“Case evaluation” evaluation” is a process in which the parties or their attorneys present a summary of their case to us. We then give the participants a non-binding opinion of the likely outcome or range of expected outcomes if the case proceeds to a trial by a judge in court. This process can occur with the parties alone if unrepresented, or with the parties and their lawyers present and participating. When counsel does not participate directly in case evaluation, we encourage the parties to have lawyers with whom they consult before sessions, in financial disclosure and in connection with agreement drafting. We will only do case evaluation as a joint engagement of all parties to the dispute and not for one side only.
We will address divorce, custody or other family law, probate law or other litigation matters.
If the case does not settle, we will, if the parties wish, explore the steps that remain to prepare the case for trial before a judge in court, of if the parties wish, before an arbitrator.
By contract, we will commit to hourly cost, timing and confidentiality and procedure.