Legal Services – Metro West

Metro West (Acton, Arlington, Concord, Dedham, Framingham, Franklin, Natick, Newton, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, West Roxbury)

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Auburndale Center for Divorce **

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Contact: Karl Topor, Esq. Address Riverside Center 275 Grove Street Building Two, Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Counties served: All Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
About

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 in his third term as Co-President of The Divorce Center.  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 Esq. **

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Domestic Relations Attorney Law Offices of Steven Ballard Address 354 Washington Street, Suite 323 Wellesley MA 02481 Counties Served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester, Plymouth, Essex Phone: (781) 591-2750 Website: www.stevenballard.com
About

Steven Ballard represents individuals in the courts of Greater Boston, frequently in challenging, high-conflict divorce and family law cases, most of which ultimately lead to negotiated settlements. His practice offers a wide range of options, including collaborative divorce representation, family law representation for interest-based settlement negotiations outside of court, court representation through the “limited assistance representation” program, full representation in family court litigation through trial, and post-trial representation in the trial courts and appellate advocacy in the higher courts. He also handles domestic violence cases, including restraining order cases and related criminal cases.

Steven volunteers his services in court-connected mediation and conciliation, and as Lawyer for the Day in the family courts of Greater Boston. He has been quoted in recent years on divorce law issues in the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal, and other media. His professional affiliations include: the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, 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.

At The Divorce Center, Steven is a regular attorney faculty member for “Divorce Matters for You” workshops, serves on the Board of Directors, and currently serves as Treasurer.

Karen M. Buckley Esq. **

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLP Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Essex Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: www.attorneykarenmbuckley.com Website: www.rfl-law.com
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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.

Daniel J. Finn Esq. **

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Law Office of Daniel J. Finn Address 20 Walnut Street 2nd Floor Wellesley MA 02481 Counties: Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Bristol, Essex Phone: (781) 997-1595 Fax: (617) 278-9397 Website: www.danfinnlaw.com
About

Attorney Finn practices in the area of family law with a concentration in collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflict. Dan has been involved in collaborative law since its inception in Massachusetts. He is a director and past president of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. He is also a Director of The Divorce Center. He also has a family mediation practice.

Howard I. Goldstein Esq. **

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Goldstein & Bilodeau P.C. Address 246 Walnut St Suite 301 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-8559 Fax: (617) 245-5322 Website: www.massachusetts-divorce.com
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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.

Jennifer Hawthorne Esq. **

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Mediator & Collaborative Attorney Hawthorne Law and Mediation Address 160 Speen St. Framingham MA 01701 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 656-0094 Website: www.jenniferhawthornelaw.com
About

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.

Barbara Kellman Esq. **

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Attorney & Mediator SneiderKellman P.C. Home 1244 Boylston St. Suite 200 Chestnut Hill MA 02467 Counties served: Eastern and Central MA Phone: (617) 278-1881 Fax: (617) 278-1888 Website: sneiderkellman.com
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Attorney Barbara Kellman is an experienced Massachusetts family law attorney concentrating her law and mediation practices on resolving family related disputes involving pre-and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, separation, parenting plans, spousal support, and other probate and family related matters through litigation, mediation, or collaborative law.

Justin L. Kelsey Esq. **

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Attorney/ Mediator Skylark Law & Mediation, PC Address 160 Speen Street Suite 202 Framingham MA 01701 Counties served: Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk Phone: (508) 655-5980 Fax: (508) 655-5981 Website: Skylark Law & Mediation
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Justin Kelsey is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator with offices in Framingham and Hingham, Massachusetts. Justin is the President-Elect of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, is on the board of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediators, and is on the Family Law Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Justin is also a former member of the Board of Directors of The Divorce Center. To learn more about Justin and his practice please visit skylarklaw.com.

Linda S. Minkoff Esq.**

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Attorney Minkoff Law Offices, LLC Home 9 Damonmill Square, 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 369-1800 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: Minkoff Law Offices
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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 E. Nesson Esq.

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Law Office of Carol E. Nesson Address 1996 Centre Street 3rd Floor West Roxbury MA 02132 County served: All Ma. counties Phone: (617) 363-0000 Fax: (617) 363-0006 Website: The Law Office of Carol E. Nesson
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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.

Theodore P. Orenstein Esq.

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Address 29 Ricker Road Newton MA 02458 Counties served: East of Worcester Phone: (617) 964-1173 Fax: (617) 202-9027
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Past President of The Divorce Center and currently on its Board of Directors, formerly on the Council of the Family Law Section of the Mass. Bar Association and the Board of Managers of the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Co-author of “Family Law in Massachusetts” and “When a Professional Divorces.” Since 1978 has been concentrating on all aspects of domestic relations law, including complex finances and difficult cases.

Michelle M. Raymond Esq. **

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Mediator, Collaborative Law Attorney and Family Law Litigator Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. Address 124 Grove Street Suite 220 Franklin MA 02038 Counties served: Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex and Worcester Phone: (508) 541-3000 Fax: (508) 541-3008 Website: www.dcdclaw.com
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By combining her experience with mediation, collaborative law and litigation, Michelle is able to provide clients with a wide range of options appropriate for their needs and goals. As Head of the Domestic Relations Department at DCDC, she assists her clients through their difficult legal and personal times with an emphasis on the prevention of future legal problems. Michelle provide mediation and litigation services for all family-related disputes, such as: divorce, post-divorce, paternity, separation, estate or guardianship, non-traditional family issues, adoption and parent coordination. She works with a team of professionals to guide her clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the area of
family law. In addition to the legal aspects of family law, Michelle focuses on helping her clients maintain and regain control over the decisions that affect their lives, integrity, and confidence all in a confidential setting.

DCDC’s mediation services offer a cost-effective alternative for family, probate, civil, and business disputes, and provide parties with more control over the process. In addition to mediation, Michelle also practiced collaborative law in divorce & family matters.

Michelle firmly believes in the team approach of assisting clients through crisis situations. She understands how legal and financial professionals can support clients by preventing future legal problems through education and preparing for the unexpected.

Debra L. Smith Esq. **

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Address 134 Main Street Watertown MA 02472 Phone: (617) 924-6728 Fax: (617) 924-6797 Website: www.lawdebsmith.com
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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 J. Smith Esq. **

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Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Lisa J. Smith Attorney at Law Address 220 North Main Street Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk & Worcester Phone: (508) 652-0011 Fax: (508) 652-0011 Website: www.FamilyLawChoices.com
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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.

Susan D. Stamps Esq. **

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Law Offices of Susan D. Stamps Address 9 Damonmill Square Suite 5D Concord MA 01742 Phone: (978) 371-3131 Fax: (978) 371-2378 Website: www.stamps-law.com
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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.

Marcia E. Tannenbaum Esq. **

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Attorney – Mediator – Collaborative lawyer Solutions Through Mediation Address 57 Brownell Street Worcester MA 01602-3321 Counties served: Worcester, Middesex, Hampden Phone: (508) 798-4090 Fax: (508) 753-5840 Website: solutionsthroughmediation.com
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Marcia E. Tannenbaum has been mediating in Worcester since January, 1994. She was the first Worcester County attorney trained in Collaborative Practice.

Attorney Tannenbaum volunteers in the Lawyer for the Day program and the Pilot Mediation program as a mentor at the Worcester Probate and Family Court.

She offers a free initial half hour consultation in her home office. Appointment may be made by calling during regular hours of 8:30 to
5:00 M – Th or 8:30 to 2:00 on Friday or for an evening or Sunday appointment as available.

Doris F. Tennant Esq. **

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Tennant Lubell, LLC Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 500 Newton MA 02460 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Worcester, Barnstable Phone: (617) 969-9610 Fax: (617) 969-9611 Website: www.tllawgroup.com
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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.

Marion Lee Wasserman Esq. **

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Attorney/ Mediator Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services Address 189 Wells Avenue Third Floor Newton MA 02459 Counties served: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Phone: (781) 449-4815 Fax: (781) 433-0405 Website: www.reachaccord.com
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Attorney Wasserman emphasizes dispute resolution, not dispute escalation. In addition to mediation and collaborative law, she offers traditional legal representation emphasizing negotiated settlement. Attorney Wasserman has a special interest in divorce and parent-child issues, including the structuring of parenting plans. 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 L. Whyman Esq. **

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Whyman Law and Mediation Home 220 North Main Street Natick MA 01760 Counties: Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Worcester Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website: WhymanLawandMediation.com
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Fran Whyman’s practice, Whyman Law & Mediation, is devoted exclusively to helping individuals and couples reach an out-of-court resolution of their family law matters, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. The practice helps individuals reach a separation agreement to become divorced, an agreement to stay married, an agreement to modify terms of a previous divorce judgment, a premarital agreement. Child support, alimony, division of assets, health insurance, and payments for college, are some of the family law issues addressed in working with clients, through a number of different methods, including mediation, the Collaborative Law Process, or lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation.

Lorri Seibert Woodacre Esq. **

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Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre Address 8 Grove Street Suite 402 Wellesley MA 02482 Counties served: Middlesex, Bristol, Worcester, Suffolk, Plymouth Address 45 Summer Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6020 Website: www.woodacrelaw.com
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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 maintains two offices, one in Wellesley, the other in Natick working in 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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