution, including the subjects of alimony and attorney’s fees.”).

REVERSED and REMANDED. (LEWIS, MAKAR, and M.K. THOMAS, JJ., concur.)

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FILING A MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST OPPOSING COUNSEL AND THEIR CLIENT CREATES A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST

FILING A MOTION FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST OPPOSING COUNSEL AND THEIR CLIENT CREATES A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST

by: Elizabeth Wolt, Esq.

 

The prudent law firm and their client allegedly have conducted themselves in a manner subjecting both to a Section 57.105 Motion For Sanctions. The allegations against the joint conduct of the opposing counsel and his or her client in a filed Motion creates a potential conflict of interest between the opposing counsel and his or her client that must be recognized. Simply because the law firm and their client are on the same side, many lawyers fail to recognize that such Motion for Sanctions give rise to this potential conflict of interest. Attorneys should remain mindful of the steps they should take if an opposing party threatens or files a Motion for Sanctions against a client and/or their firm.

Because a sanctions motion involves the law firm’s previous work on behalf of the client, such as the filing of an action of questionable merit or preparation of responses to requests for electronic discovery, the law firm’s interests and the client’s interests may not be aligned. The firm may need to obtain consent to a potential conflict of interest, if obtainable, to continue representing the client in response to the Motion for Sanctions. It is important for lawyers to recognize that handling Motions for Sanctions requires an objective review of the conflict before proceeding.

A Section 57.105 Motion For Sanctions may create a material limitation conflict of interest if there is a substantial likelihood, based on the lawyer’s prior work for the client, that the lawyer’s ability to competently and diligently represent the client, going forward, is limited in a significant way. The lawyer’s advice and representation leading up to the Motion for Sanctions may be called into question along with the client’s conduct. The lawyer and the client may have differing interests, which can be monetary where attorney fees are requested. Failure to recognize this potential conflict and protect the client against it can give rise to additional sanctions against the attorney brought by a sitting Judge or the client him or herself.

Consistent with the rules of professional conduct, the lawyer should advise the client of the risks and reasonable alternative of continuing the representation not withstanding a potential or actual conflict caused by the alleged conduct of the lawyer and/or the client leading to the filing of the Motion for Sanctions. The attorney should also convey and review the 21 day statutory letter immediately, or as soon thereafter is possible, with the client upon receipt. Section 57.105 Fla. Stat. requires the attorney  seeking sanctions to first send a letter with the attached Motion for Sanctions attached and allow 21 days for the allegedly frivolous pleading to be withdrawn prior to filing the Motion for Sanctions under Section 57.105 Fla. Stat.  This discussion must include the potential monetary award of attorney fees that a client may be required to fund in part or in full and discuss the potential conflict of interest that arises with the filing. The attorney should get all disclosures in writing and if a conflict does exist the attorney should hire separate counsel for themselves and the firm and a separate attorney for the client’s interest if the potential conflict is not waived in writing  (a signed acknowledgement from the client is recommended), or cannot be waived based upon the facts of the case. A call to the advisory ethics board  is recommended as an attorney who has sanctions imposed as a result of the motion should not encourage additional sanctions for their failure to protect their client in this matter.

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DIVIDING IRA ASSETS IN A DIVORCE IN FLORIDA

DIVIDING IRA ASSETS IN A DIVORCE IN FLORIDA

 

For many couples, a significant portion of their net assets are contained within an Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA). When one of the parties files for dissolution of the marriage, it is imperative to understand of how to divide your IRA accounts between you. This is not something should be entertained without the help of an attorney, most preferably one with experience in splitting retirement accounts. IRA’s usually do not require Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s), which are required for 401K retirement accounts. Most IRA’s require letters of instruction and a copy of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. It is important that the attorney include clear language in the Final Judgment so it is clear to the plan administrator the amount they are transferring from which party to the which party. If you and your spouse have agreed that your IRA account will be divided between the two of you, a certified copy of your Final judgment and a letter from your attorney will likely be required. To avoid any tax implications of the transfer from the spouse owning the account to the other spouse it is very important to include clear language in the Final judgment. I even cite to the US code indicating the transfer is pursuant to equitable distribution and not taxable. However, even this language will not save you if you do not ask the right questions and have a vehicle to transfer the IRA funds into. The IRA funds must go into a qualified IRA plan to remain non-taxable. If the spouse receiving the IRA funds does not have an account it is wise for them to set up a shell account with the same entity for the smoothest transfer. The funds transferred from the IRA are viewed as the recipient-spouse’s property and, therefore, this conveyance (transfer) is acknowledged as tax-free. There are two basic transfer methods for divorcing couples.

The most common method is the “direct transfer.” The IRA owner-spouse may order the IRA trustee (IRA plan administrator) to transfer the necessary IRA assets directly to the trustee of a new or existing IRA in the name of the recipient-spouse.

Another alternative is to transfer the assets the owner-spouse is entitled to keep to another IRA, leave the necessary amount in the old IRA for the recipient-spouse, and change the name on this old IRA to that of the recipient. This is known as the “renaming method.” A final alternative under the renaming method would come in handy if all the assets in the owner-spouse’s IRA are to be transferred to the recipient-spouse; a simple method of transfer is to just change the name of the account on the records of the financial institution. Again, be sure the letter of instruction and the final judgment are as clear as possible.

The best method of transfer is something to discuss with your chosen attorney and/or financial planner. It also good advice to determine if other assets can be divided that do not require the complexity of IRA transfers and which would allow the recipient immediate access to use the funds as the IRA transferred funds may not be immediately available; and the rules regarding access to the IRA funds will be teh same as to all IRA holders.

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