How Do I Become A Collaborative Law Attorney?
You may be have learned about collaborative law practice from a fellow attorney or during a CLE, seminar or family law class. If your interests were piqued, but you haven’t taken the next step, it’s time to find out how to become a collaborative law attorney.
What is a “collaborative law” attorney?
First, you need to understand what defines a collaborative attorney and how they are different from other practitioners in the field. Collaborative Law attorneys are licensed attorneys, typically practicing family law, who have participated in specialized training in collaborative and mediation techniques. During their training they made an active commitment to maintain the goals of the collaborative process to keep divorcing couples come out of court and enable them to negotiate a fair settlement. Each year a collaborative law attorney participates in training sessions to ensure they are offering their clients the latest and most effective collaborative law techniques.
Each attorney in collaborative process represent an individual client. However, both attorneys and their respective clients can work with neutral professions, coaches and financials, to assist in reaching a resolution. Unlike litigation, a collaborative law attorney provides support and guidance on legal issues, settlement options, and divorce agreements, all while working collaboratively with the other party and the team. Collaborative attorneys strive to help their client voice their needs and concerns in a constructive manner. Collaborative attorneys are dedicated. They work harder to reach settlement, because if resolution cannot be reached the clients go to court and the collaborative divorce attorney must withdraw from the case.
How do I become a collaborative law attorney?
If you are interested in becoming a collaborative law attorney, follow the steps below:
Become a licensed member of your state’s bar association.
Seek out your local Collaborative Law Practice Group. Here in Bucks County you can contact the Bucks County Collaborative Law Group (BCCLG)).
You can find a list of active groups on the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) website.
Reach out to your local IACP-affiliated group to determine when their next trainings are scheduled.
Attend a Basic Training program and continue to complete yearly training.
Join your local IACP-affiliated collaborative law organization!