From Tolstoy to Nina Simone

  •   |   Meghan Freed

A Few Thoughts About the Freed Marcroft Process

I just came back from three days of intensive business seminars exploring ways for us to run Freed Marcroft as efficiently and client-friendly as possible. The theme for the long weekend was . . .  freedom.

At 9:13 on a blistering hot Saturday morning in Orlando, I started thinking about freedom and our clients and how we move through the family law process together. I thought about it through the rest of the seminar, through the flight home, through the rest of the week.

It finally hit me, it’s all an arc. One I can define with two pieces of art. Really.

The journey with our clients starts at Anna Karenina and ends with Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

A perfect arc.

Here’s how it goes . . .

I think this should be carved into the lintel, or hung on the reception area wall – or both – of every family law firm:

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family

is unhappy in its own way.

The opening of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina forms the backbone of Freed Marcroft’s philosophy: everybody who walks into our office for a consultation over a family matter is unique. No two family matters are ever the same; we’re starting from scratch with every new client we represent, because . . .  people.

Our process – initial phone call, consultation, team meeting and so on – is designed to uncover our client’s ‘uniqueness’ as early as possible. We do that by listening. To the details of your situation, your concerns, values, goals, what you want out of our representation, what you want your future to be.

That’s the goal of our representation – pursue the best possible path to that future. Is working through a Collaborative Divorce right for you? Is Mediation the better path? Are there issues that necessitate Litigation? Those are decisions that the early part of our process – the initial phone call, consultation, team meeting – are designed to facilitate. They are utterly dependent on our clients’ circumstances and wishes. All, of course, unique.

We are as committed to your future as we are to your representation. It’s just the way we’re built. At the end, it’s all about settling your current issues in the best manner possible and moving on – free to pursue your dreams and goals.

We will recognize the uniqueness of your situation every step of the way, we will do everything in our power to see that you leave our offices on the fateful day when your case/issues have wrapped up signing along with – you knew it was coming, right? – Nina Simone:

It’s a new dawn,

It’s a new day,

It’s a new life for me . . .

And I’m feeling good. 

You can listen to it here, just to get a little bit psyched:


Freed Marcroft guides select clients through the legal aspects of divorce and family law while remaining mindful of their overall wellness. 

To discuss our helping with your situation, contact us today either here or by phone.

Freed Marcroft LLC

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