Non-combative divorce. Collaborative divorce can preserve your dignity, your assets and lessen the impact of divorce on your children.
Conventional divorce representation focuses on preparing for trial. But trials happen in less than 5% of divorce cases. Collaborative divorce turns its attention to other 95% with specially trained settlement lawyers, divorce coaches and financial neutrals focused on settlement from the outset. As a Collaborative lawyer, I serve as your ally to help you create and evaluate options, provide legal advice and assist with problem-solving so you can get through this difficult time and on with your life. The process begins with each spouse hiring a Collaborative lawyer. With a Collaborative Lawyer at your side, a series of meetings are held to explore interests, concerns and negotiate an acceptable resolution. The appropriate paperwork is prepared and presented to a family law judge for approval. Attorney fees vary and you will know how much they are from the beginning. I do not do hourly billing for Collaborative matters. Before we begin, I will quote you a fixed fee for the representation.
When a neutral intermediary is needed. Private. Uncomplicated. Unbiased.
Some divorcing couples don’t want to hire traditional divorce lawyers fearing the creation of conflict or out-of-control litigation costs. In lieu of legal representation, some couples prefer to hire a mediator. As a mediator, I bring an experienced, neutral voice to the table and serve an educational and facilitative role. A mediator has no decision-making authority and does not represent either spouse, and can provide a safe and managed environment for each spouse to express his or her needs and concerns and facilitate resolution. Mediations are confidential and take place in a private setting. Mediations may take place in one or more sessions as needed to reach an agreement. Fees are billed at $300 per hour spent in session and any time necessary to prepare for the mediation.
Experience when it matters. This is probably your first (and hopefully, only) divorce. This isn’t the time to go it alone.
On May 1, 2004, I joined a growing number of attorneys nation-wide who have limited their divorce practices to out-of-court processes. Conventional divorce litigation has its place, certainly, but I have chosen to focus my efforts on the 95% of divorces which settle instead of the 5% which end up in trial. Even though your spouse may have hired a lawyer who has initiated – or plans to initiate – a conventional divorce, most experienced lawyers realize a settlement is more likely than a trial and will often work cooperatively with the other attorney toward that end. In private settlement negotiations with your spouse’s attorney, I will attempt to help you arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement as efficiently as possible. Attorney fees vary and you will know how much they are from the beginning. I do not do hourly billing in divorce cases. Before we begin, I will quote you a fixed fee for the representation.
Divorce Document Drafting
Clear, understandable documents to formalize your agreement.
Suppose you and your spouse have settled your affairs without lawyers. You’ll still need the paperwork prepared accurately and in a manner acceptable to the judge. You may also need additional documents prepared to legally divide real or personal property and debts. If you don’t do this properly now, it may come back to haunt you years from now. I’ll prepare your documents and guide you through the legal steps necessary to finalize your agreement. Attorney fees vary and you will know how much they are from the beginning. I do not do hourly billing for document drafting. Before we begin, I will quote you a fixed fee for the tasks to be performed.
Same Sex Couple Agreements
Not legally married? Do by private agreement what the legal system is not yet equipped to do.
Most states do not grant legal recognition to same sex partnerships. As a result, same sex couples may not legally divorce, may not be subject to laws regarding child custody and support and do not receive next-of-kin treatment for inheritance purposes. A cohabitation agreement may clarify mutual financial commitments, issues regarding children and matters related to inheritance. Attorney fees vary and you will know how much they are from the beginning. I do not do hourly billing for preparation of cohabitation agreements. Before we begin, I will quote you a fixed fee for the tasks to be performed.
Legal concerns, including divorce, bicycle accidents and small business issues, do not have to disrupt your life. Tulsa lawyer, Malcolm McCollam, will help you resolve problems expertly and efficiently so you can return to what’s truly important.
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