Fixed Fee Cases- Membership Meeting- Jan 8th!
Join us on January 8th, 2020- at the Studer Community Institute building located at 220 W. Garden Street in the Community Room from 4:30- 6:30 PM. The topic will be FIXED FEE CASES. This meeting is free for members, and $15 for non--members.
From Ed Sach's website:
"After attending a presentation by Brian Galbraith and Sue Cook at this year’s FACP Conference, I have become intrigued by the idea of offering fixed fee Collaborative Divorce for middle class and lower middle-class clients. I even believe it can work in upper middle-class cases.
Galbraith and Cook have started a successful program in Canada. The key to their process is setting detailed client expectations before the process begins, lots of homework by the clients and a process that requires the attorneys to stay within their roles of “keeping the clients in the process” while the neutrals do their thing,
Of utmost importance in their program is the survey that all participants must take. This proprietary survey, called Separation Divorce Readiness Indicator measures many factors including such things as children concerns, coping strategies, emotional stage, financial concerns, behavior factors, negotiation skills, power imbalances, and trust. The program measures the complexity of the case to determine what level of fixed fee the case best fits.
Currently the Canadian model has only one level of fee, $18,000. By setting expectations early in the process, the program has shown success in its first cases. As part of those expectations and the agreement signed, if a case cannot be finished in the prescribed time the parties have the option of continuing on an hourly basis at the professionals agreed-upon reduced rates.
Based on the Canadian model, I am launching a fixed fee program of my own. I will be utilizing theSeparation Divorce Readiness Indicator to assist in assessing the fee. Fixed fees will range from as little as $10,000 to a maximum of $32,000.
I am beginning an aggressive advertising campaign to sell this idea.
If you would like to be a part of this program, or if you know someone who could benefit from a fixed fee Collaborative Divorce, contact me.
I look forward to working with you."
Ed Sachs- Collaborative Financial Professional
For over twenty-five years I have represented spouses getting divorced through the traditional litigation model. I have witnessed every kind of “insanity” you can imagine, including a husband who bankrupted his company rather than give anything to his wife. I have seen families torn apart not only by the animosity and anger that is fueled by the litigation process but by the enormous costs of litigation.
Throughout those twenty-five years, I have always been proud of the fact that the overwhelming majority of my cases settled.
About ten years ago, I found a better way to put my skills to work assisting people in one of the most difficult times of their and their family’s life, divorce. The Collaborative Process provides a vehicle for a dignified, peaceful and respectful way to end a marriage while keeping the family intact. As a Collaborative Professional, I can help you and your spouse throughout your divorce without destroying your family. Working together I can help you reach a financial solution by choice, not one made by a judge after litigation.
On January 1, 2016, after sixteen years as Director of Litigation and Valuation Services at Appelrouth Farah & Co., I began an accounting practice dedicated to the Collaborative Process and other alternatives to settling financial disputes and divorces.
As a Certified Public Accountant, both Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics, I am able to harness those skills to assist parties in understanding the financial information needed to ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS and reach a financial settlement. Through the contacts I make as Vice President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and as a member of numerous practice groups throughout the State of Florida, I am able to help you put together a Collaborative team that will ease you through this difficult situation.
Owner/Practicing LawyerGalbraith Family Law
A Family Law Lawyer that specializes in Separation, Divorce, Custody, Access, Child Support, Spousal Support, Equalization, Division of Property, Marriage Contracts, Collaborative Team Practice, Cohabitation Agreements. Helped bring mediation to Simcoe County as a founding member and shareholder of The Mediation Centre of Simcoe County Inc. Leader in the Collaborative Practice community in Ontario and Simcoe County. Owner of Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation with offices in Barrie, Orillia and Newmarket, Ontario and nine divorce lawyers to serve the community.