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Our Approach to Family Law: A letter from Kimberly Reed

My parents separated when I was a senior in high school. It was an extremely difficult time for my family. During their divorce, I had an opportunity to meet my mother’s attorney, and witness her demeanor before and after her appointments with him. He was extremely professional and had the amazing ability to really understand her wants and needs, and was able to skillfully guide her through the situation. She would leave for appointments an emotional, scared mess, and would return very calm. He obviously could see that she did not actually want a divorce, and encouraged counseling for them. He did this even though taking that position was not particularly in his financial best interest. In the end, my parents were able to reconcile and remained together until my father’s passing a few years ago. This experience made a real impact on me. From that point forward, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to being the attorney to help guide people through these situations.

Unfortunately, after becoming a family law attorney, I repeatedly witnessed people going through the adversarial court process, digging their feet in the sand, and heading straight into war. The adversarial court process, in many cases, also takes years to complete, sadly with the parties spending their life savings or borrowing money to support the fight. The effect of the adversarial process destroys the parties already strained relationships, and at the end of the case, I would see parents who could not even communicate with each other or be in a room together. This is certainly not healthy for the parents or their children.

The more I watched this happen, it was clear to me that this old model of divorce was completely broken, and I knew there had to be a better way to achieve my client’s goals while preserving their family relationships and financial security.

Finding Alternatives to Litigation and Court

A couple has complete control over what option they use to facilitate their divorce.  Reed Law offers clients many options as an alternative to going to court, such as:

Unbundling: Limit What Legal Services You Want

Hiring an attorney to represent you through an entire family law legal proceeding can be expensive or more than you believe you need. At Reed Law, we offer an alternative option to our clients that allows the client to narrow the attorney’s role to just what specific service or services the client wants. This is known as providing unbundled services. It allows clients access to legal services that they would otherwise not receive and minimizes their financial commitment. Some of the unbundled services that Reed Law performs are as follows:

  • provide legal advice
  • review/analyze draft correspondence, settlement proposals, and agreements prepared by the client, or other spouse/parent
  • prepare specific documents for the client to present to the other spouse/parent, or file with the Court such as a settlement agreement, initial petition, or settlement offer letter
  • perform legal research on an issue
  • discovery – provide advice on what additional information client should get, and how to get it
  • strategic planning for negotiations
  • attorney on-call during client’s mediations, depositions, or hearings to answer questions client may have
  • preventative planning advice

We Make Your Case A Priority

Our firm offers passionate, professional legal services when you need them most. We’ve handled difficult and sensitive family legal problems and complex issues around estate plans for years, and understand the importance of diligence and preparation.

When you come to Reed Law, you can expect the same level of skill (and resources) as a much larger firm, but with the added attention to detail and personal approach that you would expect from a much smaller firm. We provide you with innovative solutions that help you resolve your issues cost-effectively.

Learn more about our firm’s founder here:

Kimberly D. Reed

Let’s Get To Work

That’s why we put such a premium on individual communications and personalized service. You’ll never be left wondering what happens next when you work with us.

If you’re facing an estate planning or family law issue, give us a call today at 850-250-4260 or send us an email to get started, and see how we can help you today.

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