Legal Services – Metro West

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

Auburndale Center for Divorce

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

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. His services offer an alternative to a long drawn out battle in the court arena.

Aside from being a Divorce Mediator, in his lawyer role, he also does Collaborative Law and acts as a Conciliator in the Probate and Family Courts of Massachusetts. The majority of his legal practice emphasizes Family and Matrimonial Law. Karl is dedicated to solving problems and minimizing litigation by helping two parties in a divorce come to a mutual agreement. He emphasizes the importance of children in the process of divorce. 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.

Guardian ad Litem

Karl has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Law disputes in Massachusetts. He has been actively involved in numerous contested custody cases requiring the need for a Guardian ad Litem’s investigation. Aside from being a Guardian ad Litem, as a Family Law attorney, he has dealt with a variety of custody issues and he is aware of the dynamics of the Probate and Family Court system. He has acquired special advanced training in Family Law and Guardian ad Litem issues and has lectured on Family Law issues both on a local, state and national level.

Parent Coordinator

As a Parenting Coordinator in Massachusetts for cases throughout Middlesex, Suffolk and Worcester Counties,
Karl focuses primarily on issues involving Family and Matrimonial Law. He offers services as a Parenting Coordinator in setting visitation schedules and other parenting plans for families. He has completed advanced parenting coordination training.

His background as a Family Law attorney is extremely helpful in understanding the dynamics of the Family Court system and in his role as a parenting coordinator.

Karen M. Buckley Esq.

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLC Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: Karen M. Buckley
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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 60 Walnut Street 2nd Floor Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 997-1595 Fax: (617) 278-9397 Website: Daniel J. Finn
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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, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP Address 246 Walnut St Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-8559 Fax: (617) 245-5322 Website: Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP
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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.

Karen K. Greenberg Esq.

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Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C. Address 20 William Street Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 237-0033 x235 Fax: (781) 235-2055 Website: Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C.
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Karen is a graduate of Boston University and holds a master’s degree from Wheelock College. She graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and formed Konowitz & Greenberg, P.C. in 1988. Family law disputes may involve high conflict domestic relations matters including restraining orders, domestic violence, divorce, alimony, custody, child support and paternity, adoption, termination of parental rights, visitation issues, guardianships, property division and modification. Karen has the ability and experience to handle all family law needs, from the detailed management of a complex marital property dispute to the sensitive advocacy needed in an emotionally charged child custody proceeding. She employs both litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation practice. Karen is an experienced and accomplished attorney, having concentrated in family law matters for more than twenty years.

Jennifer Hawthorne Esq.

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Address 945 Concord Road Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 656-0094 Website: Jennifer Hawthorne Law
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Jennifer Hawthorne is a collaborative attorney and mediator. She works with families and parents to create an agreement that will help your family navigate life during and after some of the most challenging situations life can throw at you including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, alimony, and parenting plans. In working with her clients, she strives to resolve disputes rather than escalate them. She works to ensure that her clients are able to find a solution that works for both parents and the children in a manner that promotes ongoing communication and minimizes the emotional and financial toll these situations can often take on a family.

Justin L. Kelsey Esq.

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Kelsey & Trask, P.C. Address 160 Speen Street Suite 202 Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 655-5980 Fax: (508) 655-5981 Website: Kelsey & Trask P.C.
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At Kelsey & Trask, P.C., we work with families to resolve disputes relating to Divorce, Paternity, Child Support, Alimony and Custody, as amicably, quickly and cost-effectively as possible. To achieve these goals, we offer both mediation and individual representation. Attorney Kelsey can assist both parties in reaching a resolution together as a mediator, or can represent one party individually as counsel in litigation or in a Collaborative setting. Either way, we have the motivation to conclude your case as efficiently as possible because we recognize that ongoing disagreement or litigation is not a healthy situation for your family. For more information about Attorney Kelsey visit his profile page at his website.

Carol Lynn May Esq.

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Address 260 Boston Post Road Wayland MA 01778 Phone: (508) 358-3350 Fax: (508) 358-3365
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Carol Lynn May is an experienced attorney whose practice is concentrated in family law (divorce, separation, custody, visitation, prenuptial, post marital, and living together agreements, adoptions, and guardianships), mediation, and collaborative law. Carol Lynn has served for two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center, and is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association, and a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and Metrowest Bar Association. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.

Barbara L. Nason Esq.

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Mediator and Collaborative Attorney Nason Divorce Solutions, LLC Address 858 Washington Street Suite 100 Dedham MA 02026 Phone: (781) 253-2070 Fax: (781) 459-8500 Website: www.nasondivorcesolutions.com
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Barbara Nason is a mediator, conciliator and collaborative attorney offering a wide range of services to clients and lawyers in family law matters. Barbara believes in a respectful and private approach to resolving divorce and domestic disputes.

Barbara is a board member and Vice President for Education and Training at the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

Carol E. Nesson Esq.

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Law Office of Carol E. Nesson Address 1996 Centre Street 3rd Floor West Roxbury MA 02132 Phone: (617) 363-0000 Fax: (617) 363-0006 Website: The Law Offices of Carol E. Nesson
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Carol Nesson provides high quality legal consulting on post-divorce division of retirement assets and prepares QDROs (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) and similar orders. She is an expert on Massachusetts pensions and how to divide them.

Theodore P. Orenstein Esq.

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Address 29 Ricker Road Newton MA 02458 Phone: (617) 964-1173 Fax: (617) 202-9027
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Past President of The Divorce Center, 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.

David L. Rubin Esq.

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Address 929 Worcester Road Framingham MA 01701 Phone: (508) 875-9797 Fax: (508) 820-0371 Website: Law office of David L. Rubin
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David Rubin provides forceful representation in all aspects of divorce, including child support, alimony, division of marital property, parenting plans, retirement plans and other issues. He takes on difficult and contentious issues at trial but is equally adept at negotiating settlements before trial. He is also certified in collaborative law, which is an alternatve to traditional litigation. He is an active member of the Public Education Committee of The Divorce Center.

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 (on issues such as alimony, child support, parenting plans and division of marital assets), paternity, adoption, guardianship of children, modification, and care and protection matters. Ms. Smith’s focus is to save clients money by resolving matters cooperatively whenever possible. Attorney Smith believes that her clients are best served by attempting at the onset of a case to seek resolution of a matter as a high majority of cases are ultimately resolved without going to trial. Her preferred approach is to act as a collaborative attorney using a team approach with a divorce coach, financial professionals and if needed, other professionals such as a child specialist. She has been successful in reaching an amicable settlement in many disputes in over 28 years of law practice. However, in rare cases if the matter does not settle, she has substantial litigation experience and a good record in trying cases before a judge.

Other services Ms. Smith offers is acting as mediator to help couples resolve their family law matter in a respectful and amicable way in the private setting in her office. Ms. Smith was on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from 2002-2010. She has accepted Guardian ad Litem appointments from the court and has represented children in juvenile matters for over 20 years. Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor for Suffolk University. She acted as the wife’s attorney in the Divorce Center’s DVD called “A Divorce Play in Four Acts.” Attorney Smith has lectured for The Divorce Center, Inc., Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. To learn more about Ms. Smith’s background, please visit her website.

Lisa J. Smith Esq.

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Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Collaborative Attorney and Mediator Address 220 North Main Street Suite 301 Natick MA 01760 Phone: (508) 652-0011 Fax: (508) 653-0119 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.

Timothy J. Teehan Esq.

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Law Office of Timothy J. Teehan Address 11 East Street Suite 202 Franklin MA 02038 Phone: (774) 571-2893 Fax: (774) 907-3069 Website: www.teehanlaw.com
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Attorney Teehan has been involved in family law and mediation for over ten years, and he has experience with both amicable and contested matters.  He practices in Probate and Family Courts throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, ensuring that his clients’ rights are pursued and protected to the max.  Whether it is a divorce, custody, visitation, support or contempt matter, Attorney Teehan will do everything in his power to make sure that you and your family are put in the best possible position to succeed going forward.  Attorney Teehan offers free consultations to help you better understand your options.

Doris F. Tennant Esq.

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Tennant Lubell, LLC Address 288 Walnut Street Suite 500 Newton MA 02460 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. Cognizant of the protracted nature of litigation and its long-term effect on the parties, she facilitates the resolution of divorces by focusing on alternative dispute resolution techniques including Collaborative Practice, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. She concentrates on helping parties identify interests, explore options, and achieve realistic and reasonable agreements without a judge imposing a solution.

Fran L. Whyman Esq.

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Whyman Law and Mediation Home 220 North Main Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (508) 655-0700 Fax: (508) 653-0019 Website: www.whymanmediation.com
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Fran Whyman uses mediation and collaborative law to help couples reach agreement on sensitive issues with respect and dignity. Her practice focuses on out-of-court solutions to sensitive and challenging decisions around separation and divorce, child custody, parenting plans, child support, alimony, post-divorce modifications, prenuptial agreements, and agreements to stay married.

Fran is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Human Relations Service, a 3-town community mental health agency. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Lorri Seibert Woodacre Esq.

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Law Offices of Lorri Woodacre Address 8 Grove Street Suite 402 Wellesley MA 02482 Address 45 Summer Street Natick MA 01760 Phone: (781) 237-6020 Fax: (781) 237-6027 Website: www.woodacrelaw.com
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Attorney Woodacre’s practice concentrates in division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. 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. Spanish facility.