The Two Ways Attorneys Approach Divorce
The first is to listen to the client carefully for ten minutes, cut them off, and tell them how ‘they’ are going to proceed based on how the attorney thinks it should go. Because they’re the expert, the field is complicated, the client is too emotionally invested to make decisions, and… well, you get the picture.
This approach usually involves months of promises, shallow follow-through, continuances, and a deep immersion into a process that is hardly a paragon of efficiency.
Movies are made about this approach. One of the best is the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty. In this case, the title says it all. Fun movie, but no one would ever want to partake even a sliver of it in real life.
They don’t make movies about the other approach – the logic-based, rational method. Good drama (and comedies, for that matter) needs tension and conflict. The first approach has that. The second, our approach, does not. It would be boring if it wasn’t your divorce we were working on.
Our approach relies on a lot more than a few minutes listening. It requires interaction, communication, and problem solving on the fly. It requires a solid combination of common sense and book sense. We fill you in on what you need to know. And occasionally, our approach requires us to tell you things you may not necessarily want to hear.
It does not involve getting mired down in the system, and it most certainly does not involve endless promises and no follow through.
It does involve research, analysis, communication, figuring out what is best for you and your family and working toward that goal quickly and efficiently.
ATTORNEY / FIRM OWNER
Jenny has dedicated her practice to helping people move on. She is an active listener and a problem-solver. She understands the financial and emotional vulnerabilities of our clients. Her goal is to make the process as worry-free as possible for our clients. She and the team work together to move toward the best resolution possible for your situation.
Lisa LeFante joined Triangle Smart Divorce after a twenty-one-year courtship that was as inevitable as it was drawn out. Twenty-one years. That’s how long Lisa has known Jenny Bradley. They hit it off from the start, so much so that they will both tell you that they taught the other everything they know about Family Law.
Lauren has years of experience in family law and has spoke on a variety of family law issues. She has served as Chair of the North Carolina New Lawyer’s Division Family Law Section. She’s received several awards: Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Award, Martindale Hubbell Client Champion Gold Recipient in 2017, and the 2019 Rising Star Award by Super Lawyers.
Julianne B. Rothert
Julianne loves family law – she is completely, utterly dedicated to every aspect of it and has been since law school. Julianne was certified as a specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar in 2008. In 2011 she was certified as a family financial mediator as well. She frequently serves as a mediator in family law cases. She is also a Parenting Coordinator. On top of all of this, she has her accounting degree from Clemson and loves numbers!
When L. Brook Stuntebeck (Brook) graduated from Georgia State Law School she did what many new lawyers do – she joined a huge firm. The kind that throws tons of cases from tons of different areas of the law at young associates on the theory that they are equally indefatigable and replaceable.
Liana Orta had a decision to make when she graduated from Florida International University – pursue an MBA or go to law school. On paper, it looked like an easy choice, but the MBA never really had a chance – Liana needed a profession where she helped people, not corporations. She went to the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law instead.
PARALEGAL / FIRM ADMINISTRATOR
Mitzi has been through what our clients are about to go through. She brings her experiences to our clients every day. Despite all her (considerable) knowledge of North Carolina Family Law, litigation, and court procedures, perhaps the most important thing she brings to our clients is the ability to relate to them about divorce, blended families, financial considerations and starting over. Contact Mitzi
Jess has 15 years experience working with Wake County’s Human Services Department in Child Support Enforcement managing issues across a broad spectrum, some quite complex, almost all requiring a deep knowledge of North Carolina law and . . . well, you get the picture, she knows her stuff. Contact Jess
Diane began her legal career on the front desk of a small family law firm. She was the first person to greet new clients and put them at ease. Putting family law clients at ease as they head into the process is a skill that cannot be taught. That Diane was great at it goes without saying. Contact Diane
Client Care Coordinator
Jessica Miller is Triangle Smart Divorce’s Client Care Coordinator. It is no exaggeration to say we are fortunate we found each other.
We were looking for someone with great people skills, experience helping families through hard times, and a solid, working knowledge of Family Court. Contact Jessica
Ren joined the Triangle Smart Divorce team as a legal assistant in 2021 after graduating from UNC with a degree in political science as well as their paralegal certificate. We knew they were right for the team when we interviewed them and we said, “You know, this can be a pretty hectic environment,” and they just smiled knowingly. Contact Ren
Mackenzie joined Triangle Smart Divorce in 2021 as the Marketing Manager. She’s a wiz with Facebook; an Instagram prodigy; YouTube aficionado; LinkedIn phenom; Google oracle; podcast savant; but most importantly, she identified Triangle Smart Divorce as the team she wanted to join – for its ‘culture, community, and mission.’ Contact Mackenzie.