Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my law and mediation practice. First, let me assure you that I understand how difficult it is to have a problem involving your family that requires a lawyer or a mediator. Let me also assure you that hiring the right professional is the first of many important decisions you will be making in order to resolve the conflict your family is facing be it divorce, co-parenting, deciding what to do with your estate or making decisions as to what is best for an elderly family member .

My name is Jennifer Hawthorne. Prior to studying law, I worked in the financial services industry. When I knew I wasn’t doing all I could to make a difference in people’s lives, I went to law school to change that. While in law school, I worked with a few public service agencies, including Greater Boston Legal Services, where I worked with low-income tenants with various housing issues. I also worked with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association, where I helped people work through race and ethnicity-based discrimination claims.

In my practice, I focus on the legal issues that make the most difference in people’s lives, including:

  • Family law, with a special emphasis on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, collaborative divorce, prenuptial agreements and common sense strategies for negotiated parenting plans and property settlements. All of these out-of-court solutions work whether you are a married couple facing divorce or co-parents raising a child. My objective is to find solutions that avoid the high financial and emotional costs of litigation. I will show you options that will help you arrive at a fair outcome without the expense of deposition documents, filing legal motions and attending hearings.
  • Estate planning services, including wills, trusts, advance directives, guardianship and the process of nominating a guardian, and administrative matters that will protect your family from unnecessary probate decisions and litigation involving transferring your assets to heirs and beneficiaries. Many people who come to me for divorce and family law matters also need assistance with estate planning strategies following a life-changing event such as divorce or remarriage.

We Will Get Through This Together

If you are facing divorce or a challenging child custody issue, it may be tough to remember that things will get better. I will help you dial back the emotions and see a clear path to a future that reduces the emotional legal problems.

I am committed to helping people get the legal advocacy they need. You will find me friendly, non-intimidating and very client-focused. During our first meeting we will discuss your circumstances and I will clearly explain how I can help you meet your objectives.

From my offices in Framingham, I advise and represent clients in communities throughout the MetroWest area. Contact my office at 508-656-0094 or use the convenient email contact form to arrange an initial consultation.