Individuals facing complex and highly sensitive legal issues involving divorce and family law, whether ultimately resolved through negotiation, or litigation—will benefit from Steven Paquette’s broad legal background, 36 successful years’ experience in the courtroom, and his access to the multidisciplinary expertise and seasoned counsel of the top legal professionals at Bousquet Holstein.
A Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)—a position achieved only by a small, specially skilled group of lawyers—Steven is exposed to the highest levels of thinking, writing, and professional contact involving matrimonial law, helping him become an exceptional advocate for his clients. His membership not only indicates his superior skills but also a deeper understanding of his clients’ most complex issues and situations, and the knowledge to resolve them.
Having spent 20 of his 33 professional years as a general practitioner, Steve’s diverse background in real estate law, business law, bankruptcy law, estates and trusts, civil litigation, and several other disciplines is especially advantageous to this clients, since it enables him to authoritatively guide them through the many areas that are touched by divorce, including:
- alimony and spousal support
- child support
- equitable distribution of marital assets
- business and enhanced earnings valuation
- taxes and estate planning
Recently designated a “Super Lawyer” by his peers, Steve helps clients navigate the often-contentious and highly complicated property division issues that arise during divorce proceedings. As important, however, is his professional network of outstanding legal experts who are ready to offer counsel if further clarification or additional information on any issue is necessary.
To be of further service to his clients, and to reduce the anxiety, confusion and confrontation that often characterize the divorce process, Steve has a great deal of experience in using collaborative law methods, a practice area that emphasizes a gentler, less-combative approach. He serves on the Board of directors for the CNY Collaborative Practice Group. Many clients choose to have Steve explore this alternative method of dispute resolution, which:
- promotes reasonable decision making
seeks to calm the process
- fosters greater empathy on each side
facilitates a fair and equitable solution
- respects the needs of children
With over three decades in the courtroom trying both jury and non-jury litigation cases, Steve is well known as a powerful advocate for his clients, an outstanding negotiator and a superior litigator. Having spent some time as a special prosecutor, Steve has a hands-on perspective of how all sides prepare for and handle cases, as well as a thorough understanding of how the court system can be best used to achieve a fair result for all parties.
His familiarity with the rules of discovery, ability to negotiate settlements within the court system, and his reputation for seeing matters to a successful conclusion on behalf of his clients even after trial when necessary, have earned Steve the trust and confidence of his clients throughout his career. In addition, his exceptionally strong background in a number of legal disciplines has given him a uniquely effective skill set that helps him evaluate and solve his clients’ problems, which often require expertise in many different kinds of law.
Steve also works closely with businesses to help them maximize their economic development opportunities in Upstate New York, using his substantial experience in government affairs in both the public and private sectors—including his tenure as a New York State tax attorney and adjunct professor of business law—to help his clients achieve their objectives.
A highly regarded lawyer who seeks to bring a measure of compassionate understanding to every facet of his practice, and who really cares about his clients and community, Steve currently serves as the President-Elect of the CNY Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board, International Treasurer of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
Collaborative Family Law
“Collaborative law gives a kinder, friendlier way for two parties to solve their dispute. It lets them lock eyes with one another and to sit across from the person that at one point was the biggest, most important person in your life, and to try and put yourself in their shoes when you’re negotiating.
Divorce and Family Law
As you begin the process of seeking divorce, you have several issues to consider, including division of assets, and child custody and support.
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