Since the first edition of Pauline Tesler's groundbreaking Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation published in 2001, there has been an explosion of interest by family lawyers in this dispute resolution method. Now substantially revised and expanded,...
Since the first edition of Pauline Tesler's groundbreaking Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation published in 2001, there has been an explosion of interest by family lawyers in this dispute resolution method. Now substantially revised and expanded, Collaborative Law serves both as a broad, comprehensive introduction to collaborative legal practice for lawyers new to the area as well as a current reference for more experienced practitioners.
Reflecting the developing interest in collaborative representation, this new edition covers the theoretical and practical advances made in the field and features significant additional information on topics such as ethics, marketing, and public education, as well as a number of new forms from a variety of sources for use in a collaborative law practice. What is collaborative law? It is a developing dispute resolution model that strives to assist family lawyers in bringing their clients through divorce with integrity and satisfaction.
As with the first edition, Collaborative Law explains how this approach engages the unique problem-solving skills of lawyers to achieve settlements that customize outcomes in the way that few courts are able to achieve. In the collaborative process, fees and costs are minimized, high-quality legal counsel and negotiating assistance are built in, and the ability of divorcing spouses to cooperate and co-parent is maximized to a dramatic extent. Pauline H. Tesler, a noted authority in the field, explains the goals of collaborative law and elaborates on the various stages of a collaborative representation. Once these concepts, techniques, and approaches are understood, they can easily be incorporated into a family law practice. Other chapters cover the statutes, standards, and protocols for a collaborative law practice, how to develop and market a collaborative law practice, identifying and planning for the key moments in a collaborative representation, and an array of published and online resources for lawyers and clients.
Clear, complete and well-crafted documents that explain the responsibility of each party are essential in a collaborative representation. Collaborative Law explains the purpose behind each document as well as sample forms ready to be adapted to your own use, including sample a collaborative retainer agreement. The manual includes a user-friendly, question-and-answer handbook designed to orient clients to the collaborative process. This Handbook for Clients is also included on the accompanying CD-ROM, along with the book's other forms, and may be reproduced for client use.
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