Divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Manuel Wiley Pro Bono Award||Alameda County Bar Association||2006|
|Owner||Law & Mediation Office of Lorna Jaynes||2003 - Present|
|Attorney||Wittwer Law Firm||2000 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Practice East Bay||Member||2006 - Present|
|Mediators Beyond Borders||Founding Member||2006 - Present|
|Alameda County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|International Association of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2005 - Present|
|Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley||Executive Board Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1999 - Present|
|Letters from Clients||N/A|
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|Bay Area Divorce Lawyer Blog||Family Law & Mediation||2016|
|Santa Clara Law Review||Emissions Trading - Pollution Panacea or Environmental Disaster||1998|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Univ of Victoria||Biology & Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1981|
Posted by Deb
Divorce is never ideal and an incredible hardship on families, I can honestly say that after living through it. If I had felt there was any other way for reconciliation, I never would have considered it, but after that decision had been made, I found myself looking for the next step.
After hearing that there was an alternative to being a docket number in a traditional, drug out, expensive, process for divorce through the court system, I began a search through Google for Collaborative Law and found Lorna's name. After talking with her, I found her incredibly supportive and informative from the onset. That continued well after the last document was signed. I always felt that she had my best interests at heart while maintaining what was best and fair for the whole family. Never being through this before, she provided the legal experience and knowledge that I needed because, honestly, I just didn't always know what I was legally entitled to. I found that she always kept me informed of where we were in the process. She was very approachable if I had a question and, equally as important, she answered promptly which was very much appreciated. It did a lot to relieve the anxiety that just comes with the territory. I would have to admit that I was not always an effective speaker through the process and there were times where my mind drew blanks, but because Lorna had taken the time to get to know me, my voice was heard through her and she was able to put into words what I wasn't always able to do for myself. I don't think that my case could have been settled any better than it was with Lorna and certainly not as fast. She was exactly who I needed at that time and I'm grateful that I Googled Collaborative Law and found her.
I can't discuss the value of finding Lorna without discussing the benefits of Collaborative Law for anyone that may be searching right now. The process of Collaborative Law provided a means for divorce in a nontraditional way. It is a process where issues can be discussed and unraveled across a table with the help and guidance of specifically and specially trained Collaborative Attorneys who keep the discussions on point, fair and productive. It differs from mediation in that each spouse retains a Collaborative Attorney. It also provides a way for you and your children, through referred Licensed Family Counselors, to have a voice in the custody plan instead of being told what that will be by a Judge who doesn't know your family. That was a driving force for me.
Posted by Monica Vincent
We came to Lorna knowing that collaborative law would be the smartest, most efficient choice for my ex husband and myself. Lorna took the time to really get to know us, our situation, our personal issues. This made a significant difference in our dealing with a highly emotional affair.
I want to publicly thank Lorna for all the hard work, clear communication, care and follow through she put into our divorce. She was kind and thoughtful, listened well and responded to both of our needs. I never felt that she was taking sides or wasn't looking out for the best interest of us both....that was exactly what we wanted and expected from a collaborative lawyer.
I would highly recommend Ms Jaynes. She is an excellent lawyer with many skills. She will guide you through the divorce maze and yet stay clear and open....just what is needed.
As for collaboration vs. the 'family court' approach, we are glad to have chosen a route that didn't divide us further. The collaborative approach was so much more cost effective....I can't imagine how much we would have spent had we both hired our own lawyers! Also, I feel with Lorna's help and the collaborative process we both had far less stress than going to court, our issues were settled in a non-adversarial manner and she managed our conflicts, emotional issues and relationship issues creatively.
I hope you find this helpful....I am a true believer in this process and in Lorna.
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