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Stephen McDonough
Next Phase Legal LLC

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266 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052


Description of Practice

If you are looking for an arbitrator for your Massachusetts legal issue, then please contact Next Phase Legal LLC in Medfield, MA. Our arbitration services include: *Divorce *Business & Commercial Disputes *Landlord/Tenant * Other Commercial Disputes Probate and Fiduciary Duty

Professional Background

After serving as a police officer for 13 years, I became an attorney and a mediator. I have concentrated divorce and family law for my entire legal career. I am admitted to practice in Massachusetts and North Carolina, but am inactive in NC. I frequently attend advanced trainings in my practice areas, and enjoy being a business owner as well.


Shortly after becoming an attorney, I attended my mediation certification training. More than half of my divorce and family law practice is mediation, with the remainder a mix of collaborative and court-based cases. I have since achieved certification through the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, requiring extensive additional training and experience. I developed comprehensive fixed-fee mediation plans, that have proven very successful over the past years with clients. I am also a collaborative lawyer, although my personal thoughts are that mediation is a better option in most instances.


- BS from Westfield State College, Westfield, MA. - Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA


When mediating, I belive that fairness is paramount, and that people need to have the right information in order to make good decisions. Because I work with many upper-income clients, I am thorough when helping clients with financial issues, and collect financial data so that both parties have the same information. I've mediated a number of tricky parenting issues, and help families develop parenting plans that help keep things on track.


My hourly rate is $350.00 per hour. Flat fees are also available for mediation and collaborative cases. Discounted rates may be available in limited situations. Major credit cards are accepted.

Other Information

My firm website and blog at contains helpful information about divorce, mediation, family law, and other rleated information.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.