What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative Law is a process whereby parties and their respective attorneys work together with the sole goal of reaching an efficient, fair, comprehensive settlement of all issues. The Team assists and supports the parties as problem-solvers, not as adversaries.
All agreements are reached in settlement conferences. Trials and hearings are eliminated, as settlement is the only agenda.
The Three Key Elements:
- A voluntary and open exchange of information between the participants.
- A pledge by the Team to reach an out-of-court settlement and not to litigate. If the Team is unsuccessful in resolving the issues, all members of the Team are discharged.
- A commitment to respect the parties’ individual and shared goals