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Tonya VanBenschoten

Tonya VanBenschoten

Shur Law Co. LPA
  • Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning ...
  • Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee
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Biography

EXPERIENCE
Tonya is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Kentucky. She limits her practice to Estate Planning and Administration, Family Law and Bankruptcy. She has been practicing since 2012.

For the last two years, Tonya has transitioned from focusing on Family Law to focusing on estate planning and administration. She recently completed a certification in estate planning and is in the process of completing the advanced certification.

She has 60 hours of mediation training and has previously been appointed as a GAL in multiple counties.

MILITARY
Tonya has been a member of the Kentucky National Guard since 2001. For the first seven years, she worked as a military police officer, including a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq where she was awarded several medals including a Purple Heart.

In 2008, she commissioned as a Signal Officer and spent the next seven years in service to the 149th Brigade as a platoon leader, executive officer, and company commander.

Tonya was a Judge Advocate, served as trial counsel, Cyber Law Chief, Brigade Judge Advocate and Deputy State Judge Advocate for the Kentucky National Guard. She is planning to retire from the Army in December of 2021.

PERSONAL
Tonya is married and lives in Northern Kentucky with their seven children.

PRACTICE AREAS
Estate Planning
Estate Administration
Bankruptcy
Family Law

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Certified Estate Planner

EDUCATION
B.A., Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY), 2006.
J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Highland Heights, KY), 2011.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
State of Ohio
State of Kentucky
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Education
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
J.D. (2011) | Law
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Western Kentucky University
B.A. (2006) | Sociology, Psychology, Criminology
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Shur Law Co LPA
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Judge Advocate
US Army
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After 20 years with the Kentucky National Guard, Tonya retired in December of 2021. She was a military police officer from 2001-2006. Enlisting as an E1, she rose in the ranks to E5 before commissioning as an officer. He enlisted time included multiple stateside deployments and a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004-2005 where she earned a purple heart. From 2006 until 2014 she was an officer with the Signal Corp. She started as a platoon leader, then executive officer before taking command of the 149th Signal Company in 2012. Following her command time, she re-commissioned as a Judge Advocate where she served as a BN JA, BDE JA, Deputy state judge Advocate, Cyber Law Chief, and supervised other Judge Advocates up until her retirement.
Speaking Engagements
Divorce, Business Networking International
Intro to Cyber Law, KYNG Annual Legal Update - CLE
Changes in Divorce and Family Law, Changes in Divorce and Family Law CLE
Cyber Law Updates, KY JA Annual Conference - CLE
Cyber Law and Family Law, Key Connections
Cyber Law Updates, KY JA Annual Conference - CLE
Divorce and Family Law Updates, Changes in Divorce and Family Law CLE, Cincinnati, OH
Northeast Lawyers Club
Introduction to Cyber Law, KYNG Annual Legal Update, Frankfort, KY
Kentucky National Guard
As cyber law chief for the KYNG, presented CLE to fellow Judge Advocates.
Certifications
Certified Estate Planner
National Association of Certified Estate Planners
Awards
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
2012 Top Contributor
Avvo
Professional Associations
National Association of Collaborative Professionals
Current
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Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Current
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Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals
Current
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Northern Kentucky Bar Association
- Current
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Kentucky Bar Association
- Current
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State Bar of Ohio  # 0088626
Member
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Ohio State Bar Association
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Kentucky
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Ohio
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Tennessee
Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
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United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
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United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultation for Bankruptcy only.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $50 phone and video consultation fee
Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Bankruptcy
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Social Security Disability
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
  • Tamil: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I'm getting a divorce in Kentucky and I was wanting to know about how much it will cost it's a uncontested divorce.
A: If you're asking about the filing fee, that is about $250. Everyone has a right to self-representation and that is all it would cost to do your own case. If you are wanting to know how much attorneys charge, that would be based upon each individual firm. Our office charges $1050 for a uncontested dissolution with no children and $1250 if there are children. When you add in the filing fee, the high end is just as Tim said, $1500.

Call us at 513-449-0990 if you'd like a free consultation.
Q. What information does a company like Midland Credit need to collect an unpaid debt that will hold up in court in Ohio?
A: If you filed for bankruptcy after the debt was incurred and you received a discharge, all that they need is your case number.
Q. My ex picked up our daughter yesterday for his visitation day now he is refusing to give her back til May 1st what can
A: Call law enforcement. Some agencies help with matters like this. If your court is still open, you will be able to file a motion for contempt since you have a court order. Hire an attorney ASAP to help you.
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Contact & Map
Shur Law Co., LPA Louisville Office
222 S. 1st. St.
Ste. 305
Lousiville, KY 40202
Telephone: (502) 221-7710
Fax: (502) 221-7710
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Shur Law Co., LPA
Northern Kentucky Office
7310 Turfway Rd. Suite 550
Florence, KY 41042
Telephone: (859) 412-1080
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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Shur Law Co., LPA Akron Office
Cleveland
388 S. Main St.
Akron, OH 44311
Telephone: (216) 400-0430
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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Shur Law Co., LPA Chagrin Highland Office
Cleveland
2000 Auburn Drive Suite 200
Beachwood, OH 44122
Telephone: (216) 400-0430
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
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Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 AM
Saturday: Closed
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Shur Law Co., LPA
Downtown Office
312 Walnut St., Suite 1600
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: (513) 449-0990
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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Shur Law Co., LPA
Hyde Park Office
4030 Edwards Rd. Ste. 200
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Telephone: (513) 449-0990
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
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Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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Shur Law Co., LPA
Blue Ash Office
4555 Lake Forest Dr. Suite 650
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Telephone: (513) 449-0990
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Shur Law Co., LPA
West Chester Office
9078 Union Centre Blvd. Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069
Telephone: (513) 449-0990
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)