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 divorce, adoption, prenuptial agreements, paternity, care and protection, 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 ad Litem in the Probate and Family Court on family law cases in Massachusetts and Court Investigator on juvenile law cases in Massachusetts. The office provides privacy including direct phone lines.
We learned from the pandemic that meetings virtually saved client’s time and money and preserved health. Attorney Smith and her staff are continuing to meet client’s virtually by Zoom or talk by phone. In the event documents need to be signed and notarized, we welcome clients into our office, but ask all to please wear masks.
To reach Attorney Debbie Smith,
please send an e-mail to Lawdebsmith@gmail.com or
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 or e-mail 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 law processes or mediation, which are less expensive than having a trial on a case. She is not accepting high conflict family law litigation cases. Ms. Smith offers fixed fees or hourly fees using the collaborative law process. Mediation cases are billed hourly and paid at the end of each session. Ms. Smith has a team which includes paralegals who work under her supervision and are charged at a lower hourly rate.
Massachusetts Bar Association,
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.,
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.,
Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem,
Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association, Inc. and
The Women’s Bar Association.
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.
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:
Ms. Smith has taken wonderful photographs of participants at the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.’s Annual Institutes. Please visit www.mcfm.org to view the pictures. The most recent pictures were taken at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Association of Divorce Financial Planners and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation Conference on November 8 and 9, 2019.
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.
Ms. Smith was the Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Eco Challenge Task Force from the spring of 2018 to August 2020. She was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Eco Challenge Task Force from 2007 to 2010 and was also one of the Signature Signers of the Massachusetts Bar Association Eco Challenge. This Eco Challenge Task Force wrote Green Guidelines for Lawyers, which are located at www.massbar.org/ecochallenge. The list of Pledge Partners and Landscaping Management which is listed on the Massachusetts Bar Association website at https://www.massbar.org/docs/default-source/mba-reports/ecochallenge2009.pdf?sfvrsn=6.
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