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REPORT ON LDRC

Happy Spring. The long winter of frozen government and pipes is coming to an end. At least the pipes.

We are going to stop talking about being new and excited about being new, because we are not that new anymore. But, we are excited about not being that new anymore. There, I said it! The state of LDRC is good and we thank you all for your continuing support. We continue to mediate, arbitrate, write, teach and generally enjoy life; and we hope the latter for you.

In this issue, we offer another a piece of our own “Massachusetts Alimony Reform and Divorce Mediation: Is it Information or Legal Advice?”. In it, we explore the murky territory between legal information and legal advice in mediation practice. The former is critical to effective mediation, the latter forbidden; and it is a struggle sometimes to walk the right side of a blurry line. The one-year old alimony statute doubles down on the challenge. We would to love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this challenging subject.

We also start featuring one of our recent blog entries, to welcome you to our shorter form and close to weekly comments. They are quite diverse and we hope interesting. Don’t forget to click the RSS button if you want to receive them in real time.

Then, as always, we have our guest writers. For those of you with professional practices, or who represent those that do, we offer “Law Office Embezzlement -- Are You at Risk?”, an important self-assessment tool that is the work of Rich Streitfeld, CPA, CFE, of Cranston, Rhode Island’s Aaronson Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz & Co (www.alscpa.com). For divorce practitioners and allied referring professionals, we present “At least three roads diverged in the woods and I, I took the one less traveled by… Divorce Consultation: A new paradigm”, authored by Attorney Heidi R. Webb, of Lincoln, MA (www.DivorceConsultations.com), a fresh look on evaluating prospective clients’ needs and Heidi’s take on how she helps her clients, and potentially yours. We hope you find them helpful and different.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ENJOY OUR GUEST WRITERS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND ANY PIECES OF YOUR OWN THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE US PUBLISH HERE IN FUTURE NEWSLETTERS. SEND THEM (with head shot and/or logo) TO wmlevine@levinedisputeresolution.com.

Be Well.