"Approximately two years ago, I began attorney shopping after I was told by my now ex-wife, that she wanted a divorce.
I was betrayed, and trying to navigate through something that I have never experienced before.
I did not want an attorney who would “throw wood into the fire,” heighten my emotions, make me overthink things, or entice me to take unnecessary actions out of anger or emotion.
I had two meetings lined up, one being with Steve. I felt that Steve fit my personality very well, and we have since developed a solid relationship and understanding that goes beyond business.
Steve was a calming presence, completely fair, honest, and accountable throughout the duration of the divorce process.
Also, Steve has a sense of humor that I greatly appreciate.
On top of that, Steve is a great writer, very thorough with his work, and a very clear communicator.
Last but not least, Karen and Val are extremely pleasant to work with; always there to help and assist.
If you want an attorney with straightforward integrity, conscientious with your money, and gives extremely honest viewpoints based on his 30 plus years of experience, Steve is the attorney for you.
Thank you for all the guidance and assistance, Steve. It will never be forgotten."
B.P. (Feb. 2020)
"Steve is a stellar individual and professional.
From the outset, Steve handles cases with a strategic and realistic approach.
Most importantly, he does this with enormous compassion and genuine concern.
Steve masterfully tackles difficult, contentious family dynamics, in order to preserve sanity, finances and heartache.
In every interaction, the common theme that pervades is one of practicality and cooperation.
Steve takes matters related to well the being of children seriously.
As a physician in the community, caring for adults and children alike, I have benefited greatly from Steve's expertise.
I recommend Steve without hesitation to anyone searching for representation and/or regarding all family/divorce related matters."
S.S., M.D. (2018)
One of the most difficult things in life to go through is divorce; I should know, I've gone through it twice. This last time it was apparent from threats made, I was going to need a lawyer. I had previously researched lawyers online (as this was a long time coming) and even contacted one law office via their online form, to which I never received a response. That is frustrating when you don't really know where to turn. So when I found Steven Kaplan's website this time, I was skeptical about filling out the online form, but with my schedule I took a shot and filled it out that night, taking down the number to call if I didn't hear anything. I received a call from his office 9am the next morning to set up an initial consultation. That was reassuring, I didn't expect such a rapid response. From the time of the initial consultation through to the end I felt like I had a big brother in my corner that you did not want to mess with, who had an answer to any and every situation that might arise. He was cool and collected and even in two of my most drama-drenched situations, one that was destined to lead to a violent end and me going to jail, he was able to step in with a formal letter for me to take home to the soon-to-be-ex-wife that checked her back into a reasonable parallel. A letter doesn't sound like much, I know, but if you read it, I'm telling you, you would be like, "Whoa..." He doesn't play. He would dictate it, have his assistant type it up and fax it to me in minutes, that basically read, "You really do NOT want to eff with my client" in a bunch of intimidating legalese. These letters truly saved me. They showed her I wasn't playing, and that any measure she was ready to take, I was ready to legally and forcefully check her on it - to the point she finally moved out. Phew. By the end she had gone from being extremely difficult to more than reasonable, which was a huge relief. Steven Kaplan has over 20 years experience in NJ and NY specifically in family law. This is all he deals in, so he really knows his stuff. If you need any family law assistance, I suggest you check him out. If he can't help you due to location, I'm sure he could point you in the direction of someone reputable that can. One last thing I have to add, another way he had my back was always letting me know when decisions I made in our separation agreement left myself open to possible negative result, and would be sure to identify all of the possible repercussions, suggesting the best path to take to cover myself. I tend to fold to make things easy, so I'm glad I had him to push me a little to make a better, well informed and thought out decision.
It is a great pleasure to recommend Steven Kaplan. He was an invaluable help during a very complicated marital situation at a time when I was not working full time and I felt fresh out of good options. I found him to be a compassionate, caring professional with a good grasp of the details at a time when I was drowning in a lot of difficult feelings. I have concluded the dissolution of my marriage and have the strength to carry on, and I give him and his firm a lot of credit for that.
I can't say enough about how well Mr Kaplan treated me and the exceptional service I received by him and his firm.
Steve is a highly experienced divorce attorney in Monmouth County, NJ, but more importantly, he brings the perspective of 27+ years of New Jersey divorces and the laws surrounding them to his blog: www.understandingnjdivorcelaw.com. His blogs are 100% spot-on in terms of advice relating to divorces in New Jersey and parallel many of the situations I have seen and experienced. I highly recommend his blog for anyone considering a divorce, going through a divorce, or healing from a divorce (no, it did not just happen to just you). Clearly, the law surrounding New Jersey divorces and the system providing the mechanism for divorce is broken. Steve provides blogs on topics you may not be aware of and educates you on the reality of divorce in New Jersey. If you are a health care provider, a pastor, a priest, or a friend, subscribe to his blog and go back read all of his posts. They are quite helpful and can help you to avoid the pitfalls that most attorneys know are there, but fail to disclose until you are well into the process and have spent tens of thousands of dollars. Steve writes with a heart and a perspective of those who have gone through a divorce and the system has failed them in one or another. His passion is to provide reliable information for people struggling with divorce issues who need regular support with their legal questions. His blog only started in November, but the collection is beginning to look like the outline of a book as the "Go-To" source for New Jersey residents going through the divorce process. Check it out! You will not be disappointed.
I want to personally thank you for everything you have done for me...you are a true professional...a miracle happened in my life when I met you...
Steve Kaplan recently guided me through my divorce. From beginning to end he was extremely thorough, honest, responsive, knowledgeable and familiar with NJ divorce law and the divorce process. Steve advised me and worked with me each step of the way, always knowing the specific details of my case. He made me feel like we were working together as a team to get to a positive end result. Also, his office team was very caring, responsive and always available to help me throughout my case. Divorce is not an easy process, but Steve and his team made it as comfortable as possible for me. I am grateful for everything Steve and his team did to assist me. Thanks to all of you at Kaplan Law Office!