Whether a client is from Westwood, Walpole, or Norfolk, people have preconceived notions of what legal disputes look like. For example, clients are sometimes surprised to learn that only a small percentage of Massachusetts divorce cases end up in trials (under 5%), and that there are no juries in the probate and family court. Many people have images of court based upon movies and television, but the reality is different.
The way in which you resolve your conflict is important, and not only during the active part of your case. When the dust settles, how issues were resolved to have a major spill-over effect. For example, will parents magically become kind and supportive co-parents following a prolonged and cranky custody battle? If they learned to communicate and problem-solve merely effectively through mediation, their children will benefit.
There are a variety of methods available to resolve a case. Oftentimes, there is overlap and different methods may be working for the same case. It is common that negotiations occur throughout a court-based case. Litigants may decide to seek the services of an arbitrator or a mediator in an effort to avoid a trial, or in place of one.
We provide service in the areas below. When it makes, sense, we can employ electronic tools and media to help disputants in different geographic areas.
- Mediation, including a blend of Mediation/Arbitration.
- Collaborative Dispute resolution
- Settlement Counsel
Another option worth mentioning is Limited Assistance Representation, commonly referred to as LAR. LAR is approved in all MA Probate and Family Courts. Under a LAR agreement, a client retains an attorney to help them with certain aspects of the case but maintains responsibility for the other portions. A specific LAR fee agreement is completed and filed with the court. For instance, someone could hire a lawyer just to handle a motion hearing, but not the entire case. In another example, perhaps the client retains a lawyer only to review or draft one or more legal pleadings. This allows a client to get assistance for some portions of a case, when otherwise the person may not have been able to afford traditional legal representation at all.
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We welcome your call to discuss your situation, and how we can help.