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Dispute Resolution

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part II

Mark Baer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Except for the years I was in Juvenile Dependency court, where mediation was available for each case set for trial (but not presently, because that court system does not now have the funds to do so), I can count on the fingers of one hand the times when opposing counsel suggested mediation.

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

If the Bar does decide to require certain disclaimers in lawyer blogs, how does that impact previously published blogs over which the attorney does not have editorial control?

The São Paulo Stock Exchange Expansion Would Be a Good Move

Susan Perkins | Posted 03.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Susan Perkins

Though the LatAm capital markets are fighting to ward off further downward movement due to stumbling oil prices and weakening currencies, one long-term strategy that will continue to bring more liquidity to these markets is better corporate governance practices.

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

Protecting Yourself in a Business Partnership - Five Tips From a Business Litigator

Nina B. Ries | Posted 11.09.2014 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

Business partners frequently enter the relationship far too lightly, without sufficient discussion, as a matter of convenience, with rose-colored glasses, and without consulting with legal counsel.

What Is "Collaborative Divorce" Without Collaboration?

Mark Baer | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The concept of collaborative divorce resonates deeply with me. As I have written in the past, "Collaborative divorce truly does incorporate all of the...

Which Watch Should I Watch Out For

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 03.08.2014 | Style
Scott B. Piekarsky

I love wristwatches. In my earlier days, I was a Swatch collector. I eventually matured into more serious watches like Concords and Omegas. They are a...

Parties' Positions and the Mediation Process

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Evaluating the "strengths and weaknesses of the parties' positions" is often more perception than reality.

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

Should Lawyers Be Required to Take Continuing Education Courses on Human Mental Processes?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.18.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On May 23, 2012, I gave a presentation to the members of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. The topic was "Are Atto...

What Does Mediation Really Mean?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those involved in the legal system have created confusion in the marketplace regarding the concept of mediation itself. If those involved in the legal system don't know what mediation is supposed to be, how can we expect the general public to grasp the concept?

How Marriage Counseling May Sabotage Your Divorce

Tara Fass | Posted 01.08.2012 | Divorce
Tara Fass

You must consider the possibility that your spouse may employ counseling as a nefarious strategy to get a financial edge by manipulating the date of separation.