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If Peace Is Possible Look No Further; Harold Brienes Is Your Mediator

Posted by RC, March, 2014

Overall rating: Excellent
Trustworthy: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable: Excellent
  • I recommend Harold Brienes.
  • I hired Harold 1-3 years ago.
  • Harold handled my Mediated Divorce.

I went through a particularly challenging Divorce about a year and a half ago. Divorce is rarely easy, particularly when young children are involved. It’s further complicated when the divorcing couple are not on the same page, as usually one person wants to get out, and the other is left feeling like a victim. In these cases, it can take a Herculean effort to get to ‘yes’, and you need the right person to help you navigate there. If Divorce is a mountain standing between you and your court date, there are a lot of pathways you can take, to get over, around, or through it. Having worked with and or seen how other attorneys handle various divorce matters pertaining to myself as well as others going through similar situations, I can say with some perspective that Harold is top-drawer – a cut above the rest, possibly gifted in his profession. Harold is very experienced, extremely intelligent, and great with people of all walks. He is very sensitive to both people’s feelings, and works without bias to get to a fair result. Harold will tell you which is true, that neither person will come away getting everything they want. He works from a base understanding centered on what is important to each of you. His decades of experience provide the benefit of a most astute prescience to make sure that your agreement is sufficiently thorough and moreover, considers future issues to avoid problems down the road. I can’t stress this enough, not being thorough can make the difference between a new beginning with peace of mind stemming from appropriate guard rails in your agreement, vs heading back to court because your agreement wasn’t clear, or fair, or didn’t have enough legal ‘teeth’ to firmly establish various matters to the court. I have seen other mediators help friends going through divorce, and I’ve seen the difference in Harold’s approach. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Divorce isn’t cheap, but the process, and results are way, way too important to put into the wrong hands. I don’t plan on every getting divorced again myself, but I have to say I highly recommend him, and have recommended him to others in need of his services.


A great attorney!

Post by Jerry S., a Divorce client, Feb. 2014.

Overall rating: Excellent
Trustworthy: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable: Excellent
  • I recommend Harold Brienes.
  • I hired Harold 1-3 years ago
  • Harold handled my Divorce matter.

We counted on Harold to guide us through every step of our divorce process – and he did it with love and compassion, caring and understanding. We were blessed to find Harold, and recommend him to anyone, anywhere!


Experience, respect and understanding

Posted by SI, a Divorce Mediation client, Jan. 2014.

Overall rating: Excellent
Trustworthy: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable: Excellent
  • I recommend Harold Brienes.
  • I hired Harold 1-6 months ago
  • Harold handled my Mediation matter.

My now ex-husband and I found Harold after we had a very bad experience with another divorce mediator. Even though Harold came into our case in the middle of the process, he was able to immediately help us out with several pressing issues and took over our case seamlessly. We asked for unbundled services, since we had a few documents already done and submitted with the court. Harold handled the rest of our case with great care and attention to detail. We were impressed with the understanding and knowledge he had, and we were grateful he was able to advise us on many points we didn’t understand. On our court date, the judge was very thorough in asking us about the details of our divorce agreement. So we were very grateful to Harold that our document was so well written so that we were able to respond promptly and accurately to the judge. Thankfully everything went pretty smoothly despite the long wait and the many questions we had to answer.

We are very thankful to Harold for his help and would definitely recommend his great services to anyone who is in the unfortunate situation of divorce and needs help and legal advice through this difficult process.

S.



Posted by NB, a Collaborative Divorce client, Feb. 2014

Dear Harold,

The divorce process is always difficult and full of challenges and obstacles. You need to have a consultant who can help to smooth the corners and understands the motivations of the parties involved. Harold is one of those.

N.B.



Posted by S, an Unbundled Divorce Mediation client, Jan 10, 2014

Dear Harold,

Just wanted to let you know that our divorce process is now complete and we are free to continue our lives separately.

The judge was very thorough in asking us about the details of our divorce agreement. So we were very grateful to you that our document was so well written that we were able to respond promptly and accurately. Thankfully everything went pretty smoothly despite the long wait and the many questions we had to answer.

Thank you very much for all your help! I would definitely recommend your great service to anyone who is in the unfortunate situation of divorce and needs help and legal advice through this difficult process.

Thank you again,

S.


I highly recommend Attorney Harold Brienes and the collaborative process

Posted by Bing, a Divorce client, about 3 years ago.

Overall rating: Excellent
Trustworthy: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable: Excellent
  • I recommend Harold Brienes.
  • I hired Harold in 2010 to represent me in a collaborative divorce.
  • Harold handled my divorce.
  • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

UNEDITED REVIEW OF BING CARBONE:

Besides the overall fear, anxiety, sadness (anger) and emotional rollercoaster that a divorce can bring on it can be much worse during litigation with each side arming themselves with costly lawyers that more often than not, drags on a divorce process and creates a hostile environment. Especially when children are involved, this type of divorce litigation is by nature designed to cause extreme emotional and financial harm. I had the unfortunate experience of going through a divorce recently and I was very scared, uninformed and emotionally drained. I spoke with several “divorce” attorneys who believed that the best course of action is the one that would cause the most harm to my spouse both financially and emotionally. I quickly realized how this approach would also cost both of us any chance of an amicable future relationship along with an incredible amount of money; money that was ours and money that we had set aside for our children. It was sickening to think of what could have happened if I had not found Attorney Harold Brienes and learned about the Collaborative Divorce Process of which he is an expert. Harold told me from the first day I met him that the hopes at the end of this process was that I would be able to “dance with my x-spouse at my daughter’s wedding”, -that we would remain friends and we would both walk away from this collaborative divorce process feeling that there were no “losers” and neither side felt the other got a better deal than the other. Harold talks about “Resolving Disputes Respectively” and he created and nurtured the most respectful, caring and thoughtful divorce process well beyond my expectations. We talked about my children, we talked about my spouse and we talked about me and what I expected from all of this. Feelings became expectations and expectations became my goals for a divorce that was fair to both parties. More so, I did not want my spouse, my children or me to suffer emotionally anymore than we already were feeling. Actually, my hope was that Harold would find ways to soften the emotional elements that make traditional divorce litigation so often cruel and mean towards each other. Well, I can emphatically say that in terms of a divorce, mine went as well as a divorce could possibly go and that is truly the result of this amazing and kind gentleman, Attorney Harold Brienes. Actually, it went well beyond my expectations. Today, I am dear friends with my x-spouse, something I did not think possible. The collaborative divorce process left both my x-spouse and me feeling that neither of us came out of the divorce unfairly in terms of the financial asset divisions. I suppose most important to both my x-spouse and me was that our children did not suffer. Our desire was to display “kindness, respect and integrity” during the divorce towards each other and we learned these very lessons from Harold. No one truly walks away from a divorce feeling joy. It’s sad no matter what the situation might be. However, with an attorney like Harold Brienes, one can walk away from a divorce feeling that no one suffered unfairly, that kindness and respect ruled the process and that I can indeed “dance at my daughter’s wedding with my x-spouse”. That is truly the miracle that attorney Harold Brienes created and nourished. I highly recommend Harold and you are free to call me personally for additional information about Harold at 203.414.1559.