Joan Czekaj has been practicing family law in the metropolitan and suburban Philadelphia area for over 30 years and also practiced in New Jersey for 20 years.
Although she now limits her practice to Delaware County, Philadelphia County and Chester County, her familiarity with multiple jurisdictions has given her a broad range of experience. Prior to joining Susan Cherner in 2007, Ms. Czekaj was employed by a law firm in Center City, Philadelphia, starting as a college student and continuing to pursue both her education and career, as she transitioned from a legal secretary to the firm’s managing attorney. Her background includes a substantial family law practice, as well as various business and commercial transactions such as entertainment contracts, commercial real estate sales, and the sale of bars and liquor licenses. In addition, Ms. Czekaj has a background in the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and living wills and also frequently represented parties in residential real estate transactions, an expertise that enabled her to represent either the seller or buyer. Like Susan Cherner, she feels that in the area of family law, the preferred option for most parties is an amicable resolution of their disputes, an approach, which she believes, allows the most control over the outcome for the individual. Her practice includes divorce, alimony, equitable distribution and property settlements, child custody and child support, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements, various post-divorce matters, residential real estate transactions, wills, powers of attorney and living wills. Her background has given her extensive courtroom experience in a variety of settings, but her primary focus is to collaborate with clients to craft amicable equitable settlements that will assist her clients to move forward with their lives in the most cost-effective way possible, never losing sight of the client’s particular emotional needs and concerns in addition to their financial objectives.
Ms. Czekaj is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Delaware County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She has a B.A. degree from Temple University and received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1988. In 2007 she completed further education and received a Certificate in Estate Planning from Temple University Beasley School of Law. In addition to being admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, she is also admitted in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.