Laurie Israel is an attorney, mediator and collaborative lawyer practicing in Brookline, Massachusetts.
As a marital mediator, Laurie helps couples improve and preserve their marriages through mediation. Her years of divorce practice led Laurie to examine why some marriages fail and some marriages work well. By using mediation techniques to help married couples resolve their conflicts, couples can improve and sustain their marriages. She has developed a registry site for marital mediators and people looking for marital mediators. www.maritalmediation.com Laurie has become one of the leaders in the marital mediation movement. She is a frequent teacher to other mediators in workshops around the country, and has published extensively on her website, and other websites.
Laurie's other major field of endeavor is prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements. She is the author of the the forthcoming book The Generous Prenup: Creating a Prenuptial Agreement that Supports your Marriage. She has written on this topic in various publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is very sensitive to the threats on marital harmony posed by prenuptial agreements and believes formulating them through the process of mediation is generally the best way to do it, if a couple needs to have one.
Laurie’s practice also includes all types of consensual divorces, collaborative divorce, and various strains of negotiated divorces. She works with clients both as a neutral mediator and as counsel. Her writings are on the firm's website. Another area of her practice is estate planning and probate of estates. She started her law career as a tax lawyer.
Laurie is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is a frequent contributor to www.mediate.com. She is founder of Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC, in Brookline, Massachusetts. To learn about her law firm and read her articles, visit www.ivkdlaw.com. Laurie and her partners also publish a law blog at www.yourfamilymatterslawblog.com.
Laurie lives in Western Massachusetts and mostly telecommutes to the Brookline office.