Legal Services – Metro West

Metro West (Acton, 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 275 Grove Street Building Two Suite 400 Newton MA 02466 Phone: (617) 969-8889 Fax: (617) 415-1497 Website: www.newtondivorce.com
About

As a lawyer, Karl Topor practices 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.

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. He is also a certified Guardian ad Litem as well as a Parent Coordinator.

 

Steven Ballard Esq. **

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Law Offices of Steven Ballard Address 354 Washington Street, Suite 323 Wellesley MA 02481 Phone: (781) 591-2750 Website: www.stevenballard.com
About

I provide legal representation to individuals in divorce and family law proceedings throughout Massachusetts. I am an experienced litigator specializing in divorce and family law, and an especially successful trial lawyer in child custody and other high-conflict cases. As an attorney, I work very hard to achieve the best outcomes for my clients by strategic planning, skilled negotiations, and when necessary, aggressive court representation at hearings and at trial. I have met the qualifications and training requirements under Rule 8 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Rule 1:18 (Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution), both for mediation and for court-connected conciliation, and have recently received further training in various types of mediation, and in collaborative law, and am participating in mediation of disputes in district courts through MWI. I have frequently served as Lawyer for the Day in the Middlesex County, Norfolk County, and Worcester County Divisions of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, and as court-connected conciliator in the Suffolk County Division of the Probate and Family Court.

Karen M. Buckley Esq. **

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Of Counsel to Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee, LLP Address 246 Walnut Street Suite 201 Newton MA 02460 Phone: (617) 964-7000 Fax: (617) 964-4025 Website: www.attorneykarenmbuckley.com Website: www.rfl-law.com
About

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.

Susan Rossi Cook Esq.

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Susan Rossi Cook Attorney and Mediator Address 16 Cottage Street Suite 3 Franklin MA 02038 Phone: (508) 528-5122 Fax: (508) 528-5177 Website: www.rossicooklaw.com
About

With more than 10 years of experience as a divorce lawyer and a year and a half as a law clerk, Attorney Susan Rossi Cook has helped many families successfully resolve divorce cases in a way that lays a foundation for future success and collaboration.

She guides clients through divorce and related family law issues, including:

  • Child custody and co-parenting
  • Child support
  • Alimony, also called spousal support
  • Marital property division

With her representation, you will always know the status of your case, the next step and the chances of success. This allows her to offer custom-tailored representation while resolving your family law matter as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In divorce cases involving children, she is committed first and foremost to protecting those children’s interests. Attorney Cook is a member of Attorneys Representing Children, or ARC, a program that provides pro bono representation to children whose parents are going through a high-conflict divorce.

Susan maintains offices in both Franklin and Centerville, Ma.

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: 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, 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
About

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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Jennifer Hawthorne Law Address 945 Concord Road Framingham MA 01701 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.

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.
About

Justin Kelsey is a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator with offices in Framingham and Hingham, Massachusetts. Justin is the Clerk 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 kelseytrask.com.

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 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.

Marion Lee Wasserman Esq. **

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Reach Accord Law and Mediation Services Address 100 Wells Avenue Newton MA 02459 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 is currently on the MCFM Board of Directors.

Areas of practice: divorce, post-divorce, custody, parenting plans, temporary separation, prenuptial agreements, relationship agreements, nontraditional relationships and family business.

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 custody, litigation, division of assets, alimony, modification, relocation and child custody cases often involving forensic litigation and mediation skills. It is a full family law service 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.