How to choose a Collaborative Attorney
Choosing a Collaborative Attorney is an important decision. The right professional will guide you through the Collaborative process.
Questions to Ask:
- How long have you been involved with divorce/family law?
- How long have you been collaboratively trained, and approximately how many cases have you been involved with?
- What percentage of your work consists of non-litigation cases?
- What do you see as the benefits of proceeding collaboratively vs. litigating?
- Are you a member of the Next Generation Divorce ?
- In your opinion, what are the main reasons why some cases are not resolved collaboratively?
- What is your hourly rate?
- Will you provide me with an itemized monthly bill?
- If I have a question about my case, can I call you? How quickly can I expect to have my calls returned?
- Can you name a few things I can do that will make my case go more smoothly?
- What do you expect from me?
- What documents will I need to provide?
Qualities to Seek:
- An attorney you feel comfortable working with and in whom you have confidence.
- An attorney who will explain the process and applicable law in terms you understand.
- An attorney who is accessible and responsive to you.
- An attorney who specializes in matrimonial/divorce or family law and who has in-depth experience in the field.