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Fran Brochstein

Mediation Attorney at Marble Falls, TX

4.9   67 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Fran

Learn Fran’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    99%
    Primarily - all areas of family law (child support, child custody, divorce, separation, pre-nuptial, paternity, grandparent rights, domestic violence, post-divorce modification, CPS cases, etc.) & elder law

    19 years, 900 cases

  2. Family
    1%

    30 years

I only mediate. I do NOT litigate (aka "go to court"). I do NOT accept new clients.

If you live in Texas then  I offer a FREE 10 minute phone consult to give you hints on what you need to do.  

I am now doing Zoom family law mediations all over Texas - especially Travis & Harris Counties. 

In 2018 I received 2 awards - The Association for Conflict Resolution - Houston Chapter, honored me with one of their 10 Lifetime Acheivement Awards and Houston Woman Magazine recognized me as one of the 50 most influential women in Houston for 2017.

I have been honored by several media outlets for my work as an attorney/mediiator. For 2023-24, I am President for the Texas Association of Mediators. I am a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution-Houston Chapter. 

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 & flexibility than the judge can order.

I handle mediations at the beginning of a divorce (known as early intervention mediation), early in the divorce process (known as temporary orders) and the mediation right before trial (known as final orders). Sometimes I actually work with the people several times during their case. 

In mediation, the parties control the process. I facilitate the process.  My prices are much more affordable than hiring attorneys and doing a traditional divorce.

As a 20 year breast cancer survivor, co-grandparenting with my ex-husband, married to husband #3 and moved from a big city to a small one, I hopefully can suggest options to resolve your current situation. 

I urge parties to retain legal counsel.  When I serve as a mediator, I am NOT allowed to prepare any 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 or use the free forms on  

Visit my website for my resume and more information on mediation. 

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Location

Fran Brochstein, JD & Mediator
P O Box 1925
Marble Falls, TX, 78654

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  67 customer reviews
Posted by Nikki | May 15, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and to the point.
Very helpful. Even went out of her way to refer me to a site that would further help. Thank you so much. Recommend 100%.
Posted by Rosy | August 30, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Mra. Fran was very direct and helpful, she gave me recommendations to a couple lawyers that are reasonable in price.
Posted by LESLIE | May 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The help I needed!
She went out of her way to help me and gave some of the best advice! Thank you so much Fran for your help!
Posted by Emmanuelle | March 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She will point you in the right direction.
She truly cared and helped me out on what to go, and where to take things as a father trying to get custody. Thank you Fran.
Posted by Elisabeth | October 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Informal vs marriage
Was awesome in helping me wake up and see how important it is to get the paperwork done for my long-term relationship. If you've been living with your partner for years and have built a life together, nothing will convey...you're basically a roommate unless you have all the paperwork done....was so helpful and genuinely concerned about my situation. I'm so deeply grateful for her help.
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Response from Fran Brochstein November 1, 2018
Thanks for your kind words. I wish you all the best as you work through all the suggestions that I made. Good luck!
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
jalapeno
Fran was very helpful: she gave me a great advice regarding my case and was very down to earth. She was of great help as a mediator and my case was resolved as stressless as a divorce case could be. Thank you, Fran!
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The most honest advice you'll ever get.
Over the past week I have spoken to lawyer after lawyer, and they have filled us with false hope, told us our odds of winning were solid. My husband came across Fran's number by accident but i'm glad he did. She gave us a nice big dose of reality. She was honest, and blunt which is what I have been begging other lawyers to be. I feel like she's the only lawyer i've talked to who wasn't looking to line her pockets. She spoke to me on the phone for free, and helped me gain a realistic view of our situation. I highly recommend anyone who has a family law case give her a call.
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Posted by Samantha | April 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable, Caring, & Kind
The single most helpful phone conversation I have ever had in my entire life. Addressed all my questions, responded in a knowledgeable manner, and referred me exactly where I needed to go/what I needed to do. On a personal note-she was funny, very personable, understanding, and sweet! The kind of person you would enjoy a good conversation with. Would HIGHLY recommend hiring her to anyone!
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Posted by Kemelia McKenzie | March 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Phenomenal
If I could give her more stars I would. Great listener and very results driven. Every attorney that knows her have only had positive things to say about her. I wish I knew if her before selecting my attorneys, she would've made my divorce more cost effective and timely. Words simply can't describe how amazing she is. Thank you for all you've done.
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Response from Fran Brochstein March 7, 2017
Wow! What a wonderful way to start the day! Thanks. Good luck to you.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
There when I needed help
Fran helped me with an urgent matter. I'm not sure what I would have done without her help. Thank you Fran
Posted by Alex Rodriguez | November 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly appreciated
She is a kind lawyer that helped me out every matter I was concerning. Thank you for you help alot M'am !!
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest
Fran is awesome because she gave it to me straight. She told me exactly what a hired attorney told me and what I needed to hear to improve my situation. Thank you Fran! I decided to increase my visitation for now and once I get a bigger place go for the gold! Although my spouse supports me, I decided to become employed as suggested. I have a mediocre job for now, but once I get the higher paying one, I'm saving every penny to consult her and her firm, because she didn't bs me. This was just advice through email. She didn't have to do that. I consulted with family friends who are attorneys, and advice was spot on.
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Response from Fran Brochstein August 27, 2016
Thank you for your kind words. I offer free phone consults and talk to 2-6 people a day. I should have thousands of reviews. I think only 1 in 200 actually writes a review. Many say they will but never get around to it. You made my day!
Posted by Bert | January 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mediation
Ms. Brochstein worked wonders with clients who brought a ton of baggage as well as, for a lack of a better term, village elders, with them to mediation. I recommend her to anyone who needs a difficult situation remedied through mediation.
Posted by Lacey | November 20, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great mediator!
I've used Fran as a mediation on several occasions. She is a great mediator. She is very straight-forward and honest with the client, but is kind and allows the clients to present their concerns. I've had a lot of success mediating with Fran and would highly recommend her!
Posted by Ashanti | November 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Stellar!
While Mrs. Brochstein was unable to help directly with my case as it relates to a company mediation, she did provide me seven resources to contact for assisting with my specific case. She was very friendly, outgoing and pleasant and I cannot commend her enough for reaching out to me personally and holding a real conversation! If I ever need a mediator within the family services realm, she will be my first choice, hands down. Thank you, Mrs. Fran!
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Posted by robert | July 13, 2015
best in houston
i live in mississippi....i called her concerning my daughter's child support....she not only answered the phone HERSELF, but spent a half hour on the phone helping me........they don't come like her anymore....she is the best in my book......Robert T.
Posted by Jorge Romero | July 13, 2015
Wonderful advice on the first call
I called Ms Brochstein this morning out of the blue looking for a consultation regarding divorce. Not only did she answered the phone herself but proceeded to give me advice, not only legal but more like an old friend. It was amazing how she made an immediate connection with me and my case and after listening for a while referred me to another attorney better suited for my case. If you're a man looking for help with divorce questions call Fran.
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Posted by Judy | May 28, 2015
PROMPT EMERGENCY ADVICE
I heard back from Ms. Brochstein the same day I faxed her! As happens, I found myself in need of quick unvarnished legal advice ,,, and, boy, did she deliver! She is a wealth of information and shares it generously. I was in a state of anxiety before she contacted me and now, I have a road map to resolution and peace of mind. Thank you ever so, Ms. Brochstein, for responding and giving clear instructions to a stranger!
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Response from Fran Brochstein June 14, 2015
People say I have great reviews on this website. I actually should have hundreds more. Only one person in 20 that I talk to bothers to review me. I talk/text/email approx. 15 people per day. As a former legal aide lawyer it's my personal mission to educate the public of their rights. If I don't contact you back within 24 hours try again. I try to reply to everyone that contacts me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2015
Great advice!
During a very scary process Fran gave very good advice and eased my mind with all going on. I would highly recommend her services. Bonus thing is she answers call 24 hours 7 days a week.
Response from Fran Brochstein May 15, 2015
Thank you! I do not answer my phone 24 hours a day since I do sleep. For example, a lady called me at 3:30 am this morning and I did not answer the phone! I also don't answer if I'm in court, driving, mediating, etc. If you don't receive a return phone call within 24 hours please call or Text again!
Posted by Jason | May 8, 2015
Respectable, knowledgable and honest
I called Ms. Brochstein at 7:30 on a Friday night and she answered and spent a good while guiding me to the right lawyer for my family case. She was very nice and very knowledgeable. Can't thank her enough!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Fran Brochstein Mediator
  • 2004 - Present
  • Mediation Instructor
  • National American University
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Fran Brochstein
  • 1995 - 2005
  • Intership
  • 247th Family Court of Harris County
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Staff Attorney & Project Coordinator
  • Houson Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 1990 - 1995
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1990
  • University of Houston
  • B. S.
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mediation without attorneys
  • I have repeatedly saved people thousands of dollars in attorney fees
  • Domestic Violence Mediation
  • Very successful - hugs from both parties!
  • Domestic Violence Mediation
  • Very successful - hugs from both parties!
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Associations

  • Austin Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2020 - Present
  • Highland Lakes Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • President-Elect for 2022-23
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Texas Mediator Roundtable Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Houston Chapter - Association for Conflict Resolution
  • 2016 & 2017 - President
  • 2006 - Present
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1995 - Present
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Alumni
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Lone Star Legal Services
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2020
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2005 - 2018
  • International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Volunteer Attorney & Volunteer Mediator
  • 1996 - 2017
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • One of the 50 most influential women in Houston for 2017
  • Houston Woman Magazine
  • 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Recepient
  • Association for Conflict Resolution - Houston Chapter
  • 2018
  • One of Houston's best attorney-mediators
  • H-Texas Magazine
  • 2016
  • One of Houston's best attorney mediators
  • H-Texas Magazine
  • 2015
  • Named as one of the leading mediators in Houston
  • Houstonia Magzine
  • 2015
  • One of the top family law attorneys in Houston
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • One of the top family law attorneys in Houston
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • 2009
  • An Equal Access Champion
  • Houston Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2001
  • AIDS Advocate Award
  • Houston Bar Association for Human Rights
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Divorce 911 Book
  • Tips from Fran Brochstein
  • 2016
  • mediation.com
  • 7 Reasons to Use Mediation to Settle Family Disputes
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2022 Texas Association of Mediators
  • Family Mediation Horror Stories
  • 2022
  • B N I - Marble Falls Chapter
  • What is family law mediation?
  • 2020
  • Family Law Mediation Training
  • Family Law Mediation Training
  • 2016
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators 2016 Houston seminar
  • Family Law Mediation Ethics
  • 2016
  • Met with approx. 10 women to discuss their concerns & to have them better understand Texas laws
  • Estate Planning for Women
  • 2015
  • Dr. Barbara Manousso's Family Law Mediation Training
  • Family Law Mediation Training
  • 2015
  • 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • National American University Mediation Training
  • 2015
  • Family Law Mediation Training
  • Dispute Resolution Center - Break-out session Leader
  • 2014
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Intro to Texas Family Law
  • 2014
  • Dr. Barbara Manousso Family Law Mediation & Training Seminar
  • Basic Family Law Training - I was one of the trainers
  • 2013
  • Dispute Resolution Center's Family Mediation Training
  • Family Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers
  • 2012
  • January monthly meeting of the Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce
  • Importance of Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Conference
  • Solo Practice
  • 2009
  • Inner City Senior Citizen's Group
  • Estate Planning
  • 2008
  • Elkins High School
  • The Importance of Jury Duty & Now that your are an adult
  • 2008
  • Blue Moon Family Law Paralegal Seminar
  • Mediation
  • 2008
  • HBA Law Week & HISD High Schools
  • The Importance of Jury Service
  • 2006
  • TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Mediation
  • 2005
  • Practice Areas for Paralegals
  • Factors to consider when working in a family law office
  • 2005
  • TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Mediation
  • 2003
  • Frequent speaker to AIDS groups in the Houston area
  • The Importance of Estate Planning
  • 2003
  • Frequent speaker to local high schools & AIDS groups
  • AIDS & the Law
  • 2002
  • Frequent speaker to the elderly & low income groups
  • Putting Your Affairs in Order
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (107)
Given (226)
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Mediation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms Brochstein is one of the best lawyers on AVVO. There are many lawyers on AVVO that give horrible answers. They often don’t even get the law right, or they add little or nothing to the answers other lawyers have mentioned. They often miss issues or other opportunities that might help solve a problem. Ms Brochstein on the other hand is a lawyer that you can tell truly cares about the person asking the questions and wants to help them solve there problem. She gifts smart thorough and practical advise, and like a good lawyer sometimes that advise is not necessary legal advise but rather advise that comes from wisdom gained as an experienced lawyer and mediator. I strongly endorse her. She is a problem practical and wise problem solver and that it exactly what you need in a good mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has worked hard to improve the State Bar of Texas and her Local Bar Association. IN th Marble Falls area and even state-wide is a very sought after mediator and I would highly recommend her to mediate your case. She can get the job done. ( She also knows the best place in Marble Falls for great pies)"
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran was a presenter for a CLE that I was unable to attend. I reached out to F higlyendorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this mediator. Fran has a full-time mediation practice in the Houston area. She is known for her mediation skills. Fran is often booked. I have used Fran as a mediator many times. I learned a lot from her."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Brochstein is attentive, knowledgable and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great member of the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Her knowledge base is impressive."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran is an excellent mediator--compassionate yet no-nonsense. She is efficient and very experienced. Highly recommended!"
Mediation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She pursues the noble end of resolving instead of aggravating disputes between her fellow men and women, and she offers thoughtful and skilled analysis in this forum."
Mediation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She was responsive, practical, efficient, and knowledgeable. I look forward to working with her again."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is simply the best mediator. She works hard and her primary focus is to solve the issue."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Fran was an amazing Mediator, she was very professional, knowledgeable and was able to mediate a very complex case to resolution. She knew when to take control of the parties and did an outstanding job!! I highly recommend her for anyone needing a no BS Mediator"
Mediation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran has the experience to guide Texans through the minefield of effective estate planning. That is not a task to be entrusted to the inexperienced. You can rely on Fran."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran Brochstein is a leader in the dispute resolution community and has deep understanding of conflict resolution as well as family law, among other areas too. I endorse Fran for Family Law and for family law mediation."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Fran is a great mediator! She gets the job done by being straight forward and honest with both sides. All, but one of my cases with Fran has settled in mediation."
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