27 Reasons to Hire Us

27 Important Reasons Clients Ask Jeffrey Behrendt To Represent Them In Divorce & Family Law Matters — and Why We Hope You Will, Too!

Reason #1: Clients Are Delighted With His Services. People often talk about the lawyers they hire and how disappointed they were with their choice. Not so with Jeffrey. Read comments from his clients at Client Comments

Reason #2: Limits Law Practice To Divorce And Family Law. If any lawyer hopes to excel in the practice of law, he must limit his practice so he can focus all of his efforts on that one area. Jeffrey limits his law practice to issues that affect families, including divorce, family law, estate planning, and related issues.

Reason #3: Wide Range Of Services. Jeffrey’s divorce and family law services include: Pre-Divorce Planning. Separation and Divorce. Child Custody and Access. Property Division. Child and Spousal Support. Restraining Orders. Marriage and Cohabitation Agreements. Same Sex Cohabitation. Exclusive Possession of the Matrimonial Home. Changing Your Support Payments. Changing Your Custody and Access Arrangements. Tax Aspects of Separation and Divorce. Solving Post-Divorce Problems. More.

Reason #4: Bachelor Of Arts Degree In Economics. Divorce and family law issues often have economic and financial repercussions. Yet most lawyers have little, if any, education in either. Jeffrey attended from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario on both a Descartes Scholarship and a Canada Scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, graduating on the Dean’s Honour’s List.

Reason #5: Juris Doctor Degree. Jeffrey earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in Toronto.

Reason #6: Law Review Editor. While working toward his law degree, Jeffrey served as Associate Editor of the University of Toronto Law Review.

Reason #7: Master Of Laws Degree. Jeffrey didn’t end his legal education after graduating from law school. Instead, he pursued an advanced degree, enrolling in King’s College London, where in 1998 he earned a Master of Laws Degree.

Reason #8: Knows Inner Workings Of The Courts. Jeffrey was awarded two judicial clerkships, one at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and one at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a result, he is very familiar with how courts work and how to make the legal system work to your benefit.

Reason #9: Knows How Law Firms Work. Before opening his own office, Jeffrey worked at law firms in London and Toronto. He knows how both large and small firms operate, and how to work with each to achieve the result you want.

Reason #10: Represents Both Men And Women. Jeffrey does not limit his practice to representing clients of only one gender. He has experience representing both men and women, and in protecting the legal rights and needs of young children.

Reason #11: Trials And Appeals: Jeffrey has advocated for his clients in the Superior Court of Justice and on appeals at the Divisional Court. He is experienced in negotiating and litigating the contested issues of support, custody and access, and division of property.

Reason #12: Reputation Motivates Settlement. Jeffrey’s reputation as a skilled, experienced lawyer often motivates the other party to seek a settlement without going to court. If the other party does not choose to settle, Jeffrey can take your case to trial.

Reason #13: Legal Group Memberships. Jeffrey is a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA).

Reason #14: Recognized Authority On Divorce And Family Law. Jeffrey has published a number of articles in Law Now Magazine, been quoted in the newspaper Xtra, and has been interviewed several times by the media, on television: by both CJOH and the New RO; and on radio, by CJOB. Also, Jeffrey has presented several seminars on family law topics.

Reason #15: Client Services Guarantee. Jeffrey provides each client with a written copy of his Client Services Guarantee, in which he guarantees the quality of service you will receive from him and his office support staff.

Reason #16: Personal Legal Assistant. Good communication reduces anxiety and helps bring your case to a successful resolution as quickly as possible. In addition to working with you himself, Jeffrey assigns a well-trained member of his firm to assist you whenever you call. As a result, you receive answers to your questions and case updates as often as you like.

Reason #17: Easy To Understand. Clients delight in how clearly and precisely Jeffrey speaks. They easily understand what he tells them. Fortunately, he’s not like many lawyers who talk over their clients’ head.

Reason #18: Honest, Fair And Upfront With Fees And Costs. Jeffrey makes every effort to minimize the number of hours he works for his client. If you want to follow a particular course of action, Jeffrey will tell you whether you’ve made a good choice — and the likely consequences, including fees and costs. In addition, Jeffrey is upfront with costs. He helps you avoid financial surprises by keeping you informed about fees and costs, and when they’re due.

Reason #19: Caring And Responsive. No matter how stressed you feel — no matter what you don’t understand — Jeffrey will help calm your nerves, bring your situation into focus, and explain how he can help protect your rights.

Reason #20: Calm And Quiet, Yet Protective. Jeffrey is soft spoken and talks with you from an educational point of view. Still, opposing counsel know Jeffrey can turn aggressive when he needs to stand up for his client’s rights. This is one more reason Jeffrey receives so many excellent testimonials from his clients.

Reason #21: Easy To Reach With E-mail. E-mail has proved to be a highly effective way for Jeffrey to communicate with clients, rather than one chasing the other by phone. If you approve of conversing through e-mail, Jeffrey will respond promptly.

Reason #22: Acts Only With Your Approval. You may have heard horror stories about lawyers who insist on running the show. Jeffrey doesn’t try to take over. He listens to you, considers what you want to achieve, explains obstacles you must overcome, and lets you decide how you want him to proceed. Then he supports your decision. He does not take action without first getting your approval.

Reason #23: Asks Questions The Other Lawyer Will Ask. Jeffrey goes into great detail to help you understand your case, as well as the opposing point of view. He even asks questions the other lawyer will ask. This helps you gain a realistic vision of what lies ahead and how to approach your case.

Reason #24: Client Communication. The cornerstone of Jeffrey’s success has been the quality of his relationship with clients as well as his expertise in handling the most sensitive or complex cases. His primary focus is to listen to and communicate with you so he better understands your needs and provides you with the best possible representation.

Reason #25: Long-Time Friend And Neighbour. Jeffrey was born and raised in Ottawa. He now lives in Ottawa with his son, Emet.

Reason #26: Clients Are Family Members. One reason Jeffrey gets excellent results for his clients is because he works as hard for them as he would for someone in his own family.

Reason #27: Educational Web Site. Jeffrey has designed an in-depth educational web site to answer your questions. Plus, he invites your inquiries, by e-mail and telephone.

You're Invited to Call or E-Mail!

If you are considering divorce in Ottawa or the surrounding area -- or have already made your decision -- you're invited to email or call us. We'll explain how you can protect your legal rights, reduce the expense of divorce, and protect your children from undue emotional stress. Click here to contact us.