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Israel Van Kooy Law, LLC
, is a law firm that addresses the legal issues of families and small businesses. We work in the areas of divorce (including collaborative law, mediation, and litigation), estate planning and probate of estates, real estate, and taxation.

Laurie Israel is a founder of Israel Van Kooy Law, LLC, a law firm located in Brookline, Massachusetts. She combines a family law practice with estate planning, tax, mediation and collaborative law. Laurie is a former board member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Her writings include articles on divorce, mediation, marital mediation, and prenuptial agreements. You can find her articles on www.ivkdlaw.com, Huffington Post, and Mediate.com. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls.

Karen Van Kooy2smallKaren Van Kooy joined the Law Offices of Laurie Israel in 2007 and together, they founded Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC in 2010. In her family law work, Karen is an experienced and compassionate attorney, representing clients in all aspects of family creation and reformation: from prenuptial planning through divorce and post-divorce modifications. Karen uses Collaborative Law, Mediation and a court-based approach, depending on the needs and preferences of her client. Karen is also available for Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). In her estate planning work, Karen assists individuals and couples in establishing wills and trusts to provide for their loved ones.

Heather Hoffman is of-counsel to the firm in real estate, real estate titles and conveyancing.  She is also a great resource to the firm for consulting on a variety of real estate, estate administration, and tax issues.

Victoria Ellsworth smallVictoria Ellsworth joined the firm as a paralegal in 2007. Aside from her paralegal duties, she handles many of the administrative, accounting and marketing aspects of the firm. Tori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Her keen interest in human behavior and inter-personal relationships, her highly accomplished computer skills and her significant administrative management experience have made Tori a welcome addition. Since joining the team, she has worked on many family law cases, and has taken Collaborative Law and Mediation trainings.

Venezia Van Der ZydeVenezia Van Der Zyde joined our firm in March, 2017 as an administrative assistant. A New Jersey native, Vee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from New York University, has lived in Massachusetts for 20 years, and has raised a family of 5 children. Her previous work experience included working for major securities firms as a mortgage specialist with institutional investors. We are fortunate that she has now become a member of our team at IVKD Law.

We all work together to give clients the best and most cost-effective legal experience that we can provide.

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