Goscha Law in Edwards helps clients with family issues
Business name: Goscha Law.
Location: 27 Main Street, No. 103, Edwards.
Date opened: Sept. 1.
Owner: Amy Goscha.
Contact information: Call 970-446-6327, email amy@goscha law.com or visit the website at goschalaw.com.
What goods or services do you provide? I recently opened my own law practice in Eagle County to help local clients with family issues they face such as divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements, estate planning and probate (administration of an estate after the death of a loved one). I also help families with unique issues that may arise such as living with a partner and needing a cohabitation agreement, legal issues surrounding a child living with a non-biological parent, or designating who will care for a child in the event of a parent’s death (guardianship).
I provide clients with reasonable advice and cost-effective counsel. I offer a model of consultant representation known as unbundled/limited scope representation where a client hires me for a specific task (drafting a letter, drafting or reviewing an agreement, etc).
What’s new or exciting at your place? My firm supports Girls on the Run, a positive youth development program for girls in third through eighth grades. I currently coach at the Gypsum Creek Middle School. I have a passion for running and am excited to bring my law practice to the mountains to enjoy a balanced and active lifestyle.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? My practice style is reasonable and focused on resolution, not costly, drawn-out litigation. In my eight years of practice, I found that clients need tools and guidance while navigating through the court system. I provide practical steps to clients whether it is resolving a divorce dispute, drafting a simple will for a newly married couple or probating an estate during the time of loss.
Because not every client can afford to pay a large up-front amount (retainer) to hire a lawyer, a client may wish to hire me to draft a simple document such as a settlement agreement or a will. I can do this under the unbundled/limited scope representation model, which allows me to meet the needs of the clients in a cost effective way.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? My philosophy is solution-focused on the specific needs of my clients and their families. Clients can expect honest advice on the viability of their case. Clients can expect me to maintain professionalism and respect throughout the process with all parties, opposing counsel and the court. I provide clients with a plan tailored to address and resolve his/her specific issues.
In the past, I asked clients to fill out an evaluation form to provide feedback on the legal services I provided. The most consistent feedback I receive is that I effectively manage a client’s emotions by expressing empathy and listening to their concerns. At the same time, I provide a client with the ability to see the reasonable and solution-focused approach moving forward.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I am a Colorado native. My educational background includes obtaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Creighton University and my law degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. I had the privilege of serving as a law clerk after law school at the Douglas County District Court. I went on to co-teach an Advanced Family Law course for two years as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. I practiced at a boutique family law and estate planning firm in Denver prior to relocating to the mountains.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? The most humorous thing I have dealt with moving from the Denver metro area to the mountains is figuring out what type of professional shoes to wear. No longer are the stiletto heels appropriate when walking on cobblestones or in snow! I am looking forward to developing my mountain professional wardrobe as winter approaches.
There are three keys to look at when deciding the bonus days: staffing, skier excitement and conditions.