Collaborative Practice

The Paradigm Shift

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Families don’t belong in the courtroom! How can it be that one buys a license to create a family but must sue one’s spouse to restructure one? Because the collaborative process requires attorneys to focus on the interests and goals of their clients,  rather than on their positions, attorneys must make a paradigm shift from…

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Embrace Change

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Collaborative divorce offers families the opportunity to work with a team of professionals to negotiate a resolution that meets the highest goals and interests of the entire family. The only constant in life is that there will always be change. Good times will transform into not-so-good times. Bad times will get better. Life is a…

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Who is an Effective Collaborative Attorney?

Who is an effective collaborative attorney? An effective collaborative attorney is confident in her ability to practice law; she has an appropriate amount of experience in her practice area, in this case in the dissolution of marriages. As with any other practice method or area, it is crucial for your attorney to be skilled in…

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Don’t Be a Pelican!

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Collaborative Divorce isn’t just a process; it’s a vocation. I recently escaped for ten days to the Virgin Islands to take a breath, to re-examine my role in the collaborative process, and to assess whether I am doing all that I can to move the process into the mainstream. Ten days without shoes, without my…

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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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