Legal Coaching is a new concept in family law. It's providing self-reps with the skills and tools to enhance their written and spoken presentations. It helps the person representing them-self to be more effective and persuasive in court, negotiations, or mediation. It's putting a lawyer's experience at your finger-tips.
Joel invited other lawyers to consider how they can support the growing number of people who can’t afford traditional legal services. In particular, fixed fee services allow the client to stay in control of their costs and feel more satisfied than with traditional services. Fixed fee services allow lawyers to access a larger pool of clients with minimal impact on overhead.
Legal coaching involves working with an experienced lawyer at your convenience. The lawyer does not represent you. Instead, he or she provides focused services at a fixed fee or an hourly rate to help you prepare for your case in the areas where you want help.
Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Project Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, has given us permission to copy here a post she wrote on October 31st, 2016, for the NSRLP blog dealing with a costs award against a family law self-rep. It's well worth reading. She points to how common misperceptions about self-reps by lawyers and judges can cause real harm, and how everyone in the family law system needs to have a better appreciation of the difficulties self-reps face in trying to get matters heard fully and fairly. Thanks for letting us re-post this. JM
One of the most interesting Ontario Superior Court of Justice decisions in a while has tipped us off to “the two magic words of custody cases.” One of Ontario’s most respected family law judges goes through a contested custody case, with lots of conflicting facts, and boils it down to 2 simple words of advice. He calls them “the two magic words of custody cases.” You won’t believe how sensible they are.
Collaborative family law is a way for divorcing partners to resolve their disputes respectfully without going to court. It's also referred to as “no-court divorce” or “divorce with dignity.” This process offers couples support and guidance from a lawyer trained in collaborative family law and potentially additional professionals such as financial specialists.