Avoiding litigation: a guide to civil collaborative law

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Law - 339 pages
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Millions of dollars are spent each year by large corporations for unnecessary litigation expenses. These expenses are then passed on to consumers through increased costs of products they regularly purchase.
Individuals who have directly experienced lawsuits such as will contests, contract disputes, or divorce actions can attest to the financial and emotion strain litigation imposes on the parties. Many litigants have asked, "Isn't there a better way to handle my problem?"
Good news. There is a better way. It is no longer necessary to rely on litigation to resolve all legal disputes. Collaborative Law, a new form of dispute resolution, can accomplish fair and equitable results for a fraction of the cost of litigation when it is properly applied to a controversial matter.
In addition to reducing attorneys' fees, the collaborative process can eliminate court appearances and depositions, prevent the destruction of on-going relationships, and allow the parties to maintain control over all decision making directly related to the terms of the settlement agreement. Avoiding Litigation introduces the reader to Civil Collaborative Law through a comprehensive discussion of the collaborative process and several case studies demonstrating interest based negotiation in action. The appendices of the book contain protocols for conducting the process as well as a participation agreement which outlines the steps that should be followed in a collaborative case.
You owe it to yourself to be informed about this innovative paradigm shift to the new world of Civil Collaborative Law.

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Contents

Introduction The Background of Collaborative Law in Texas
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Reviewing the Collaborative Process
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Defining the Process
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