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Mediation

When dealing with family law issues, mediation often benefits couples by offering a resolution alternative that is less costly and faster than litigation. It also frequently leaves couples with a better understanding of their mutual problems, resulting in a more favorable outcome for everyone concerned.

Types of mediators vary, based on professional training and experience. Generally, most mediators are a lawyers or mental health professionals.

Lawyers as mediators know the legal boundaries, what the courts commonly find acceptable, and are familiar with court procedure and settlements. If a legal issue needs to be addressed in mediation, a mediator with a legal background is most suited for the task.

When a divorce or other family law matter will result in significant tax consequences for both parties, there is no substitute for a mediator with accounting and tax evaluation skills.

Attorney Elainie Honjas offers the expertise of all three types of mediators – legal, therapeutic and financial. She combines five years of clinical psychology study with seventeen years of legal experience in family law. Trained in tax law, she was admitted to the U.S. Tax Court in 1996 and has ten years of experience serving on the California State Bar Tax committee and assisting families with taxation of assets.

The law firm of Elainie Honjas welcomes the opportunity to review your concerns and discuss mediation as a possible resolution alternative. Please call our office at (408) 292-4849 to arrange a consultation regarding mediation.

Client Reviews
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"Two thumbs up for Elainie. She's experienced and easy to work with, and I've used her services for over a decade now on a variety of issues. She will not push hard to get what you want if you are being unreasonable, as she wants her cases to have solid justification. Overall, a very good attorney, and especially good if you want to have a more harmonious resolution to your case." M.P.
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"Elainie Honjas has been my attorney for six years now. She has worked more than one legal miracle for me. With her profound experience in the Courts of Santa Clara County I have consistently found her advice to be sound and wise. Not only is Ms. Honjas a really effective professional, in my opinion, with a well respected reputation and lots of very strong contacts throughout the local Legal community, enabling her to negotiate matters effectively outside of the Courtroom, but I have also found her to be a really warm human being with a great sense of humor and a big heart..." A.R.