Collaborative Practice

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How Harry Potter Impacted My Marketing Techniques and Enabled Me to Sign Three Collaborative Clients in the First Two Days This Week If you loved Harry Potter, you remember Professor Moody, the one-eyed, one-legged professor with a gravelly voice and a scarred face. He preached to his students, and, indeed, to anyone who would listen,…

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming settlement ideas is a crucial component of the collaborative process. Collaborative practice provides an open environment that encourages everyone on the team to participate. The participants should feel as though their thoughts are being heard and their interests validated. Collaborative professionals will encourage active listening in a casual environment.  The brainstorming step follows the…

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The Opposing Counsel

It’s a funny thing about collaborative cases; we trial lawyers are so accustomed to our secret language that it turns out collaborative practice is not just about making the paradigm shift in our attitudes, but it’s also about making that adjustment in the very language we use when we discuss our cases. Our special shorthand,…

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THE SEVEN BIGGEST DIVORCE MISTAKES #6

When making any major life decision, always get a second opinion! A lawyer should explain the various divorce options available for obtaining that final judgment. But lawyers are human. They have biases. They make mistakes. They want to make money. Always get a second opinion before choosing an attorney. But once you do retain counsel, take…

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The Supreme Court of Florida Adopts Collaborative Divorce Rules

What comes to mind when you think about divorce? A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. Images of screaming spouses. How do we tell the kids? Who will keep the house? What will happen to my retirement account? How did we get to this point? Those unpleasant images are commonly associated with dissolution…

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The Costs of Litigation

Do you like to waste money? NO. I don’t think there’s anyone who does. It’s one thing when you spend it while doing something fun, like traveling or playing golf or falling in love with a handbag. That’s not “wasting” money. But it’s a different story when we’re talking about something painful, like the divorce…

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How Will The Divorce Process Affect Your Children?

Do you remember the movie about Joan Crawford’s life, Mommy Dearest? This is what uncontrolled anger does to people. For those of us looking in, we can see the damage it causes; but for the person experiencing it, it creates a blind rage that prevents them from seeing the bigger picture. Think about a time…

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Collaborative Roadmap Or Settlement Offer?

Collaborative Roadmap or Settlement Offer? The leader of a collaborative practice group wrote to me the other day, complaining that her membership suffered from a pervasive and insidious problem. She asked for my advice. When she elaborated, she explained that the lawyers in her group have difficulty making “the paradigm shift”: These guys approach the…

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The Agreement

Who should be finalizing a divorce agreement; the spouses, or the judge? I had a client, John, who had been married for twenty-eight years. He was a portly, but tidy man. He always wore a crisp, long-sleeved, button-down, collared shirt, a pair of pressed beige slacks, and tasseled dress shoes. Although we were discussing a divorce that…

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