Metro West (Acton, Arlington, Concord, Dedham, Framingham, Franklin, Natick, Newton, Southborough, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, West Roxbury)
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Beth established her current law practice in Newtonville, MA in 2001. While her career is focused in law, her social work and psychology background have informed her connection with clients, child-focused family law work, and ability to finesse complex family dynamics.
Beth’s background and experience have provided insight in shaping creative and thoughtful estate plans and parenting plans. Beth’s estate planning practice also includes work with small or family-owned businesses, step-families, and same-sex families to create sound plans of business succession and estate tax planning. Her probate work includes representing clients through every step of the probate process, from initial appointment as Personal Representative to estate closure.
Beth strives to assist clients in family law and probate matters in achieving out-of-court resolutions, in order to help clients avoid prolonged, expensive, and contentious litigation. Beth is an MCFM Certified Mediator, mediating divorces, parenting plans, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, multigenerational/elder issues, and probate & estate matters. Beth also represents individuals in mediation, conciliation, or arbitration with another neutral, and is a Collaborative Law attorney for divorce and probate matters. Beth’s family law practice also includes adoption, birth family search, guardianships of minors and adults, and appointments as a Guardian ad Litem investigator.
Karl Topor, Esq. devotes the majority of his legal practice to Family and Matrimonial Law. He handles contested and uncontested cases. He does both litigation and mediation. He has acquired special advanced training in mediation and in Family Law. He has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.
Karl has been certified as a mediator of Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He assists divorcing spouses as a mediator to settle their contested issues and disputes. He is also a certified Guardian ad Litem having been routinely involved in numerous contested cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’sinvestigation.
Karl also serves as a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts offering services in setting visitation schedules and helping facilitate other parenting issues for families.
Currently, Karl is currently President of The Divorce Center having served as co-president in prior years. He has practiced law since 1999. In addition to his Auburndale (Newton) office, he maintains a presence in the Framingham and Boston areas as well.
Steven Ballard represents individuals in the courts of Greater Boston, frequently in challenging, high-conflict divorce and family law cases. Most of the cases he handles ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. Some of the most challenging cases do indeed go all the way to trial; he thus conducts several multi-day trials in a typical year, as either solo or lead counsel. His practice, however, offers a wide range of options, from full representation in divorce and family court litigation through trial, post-trial representation and appellate advocacy, to “out of court” family law representations, as-needed “unbundled legal services” representation through the “limited assistance representation” program, and legal consultant to parties in mediation. He also frequently handles domestic violence cases, including restraining order cases and related criminal cases, in the district courts and family courts.
Steven is proud to have volunteered his services in court-connected mediation, court-connected conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted on divorce law issues in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and elsewhere in the media. He has been a member of many professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has presented workshops on issues including shared parenting, child support, mediation and conciliation, at regional and national conferences. He is a regular faculty panel member of “Divorce Matters For You” workshops offered by The Divorce Center, Inc., serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Treasurer.
Attorney Karen Buckley provides a wide range of representation in all aspects of family law including divorce, support, custody, modification, contempt, paternity, prenuptial agreements and restraining orders. She brings over twenty years of experience to every case and utilizes insight, knowledge of the law, creativity and compassion to find solutions that meet her clients’ needs.
Attorney Buckley represents clients from Springfield to Salem, Boston to Barnstable and all communities in between. Trained in collaborative law as well as traditional litigation, Attorney Buckley represents clients both in court and outside the court to help them find resolution to the family law needs.
Attorney David Feldman is a family law attorney with 38 years of experience. Feldman Family Law in Wellesley specializes in providing legal representation in the areas of divorce, custody disputes including international custody disputes, alimony, parenting plans, parental relocation and removal cases and high asset divorce. Attorney Feldman also has extensive experience in advising clients with regards to the drafting and negotiation of premarital agreements.
Attorney Feldman is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Norfolk County Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Association of Guardian ad Litem.
He has also been trained as a Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and acts as a Conciliator in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court.
Howard Goldstein has been a practicing lawyer since 1973, engaged in mediation, collaborative practice and divorce litigation. He has been received the designation of “Super Lawyer” and is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, for Collaborative Family Law.
I strongly believe in alternative dispute resolution, especially when children are involved in a family crisis or divorce. I work with my clients to help resolve issues rather than escalating them. Both mediation and the collaborative process can be used to resolve any aspect of divorce, modifications, or even most contempt actions for both once married parents and never married parents. If I am your mediator, I will help you have a conversation so that both parents are able to express their thoughts and opinions and you will be able to work together to come to an agreement that works best for both parents and most importantly for your children. If I represent you in the collaborative process, I will help you to understand the law and know what options are available so that you may best voice your opinions and desires during conversations with your spouse and his/her attorney. I look forward to working with you to help reduce the conflict in your life.
Linda Swain Minkoff has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts since 1987. Minkoff Law Offices, LLC, was opened in November 2009, and continues in the practice areas of divorce, custody, child support, divorce mediation and collaborative law, as well as estate planning and elder law.
Linda received a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern University in 1974.She received a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 1987, and was admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts in December 1987. Attorney Minkoff is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to becoming an attorney in 1987, Linda was a practicing mental health professional with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She therefore brings unique skills and perspective to the often troubling field of domestic relations litigation.
Carol Nesson prepares QDROs (orders dividing retirement assets) & similar documents for attorneys and clients. She is available for consultation with clients and counsel about how to draft appropriate language in separation agreements.
With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, and more than 35 years of professional experience, Attorney Shemin brings a “best of both worlds approach” to helping clients resolve matters outside of court. These dispute resolution options include mediation, collaborative law, parenting coordination, divorce consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, premarital and postnuptial agreements – and she even has a subspecialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.” With her extensive background in child development and her knowledge and understanding of the psychodynamics of divorce, she is exceptionally well-equipped to assist transitioning families with developing optimal co-parenting plans, telling children about divorce, and handling inevitable disagreements that parents will face long after the ink is dry on their divorce agreements.
Attorney Shemin is the Vice-President of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is also credentialed as a certified family law mediator by that organization (a highly selective recognition). For the past 2 years, she has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Family Lawyers in Massachusetts” as well as a “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.” In 2015, she was recognized among “Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 3 distinct categories – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law and Mediation, and Collaborative Law. She has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating. Attorney Shemin is also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator. She has met all the requirements for and has been approved for inclusion on, the Category V Parenting Coordinator fee-generating appointment list for the Probate and Family Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is also a Board Member and Founding Member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.
Attorney Debra L. Smith provides personalized legal services with a concentration in family and juvenile law, including divorce (issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, modification, and care and protection matters. Her focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. She believes that her clients are best served by attempting to seek resolution of a matter without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a collaborative coach and financial professional. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 32 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience.
Ms. Smith also serves as a mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.
Lisa offers her clients options to resolve divorces amicably and with dignity. With Lisa’s assistance, you and your spouse will make the important decisions about your finances and your family within a timeframe that works well for both of you. All settlement discussions are private. Lisa’s approach to divorce is to view it as a process to move you towards new goals-not just to end a marriage.
You may schedule a first meeting on your own or with your spouse. During the first meeting, Lisa will explain the process options which may be available. Lisa helps clients with issues including divorce, child support, alimony, parenting plans, paternity and mediation to stay married matters.
Lisa is an experienced collaborative attorney and divorce mediator. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (M.C.L.C.) and has chaired many state-wide committees in this field. Based on Lisa’s skill, education and experience, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (M.C.F.M.) has distinguished Lisa as one of the approximately 30 professionals in Massachusetts to be a Certified Divorce Mediator.
Attorney Stamps has over 25 years experience in family law and specializes in complex custody, financial and tax matters. Her firm offers litigation, mediation, and collaborative law services to clients in divorce and post-divorce matters. They also offer prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as Guardian ad Litem and parent coordinator services. Call or email for a free consultation.
Doris Tennant specializes in divorce settlements that spare parents and children the emotional toll of court contested cases. Facilitating the resolution of divorces through either the Collaborative Law process, mediation, negotiation, or arbitration, she concentrates on helping achieve reasonable and realistic agreements without a judge imposing a solution. Contact Doris for a 20-minute telephone consultation at no charge, or schedule an in-person substantive consultation with her for 75 minutes at a reduced rate.
Attorney Marion Lee Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Marion has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans and including financially complex divorces. She is a former Vice President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and formerly served on the MCFM Board of Directors.
Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements.
Fran Whyman devotes her family law practice, Whyman Law and Mediation, to helping clients reach out-of-court settlement of their family law matters in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Fran uses mediation,
collaborative law, and negotiation to facilitate resolution of areas requiring resolution in a divorce, including, for example, parenting plans, child support, alimony, asset division, health insurance and college expenses. She uses marital mediation to assist couples in their efforts to reach agreements that will help them in their efforts to stay married.
Based on her experience and knowledge in the field of family law mediation, Fran is one of approximately 35 mediators in Massachusetts who has been awarded certification status by the Massachusetts Council
on Family Mediation.
Fran is the former President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and a current
Executive Board Member of MCFM. She is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Attorney Woodacre’s practice concentrates in custody, litigation, division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. It is a full service family law boutique highly experienced in litigation and child custody and removal cases. She works in all Greater Boston courts as well as Bristol and Worcester Counties where she can meet clients at a satellite location. Her practice is not limited by geography. Spanish facility.
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