Collaborative Practice

Why Create a Collaborative Mission Statement?

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A mission statement provides direction, focus, and accountability, not just for you, but for your team. While mission statements are most commonly utilized by businesses to guide employees in the goals and ideals of the business, a mission statement will also be useful in a collaborative leader’s personal life to remind you of what is…

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The Collaborative Approach To Civil Disputes

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In the world of tradition litigation, the collaborative approach hasn’t gone mainstream yet. So what are the key attributes of the collaborative approach, and how is it applicable to legal matters? Key attributes of the Collaborative Approach to Resolution of Civil and Business Disputes: Requires parties to commit to resolving their dispute without litigation Uses a…

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Brainstorming

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Brainstorming settlement ideas is a crucial component of the collaborative process. Collaborative practice provides an open environment that encourages everyone on the team to participate. The participants should feel as though their thoughts are being heard and their interests validated. Collaborative professionals will encourage active listening in a casual environment.  The brainstorming step follows the…

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The Opposing Counsel

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It’s a funny thing about collaborative cases; we trial lawyers are so accustomed to our secret language that it turns out collaborative practice is not just about making the paradigm shift in our attitudes, but it’s also about making that adjustment in the very language we use when we discuss our cases. Our special shorthand,…

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THE SEVEN BIGGEST DIVORCE MISTAKES #6

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When making any major life decision, always get a second opinion! A lawyer should explain the various divorce options available for obtaining that final judgment. But lawyers are human. They have biases. They make mistakes. They want to make money. Always get a second opinion before choosing an attorney. But once you do retain counsel, take…

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The Costs of Litigation

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Do you like to waste money? NO. I don’t think there’s anyone who does. It’s one thing when you spend it while doing something fun, like traveling or playing golf or falling in love with a handbag. That’s not “wasting” money. But it’s a different story when we’re talking about something painful, like the divorce…

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How Will The Divorce Process Affect Your Children?

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Do you remember the movie about Joan Crawford’s life, Mommy Dearest? This is what uncontrolled anger does to people. For those of us looking in, we can see the damage it causes; but for the person experiencing it, it creates a blind rage that prevents them from seeing the bigger picture. Think about a time…

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