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.

Teen’s Family Crisis – Legal Confrontation Resolved with Counseling

Richard Wolman and Olive Larson

“I was at my wits’ end – I could not sleep. Our son was out of control.” One of our former divorce clients came to us with a dilemma. His teenage son was acting out in school, becoming physically and emotionally unmanageable. Our client, a well-educated professional who had remarried and was living in an affluent Boston suburb with excellent schools, was mystified. His son had begun dressing like a street-corner teen “gangsta.” The last straw came when our client’s ex-wife got a restraining order against our client, alleging that he had struck his son. “Not true,” said our client. “It was actually the other way around.”

Former BLC attorney Olive Larson handled the court case, which was quickly turned over to a guardian ad litem, selected by Olive and counsel for the ex-wife. Meanwhile, Richard Wolman began working with our client and his wife on the parenting issues that would enable them to re-assert some order and discipline in the son’s life, without driving him into deeper rebellion.

The guardian ad litem’s report vindicated our client and recommended that custody of the son be turned over to him, because of the difficulties he was experiencing living with his mother. The report also recommended that the son receive a high level of support and counseling services, which he is now receiving.

Cases of this kind do not lend themselves to easy solutions, however. Recently, the son engaged in further acting out. We continue to provide support and advice for our client and his wife from time to time, as needed.