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Holistic law is hard to define. It often seems more a process than a particular method of practicing law. However, there seem to be some common threads among holistic lawyers, which may lead to a practical definition of holistic law.
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17th Annual International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers Conference at Hilton Garden Inn

June 11, 2009 at 6pm to June 14, 2009 at 3pm
Conference for lawyers, judges, law professors and students to learn how to practice holistically. Finding and expressing your true voice in your legal practice.www.proplannersinc.com/iahlPlus: June 10-11, 2009 from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Chicago IL will be a comprehensive interdisciplinary training in collaborative law for family and civil practitioners.www.proplannersinc.com/collaborative trainingSee More
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About Me:
Attorney, Counselor at Law & Mediator located in Houston, Texas.

100% family law mediation practice. I no longer litigate.
My price is $250 per side for 4 hours or $500 per side for 8 hours.

I will "consult" with a person for $200/hour.

Several people refer to me for people that need to talk to someone considering a divorce - they call me a "divorce coach". The people that I've worked with have found our sessions very helpful and insightful. If necessary, I can refer them to divorce attorneys to interview.

fran@familylaw4u.com
www.familylaw4u.com
Website:
http://www.familylaw4u.com.com

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May 15 - 18, 2008 - Annual IAHL Conference in Detroit, MI

The INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF HOLISTIC LAWYERS are holding their annual meeting in the Detroit, MI area from May 15 - 18, 2008.

Visit www.iahl.org for details.

I attended my first conference 2 years ago and it was a life-altering experience for me.

Fran Brochstein

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 12:20am

Please visit my main blog site!

My primary blog site is

www.txfamilylaw4u.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Fran Brochstein

www.TXHolisticLaw.com or www.FamilyLaw4U.com

Posted on February 2, 2008 at 10:16pm

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At 6:49pm on April 29, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
Dear Melissa,

I just signed up.

Thanks,

Fran
At 8:51pm on March 28, 2008, Rosalind Sedacca, CCT said…
Welcome on board, Fran. Eager to have your participation in the Child-Centered Divorce Group. Your feedback is very welcome.

Regards,
Rosalind
At 6:30pm on February 6, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
My website is definately very different than any other attorney I know.

I wanted a "friendly" and "welcoming" site.

I also bought the names:
www.familylaw4u.com
www.TXHolisticLaw.com
www.TexasHolisticLaw.com
At 6:29pm on February 6, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
Where do you advertise?

Where is the best place to get new clients?

In Houston we have 3 "new age" monthly magazines and I advertise in all of them. One is a national publication - Natural Awakenings. A small ad in the Houston edition is inexpensive.
At 6:28pm on February 6, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
Has anyone sent out a flyer to therapists? I think that they would be looking for attorneys that are willing to do "peaceable" divorces.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
At 6:26pm on February 6, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
When collaborative law came to TX I was in the second group of people to take it. I think that was 2003. Since then I've taken training in advanced collaborative lawm attended a couple of conferences, and joined the international group, Texas group and the Houston Bar Association's collaborative law section.

I've had a few phone calls on collaborative law but no one has ever hired me to do one.

I found the training to be very useful. I just incorporate it into my regular practice and my mediations.

I think the cost of of a collaborative law divorce scares off most people.

Then I explain mediation and they hire me to do a one time mediation.

I've been disappointed that it has become more popular.

I think the cost of collaborative law is too expensive for lower income or middle income people.

There is a small group of attorneys in Houston that do collaborative law family law cases.

I've let my membership lapse in the Texas group and am not going to renew my membership in the International group or the local group.
At 2:15pm on February 1, 2008, Fran Brochstein, J.D. said…
You might be interested in learning more about INTERNATINAL ALLIANCE OF HOLISTIC LAWYERS.
www.iahl.org

I've been on their board for the past 2 years. After last May's conference I came home so energized that I changed my letterhead and business cards to say "holistic attorney, counselor at law & mediator". I thought I'd get a lot of kidding but I've ONLY had good comments. Also, it makes me "stand out" and get people to ask me "what's holistic law?".
At 1:48pm on February 1, 2008, Belinda Rachman, Esq. said…
I think there is an area on the main page where you can post what ever you want.

I am not hot on collaborative law due to the local lawyers who got involved early on. I see it being used as another way to get all your expensive expert friends more work. I work best all alone. I love mediation more than any other way to get divorced. You and Ed Sherman should be friends. He is the California KING of do it yourself divorce. He started the whole movement in the early 1970s. He is in this site. Go talk to him. He is my Yoda. I love Ed and you would too. He is the best.
At 9:26am on February 1, 2008, Cynthia Tiano, Esq. said…
H Fran -
Welcome to Peaceful Divorce! We are honored to have you here with us. We are looking forward to you joining the conversation about peaceful divorce with those of us who know there is a better way!

Cynthia Tiano, Esq.
At 2:28am on February 1, 2008, Belinda Rachman, Esq. said…
I am thrilled you joined us. You are one of the divorce lawyer's who "gets it." We want to promote peaceful divorce all over Canada and the US. My goal is to transform the way people divorce from litigation to mediation in my lifetime. I am 52.
 
 
 

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