Free Half Hour Consult with Family Lawyer and Mediator to help you decide best process

Lorraine offers a half hour free consultation to assess and help you decide which process is best suited for you and your issues. Both parties attend. Only process is discussed and not the substantive issues. This will help you choose the process that will lead to resolution. SHAPE YOUR DESTINY. CHOOSE YOUR DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS AND PROFESSIONAL WISELY.

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Lorraine is a seasoned lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator and Collaborative Family Practitioner. She assists separating people find the right process with a goal of reaching, fair, informed, lasting and cost-effective resolutions with respect and dignity. She regularly works with complex cases and high net worth individuals.

Her credentials and experience include over 30 years as a lawyer in private Family Law practice in an award-winning firm [2014 Professional Services Award - Vaughan Chamber of Commerce], Family Mediation Accreditation by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), the immediate past presidency of the OAFM, a Masters of Law degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from Osgoode Hall Law School, contribution as a guest lecturer and mediation coach for ADR courses at Osgoode Hall, completion of the Harvard Law School Mediation Workshop, completion of the Collaborative Practice Training, a Family Law Arbitrator, and over 20 years tribunal/adjudicative experience.

She is a part-time Deputy Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court serving since 2004. Her past experience includes serving as a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal.

Lorraine is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the York Region Law Association, the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, the York Region Collaborative Practice Group and the Collaborative Practice Toronto Group.

Lorraine also graduated from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa Law School and Osgoode Law School.

She currently serves on the Boards of Villa Colombo Vaughan (a long term care home) and Villa Charities Inc. Since 2004, Lorraine has been a volunteer facilitator for a semi-annual marriage preparation program for engaged couples delivered to over 1000 couples.

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Lorraine's practical and respectful approach to mediation and Collaborative Family Practice is supported by over 30 years in the private practice of Family Law. Her training and experience will help you decide on the best resolution process for you and navigate your way to agreement on your Family issues. Lorraine’s extensive Family Mediation, Collaborative Practice and adjudicative experience provides her with a unique perspective and ability to bring successful resolution to the most challenging situations.

Lorraine believes that "Win Win" is not just a theory. Family Law issues can be resolved constructively and efficiently in agreements created by the parties, for the parties and their children, in a very respectful environment with the help of Lorraine's sense of calm, and reasoned, principled approach to guiding couples through the emotional and legal issues associated with separation and other Family Law issues. Her demeanour, experience and knowledge lend itself to reducing the fear and uncertainty in many situations where trust between the parties has been affected.

Lorraine provides a free half hour "process only" meeting which both parties can attend, in order to clarify the voluntary resolution processes available to them (including Mediation and Collaborative Family Practice) and to help them discern which process is best for them.

Lorraine strives to understand the needs, fears, hopes and goals so that she can help bring the parties to common ground. Couples often leave the first meeting with a sense of relief and the new hope that resolution is achievable.

Lorraine has mediated effective resolutions in complex, high net worth situations as well as for those with minimal assets seeking cost effective solutions.

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