COVID-19 Update: Otterson Law & Mediation is open and still working for our clients. We also remain accessible to the public for inquiries and consultations. To comply with CDC recommendations and local mandates, we will not be meeting anyone in person, but will be fully available by phone, email, and US mail. (Mail may involve a 24 hour delay.) We can provide multiple document transfer options (if you don’t want to send by email). We offer phone consultations and video conferences in lieu of office visits.

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Collaborative Law

Many people are finding that litigation is not appropriate where there will be an on-going relationship with the other party afterwards. Litigation exacerbates problems in the short term, and then resolves them in a way that can often be arbitrary and sometimes just plain unworkable. Studies show 93% of litigated divorces settle in the final stages before trial. Most end up back in court within 5 years.

So why not start the settlement phase before you spend lots of money on court filings which may never be read by a judge, and inflame the other party? Mediation might work for some couples, but others shouldn't give up the benefits of legal advice, advocacy, and support.

The collaborative approach has these advantages: 1. You are in charge, not your lawyer and not a judge. 2. You have a lawyer who can see things from your point of view, and help you negotiate to make sure your interests are protected. 3. Both parties commit to solving problems in a way that will work for both of you--keeping you out of court for the long run.

Only a handfull of lawyers in Alaska are trained in the Collaborative Process, which has been tested and refined to make this approach work. The process is generally slightly less expensive than the average litigated case, but you get better, more durable results, and reduce the likelihood that your case will turn into runaway litigation. We've all heard how bad that can get!

Client Reviews
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We had a tough adoption that seemed to drag on with the state. The staff at Otterson Law were tremendously knowledgeable and a huge help to us. The adoption portion was all done quickly and we were very pleased with with their work. We will be using them in the future. Sima T.
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Otterson Law & Mediation just finished the adoption of my daughter, Melissa. They did it during COVID and around all the state closures. I was happy with the communication and also with the timeliness of getting it finished. Reklats E.
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Otterson Law office handled the adoptions of my niece and nephew in Alaska. They did a great job addressing all of the concerns and making sure that things were handled well. I am glad to have my niece and nephew in our family thanks to them. Trevor B.