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  1. Isn’t Collaborative Law the same as what good attorneys do anyway?

All good attorneys try to settle their cases, in conventional and in Collaborative Law cases. But Collaborative Law has its own rules, conventions and methodologies which are designed to create a safe and unpressured environment that allows the parties to explore options that may not be conceivable in other settings.  The hallmark of a successful outcome is a durable agreement that does not require enforcement by the court.  

  1. Isn’t Collaborative Law mostly suited for couples who are basically in agreement and who get along?

Collaborative Law is a dispute resolution process that is well suited for people who have very significant disputes.  

  1. Do Collaborative Law cases take longer to settle?

Most Collaborative Law cases settle more efficiently since no time, effort or money is invested in preparing for trial that is highly unlikely to occur.  

  1. Do Collaborative Law attorneys inform clients about the law?

Yes. Clients need to be informed of the law as part of the professional obligation that attorneys have so that clients can make good decisions.  

  1. Does it disadvantage the client that lawyers practicing Collaborative Law are disqualified from going to court on their behalf?

There is one main disadvantage from disqualification. In circumstances when the Collaborative Law process terminates before a settlement is reached, new attorneys must be retained. That adds some inconvenience, delay and expense.  

  1. Do Collaborative Law cases often fail?

No. Collaborative Law process is specifically designed to help parties reach settlement. According to large national studies, about 94% of Collaborative Law cases end with a settlement within the process. Locally, we are seeing similar figures.