Services Provided

Legal Services

Stuart Reed is an attorney who has been handling civil cases in South Florida since 1994.  He is experienced in family law, commercial disputes, immigration laws, landlord and tenant disputes, estates, zoning and land use concerns, contracts, corporations, associations and other legal matters.  He credits his father, Allen P. Reed, who was a civil litigator for nearly forty years, for mentoring him early in his career.  Stuart explains that he strives in all matters to listen attentively to people, to understand their objectives and concerns, to consider the applicable laws carefully, and to communicate clearly with people about their legal rights and options.  As an advisor, Stuart Reed helps people to make choices for themselves, with the best guidance and perspectives he can offer.  As an advocate, Stuart Reed looks carefully at the issues, the laws and the evidence in a case in order to make persuasive arguments in support of clients’ positions and objectives.  Stuart Reed strives to make clients recognize that they receive reliable advice and effective representation at Law & Mediation, LLC.

Family Mediations

Family law cases, like other civil cases, commonly involve money issues. Unlike other civil cases, though, family cases also frequently involve sensitive, personal emotional issues and they can require ongoing cooperation and communication between parents when minor children are involved. Family mediation aims to help people resolve their issues through confidential communications facilitated by a neutral and impartial mediator. Mediation helps people avoid costly and uncertain legal proceedings by focusing on resolving issues mutually rather than arguing in court for different results. Attorneys’ fees and case costs in family court can be expensive. A family mediation can start before or after a case is filed in court. At any rate, in many courts people are required to attend mediation to try to resolve their differences before issues will be heard by the court. People are free to initiate pre-suit divorce mediation before any legal papers are filed in court. If they believe it is in their best interest people can attend a pre-suit mediation without an attorney representing them, but they will have an opportunity and will be encouraged to speak with attorneys for independent legal counsel before any papers are signed. Family mediations aim to empower people to explore issues, communicate effectively, and consider potential solutions. The outcome of a mediation is in the hands of the people in the dispute, rather than on the desk of a stranger wearing a black robe in a court room.

Commercial Mediations

Civil cases can be expensive, stressful and uncertain. Whether someone is in conflict with a business associate, a contractor, customer, landlord, neighbor, employer, partner or anyone else, the stakes in disputes and difficult dealings between people can make them feel angry and vulnerable. Attorneys’ fees and case costs can be expensive in cases that require complicated court hearings, disputes over the discovery of evidence and information, and trials on disputed issues of laws and facts. Mediation provides people and businesses with an opportunity to explore the possibility of settling disputes in a confidential setting. With or without attorneys’ representation, people and businesses can participate in a mediation and evaluate the costs and benefits of compromising and settling their disputes versus the costs and potential outcomes of pursuing a judgment from a court. When businesses want disputes to be mediated before customers go to court, the businesses can add mediation clauses to the contracts their customers sign when hiring them.

Collaborative Family Law

Stuart Reed is a member of the Collaborative Action Group, a team of attorneys, family therapists and a financial planning expert who practice Collaborative Family Law, which is a process that starts with a written agreement to work collaboratively to resolve all disputed issues out of court, signed by the parties, their attorneys, a neutral facilitator a neutral financial planner. A collaborative law participation agreement requires that the attorneys and the other neutral professionals will be disqualified from disputed court proceedings. Although each person has their own lawyer, everyone agrees to work collaboratively as a team and share all relevant information and evidence. All communications are confidential in a collaborative family law case, and the people’s decisions on all issues are completely voluntary. They make the best decisions they can with the benefit of their attorney’s advice, the assistance of the neutral facilitator and the financial planning expert, and hopefully a custom-made outcome that both parties accept and follow as they move on in their lives.

Proud to serve the Brazilian community in South Florida

Stuart Reed has teamed up with Raul Rodrigues Pereira Neto, an attorney in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to provide family and commercial co-mediation services in Portuguese and English in South Florida. Stuart Reed is a Florida Supreme Court certified family and circuit court mediator and Raul Rodrigues Pereira Neto is an experienced commercial attorney in Brazil who recently relocated to South Florida with his family, while keeping his office open in Rio. Together they co-mediate cases with Brazilian people so Raul can help them express themselves and understand everything better, while Stuart guides them through the mediation process in accordance with the rules of mediation in Florida.