Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 2015 Divorce Seminars

This month's free divorce seminars are February 14 and 28, 2015, from 2-4pm in Old Town Pasadena. Call 626-351-1200 to reserve a seat. We're keeping these events small so space is limited. Leslie is happy to meet with you on a one-to-one basis for personal attention at $300 per hour if you prefer, or you may attend her free seminar to learn about the divorce process and amicable ways to get through it which will save each party tens of thousands of dollars that you would otherwise spend battling it out in court.


Everyone is welcome but it is not appropriate for children to attend. Couples find it helpful to attend together to learn their options so that they can go discuss it and decide what process works best for them and their families.


We look forward to seeing you there.


www.pasadenamediationlawyer.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December Divorce Seminars

The November Divorce Seminar was such a big success that we are scheduling future seminars twice a month. The free December 2014 Divorce dates are December 6 and 20, 2014. Please call Renata at 626-351-1200 to register as seating can be limited.


You are invited to attend from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where Leslie Howell will educate you on the divorce process and options to make your case run more affordably, effectively and efficiently. You decide the process that is right for your family. You will learn the difference between litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce and much more.

The seminar is for anyone who:  is considering divorce, has begun the divorce or paternity process, has been going through the process and wants to understand it better, or has been through it and is considering a judgment modification. If you are considering hiring Leslie as your mediator, both spouses (or unmarried parents of minor children) should attend together.

The seminar will be held at 30 N. Raymond, Suite 707, in Old Town Pasadena between Colorado and Union.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Free Divorce Workshop in Pasadena

You are invited to attend a free divorce workshop on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where Leslie Howell will educate you on the divorce process and options to make it more affordable, effective and efficient. You decide the process that is right for your family. You will learn the difference between litigation, mediation, collaborative divorce and much more.


The workshop is for anyone who:  is considering divorce, has begun the divorce or paternity process, has been going through the process and wants to understand it better, or has been through it and is considering a judgment modification. If you are considering hiring Leslie as your mediator, both spouses (or unmarried parents of minor children) should attend together.


The workshop will be held at 30 N. Raymond, Suite 707, in Old Town Pasadena between Colorado and Union.


To register, call (626) 351-1200 and ask for Renata.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Updates to Leslie Howell at Amicable Divorce Services

Leslie Howell at Amicable Divorce Services is proud to update important information for you. During our transition to Amicable Divorce Services, we moved. Please update your contact information:


225 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 300
Pasadena, CA  91101


(626) 351-1200



www.pasadenamediationlawyer.com


Effective November 1, 2014, We provide free seminars for the purpose of introducing you to the divorce process and various options to proceed. However, if you wish to receive legal advice about your case on a one-to-one basis with Leslie, then there will be a charge of $300 per hour.  Call Renata at (626) 351-1200 to schedule an initial consultation. Se habla EspaƱol.   NOTE:   If you are considering Leslie Howell as a mediator, then both partners need to be present at the initial consultation.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Change of Address

PLEASE NOTE THAT EFFECTIVE JUNE 10, 2013, MEDIATOR AND COLLABORATIVE LAWYER, LESLIE K. HOWELL, HAS CHANGED HER ADDRESS TO:

LESLIE K. HOWELL
AMICABLE DIVORCE SERVICES
225 SOUTH LAKE AVENUE, SUITE 300
PASADENA, CA  91101

(626) 351-1200
www.pasadenamediationlawyer.com

SETTING THE TONE FOR A NEW CASE

When one or both spouses decide that the marriage has ended, it is imperative that a peaceful tone is set from the very beginning if settlement is the goal. In my opinion, when a client retains a collaborative lawyer for a potential collaborative case and the other spouse does not have an attorney, it is the duty of the collaborative lawyer to reach out to the other spouse and offer the collaborative process and some web sites that may be helpful to educate themselves on the process. This must be done before the Petition is filed. If the Petition is filed first, positions are set forth on the Petition and the Responding spouse may react with the fight or flight reaction. Frequently when the other spouse is served with a Petition, they become afraid, angry and confused. Our job as collaborative professionals is to attempt to alleviate those feelings right off the bat. Generally speaking, the Petition should not be filed until it is determined whether the case will indeed be collaborative or a different process.

Personally, I write an amicable letter to the other spouse explaining the collaborative process in a concise nutshell, and I offer websites for collaborative groups which list other collaborative professionals to consult with.

Most importantly, filing the Petition before making attempts with the other spouse to choose the collaborative process can destroy any chances of the case being collaborative. So if you hire a collaborative lawyer in the hopes of using this process, make sure that your attorney has reached out to the other person at least twice in a friendly manner to give the other spouse a chance to research the process and interview some collaborative professionals before filing a Petition.

Note that if you do not hire a frequently trained collaborative professional, then they may not have made the change in their attitude from bulldog litigator to peacemaking collaborative teammate. This too can prevent the case from being amicable and end up costing tens of thousands more in attorneys' fees. From my experience, many bulldog litigators do not have the ability to work on a peaceful team due to their desire to fight to win, rather than defuse the situation and do what is best for the entire family.

For more information, schedule an initial consultation with Leslie K. Howell by calling 626-351-1200.

Friday, December 21, 2012

10 Courthouses Closing in LA County; Another Reason to Avoid Court Like the Plague

In Spring 2012, we saw numerous courtrooms close, such as the family law courtroom in Burbank, Dept. C. The family law cases in Burbank were all transferred to the two Pasadena family law courtrooms. These court closures mean more backlog for the remaining courtrooms and filing clerks. The court system in Los Angeles County was already fighting backlog and large daily court calendars/dockets, but with the state budget cuts in 2012, it will be more difficult for everyone: parties, judges, court clerks, attorneys, etc. For those people facing a divorce or custody matter, now is definitely not a good time to schedule court appearances, which are necessary in litigation.

What are the alternatives to litigating in the court system? Parties can opt for mediation, co-mediation or the collaborative process. These processes will be much quicker and far less expensive than going to court. Learn more by visiting www.pasadenamediationlawyer.com and these processes can be explained more in-depth at a free initial consultation at Amicable Divorce Services, (626) 351-1200.