Lucy H. Sinkular

Lucy Sinkular was admitted to the practice of law in New Mexico in 1994. She has extensive experience in family law, including divorce and custody issues arising from military benefits, pensions and relocation’s. She is the firm’s point person for adoptions, both step-parent and third party. Lucy is trained in Collaborative Law and also works as a settlement facilitator. She is also a frequent volunteer at pro bono law clinics and Law-La-Palooza. Lucy’s passions outside the office include genetic genealogy, hiking, running and cycling. Lucy and her husband Scott are the parents of two, a daughter who graduated from Colorado State University and a son who studies at New Mexico State University. They also have two dogs and a cat rounding out their household.

Firm Overview:

In 1948, William W. Atkinson began practising law in Albuquerque. He began building our tradition of ethical, caring and successful legal representation.

In 1967, David H. Kelsey joined Bill Atkinson, sharing the same commitment to helping people through emotionally challenging cases.

Since then, the law firm of Atkinson & Kelsey has grown in size to include five lawyers. We are the oldest and one of the largest law firms in New Mexico devoted exclusively to the practice of divorce and family law, and we are passionate about achieving positive results for clients like you. If you have family law questions anywhere in New Mexico, call us. We can help you.

Paola A. Stange, Esq.

Paola Stange handles family law cases with knowledge and passion. She is a trained mediator, collaborative law attorney and guardian ad litem. Paola was one of five guardian at litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.

Paola is a hard-working individual and with her husband and Founding Partner, Kirk, keeps Stange Law Firm, PC consistently growing. Paola received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and is licensed in Missouri and Georgia (inactive).

Paola has been recognised for numerous awards for her experience in family law, including:

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law, 2013 – Present

Paola enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer work. Paola and Kirk received the 2016 Golden Plate Award from Old Newsboys as well as the 2015 Making a Difference Award. Old Newsboys is a non-profit organisation that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of St. Louis area children’s charities. Additionally, Paola is on the Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA and on the Board of Trustees for Endangered Wolf Center. The Mid-County YMCA focuses on offering programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Endangered Wolf Center was founded more than four decades ago to focus on the recovery of the endangered wolf population so that they can be returned to their native habitats.

Further, Paola was part of the 2017 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques where she served as an adjunct professor in the role of a trial skills instructor. In 2019, Paola was nominated and received an invitation to serve as a member on the Emory Law Alumni Board.

Paola was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was three and relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. Paola is fluent in both English and Spanish. She and Kirk are married and have two children

Paola, a former high school and college cheerleader, enjoys dancing and staying active. Incapable of sleeping late, even on the weekends, her family accuses her of being unable to sit still. Horseback riding and yoga are her favourite activities. Mrs. Stange recently returned to her cheerleading/gymnastic roots and is practising acro-yoga skills at the local jams. When Paola does stop moving, she enjoys binge watching “Criminal Minds” or “The Vampire Diaries” on Netflix. She is also regular at her favourite Shell gas station where she gets her signature 44oz Polar Pop.

Rebecca A. Chaffee

Rebecca Chaffee is a member of the Family Law practice area. She works with and counsels parents, spouses, grandparents and other relatives to resolve their most difficult financial and personal issues. Rebecca’s approach is to help her client create a fair and dignified settlement. When settlement is not possible, she zealously and diligently advocates for her client through the litigation process.

Her cases include all family law matters; including child support, child custody, parenting time, grandparent visitation, spousal maintenance, marriage dissolution’s, legal separations, lump-sum child support settlements, paternity actions, and adoptions. She frequently works on complex financial issues, including business valuations, complex property divisions and non-marital tracing. Rebecca also drafts premarital and post-marital agreements and cohabitation agreements to create protection for the assets and income of individuals. She is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Prior to Best & Flanagan LLP, Rebecca served as a law clerk for a Hennepin County District Court judge in family court.

Firm Overview:

For more than ninety years, Best & Flanagan attorneys have been building uniquely close relationships with our clients, including closely-held businesses, nonprofits, generations of family members seeking estate and wealth planning advice, individuals and businesses involved in legal disputes, and local and national Fortune 500 corporations involved in nationwide transactions and litigation.

Whether we are planning the incorporation of a new business, negotiating a transaction involving the acquisition or sale of a company or real estate, drafting an estate plan, providing day-to-day advice regarding tax, governance or employment law matters, or representing a client in court, we strive from the beginning of our engagement to get to know you, your needs and goals, and to partner with you and your other advisers to provide the most customised, individual attention in the business.

Jay A. Schwartz

Jay Schwartz graduated from the University of Michigan in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 1991 he graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree from Wayne State University of Law in the top third of his class. During his time at Wayne State he participated in their Student Trial Advocacy Program and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers. He also held summer law clerk positions with major firms in the area and served an internship with the Supreme Court Justice, Dennis W. Archer.

Mr. Schwartz was admitted to the Michigan State Bar Association and the U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Tax Court in 1992, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998, and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association. Mr. Schwartz has been selected to and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutral Arbitrators. He has been admitted to practice in Federal and/or Courts in New York, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Colorado and North Carolina. He is a state certified mediator and has been Court appointed as a case evaluator in Wayne, Oakland, Livingston and Macomb counties.

In 2007, Mr. Schwartz was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, an organisation recognised as the most prestigious group of trial Lawyers in the United States. Membership to this group is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. These attorneys have demonstrated in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are invited to be members in this prestigious organisation. In 2008, he was invited to be a Platinum Member of The Verdict Club. Member lawyers are nominated by fellow attorneys, certified as being exceptional in their fields and have experience in all major practice areas. Membership in this club is highly exclusive and reserved for only those lawyers who have a reputation of extraordinary verdicts and settlements exceeding one million dollars or more. During Mr. Schwartz’s career he has represented a broad range of individuals and entities, both Plaintiffs and Defendants, in claims that sometimes involved tens of millions of dollars. In the years of 2007, and 2011 – 2014, Mr. Schwartz was nominated to Super Lawyers. Most recently, he was awarded The New York Times, Top Attorneys In Michigan-2012 – 2014.

Janice T. Jackson

Janice Jackson has earned a stellar reputation in the courtroom and legal community as a fierce advocate for her clients and for the empathy and skill she and her talented staff bring to the practice of Family Law. After graduation from University of Southern Mississippi, she worked as a stockbroker (Series 7 License) and then co-owned and operated a family business for eight years prior to entering law school. Since graduation from Mississippi College School of Law, Janice has practiced Family Law for the past seventeen years. Her success and talent for negotiation and litigation spring from the depths of personal experiences in her education, life and work. She achieves practical results for her clients. Most importantly, her clients can live and, ultimately, prevail with her results, an issue often overlooked in heated domestic cases when emotions are raw. Janice, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a wife, mother, friend, step-mother, grandmother and a sister who has three brothers living in the tri-county area. A large, extended family life allows her to be attuned to her client’s unique circumstances, needs and feelings. Her experience allows her to understand the needs of her clients’ family, financial and business considerations. And, most importantly – the needs of their children in the long term.

Firm Overview:

Janice Jackson has almost twenty years experienced practicing family law in the Jackson, Mississippi area. From divorce cases, to estate probate, to visitation issues involving military deployment, Attorney Jackson has helped families through difficult times with care and compassion.

Family Law Practice Areas:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support Collection
  • Guardianship
  • Paternity
  • No-Fault Divorce
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Military Deployment
  • Alimony
  • Conservatorship
  • Modification of Child Custody
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Contempt
  • Mediation
  • Estate Probate and Wills

If you are facing a divorce, or need help with estate probate or a will, contact Janice Jackson from Jackson Law Firm, PLLC at 601-982-9797.

Rita Evans

Rita Evans was admitted to the Bar in October, 2000. Rita practices Criminal Law, Wills & Estates, Conveyancing and Mortgages, Family Matters, Personal Injury Matters, Civil Litigation (Magistrates & High Court), Company Incorporation and Small Business Registration, Debt Collection.


The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law
1995 – 1998

Harrison College, St. Michael, Barbados
1984 – 1990

Wills & Estates Law Practice:

A term used by the law to describe that part of the law which regulates wills, probate and other subjects related to the distribution of a deceased person’s estate.

Although the term ‘estate’ is not restricted to the law of property; it relates to the deceased, the term ‘estate law’ has evolved to refer, primarily, to the law as it relates to:

– The property of the deceased;
– Of persons who cannot manage their affairs because of age (child), physical or mental infirmity and who would have their estate extracted from their person and managed separately; or
– The management of property which is being held beneficially for a person (trusts).

A law firm which professes to specialize in estate law is one who deals mostly with wills, probate and trust cases.

Distinguished from real estate law which focuses on the law as it relates to real property.