The Collaborative Contract
Unique to Collaborative Practice, the clients and all professionals sign a contract (sometimes called a “Participation Agreement”) which expressly prohibits the attorneys from going to court during the time the clients are working towards settlement, and expressly prohibits the attorneys and all other members of the collaborative team from assisting or representing the clients in any future adversarial proceedings between the clients. Knowing that you will never see your partner’s attorney in court, together with the confidentiality requirements, creates an container of safety in the meetings that is not available in traditional proceedings.
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To learn more about Collaborative Practice visit the San Francisco Collaborative Practice Group. The Members of the San Francisco Collaborative Practice Group are trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Practice and can assist you in whichever process you choose.