Aylward Family Law has expertise in divorces, civil appeals and consequently is often engaged as a monitoring counsel, to provide a second opinion and assistance with legal strategy. We primarily concentrate on complex divorces involving large estates. These types of divorces often require the division of business interests, and we have handled a wide range of such divisions involving a variety of businesses, including a small alpaca farm, car washes, car dealerships, advertising agencies, a hairdressing salon, and multi-state yacht-building shipyards. We also have experience with receiverships, referees, franchise law, and third party interests and a relationship with knowledgeable tax counsel.
Whether dealing with issues as delicate as pet custody, as specialized as franchise laws and airplane tax deductions, or as emotional as child custody, we offer a full range of planing services for clients contemplating marriage, separation and divorce. Not only do we represent clients in district and superior court, we have represented clients in complex cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, through every stage of the appellate process, including interlocutory appeals, petitions for extraordinary writs and appeals from the final order. Whether in trial or on appeal, we bring the same high level of advocacy and strong analytical skills to protect our clients' interests. But it's our facility with the appellate process in particular that allows us to craft an effective legal strategy right from the beginning of a case—after all, the more clearly you can see what's ahead, the easier it is to get where you want to go.
Ilonka Aylward personally oversees every case; the rest of the team is assembled of independent attorneys. These counsel are chosen with the view of the particular type of expertise demanded. Our consulting counsel have included alumni of the best schools in the country—Columbia, Yale and University of Virginia and of the top law firms in the country—Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP (New York and Paris office), O’Melveny & Myers, LLP (Brussels office), Morrison & Foerster, LLP, and Proskauer Rose.
Because Aylward Family Law does not involve itself in politics, club affiliations, and other local interests—and because of its relationship with the academia—the firm is a popular choice for clients seeking an unaffiliated legal representation.