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Many people intrigued by the concept of mediation are unwilling or hesitant to proceed without an attorney, even with a neutral mediator present. Collaborative law offers a cooperative forum and yet retains the protections of individual representation. Contact an attorney experienced in collaborative law at our firm today to discuss your case.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Collaborative Law

Q: What is collaborative law?

A: Collaborative law originated in Minnesota as a way to remove a matter from the adversarial court process to allow the parties to reach a settlement cooperatively. The parties commit to work toward a resolution and each retains his or her own attorney. If the matter cannot be resolved through the collaborative law process and the case must go to court, the attorneys must withdraw from representation and each party must hire new counsel.

Q: Is the collaborative law approach used in areas besides family law?

A: Yes. In many areas of the country collaborative groups are developing processes to be used in other areas of the law such as business disputes, probate, environmental, personal injury, employment and corporate law.

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Collaborative Law - An Overview

Lawsuits can be time-consuming and expensive, and they can take an emotional toll on all of those involved. While the formalities of the traditional adversarial process may be necessary to protect the parties' interests in some cases, the parties can save themselves time, money and stress if they are willing to work together in the collaborative law process. If you believe your legal situation can best be resolved through collaborative law, contact The Law Offices of Jerome P. Ventura, P.A. in Pembroke Pines, FL, to discuss your matter. An attorney experienced in the collaborative method can review your case and help you determine the best way to seek resolution.

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Collaborative Divorce

The most significant developments in collaborative law have been in the family law arena. In fact, many people talking about "collaborative law" are actually referring to collaborative divorce.

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Collaborative Law Practice Areas

While collaborative law is most commonly used to resolve family law issues, the use of the method is expanding into more practice areas - most notably in the areas of employment law, business disputes and probate.

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The Development of Collaborative Law

Processes similar to collaborative law have been around a long time. In fact, the processes lawyers use in criminal law, juvenile law and child protective services have their roots in practices that incorporate many of the principles now enshrined in collaborative law.

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The Comprehensive Law Movement

Collaborative law is often considered to be one component of the comprehensive law movement. The comprehensive law movement views law from an all-inclusive, holistic perspective. Rather than simply looking at what is going on in a particular case, the comprehensive law view attempts to see beyond the short-term outcomes to the long-term effects the case may have on the parties involved.

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Collaborative Law Resource Links

ABA Collaborative Law Committee Website of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution Collaborative Law Committee.

Collaborative Law Act Summary A summary of the Collaborative Law Act, provided by the Uniform Law Commission.

Ethical Considerations for Collaborative Lawyers The American Bar Association Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility's latest white paper on ethics and collaborative law.

Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota Website of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota (CLI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to "build and support a community of multidisciplinary collaborative professionals dedicated to making collaborative practice know, valued, and practiced with excellence."

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