SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PROFILES Ask the Attorneys
How do you prepare differently for mediation versus litigation?
The best way to settle any case, inside or outside the courtroom, is to be better prepared
than the other side. We believe in strategic rather than reactive thinking whether preparing
for mediation or trial, recognizing that every case is different and that a tactical approach is
critical. Every decision made on behalf of clients must be calculated to achieve their ultimate
goals, and being prepared for litigation enables a client to feel confident in approaching an
alternative dispute resolution process like mediation. Resolving a case in mediation makes
it possible to include terms that are outside of the court’s authority, including structuring
financial settlements in tax-advantageous ways or including specific provisions for children,
such as college funding or life insurance coverage.
How do I choose an attorney to represent me in my financially complex divorce?
Ask lots of questions! Your attorney should be able to explain different strategies and approaches to the identification and valuation of businesses and other assets, the purposes and tactics
involved in your financial statement preparation and ways to use the tax code to maximize
alimony, child support and other financial outcomes for you and your family. Most financially
complex divorce cases will involve expert witnesses in different disciplines, from forensic
accountants and business valuation professionals to vocational rehabilitation experts, and your
lawyer should be able to identify the areas in which such expertise will be necessary.
12505 Park Potomac Ave.
Potomac, MD 20854
Scott M. Strickler and Geoffrey S. Platnick
SHULMAN ROGERS FAMILY LAW
Geoffrey Platnick and Scott Strickler
are shareholders within the Shulman
Rogers Family Law Practice Group, a
U.S. News & World Report “First Tier”
Family Law Firm. Both are Peer Review
Rated as “AV Preeminent” by Mar-tindale-Hubbell, the highest level of
professional excellence for attorneys.