Helping clients resolve disputes through mediation, legal counseling, and litigation.
BUSINESS AND CONTRACT LAW
We counsel clients on entity formation, organization, management issues, dissolution and winding down, and labor and employment issues. We draft employment agreements, employee handbooks, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements, business to business agreements, purchase and sale agreements for businesses, leases, and construction contracts.
We represent individual and corporate clients in civil litigation matters. We also offer litigation consulting services to law firms and corporate clients to assist with research, writing, and litigation strategy.
We draft construction agreements for homeowners and contractors. We also represent homeowners and contractors in construction disputes, including, but not limited to mechanic's lien actions.
We counsel clients on insurance coverage issues, and we evaluate insurance portfolios to ensure that coverage is as intended. We also offer insurance coverage litigation services in-house and on a consulting basis.
Our mediation practice is designed to provide parties with an alternative to litigation. In mediation, parties have the opportunity to resolve their disputes in a less formal setting with the assistance of a neutral third party. We mediate business and commercial disputes. We also provide mediation services for parties going through a divorce to allow them to work together to prepare a separation agreement.
TRUSTS AND ESTATES
We represent clients in estate administration and estate planning. We also represent families and hospitals in conservatorship and guardianship proceedings. We understand these proceedings can be emotionally difficult for the parties involved, and we handle these cases with sensitivity.
Anchored Law, LLC represents individual and corporate clients in the resolution of disputes. By listening and asking questions, we help our clients select a dispute resolution process best suited to meet their individual needs and goals.
Having witnessed first-hand how valuable mediation can be for some clients, we encourage parties to consider this dispute resolution process when appropriate. Mediation offers parties an alternative to litigation that is less formal and gives the parties more control over the process and the ultimate outcome. With the assistance of a neutral third party, parties are given the opportunity to resolve their disputes in a relaxed environment. When successful, mediation can result in significant savings of time and money.
Our top priority is to help our clients achieve their goals in the most efficient and effective manner possible. To that end, we maintain a practical approach to resolving all disputes. When matters are contentious and emotions are running high, we have the experience and skills necessary to maintain perspective and look for opportunities for resolution along the way to ensure that time and money is not lost. We communicate with our clients regularly to provide status updates and to ensure that our clients understand each stage of the process.
CARA ANN CERASO
Cara resides on Nantucket and has more than 16 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in all stages of litigation, mediation, and arbitration. She has represented clients in matters involving contract disputes, general business disputes, insurance coverage, construction law, land use and zoning, mechanic's lien foreclosures, intellectual property, employment disputes, conservatorships and guardianships.
Having witnessed first-hand how valuable mediation can be for some clients, and having successfully helped many clients resolve disputes before trial, Cara was inspired to become a trained mediator. She successfully completed mediation training with MWI in Boston, meeting the standards set forth in the Massachusetts Confidentiality Statute (MGL ch233 sec 23C) and Rule 8(c)(i) of the MA Supreme Judicial Court's Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.
Cara's outstanding communication, research and writing skills set her apart from her peers. While she is zealous in her representation of clients, she is also personable and kind, traits that put clients at ease even at the toughest of times.
Cara earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2004. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Boston College in 2001, where she completed a double major in English and Political Science in just three years.
Prior to moving to Nantucket, Cara served on the corporate leadership council for the American Heart Association in Fairfield County. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Fairfield County Bar Association, and she was a co-chair and co-founder of the Young Lawyers Committee of WESFACCA. Cara served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Nantucket from 2016-2021.
In 2013, Cara was honored with a 40 Under 40 Award from the Fairfield County Business Council. She has also been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2013-2019, and she has received the highest peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent). Cara was recently named a Fellow by the Construction Lawyers Society of America, a construction lawyer honorary society with selective membership by invitation only based on excellence and accomplishment in construction law and closely related specialties and superior ethical reputation.