Being a client in search of legal advice made for an interesting role reversal. Here’s what happened. How Many Form Emails? 1. I completed and submitted an online request form for legal services. I completed a multipage from about my identity, the identity of the person with whom I had the legal problem, and outlined
Understand the value to you and your family’s wellness to manage this conflict to peaceful resolution Deescalate the tension by offering an invitation to talk in a private setting Keep interference from extended family and friends at bay to ensure privacy and focused communication between the co-parents Initiate the conversation to limit the negative impact
Build new personal relationships slowly. When I graduated from law school a few decades ago, it was ‘common knowledge’ that a person leaving a significant relationship will be ‘healed in about 6 months’. The new guideline is two years. It’s a more realistic fencepost and if you’re not feeling like yourself by that time, consult
Your choice: You have the right to select your own attorney, in most circumstances. If you are from a small town or using a community funded legal services program, it is likely that there will be a smaller circle of available qualified lawyers from which to make your selection. You may reject an attorney chosen
Simply, at the first meeting, it’s premature to be able to predict the final cost. There are unknown roadblocks such as the inability to recover important older bank documents which may cause delays, to be able to foresee the inevitable twists and turns which life brings to each of us. Consider the impact of the
Certainly! Silver separation or a grey divorce is common now as baby-boomers decide for many reasons such as economic and personal independence, belief in a better life ahead, or anticipating a long life yet to live as their parents are experiencing that it is time to strike a new path. For some it is the
Family Businesses are not only the lifeline for a family; they often integrate family members from both sides who perform a wide array of valuable responsibilities keeping the business profitable. Developing a shared understanding to how the business will operate during the family’s transition to two households is essential to keep a positive cash flow.
What we don’t know about can be frightening. Share good memories about the time when a difficult decision was made with a great result because of the help of trusted friends and knowledgeable professional. Consider the emotional tailspin you spouse may be in. Acknowledge that it may not a good time for your partner to
GRADUATIONS AND WEDDINGS! The families are assembling to celebrate and rejoice! The kids are graduating from kindergarten and grade school and high school and colleges and universities. Student loans to be settled and education and moving tax credits are ending. With new jobs come new apartments. Child support obligations start to wind down as the
I was on a plane on my way from London, England back to Toronto, Canada. After the meal was served, my seat mate engaged me on the development of his risk management business. He explained that in his industry the identification of risks was the easy part. Most of his time was the anticipating and
The first questions should focus on how you want to proceed. Here’s an example: Do you want to be heard about what matters to you? If this is an important issue for you, then consider staying away from choosing an approach like court where your ‘hired gun’ does all the talking. What does being heard
Going to court means giving permission to a complete stranger to make long term decisions about you and your family. The decision, including details of the family’s financial circumstances, may be published and accessible online. Separating from a spouse or partner may well be one of the most difficult traumatic, fearful experiences we go through.