Helping both parties places a lawyer in a conflict of interest. Each party has competing interests, even if the two are working together amicably. Lawyers are obligated to ensure that thorough advice is given independently of the other party, to discuss the alternatives and the risks associated with your agreement, and to assess whether one party is pressuring another to make decisions a certain way. Contact a lawyer for more information on how to finalize your agreement respectfully, efficiently, and affordably. From our office to you, we wish you the best of the holiday season.