Practice Areas

Mediation Services

Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to litigation. Amherst Mediation Services offers mediation of family law cases as well as civil (i.e. non-criminal) disputes.  Mediation is available for cases in which the disputants are represented by attorneys as well as cases in which the parties do not have attorneys.

Family Mediation:
In addition to divorce mediation, Amherst Mediation offers mediation services in various areas of family law including post-divorce, gay and lesbian divorce and separation, marital agreements and pre-nuptial agreements and elder mediation.

Civil Mediation:
Amherst Mediation Services also offers mediation services in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, discrimination, sexual harassment, employment,  landlord-tenant, business and contract disputes.

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Legal Representation

Family Law 

Oran Kaufman has  concentrated in the area of domestic relations since 1989 and has handled hundreds of domestic relations cases.

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Attorney Oran Kaufman provides representation to clients filing for guardianship and conservatorship of elders who are mentally ill or physically incapacitated as well as assisting clients filing guardianships of minors.

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Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is an alternative to the adversarial system of resolving disputes. Attorney Kaufman has been trained in the Collaborative Law approach  and offers this approach as an alternative to mediation and litigation.
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Limited Assistance Representation

Pursuant to a recent Standing Order of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, attorneys are now able to provide representation to clients on a limited basis. This is called Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). Attorney Kaufman is trained and qualified to provide Limited Assistance Representation in the area of Family Law
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Training and Consultation

Attorney Kaufman provides conflict resolution training, seminars and consultation to organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley.

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