LAWYERS HAVE DIFFERENT ROLES AND CLIENTS CAN CHOOSE: lawyers are required to abide by their client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation.
As Advisor, I will provide you with an informed understanding of your legal rights and obligations and explain their practical implications. Moral, economic and social factors may be relevant to your situation. Sometimes purely technical legal advice can be inadequate. My responsibility as advisor may include indicating that more may be involved than strictly legal considerations. The Collaborative Family Law Process provides access to experts in the field of clinical psychology, social work, and financial specialities.
As Evaluator, I will help you examine your legal affairs and we will discuss the different consequences of various courses of action. The risks and rewards of your various options will be addressed in a safe environment. My goal is to ensure that you make smart informed decisions and wise choices.
As Negotiator, my job is to help you achieve a result which meets your most important goals and interests. Once you have chosen your process, be it the Collaborative Process or Mediation, the first task is always to gather all necessary information. Development of options, choices and their consequences is second. Negotiation of settlement, which meets as many stated interests as possible, for both parties, is the final step.
When I serve as a Mediator, I am neutral. I will not be representing either party. In Mediation I simply help you try to resolve a dispute or other matter which has arisen between you; usually a husband and a wife or a mother and a father. The potential for confusion is significant when parties are unrepresented in Mediation. In mediation I am hired as a third-party neutral. In Collaborative Law I will be serving as one of two lawyers and we will provide advice; evaluation and negotiating acumen.