Our philosophy-- Traditional adversarial litigation can destroy families. Many family law attorneys remain unaware of this. It is no wonder given that law school teaches this type of advocacy emphasizing "winning" as the ultimate goal and bullying and intimidation as the method. This adversarial litigation style is effective in criminal and other areas of the law. However, it is harmful to families in family law cases.
Our law office is committed to not destroying families and changing the use of traditional adversarial tactics in family law cases. If your spouse chooses an attorney unaware of this capacity for destruction, we will do our best to minimize the animosity and conflict.
How did we reach this opinion? Based on years of experience. Katherine Bachelder has over twenty-four years of legal experience including eleven years as a magistrate and standing master presiding over family law cases in Fairbanks. Before attending law school Ms. Bachelder worked for eight years as a counselor for children, adults and families. Emotions often cloud judgment during the court process. Let an experienced lawyer guide you through the process and help you make difficult decisions based on sound judgment rather than emotion. As a team, we will resolve your family court matter in a manner allowing you make the best decisions for you and your family while maintaining your dignity and respect.
A settlement approach will still protect your rights. If our zealous advocacy does not lead to a settlement to your satisfaction you will be in experienced hands during all stages of the litigation process which includes discovery, trial preparation, and trial. With a thorough knowledge of the law we will advocate for everything you are entitled to in your settlement or trial. When it comes to a decision involving a child we will advocate for what you believe is in your child's best interests. For more information about Ms. Bachelder please check the About Us section of our website.
Our Law Office assists clients in the following areas:
Grandparent Rights I am a solo practitioner; my firm was established in 2008.
Bachelder Law Office
250 Cushman Street
Katherine Bachelder has 25 years of experience as an attorney as well as a magistrate and standing master at the Alaska court system. She practices family law.
Katherine Bachelder opened her current private practice after practicing as an attorney for eight years and working as a magistrate and family law standing master for 11 years. Katherine has a paralegal Kim Kyle. they work as a team to provide you quality and personalized services. Our website provides additional information about the firm.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
Before I attended law school I worked as a counselor for eight years and testified in court. I learned that law and the needs of families were not compatible. This led me to attend law school. After eight years as a criminal defense and child protection attorney I was appointed as a magistrate and family law standing master. After serving for 11 years I started my private practice in family law in 2007.
What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
I educate clients on legal issues and encourage those who cannot afford an attorney to consult with a lawyer as a coach or to review documents.
Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?
I am happy to review documents prepared by clients and Alaska law encourages attorneys to do so.
Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
I encourage this and have served as a coach.
How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?
As often as possible. The traditional adversarial system harms families. I attempt to collaborate with opposing counsel early on to minimize conflict.
What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?
I delegate work to my paralegal whenever it is appropriate to reduce fees.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
My diverse experience, 23 years of experience and my ability to form good relationships with clients. I am an experienced attorney with people skills. Having been on both sides of the bench I have a unique perspective.
Katherine was born and raised in Massachusetts. She attended law school at Northeastern University School of Law. She moved to Alaska to clerk for the Alaska Superior Court. She worked for 8 years as an Assistant Public Defender in Alaska, and 11 years as a magistrate and family law standing master for the Alaska District and Superior Courts.
Her education and work as a mental health counselor and a mediator make Katherine effective in a variety of circumstances. Katherine has strong interpersonal communication skills and a collaborative law style.
Bar Number: 8906011
Alaska , 1989
Northeastern University School of Law
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology
University of Massachusetts
B.S. Cross Cultural Education
Cross Cultural Issues, Teaching Assistant
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