“Conciliation” is a process in which I assist the parties and/or their lawyers to settle a case by clarifying the issues and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each side of the case. 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 conciliation I strongly encourage the parties to have consulting lawyers.
If the case does not settle, I 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.
I will address divorce, custody or other family law, probate law or other matters.