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Finding Solutions and Preserving Relationships
 
If you are having a legal problem with high levels of emotional conflict, look no further. As both a licensed attorney and family therapist, I am uniquely qualified to help you navigate the legal and emotional complexities of your situation. Whether you are getting divorced, engaged in family conflict, or have any reason to preserve an important but difficult relationship, this is the service for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Why Mediate?
 
Mediation is particularly useful when families are trying to resolve issues with legal and/or financial implications. I will help you transform angry dynamics into constructive communication and find mutually agreeable solutions to difficult problems. Examples of conflicts best resolved through mediation are:
 
  • divorce-related property or custody issues
  • post-divorce, co-parenting problems
  • inheritance or will contests
  • family business disputes
 
During the mediation process, you will have the opportunity to talk to the person with whom you have a conflict in a safe and supportive environment. Experiencing a process infused with more empathy and understanding, usually motivates parties to brainstorm creative, new solutions to old problems. This results in mutually satisfactory, legal agreements. Mediation has the added benefit of keeping attorneys' fees and court costs to a minimum.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                          Comparison of Litigation vs. Mediation
LITIGATION
 
Judge - evaluates
Attorneys - negotiate
Clients - passive
 
Expensive:
$20,000 - $100,000+

Slow:
2-5 years
 
Resolution Through Conflict:
clients pitted against each other
 
Agreements Law-Based:
only legal notions considered
 
Limited Solutions:
bound by legal precedent
 
Goal of Attorneys:
secure your legal rights
 


 
MEDIATION 
             
Mediator - facilitates
Professionals - educate
Clients - active

Much Less Expensive:
$6,000
         
Client Paced:
4-6 months

Resolution Through Compromise
:
clients work together to resolve issues
 
Agreements Value-Based:
all perspectives considered
 
Creative Solutions:
tailored to unique individual situations
 
Goal of Mediator:
facilitate the best possible outcome