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Fran Brochstein

Fran Brochstein

Practice areas:

Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Elder Law, Power Of Attorney, Family

About Me

In the December, 2013 and December, 2014 issues of Houstonia Magazine I was recognized as one of the top family law attorneys in the Houston area.  I did not pay for this recognition & was pleasantly surprised to have been chosen to receive this honor for 2 years in a row.


I encourage people to mediate their case instead of allowing a stranger (a judge) to determine what is best for their children.  YOU know what will work best for your family. Mediation offers you more options than the judge can order.


I handle mediations at the beginning of a divorce (temporary orders) and the mediation right before trial (final orders). Sometimes I actually do the temporary orders mediation and the mediation at the end of the case.  


I am able to mediate afternoons, night & week-ends to accommodate most people's busy schedules.  Convenient location & free parking.  Casual, safe & cozy atmosphere. 


My prices are set to make mediation affordable to everyone.  A 4-hour mediation is $300 per side  (or $600 for 4 hours) then $75 per party per hour ($150 total hourly)  if you decide to continue past the initial 4-hour session.  I only schedule one mediation per day so that I am not rushed to finish your mediation session.


Most mediations are one session, however, since the parties are in control of the mediation process, there are times that the parties have wanted to have leave and gather additional information then return to complete the process. 


When acting as a mediator, I am unable to act as an attorney.  Therefore, I urge parties to retain legal counsel.  I am also unable to prepare legal documents.  I can give you the names of some affordable attorneys - but you make the final decision as to the attorney you hire to draft the final paperwork. 


The Mediated Legal Agreement is written in plain, easy to understand English so an attorney will need to prepare the final paperwork in "legaleze" for a Judge to sign. 


I am also willing to prepare the required paperwork for uncontested family law (paternity, child support, child custody, modification, divorce, etc.) if everyone is in agreement and there are no outstanding issues to "fight" over. 


I currently serve on the boards of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity-Houston Alumni Chapter, Association for Conflict Resolution-Houston Chapter and Texas Association of Mediators. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Mediation: 65%
    11 years
  2. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
    21 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 5%
    21 years
  4. Family: 2%
    21 years
  5. Other: 8%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($225-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (10 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

76 total 

  • Kristin Scheel

    Fran is an exceptional attorney committed to aiding families through difficult transitions with kindness and care. Her experience and thoughtfulness are enormously valuable. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer.

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    Kristin Scheel Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Angela Faye Brown

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Angela Brown Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199105/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
One of the top family law attorneys in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2014
One of the top family law attorneys in HoustonHoustonia Magazine2013
Admitted to the U. S. Supreme CourtU. S. Supreme Court2009
An Equal Access Champion 06-10Houston Bar Association2006
Volunteer RecognitionHouston Volunteer Lawyers Program2001
AIDS Advocate AwardHouston Bar Association for Human Rights1993

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Mediator & AttorneyLaw & Mediation Office of Fran Brochstein2004 - Present
Intership247th Family Court of Harris County1990 - 1991
Staff Attorney & Project CoordinatorHouson Volunteer Lawyers Program1990 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Association of MediatorsBoard Member2015 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMemberr2014 - Present
Texas Mediator Roundtable AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2013
Texas Family Law FoundationMember2012 - 2013
Association for Conflict ResolutionMember2011 - Present
Phi Gamma Nu Business FraternityBoard Member2007 - 2013
Texas Association of MediatorsMember2007 - Present
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationMember2006 - Present
Houston Chapter - Association for Conflict ResolutionBoard Member2006 - Present
Harris County Dispute Resolution CenterVolunteer Mediator2005 - Present
International Alliance of Holistic LawyersBoard Member2005 - 2011
Houston Holistic Chamber of CommerceMember2003 - 2005
Houston Bar FoundationFellow1995 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1991 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Delta Theta Phi Law FraternityAlumni1991 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mediation - 9/30/08Partial settlement - 3 issues to go before Judge
Family MediationModification - Resolved all issues but one
Latest Do It Yourself KitDivorce in Progress

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
mediation.com7 Reasons to Use Mediation to Settle Family Disputes2014
One Page WisdomBreathe2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AN/A1990
University of HoustonBusiness TechnologyB. S.1976

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Texas Family Law Mediation TrainingFamily Law Mediation Training2015
Family Law Mediation TrainingBreak-out session Leader2014
Family Law MediationIntro to Texas Family Law2014
Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hr. Mediation TrainingBasic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2013
Dr. Barbara Manousso Family Law Mediation & Training SeminarBasic Family Law Training - I was one of the trainers2013
Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hour Mediation TrainingBasic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2012
Dispute Resolution Center's Family Mediation TrainingFamily Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers2012
January monthly meeting of the Houston Holistic Chamber of CommerceImportance of Estate Planning2009
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity ConferenceSolo Practice2009
Inner City Senior Citizen's GroupEstate Planning2008
Elkins High SchoolThe Importance of Jury Duty & Now that your are an adult2008
Blue Moon Family Law Paralegal SeminarMediation2008
HBA Law Week & HISD High SchoolsThe Importance of Jury Service2006
TX Family Law Practice for ParalegalsMediation2005
Practice Areas for ParalegalsFactors to consider when working in a family law office2005
TX Family Law Practice for ParalegalsMediation2003
Frequent speaker to AIDS groups in the Houston areaThe Importance of Estate Planning2003
Frequent speaker to local high schools & AIDS groupsAIDS & the Law2002
Frequent speaker to the elderly & low income groupsPutting Your Affairs in Order2001