Services

Customized Action Plan

If you’re considering divorce or have a divorce agreement that needs to be changed, it can be overwhelming if you don’t know who to call or where to find information.  It can be even more frustrating when you want to keep such details of your personal life private. 

You might be hesitant to start with lawyers who you might believe will make the situation worse.

Perhaps you’ve heard about outrageous fees charged by lawyers every time you want to have a phone call about your own life.

You might even feel queasy at the thought of having to hand over a pile of your hard-earned money to some lawyer you don’t know for a process that you don’t understand and know nothing about.

The solution is now here – you can simply contact us and schedule an appointment for a 2-hour customized action plan.

This is a brand new and unique service being offered where:

  • You will be educated on all of the ways to obtain a divorce, whether through litigation or without involving the court, and which options are best for you.
  • You will be heard.  I want to learn about what concerns you most and what your goals are for the future.

You will discover:

  • what you need to know;
  • where to find the answers; and
  • who you need to contact.

We’ll discuss your situation, your family, and the things that matter most to you.  You will come away with a concrete action plan and a complete understanding of your rights and options.

There is a flat fee of $600 for your 2-hour customized action plan, which is due at the time of our meeting.

 

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is similar to mediation but generally more effective because both spouses have their own attorney and there is a team environment where additional professions are added as needed.  The result is that spouses end up getting “the best bang for the buck” because they are paying for only those professionals that can help the most.  As a result, legal fees are generally lower in Collaborative Divorce rather than that in Divorce Litigation.The Collaborative divorce process will also help spouses identify their values, interests, and goals to achieve an ultimate outcome that works for each of them.  In doing so, the Collaborative divorce team will help the spouses put together a list of powerful actions that can be taken immediately to help them achieve their goals.

Significantly, during the collaborative divorce process, communication between spouses and their lawyers would remain confidential, as would communication between the parties and other professionals on the Collaborative divorce team. Further, if the spouses are unable to reach an agreement and the Collaborative divorce process fails, both attorneys must withdraw and each spouse must obtain a new attorney.To get started, simply contact me to schedule a consultation and we will form a game plan together.

 

Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to the litigation process that enables spouses to negotiate more openly in a confidential and settlement focused environment.  It is a confidential dispute resolution process that involves you and your spouse meeting with a professional mediator who serves as a neutral third party.  Also, since mediation is a voluntary process, you or your spouse can withdraw at any time.

The mediator can facilitate an agreement between you and your spouse that is designed to achieve what is most important to each of you.

The mediator cannot give legal advice to either you or your spouse, although you can choose to have your own lawyer guide you throughout the mediation.

The mediator can, however, facilitate a win-win resolution by enlisting a variety of tools uniquely designed to neutralize and resolve conflict.

The main benefits of mediation are that it keeps you and your spouse in control of your own outcome and enables both of you to reach an agreement with far less conflict than traditional divorce litigation. Also, you are both more likely to be satisfied with the process and the results while spending less time and money.

When you work with me, I will meet with both of you to reach a mutually agreeable resolution on any or all of the issues that need to be resolved –  child custody, parenting time, child support, payment of college expenses, alimony, and/or division of marital assets and debts.

The initial session will focus primarily on how the mediation process works, the issues to be resolved, and the fees involved.  We will also determine the most efficient and cost effective way to achieve a mutually agreeable resolution.

To get started, simply schedule an appointment where I will provide you both with an introduction and overview of the mediation process and how I can help you.

 

Legal Services Before and During Mediation

If you have scheduled mediation with another mediator, make sure it will be productive by being prepared ahead of time with a full understanding of the relevant law and realistic and viable options for settling the issues to be resolved. Maximize the chances of reaching a successful mediated agreement with the benefit of legal advice or representation prior and/or during mediation. For example, if there are businesses involved or executive or officer compensation including, for instance, stock options or incentives, it’s best for the mediator to be an accounting professional.

 

Legal Services After Mediation

Once you and your spouse have reached agreement on all of the issues, the mediator will typically prepare a written summary of the agreement, which is called a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding is not legally binding. Therefore, the next step is to engage an attorney on your behalf. I would first advise you with respect to the legal implications of your mediated agreement. I would also advise you as to any divorce-related financial and tax implications (for a more comprehensive analysis, I would refer you to trusted financial advisors and/or accountants). Thereafter, in consultation with you, we would resolve any open-ended issues and I would prepare a legally binding Marital Settlement Agreement and file the appropriate court documents required to obtain a Judgment of Divorce. Of course, you can select any or all of these legal services following your mediation.

 

Divorce Legal Representation

The  approach I offer is intended to reduce conflict in a way that is cost-effective because we focus on creating lasting results that are designed to meet your most important needs, interests, and goals.

Let’s face it – divorce is about dissolving the “business” of marriage.  Yet it’s not all business.  We need to address the emotional aspects of the divorce process, as well as the legal and financial aspects, to create lasting solutions.

At the same time, you will have the benefit of my skills in communication, negotiation, and creative problem-solving to maximize achievement of a comprehensive divorce agreement that works for you.

Read more and discover your options.

 

Post-Divorce Legal Representation

This is for those who are already divorced and your divorce agreement needs to be revised because circumstances have changed. Such changes may include where the children are now approaching college age, or a spouse is considering retirement or experienced a loss of income. You can call or schedule an appointment to have these issues resolved in a legally binding agreement.

 

Financial Settlement Plan

You have decided to divorce and want to resolve the financial issues with a full understanding of your available options, and preferably without court.  Or perhaps you are already divorced and need to revise your divorce agreement as circumstances have changed; your children are approaching college age, you are considering retirement, or experienced a loss of income.  Perhaps you and your spouse have already spoken and you both agreed to stay out of court.  This is the service for you if any of these describe your circumstances.

The financial issues to be addressed in any divorce agreement typically involve any or all of the following: alimony, child support, division of marital assets and debts, and payment of college expenses and other expenses for the children.

Many – if not most – lawyers use a one-size-fits-all approach and apply the law to how they personally interpret the facts of your situation. The problem with this approach is that the law by its very nature, is subject to interpretation depending on how the facts are presented. That’s why there is often so much conflict and litigation centered around financial issues in divorce.

The best way to avoid such conflict – and stay out of court – is to be prepared with a financial settlement plan. We start with finding out what you have and what you need, both now and moving forward.

Ultimately, you will come away with realistic and viable options for settling all financial issues based on the law and take into account the financial and tax ramifications that apply to divorce agreements. Best of all, your options will be uniquely customized to your particular financial needs and goals now and for the future.

Most lawyers, in my experience, will not do this for you. So when you think of the fees involved in litigating your financial issues, which will often typically amount to tens of thousands of dollars either to settle on an outcome that is not tailored to your specific needs and goals. Or, worst case scenario, you wind up in trial where the fees could easily double and reach as high as $100,000.

In contrast, the fee for your financial settlement plan is $2,000. For both spouses using this service alone with no additional mediation services, the fee is $3,000. Alternatively, you can opt to pay $400 per hour with a 1-hour minimum.

To get started, simply schedule an appointment or call us directly.

 

Negotiation and Settlement Strategies

Where you and your spouse prefer to communicate directly rather than through attorneys, maximize the chances of reaching a successful agreement by gaining access to negotiation techniques and strategies known only to lawyers and professional negotiators, and to effective communication and other creative problem-solving strategies designed to facilitate a settled divorce agreement. As an added bonus, you can take these skills and strategies to use long after the divorce has been finalized.

 

Memorandum of Understanding After Agreement

Once both spouses have reached agreement directly between themselves and summarized the essential terms in writing, you should ensure that all issues have been addressed and that the agreement can be effectively implemented. Minimize legal fees with a complete Memorandum of Understanding that you can simply bring to the attorneys.

 

Ongoing Legal Advice or Problem Solving 

After the divorce has been entered, you would have a readily available “safety net” to head off any conflict that might arise with parenting time, custody or transitioning to a new relationship or marriage; where one parent wishes to relocate, or there is anticipated or actual change in income or retirement.  Clients would be able to use their newly learned skills in effective communication and negotiation strategies to prevent or resolve conflicts in the future.

You can email or call me any time and I will give you answers and options.  I make it a priority to return phone calls and emails so that your questions and concerns will be addressed promptly.  No excuses.

Simply keep in touch and let me know how I can help you make your divorce agreement or final court order continue to work for you.