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Family law case management service saves time, cuts costs

Toronto family lawyer Herschel Fogelman is launching a unique private case management service that’s poised to save time and money for parties in family law proceedings. WATCH VIDEO

The service, available to any family lawyer in Ontario both during a litigation process or outside of it, would see parties sign a mediation-arbitration agreement with Fogelman, giving him authority over interim and procedural matters up to and including the exit pre-trial.

“Events would be scheduled according to counsel's availability, but on a regular basis there would be check in and follow up to make sure things are going smoothly and both parties are complying with interim agreements or orders that have been made,” he tells

Fogelman, principal with Fogelman Law, says the service streamlines processes, meaning a case that may otherwise take two years to work its way through the system could resolve in two to three months.

“Time is money, so the less time the case takes the more cost effective it is for your client,” he says.

“The service is needed because it takes away the backlog that is inherent with our system. It does away with long gaps between events and it ensures familiarity with the mediator or arbitrator,” says Fogelman. “We have case management in Toronto and in Ontario but you don’t always get the same judge which means you can get different opinions and different judicial perspectives at different stages. This allows consistency for the subject matter expert – the mediator-arbitrator – and it also streamlines the time which keeps everyone vested and engaged in the resolution process.”

The process is different than mediation, says Fogelman, in that it starts at the beginning of a case instead of the end.

“This service doesn’t wait for disputes to germinate – it allows those disputes to be resolved before they hit the ground,” he says.

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