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Sarah helped me handle an issue that involved 2 states and a lot of research. She was very professional, warm and caring, not to mention quick to respond to my questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone and would hire her again should the need arise.


Sarah was very thoughtful and helpful during the months of my divorce proceeding. While this was a stressful time for me, she always conveyed a balanced vision of where we were headed, what needed to be done, and kept my emotions in check. Her legal knowledge was portrayed in her thoroughness and her knowledge of the court proceedings. Her knowledge of social media also helped to uncover some useful information that aided my position. In the end, we had a well prepared case, and we achieved all of our goals. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Sarah for her legal competence and ease of disposition with me as the client.


Anyone looking for a divorce lawyer is probably not in a situation that they ever hoped to find themselves.. the process is not easy and is definitely uncomfortable. That being said having a good legal representation is critical. Being able to talk to someone you trust and you know has your best interests at hand is not only welcome but can bring comfort. Nothing about divorce is easy and everyone thinks they are an expert. However Sarah and the people at Next Phase are. I am thankful that I chose to work with them and Sarah specifically. She was always well prepared and knowledgeable. Her level of professionalism helped me feel comfortable when the situation wasn’t.


Steve McDonough and Next Phase Legal were a tremendous help as I went through the process of divorce. In choosing to do Mediation, there needs to be a high degree of trust that your attorney will provide honest and fair advice to both parties.

Steve created a very open, trusting environment. My ex-husband and I both went into the meetings with high stress levels, but Steve was able to diffuse the tension and help us work toward a common goal at each session. The mediation process went quickly and we were able to cover all areas within six sessions. The Next Phase team prepared all of our paperwork, making it simple to file with the court.

Overall, Steve helped make the painful process of divorce go smoothly and as pain-free as possible.


You would be hard pressed to find better advisors than Steve and his associate Sara.

Divorce is an emotional and chaotic process and yet it really matters to have someone who can guide you through it with intelligence, support and fairness. I am so grateful that I worked with them, even though it was ugly at times, they always had my best interests at heart. Steve and Sara even protected me from myself.

When I was at a low point and just wanted to walk away basically empty handed, and ready to just throw in the towel and capitulate to a really bad deal, they helped me stand my ground (even though it felt shaky). They are great people, and do their job with exceptional professionalism and compassion.


Going to a lawyer for anything is not easy. There is apprehension about what is to come and the fear of the unknown.

Steve’s approach calmed things down, he was very easy to talk to, and by the end of our first meeting we had all the information in a logical order, we had a game plan to get us to a conclusion, and we had a tentative time table to make it all happen.

Making an appointment with Next Phase Legal and meeting Steve is one of the best things I did in a difficult time.


I feel so lucky to have found Stephen for divorce mediation services. He was unbelievably professional but also kind and sensitive during such a difficult period in anyone’s life.

I can not recommend him highly enough and would not hesitate to use his services again in the future if ever necessary. Stephen provided helpful suggestions and insights, above and beyond mediator services, that turned out to be very valuable. Initially he was the only individual who gave his condolences when I was trying to evaluate and choose a mediator.

That initial kindness was a great indicator of his character. Very kind, knowledgeable and fair to both parties involved. Thanks so much for all of your help guiding us in such a difficult time.


Very happy with Steve and Next Phase Legal LLC. We had a will drawn up and my wife and I were very pleased with the work, the timeliness, and the price. We would recommend!


Excellent , professional, courteous, knowledgeable, caring team of people. So thankful for everyone from the admins, to every member of the team.


I highly recommend Stephen McDonough. I worked with Stephen McDonough for my divorce mediation and was completely satisfied. He clearly explained the process from start to finish, but kept it from feeling overwhelming by focusing on one step at a time. He was always professional, but at the same time his sense of humor and easy manner kept the atmosphere as light and comfortable as possible considering the circumstances. Phone calls and emails were always returned promptly, and questions and concerns addressed clearly and patiently. I would not hesitate to return to this office for any future legal needs.

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