“Master Hearing” is a process in which the parties seek an order of court that authorizes us to hear arguments, review evidence and “find facts” that a judge ordinarily would do at a trial in court. If requested by the parties or ordered by the court, we will make recommendations for a judgment, or outcome, of the case. We will write a report of our findings that the parties then submit to the court for further action. This process can occur with the parties alone or with the parties and their lawyers present and participating. When counsel does not participate directly in master’s hearings, we strongly encourage the parties to have lawyers with whom they consult before and between hearings, in financial disclosure and in connection with document drafting.
As masters, we will hear ultimate issues, interim or “temporary orders” and discovery disputes: all in the context of divorce, custody or other family law, probate law and other disputes.
By contract, we will commit to hourly cost and the timeliness of hearings and decisions.