Sarah H. Manning is Of Counsel practicing in the Litigation Department in the firm's Hyannis office. Sarah’s primary focus is Massachusetts family law. She concentrates her practice in uncontested divorce cases and litigation matters ranging from divorce, child custody, visitation/parenting matters, child support, alimony, contempt actions, and modifications and has also been involved with some appellate work in this arena. She is also a certified mediator who can assist parties to a domestic relations action navigate their way toward a successful agreement that’s fair and reasonable to both parties. Sarah has represented parties in high asset divorce cases and some Fortune 500 clients as well as those of more moderate means. Sarah understands that clients who find themselves caught in the emotional havoc of domestic relations litigation appreciate an attorney who will be honest and realistic with them as to their expectations, and who will carefully explain each step of the process, work with each client as an individual, and dedicate her efforts toward reaching the best result possible. She will work closely with each client to determine whether alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, or litigation is the best avenue to follow. Her philosophy is to strive toward achieving an outcome that is fair and reasonable with a primary focus upon conserving assets and thus her aim is to be as efficient as possible in achieving that goal.
Sarah also has successfully navigated clients through several aspects of Probate Litigation including will contests, actions for accounting and division of a family businesses, petitions for partition, and claims arising from family shareholder litigation; unusual claims against payment or distribution by executors; special claims on behalf of fiduciaries, such as claims for return of stolen funds; and claims for heirs, such as claims for misappropriation or breach of fiduciary duty. She has been successful in prevailing for her clients on Motions for Summary Judgment and thus avoiding lengthy protracted litigation.
Sarah serves on the Executive Committee to the Barnstable Bar Association. She volunteers her legal services to WE CAN a local organization helping Women in times of crises and transition. She acts as a mentor to the domestic violence unit of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law section.