Save Money By Resolving Matters Cooperatively Whenever Possible

Debra L. Smith’s Services & Type of Law Practice

Attorney Debra L. Smith is a lawyer, mediator and Justice of  the Peace in Watertown Massachusetts.   Attorney Smith has an active civil law practice.  Ms. Smith handles adoption, prenuptial agreements, divorce, paternity, care and protection, wills,  landlord/tenant cases and other areas of law.  She also handles modification of divorce on issues including alimony, child support, custody and other post-divorce matters. She acts as a Guardian at Litem on family and juvenile cases and a Court Investigator on juvenile law cases.  The office provides privacy including direct phone lines and designated fax line.

How Attorney Smith Tries to Save Clients Money

Ms. Smith tries at the beginning of a new case to work matters out to an agreement, whenever possible.  Believing that filing suit first and talking later cost clients more money, she often sends a letter to the opposing party after being hired for a new case  asking the other party to try to work a matter out amicably with their attorney and her and her client.   Her favorite processes to try to resolve matters are using the collaborative processes or mediation, which are less expensive than having a trial on a case.      Ms. Smith has a team which includes paralegals who work under her supervision and are charged at a lower hourly rate.

Attorney Smith was interviewed for the Watertown Business Report which has been broadcast on Watertown Cable Access Television.

 Watertown Cable Access Television Interview of Attorney Smith

Professional Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association,

Massachusetts Council on Family  Mediation, Inc.,

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.,

The Divorce Center, Inc. and

Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association, Inc.

Disclaimer and Policy

All statements made on this web site are for informational purposes only. Nothing contained herein should be construed as a legal opinion by Debra L. Smith.  Fee Agreements are required in all cases where Ms. Smith is retained for representation in legal matters.

Photographs
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Some of Ms. Smith’s photographs were on display at the Watertown Free Public Library in the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery on the second floor at the Watertown Free Public Library at 123 Main Street in Watertown, Massachusetts:

In September 2012 and December 2012 (as part of the holiday show) in exhibits called “Remember Getting Away…”
In April, 2011, in an exhibit called “Color and Light, a Treat for the Eyes” and in April 2010 and July 2010, in an exhibit called “Positive Emotions.”
In December 2007 and December 2008, Ms. Smith’s photographs were exhibited in shows called “Art of the Seasons.”  at the Watertown Free Public Library and in February 2010, at the Arlington Center for the Arts at the Tufts Street Community Gallery.
Ms. Smith has taken wonderful photographs of participants at the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.’s Annual Institutes.  Please visit www.mcfm.org in the Family Mediation Quarterly to view the pictures.

 

Please visit www.debsmithphotography.com to view other photographs.

All photographs contained on this web site were taken by Debra L. Smith and are the property of Debra L. Smith.  The photographs are protected by United States copyright laws. All Rights Reserved. The photographs may not be reproduced or altered without the written permission of Debra L. Smith.

mba eco challenge

Ms. Smith was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Eco Challenge Task Force.  She was one of the Signature Signers of the Massachusetts Bar Association Eco Challenge.   The list of Pledge Partners are listed on the Massachusetts Bar Association website at: http://www.massbar.org/about-the-mba/initiatives/lawyers-eco-challenge/pledge-partners. To view the Green Guidelines, please visit: http://www.massbar.org/media/497317/eco_land-gg.pdf.

 

Attorney at Law and Mediator