One of our core beliefs as a firm is that people deserve choice when it comes to their family law needs.
This belief underlies two of our primary commitments to our clients: to help you find the right fit for your family and to connect you with a broad community of support. To fulfill those commitments, we offer options both in terms of the type of services we provide and how we provide them.
The member of our team who perhaps most fully embodies these notions of choice and options is Crystal Hansen, who is available to work with clients as either a Legal Advisor, Divorce Consultant, or both.
In her role as Legal Advisor, Crystal supports clients who are representing themselves in their separation or divorce from their spouse. A highly experienced family lawyer, she advises clients on all aspects of their family law matter, from calculating support payments and dividing assets, to preparing legal documents and appearing in court. While the client is ultimately responsible for the “hands on” work involved in their legal matter, Crystal is there to provide expert guidance from start to finish.
For clients who are experiencing relationship issues but aren’t sure whether they want or need a lawyer or legal advisor, Crystal offers Divorce Consulting services. Using an exploratory, open-ended approach, Crystal helps people sort through their relationship issues and make decisions about the future.
She also consults with individuals who have decided to separate but want to learn about and prepare themselves for the divorce process before meeting with a lawyer. For these clients, Crystal’s role may include helping create a “divorce plan” (including goals and a budget) and/or gathering the financial and other information they will need to disclose to their spouse.
Put simply, Crystal exemplifies Connect’s key values as a progressive family law firm. Offering clients the opportunity to work with a Legal Advisor or Divorce Consultant – rather than or in addition to a lawyer – is one of the many ways we provide people with access to support and choice in how they resolve their relationship issues. It’s one more example of our promise to do law differently.
Crystal resides in Kelowna and works with clients located throughout British Columbia. For clients who live outside of Kelowna, Crystal is available to meet via Skype.