What Our Clients Have to Say About How We Handled Their Family Law Case
"I wanted to thank you for all your hard work today... I felt like
the outcome was terrific and know you worked very hard for the positive
- Robert W.
"I just wanted to send you a note and say thank you so much for
getting this taken care of on such short notice. I have dealt with
multiple lawyers in the past couple of months for my divorce and my DWI,
and the level of service you and your team have offered has really been
a breath of fresh air. I really appreciate you following through this
late on a Friday afternoon when I know most people would have already
been taking off for the weekend. (of course I am still at work for
another couple hours). It really means a lot. Thank you so much."
- William M.
"The first impression I received from Kurtz and Blum was that of their
excellent customer service. They were very courteous and kept me very
informed throughout the entire process. They explained things to me in a
way that I could understand and made sure that I knew what they
were telling me. Overall, my experience with Kurtz and Blum has been
wonderful, and I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking good
legal council. Thanks so much to everyone in their office for making my
court experience as painless and stress free as possible."
- Derek M.
"Thank you, Lynn Prather, for sending me over to custody mediation super prepared! Because Ms. Prather helped me beforehand, I knew what I wanted and what to ask for... my ex spent a lot of time talking in circles and saying “um.” I was able to get extra visitation times I wouldn’t have thought of if Ms. Prather hadn’t helped me. I feel really good about the mediated custody order we came away with today."
- Nora D.
"I recommended Seth to a relative of mine conceding a legal issue;
and she had nothing but the highest praise in regards to his legal
knowledge, his professionalism, and his caring nature. I would not
hesitate to recommend Kurtz and Blum to anyone in need of legal services
and they are the first firm that I would go to in regard to any legal
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
- Chuck K., Linkedin User
"Seth is always available and gives great advice. I highly recommend him and actually do to anyone who needs a lawyer."
Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
- Kathleen R., Linkedin User
"The guy you want on your side in the courtroom - Seth Blum is an
excellent attorney and one of the most patient and caring people I have
ever met. His expertise of the law and the devotion that he shows to his
clients is well known. I have referred him to several people and they
all report the same positive experience that I had using his services on
sensitive legal matters."
Submitted a five star “Excellent” rating, including excellence in the
categories of trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable, and kept
informed. Recommends Seth Blum and has previously worked with 3-5
- An Avvo User
"Awesome lawyer, awesome firm - Seth Blum and his firm have
handled two separate issues for me and were very professional and diligent
in both cases. He is extremely knowledgeable, but not pretentious or
biased. I was very happy with the outcome and would and will use his
services again. I also give his firm's name and information out whenever
I hear anyone needing services."
Submitted a five star “Excellent” rating, including excellence in the categories of trustworthy and knowledgeable. Rated “Good” in the categories of responsive and kept me informed. Recommends Seth Blum and has previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.
- Bonnie B., Avvo User
"The men and women at Kurtz & Blum are top notch. For what they do, they
should be charging more but they are understanding that these are tough times
even for those found on the other side of the law. They even have a payment plan
and won’t let money or the lack there-of decide your case."
- Omus O., Yahoo! User
"I highly recommend Lynn Prather for legal assistance with
divorce. I have worked with Lynn since 2008, and find her to be
committed and compassionate!"
- Jeness C., Yahoo! User
"Kurtz & Blum did a great job representing me and kept me
informed during the whole process! They helped me get a fair ruling in
my case and provided excellent handling of my case at a great rate. I
hope I don't ever have to call them again but if I do need a lawyer they
will be the first people I call."
- B. Thompson, A Google User
"I have had person experience with this firm and can say hands
down they are the ones to use! Don't even bother searching around; they
are the best in Raleigh! Friendly and efficient with thorough
communication. You will not be disappointed!"
- Kassie S., A Google User
"Kurtz and Blum kept me informed about what was going on with my
case and gave me all the information that I asked for. Also, when in
court, my lawyer quickly got me a good deal :) I was very pleased."
- Alannah M., A Google User
"These guys helped me out of a jam a few years back. They were a little pricey but worth the money. Friendly and helpful."
- Patrick S., A Google User
"This is written as a HUGE thanks to those at Kurtz & Blum for
their continuing uncompromising representation of clients in our
community and the Triangle in general, regardless of case stature.
"Having lived in Wake County for the past 12 years - I've made
friends and acquaintances from many different walks of life. On many
occasions when discussing day to day events, at times topics as benign
as getting a traffic ticket to more in depth need for representation
would come up -- and repeatedly, the firm of Kurtz & Blum would be
recommended for their honesty, integrity, fairness, and ability to work
with their clients with respect and openness.
"As for myself, I've not had the need for legal representation,
but after years of hearing great things about their firm, I was able to
witness them in action as they represented a defendant in a high profile
murder case which was televised by WRAL in daily video feeds. To watch
Mr. Kurtz and his team in action was remarkable! He led a thoroughly
convincing defense, touching on each and every item in question during
the trial, methodically and clearly vindicating the defendant against
these erroneous charges.
"His team accomplished this through many measures, be it their own
investigations or showing the flaws and inconsistencies in the States
case with actual "proof", documentation, and witness accounts. His
dogged attempts stating "case law" and precedents' to a very openly
biased judge who would wrongly and repeatedly overrule the defense
attempts to introduce key witness's and exhibits, was truly inspiring.
Mr. Kurtz's determination to be sure his client was given the very best
chance at acquittal, and that the jury was given the opportunity to
hear ALL the facts and truths of the "actual" evidence in the case, and
not just the at most times twisted versions that the state offered, left
a permanent impact and impression on me.
"Though I was thoroughly disgusted by the Wake County DA's office,
and the justice system in this case, I came away from watching the
trial encouraged that there are defense lawyers here locally that truly
believe in their client's innocence, and will fight for their clients
with every resource available to them, and then some more!
"Going forward, I have highly recommended their firm to all who
have had a need for representation -- great or small. As an aside -- I
find that I do something I've never done before nor felt a need to, but
after watching how in this county your "Guilty" until proven "Innocent",
I now carry their firm's card in my wallet every day. You can bet if
a need ever arises -- before talking to anyone -- they will be my first
- Robert L.
"I have been a client of Kurtz & Blum for well over 10 years
now for a number of different legal matters on issues where the fog
surrounding me ranges from emotional distress, legal confusion or fear
of what could happen next... And, no matter what has brought me to seek
their advice—or to use their counsel in court—they have always made me
feel completely comfortable in doing so. As stupid as I may feel, or as
stupid as I fear a question may be, I have never felt judgement from any
of the firm's lawyers I have sat down to discuss a matter with... That
is HUGE when you are already either judging or doubting yourself and
ultimately you know you will be judged on the issue. They have always
excelled in being respectful, informative and reassuring. I also need to
add that even on a couple occasions when I've known they do not offer
legal services I had questions about, I have called them first to ask
them who I should call. They are always happy to refer you to who they
trust is best to help."
- Heidi D., A Google User
Testimonials from Peers of Kurtz & Blum
"You won't do better than Seth Blum if you are looking for a great
lawyer. He is confident, thorough, inventive and very smart. Don't let
the clothes fool you -- Seth knows the game of criminal defense and he
plays it exceedingly well, much to the chagrin of the local DA's
- Meredith Nicholson, Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer in Durham, NC
"Seth is a good trial attorney. He is a zealous advocate and does a great job for his clients."
- Bonnor Hudson, Litigation Lawyer in Clayton, NC
"Seth exemplifies the very best attributes of a criminal defense
attorney: Honesty, Passion, and Dedication. His experience and tenacity
allows him to obtain excellent results for his clients. Seth is also
always willing to help a fellow attorney. I would recommend him without
- David Coolidge, Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC
"I had the opportunity to sit in on the Brad Cooper trial to pick
up more skills in criminal defense. As attorney for Mr. Cooper, Howard
Kurtz was a master in the courtroom. Both his opening and closing
arguments were compelling, clear, and charismatic."
- Anthony Cuticchia, Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC
"I had the distinct privilege of working for Mr. Blum from May
2010 - September 2011. He is an exceptionally intelligent individual who
cares immensely for the well-being of all those around him, especially
that of his clients. Mr. Blum was, and continues to be, a professional
mentor to me, which is particularly meaningful as Kurtz & Blum was
the first law firm to give me an opportunity during law school. I have
the utmost respect for Mr. Blum's contribution to the legal community,
and would recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges or interested
in appealing a prior conviction."
- Banks F. Woodruff, Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
"Thankfully, I've never had to put Seth's expertise to work, but
if I ever needed council he would be my first choice hands down. I have
had discussions with Seth on a range of legal issues and I know his
advice to be completely sound. His intellect is amazing and his
professionalism is absolute."
- Todd Buker, Managing Director / Company Composer at Bare Theatre
"Seth is an excellent attorney with a powerful presence in the
courtroom. I would recommend his representation to anyone looking for a
- Devon Glick, Attorney
"Seth is one of the most talented advocates I've met. He always
has his client's best interest as his top priority. He is skilled at
both trial and negotiation."
- Tim Wipperman, Director at NC Division of Veterans Affairs
"Seth Blum was kind enough to give me my first legal job as a
summer clerk between my 1L and 2L years in 1998. Seth threw me right
into the fire, for which I remain grateful to this day - it is the only
way to learn how to practice law. In addition to answering phones and
making copies, I was allowed to write an entire Court of Appeals brief
in a felony assault case, to interview an alleged murderer in Central
Prison, and to attend hearings in superior court and the DMV - now that
is what practicing law is all about, and I experienced all these things
under the expert tutelage of Seth Blum. Not only was Seth a great legal
mentor, he was (and is) a witty, engaging, super-smart person who's a
pleasure to be around. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
- George Simpson, Partner at Cranfill, Sumner, & Hartzog
"I had the pleasure of working with Seth for nearly ten years
while employed as a Sentencing Specialist with ReEntry, Inc. As an
attorney, he was knowledgeable about the law and the individual
circumstances of each client. He was not afraid to fight for their
rights, but also advised them of the realities of their particular
situations. He was not merely concerned with a successful legal outcome;
but also the success of his clients after the disposition. Personally,
he is a great communicator and responsive to the requests of those with
whom he works. I hope to work with him again in the very near future!"
- Josie Van Dyke, Mitigation/Alternative Sentencing Specialist at Sentencing Solutions
"Seth and his partner, Howard, are the smartest lawyers - the
smartest people - we know. They run an excellent firm. I keep their
contact information in my wallet at all times."
- Nancy Rich, Owner of Monkeybravo
"Over the years in a variety of situations, Seth Blum has proven
himself to be a focused, superbly competent, energetic and dedicated
advocate for his clients as a criminal defense attorney. His criminal
defense work at both the trial and appellate levels has always been
outstanding. I have also observed Mr. Blum to be a highly effective
teacher of law and of trial advocacy. He has handled the most serious
charges and the most complex factual situations with through
organization and analytical skills.
"In short, I consider Seth Blum to be a 'lawyer's lawyer.'"
- John T. "Jack" Hall, Attorney/Owner at Criminal Appeals
"Seth is an amazing criminal defense attorney. Articulate,
passionate, and dedicated to his clients. He knows the law and strives
every day to reach the best possible outcome for his clients.
"Seth also takes time to help other attorneys who do not have his experience.
"I would recommend Seth without hesitation."
- David Coolidge, Partner at Coolidge Law Firm
"Seth is one of the finest criminal defense lawyers with whom I've
had the pleasure to work in North Carolina. He is creative,
well-organized, zealous in pursuit of his clients' interests,
hard-working, and knowledgeable in the law. I refer friends to him
regularly, and if I needed an attorney in North Carolina, he'd be among
the lawyers I'd call."
- Marshall Dayan, Assistant Professor at NCCU School of Law
“It’s hard to write a recommendation for Howard Kurtz without
using what sounds like hyperbole but isn't. Howard isn't just bright,
he's a laser. Howard doesn't just follow difficult conversations, he's
usually miles ahead of you and you don't even know it. Howard isn't just
passionate about advocating for and protecting his clients, he's
positively ferocious. Howard is the first guy you'd ever want on your
team in court and absolutely the last guy you ever want to see on the
other side. Howard doesn't just know the law, he's a walking
encyclopedia with instant recall of a million different points of arcane
and obscure knowledge of statutes, case law, and the like. Yet Howard
is always very calm, very understated. He is not arrogant. Don't let
Howard's zen-like, understated manner fool you -- behind the calm
exterior is a mind that sees everything and forgets nothing. He doesn't
engage in grandstanding or histrionics, for exactly the same reason that
you don't bother to paint flames on the casing of a nuclear bomb.
"Plus, Howard listens, and I mean really listens. During the time
that I worked with Howard on a relatively complicated technical problem,
Howard listened carefully to everything that I had to say. He never
interrupted me, ever. Howard had the patience and desire to hear all of
the available facts before jumping to judgment, and as a result, fully
understood the ramifications of each of the many little decisions and
compromises that inevitably must be made in projects of any significant
complexity. It's hard to overstate how unusual and how impressive is
Howard's ability to keep a large, unwieldy problem, with all of its
potential contingencies and alternatives, all in his head. I tried not
to be intimidated by the fact that as far as I could tell, Howard never
took notes yet seemed to have instant recall of every conversation we'd
ever had. On the rare occasion that he didn't know an answer, he never
hesitated to say "I don't know. Let me get back to you." And he did get
back to me, every time. Over and over again I was struck by Howard's
trustworthiness -- if he says he's going to do it, he'll do it.
"The bottom line is that Howard Kurtz is the real deal. He is a
lawyer who is what he says he is and does what he says he will do. This
is a standard to which all of us, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, should
- Jay Klinck, Patent Attorney at Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt
“Guilty or innocent all people have right to a fair trial and
counsel” These were some of the first words spoken to me by Attorney
Howard Kurtz over 14 years ago. In all the years I have known him he has
only grown more sincere about providing a strong legal defense for all
his clients. One of Kurtz’s strong points is his willingness to seek out
any and all information to assist his clients rather than relying on
the standard. Smart, innovative and honest are the three words that
describe Howard Kurtz. I highly recommend him and his law firm for
anyone legal needs.”
- Hunter Glass, Detective, Criminal Intelligence at Fayetteville Police Department
“I had the privilege of working with Howard in a recent high
profile murder case. Over the past 15+ years I have been fortunate to
have worked with some of the very best lawyers in NC, and I can say
without hesitation that Howard is one of the best. His passion,
knowledge, tenacity and talent are something to behold. If I found
myself in serious trouble, seeing Howard Kurtz's face would be a welcome
- Mark Valentine, Trial Consultant at The Visual Advantage
“Over the past year it has been my pleasure to have had the
opportunity to get to know and work with Howard on a rather high profile
murder case in North Carolina. Having grown up in a home with a
criminal defense attorney as a step-father, it was continually impressed
upon me that should I ever be in a position to help someone with my
skills, that I should revel in that chance.
"Having helped to consult on various aspects of technology as it
relates to the criminal law profession over the years, it was a breath
of fresh air to have been contacted by an attorney that not only had
more than a passing grasp of the underpinnings of technology, but that
could actually speak to a "tech geek" such as myself and understand my
"During my work with Howard, he showed tremendous aptitude and
patience with me in trying to understand some of the more esoteric and
deeply technical issues as they related to the case. As I was doing the
work pro bono, Howard was never pushy with time lines, but would merely
ask how my progress was going and if he could answer any questions for
me as it related to the case time line.
"Howard never once attempted to coach me on how I needed to
approach the case or what he "needed me to find" but was unimpeachable
in his desire to get at the truth - whatever it was. His approach was
"here is the information, please tell me what you find." This is more
than I can say about a great many attorneys that I know and have worked
with in the past.
"Howard is a tireless client advocate. He has proven willing to
work himself into the ground for exceedingly long periods of time.
Further, Howard is willing to uncover every possible stone in search of
the truth and being able to provide the best, competent counsel for each
of his clients.
"It is my utmost pleasure to be able to recommend Howard, in
general, without ANY reservation as to the competency of his work and
the content of his character. I would ESPECIALLY never hesitate to
contact him should I or any of my friends, colleagues or acquaintances
find themselves in need of an attorney for a case of a highly complex
and technical nature.
"More than a colleague, I consider my time having worked with
Howard to have formed the basis of an ongoing friendship. Anyone
considering hiring Howard that has additional questions should not
hesitate to contact me.”
- Jay Ward, President at WireGhost Security, Inc
Testimonials have been edited for potential spelling and/or grammatical errors.
Our family law attorneys help people throughout Wake County, North Carolina. We frequently handle cases arising out of the following cities: Raleigh, Rolesville, Apex, Wendell, Zebulon, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wake Forest, New Hope, Holly Springs, Cary and Garner.