Attorney’s who believe matrimonial litigation resembles a three-board chess match prepare their cases along some form of “dual track” process.
Most clients and attorneys would rather negotiate a settlement than go through the time and expense of a contested trial.
Preparing on a dual track, for settlement and for trial, helps clients understand their case, and their prospects. Clients are not spectators, but rather active participants, seeing all their evidence (trial notebooks, exhibit notebooks, summary sheets) in advance, makes settlement negotiations more meaningful. It helps answer questions about what they should ask for, what they deserve, and what a court would be likely to award to them and to their spouse.
In a dual track method, the client is part of each and every step; from gathering personal and financial information to classifying the martial assets and evaluating the estate, and deciding its ultimate distribution (who gets what, in other words).
By implementing a dual track, extra costs are saved by not having to begin all over again if settlement negotiations break down at any point prior to trial.
The dual track method allows you, at any stage, to be able to discuss and reach a settlement and be confident that all aspects of the martial estate – assets and liabilities – have been analyzed and programmed, including the “T” in I.C.E.D.-T.
To learn more about how Peter J. Fiorella, Jr. & Associates implements the dual track method, call our office to schedule a consultation at (716) 882-3333
From his sovereign,
He assembles the troops
And forms an army.
—–Sun-tzu, The Art of War*
* Sun-tzu, The Art of War*
APA (6th ed.)
Sun-tzu, ., & Griffith, S. B. (1964). The art of war. Oxford: Clarendon Press.