Family Law | Mediation | Collaborative Law
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Harrington Brewster Mahoney Smits

Family Law | Mediation | Collaborative Law

Helping Families Through Transitions

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The lawyers at HBMS are family law experts dedicated to assisting clients and families going through divorce and child-related cases. Our law firm strives to resolve disputes in customized and cost-effective ways with respect and compassion. Our firm focuses solely on family law cases, which often involve many complex issues such as child custody, distribution of property, and child and spousal support. We also handle cases involving adoption, assisted reproductive technology, appeals, pre and post marital agreements and child protection.

HBMS offers many options for dispute resolution, including representation in mediation, unbundled limited representation, early neutral evaluation and traditional representation that is resolution focused, as these methods minimize emotional, social and financial harm to clients and their families. Clients wanting to avoid litigation may also retain HBMS lawyers as mediators or for representation in collaborative law cases.

While our firm provides many resolution-focused options, it also offers full family law services, including representation in contested litigation. All of HBMS's lawyers are experienced and skilled in written and courtroom advocacy.

 
 

 
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At HBMS we understand that family law cases frequently involve a number of complex issues that are incredibly important and deeply personal to our clients and their families. After listening carefully to your concerns, we will help you choose among the following options:

 
 
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Family Law

Family law cases involve the initiation, management and resolution of family law issues through a process overseen by the court system. While most family law cases are ultimately resolved without the need for court intervention or contested hearings, all parties involved in such cases must satisfy a number of requirements and deadlines designed to encourage the efficient resolution of their disputes. Ultimately however, if parties are unable to reach agreements settling their cases, the court will enter orders resolving all remaining disputes for them after holding a hearing. The lawyers at HBMS will guide you through this process, whether that involves negotiating and reaching resolutions outside of court or representing you in contested court hearings.

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Mediation

 

Our role as attorney-mediators is to help you and the other party/parties involved in your family law dispute reach mutual and enforceable agreements by acting as a neutral professional. Mediation is a confidential process, designed to encourage cooperation and creative problem solving. Drawing from years of experience representing hundreds of clients in family law cases, we will work to find positive solutions that are both thoughtfully and personally tailored to you and your family.

 

 
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Collaborative Law

 

Contested family law litigation focused on beating the other party at all costs is never the best approach, and particularly not in cases involving children. When both parties to a family law case are dedicated to resolving their disputes in ways that are both fair and sensitive to the unique needs of all involved, we can help resolve your family law disputes through the collaborative law process. Whether you are going through a divorce or other family law conflict, collaborative law offers a structured and flexible alternative to the traditional resolution process overseen by the court system.

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Estate Planning

We can provide comprehensive estate plans consisting of a will and/or trust, a medical power of attorney, a financial power of attorney, a living will, and a disposition of last remains or individual documents at a flat rate. Having an estate plan in place is one of the best things you can do for your family and loved ones by giving them certainty of your wishes. Having an estate plan, including financial and medical directives, can remove a substantial burden from your loved ones in the event of your death or disability no matter the size of your estate.

 
 
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