Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Other Dispute Resolution

"Your level of professionalism was incredible. You and your staff helped to make an extremely difficult two days more comfortable for us." - Former Client

In addition to mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, BLC provides the following dispute resolution services.

Case Evaluation

BLC Founder David Hoffman is a trained, experienced case evaluator. He has served on the case evaluation panels of the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (MODR) and the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, and has served as a trainer for the MODR case evaluation program.

In case evaluation, the parties have an opportunity to present their case to the case evaluator in writing and also in an in-person presentation. The form of evaluation that David generally provides is a brief written opinion with a risk analysis chart illustrating the reasoning of the opinion. (For a sample of the risk analysis software that BLC uses for such illustrations, visit www.treeage.com.) In some disputes, case evaluation is provided less formally – e.g., in connection with a mediation case if the parties have reached an impasse.

Guardian ad Litem

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an objective professional appointed by a court to report on and advise the court on matters relating to a minor or a person who needs the protection of the court (such as an elderly or incompetent individual). GALs play a particularly important role in divorce and post-divorce cases where child custody and visitation issues are at issue. It is unusual in highly contested child custody cases for a court not to appoint a GAL, and, if the GAL is experienced and capable, the decision of the GAL is more often than not adopted by the court. GALs are usually mental health professionals or lawyers.

To read a GAL sample case study, click here.

Parenting Coordinator

A parenting coordinator is an impartial individual, usually someone with experience both as a mediator and in child custody matters, who is designated by the parties or appointed by the court to assist the parties in reaching agreement about child-related issues arising during or after divorce. In some circumstances, the parenting coordinator is given the authority to make binding decisions (subject to court review) concerning parenting issues if the parties cannot reach agreement.

BLC Member David Hoffman frequently serves as parenting coordinator.

To read a Parenting Coordinator sample case study, click here.