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776 Mountain Blvd. Ste. 202, Watchung, NJ, 07609
- Family Law
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Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq., Rita M. Aquilio, Esq., Ashley E. Edwards, Esq., Kristyl M. Berckes, Esq., Daniel A. Burton, Esq.
Specialty: Matrimonial/Family Law
At boutique family law firm Lawrence Law, Jeralyn Lawrence, Rita Aquilio, Ashley Edwards, Kristyl Berckes, Daniel Burton and their team provide a sophisticated, strategic approach to issues ranging from alimony, child support and equitable distribution to custody and parenting time. They have all been recognized as New Jersey Family Best Lawyers this year, and the firm recently welcomed three new attorneys. “I’m incredibly proud to be recognized for our talent, dedication and commitment to helping families through a challenging time,” says Lawrence, a divorce trial attorney, trained mediator and arbitrator and mother of three.
Lawrence helps families resolve personal matters with or without court intervention. An officer of the New Jersey State Bar Association, she’s expected to become its president in May 2022. “My father’s career as a juvenile detective inspired me to become a lawyer, and I’ve been divorced, so I can personally relate to clients transitioning out of a marriage,” she says.
The Lawrence Law team advocates for clients and guides families through the process of divorce while helping them move forward into the next chapter of their lives. “We take a lot of pride in viewing families holistically and strategizing to reach our clients’ goals and an outcome that’s in the best interest of the family,” Lawrence says.
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""Not only does Jeralyn have an unsurpassed grasp of the law, she always made time for any questions/concerns that I had. I knew there was an exceptional team behind her, as well."" -D.I., Stewartsville
""Rita Aquilio is very talented. Rita is outstanding—she's approachable, smart and not afraid to fight. I'm so grateful for her services. She's bright, knowledgeable and very caring. She always is dedicated and has the best interests of her clients. I highly recommend her services. She's a shining star. You certainly won't be disappointed."" -A.M., Clark
""I'm a retired business owner now residing in Florida. As a corporate executive who for many years was hired and was represented by a myriad of attorneys and law firms, both domestic and international, I believe that I'm able to decipher between genuine good faith legal professionals who aren't only highly capable, but also intent on bettering our world and the people they're called upon to help. I can state without reservation that Ashley Edwards is one of those rare individuals. I came to know Ashley several years ago when she was assigned by her firm to represent me in a New Jersey family law matter. Throughout the years as we came to know each other and work with each other, I found that I needed less and less to ‘instruct’ Ashley in the law (I'm not a lawyer, but am her elder!) and what my goals were in the progression of the case at hand. Pleadings, discovery and eventual court hearings required us to speak long-distance, often on a daily basis. At no time did she ever become frustrated with me, and sometimes to my chagrin, she mandated that we keep ‘on the high road,’ which is often difficult in family law matters where emotions run high. It also came to be that over time, I didn't even need to tell her my ‘demands;’ she knew me as a client, but also clearly worked hard to know and treat me as a person. While Ashley always was courteous, I quickly understood through her gentle leadership that she was the ‘captain’ running this two-person team. Attentive and caring, but always telling me the rules of court took priority, I was guided through several difficult situations. While I'm glad my case requires only minimal involvement these days, I miss the more frequent contact with Ashley, her good cheer and, above all, her ethics. They're above reproach. It's with pleasure that I recommend Ashley E. Edwards, Esquire for recognition. Apart from her expertise, she's an exceptionally bright and generous of thought individual who'd be an asset to any association to which she gains membership. You’ll be lucky to have her!" " -L.T.
""Jeralyn and her team are exceptional family law lawyers. They compassionately assisted me through a years- long complicated case with positive results for my family."" L.M., Basking Ridge
""Jeralyn has incredible attention to detail, is mindful (and respectful) of time/costs, and is a true master in family law. She is honest, clever, comforting and very protective of her clients. Explained what to expect, timelines, costs, etc. so that the process was well understood. An equally dedicated and experienced support team from assistants to legal experts made for an exceptionally well rounded team who were very responsive to client communications. All around rating-5 stars."" C.A., Flemington
""Ashley has amazing knowledge of family law and has helped my family and I through some of the most complex and troubling issues one can imagine. She truly cares for her clients and approaches cases and issues with immense empathy and clarity and with every party's best interests at heart. She is most deserving of recognition!"" C.C., Califon
""Daniel was absolutely amazing in helping me navigate my divorce. He is an effective communicator and responsive to his clients’ needs. From the initial consultation, where he answered each of my questions with care and detail while also identifying points that I hadn't even thought of, through the filing, mediation, and proceedings, Dan was perfect in offering a guiding hand to get me to the resolution that I needed and I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone in need."" M.R., Toms River
""Dan is an aggressive advocate who also demonstrates an extraordinary level of compassion with his clients that is key to helping them feel confident and calm as they navigate one of the most difficult times in their lives."" N.C., Egg Harbor Township
""Ms. Berckes was an amazing attorney. She answered all of my questions in a timely manner and walked me through every step of my case. Very professional and helpful at all times."" K.A., Plainfield
""Rita is knowledgeable of family law, helpful, results driven, smart and empathetic."" J.M., Montville