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5 Tips for Avoiding Lawyers in Los Angeles

February 2nd, 2016

Some lawyers are decent people. I’m a lawyer myself. So are my beloved father and many of my friends. But, who are we kidding – you’d rather not have to hire one, right? Sometimes they’re helpful. But if you can avoid them, that’s ideal. These tips apply everywhere, not just Los Angeles, but my office is in L.A., so that’s my focus. Here are…

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Best Divorce Lawyers in Minnesota: None at all

December 14th, 2015

The best divorce lawyer in Minnesota is no lawyer at all.  In very rare and extreme cases, they may be helpful, but the vast majority of the time family lawyers do more harm than good.  There are far better ways to deal with conflict with your spouse. If you disagree with your spouse about parenting, child support, spousal maintenance or property division, adding lawyers to the situation…

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Mediation in Litigation could be MUCH better than it normally is – 5 minutes

June 15th, 2015

Here’s Five Minutes on How Mediation in Litigation could be MUCH better than it Normally is

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What’s Wrong with Traditional Mediation?

March 31st, 2015

Most mediators simply haven’t thought about or studied the question of what is most helpful to people in conflict. Instead, they apply their lawyering skills against both parties. As lawyers, they learned to threaten the other side with what a judge will do and offer the other side the opportunity to do something slightly less painful. As mediators, they do that to both parties…

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Old-School Mediation Techniques

October 22nd, 2014

Learn why old-school mediation techniques aren’t effective.

Here’s what I said in this interview about the unfortunate way that most litigation-related mediation is currently done:

” I think there is a wide spectrum of what is considered mediation or what is called mediation. From what I’ve gathered from anecdotes from the lawyers I’ve talked to who practice litigation and from the mediators I’ve talked to, the…

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But I’ve Heard the Judge Has the Final Say? Isn’t that True?

July 21st, 2011

Not really. Judges love it if you and your co-parent figure out what works for you, since judges understand that if you’re not both satisfied, there are likely to be problems in the future. If you and your co-parent don’t agree and you ask a judge to make a ruling, the judge will do so, but you and your co-parent still have a lot…

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