As separation/divorce is more than just a legal issue, I support my clients by listing to their needs, hopes, fears and concerns in helping them make informed decisions that reflect their priorities and goals.
I analyze the family law dispute not only from a legal perspective but on a deeper level to understand the underlying causes to help generate solutions. It is in this way I am able to help develop a personalized strategy for moving forward. In serving clients I am able to respond effectively to a variety of diverse situations offering flexibility in meeting client needs such as evening and weekend appointments and/or working long hours to meet tight deadlines.
My office is non-traditional so as to help clients feel at ease allowing me to offer a more personal experience as a professional..
I care about my clients and the quality of service reflects that.
I am based in Nanaimo, BC serving clients on Central Vancouver Island.
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Laura’s expertise made a significant increase to my visitation with my breast-fed infant son. I went from being a dad whose ex only allowed me to visit my son in her home, with her present, and only at her convenience to having my son almost half the week including overnight. I enthusiastically recommend Laura Taylor in family legal matters. She is bright, supportive, and effective.
Laura listened to my concerns, validated the reason why I was coming to see her and offered options as to how she could help me. I felt very supported and heard. I have seen Laura come to my aid as an excellent advocate for my well being. She is quick and efficiant to respond at my collaborative meetings and always has my best interest in mind.
I would highly recommend Laura to anyone. Through one of the most toughest time in my life she has stood
by me and advocated for me all the way. Helping to restore my voice and giving me more confidence than I thought possible.
Laura Taylor helped me with compassion, understanding, integrity and real Professional service. She is good at
what she does, easy to reach and communicate with, she supported me with empathy like a friend through a
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The collaborative lawyer plays a key role in helping couples to negotiate a mutually acceptable separation agreement, which is the ultimate goal of the collaborative process. To achieve successful negotiations it is important for couples to understand the difference between interest-based negotiations, as compared with positional bargaining. A lack of understanding can create significant obstacles to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement in the collaborative process. An understanding of the differences between the two negotiation approaches will also help couples understand the role of the collaborative lawyer in helping them reach their goals.
Typically the concept of “negotiation” in family law conjures up traditional notions of exchanging proposals through lawyers. Proposals are positions taken based upon what each person has decided he/she wants. This approach is known as “positional bargaining” or “positional negotiation”. Strategies are often employed to try to influence the other party to give up his/her position such as making demands, making concessions, holding back information, and using threats of court. The lawyer’s role is traditionally understood as “fighting” to get what the client has decided he/she wants as being fair and reasonable.
When the ultimate goal is to agree on a position that is mutually satisfying, the tendency is to think and talk only about the positions.
Wife: “I want my spouse to pay me spousal support”.
Husband: “I don’t want to pay spousal support”.
The statements above reflect this type of positional thinking and talking. When talking in terms of positions only, the options to find mutually satisfying solutions are limited to the two positions that each party is advancing. The limited options often lead to impasse as neither party wants to give up what he/she wants to reach an agreement.