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.