How to Choose a Collaborative Professional
Choosing a Collaborative professional is an important decision. The right professional will guide you through the Collaborative process in such a way that you fully benefit from all that makes it different from traditional divorce.
Questions to Ask:
- How long have you been involved with matrimonial/divorce/family law?
- How long have you been working on Collaborative cases, and approximately how many cases have you been involved with?
- What percentage of your caseload consists of Collaborative cases?
- What do you see as the benefits of proceeding with Collaborative cases vs. a litigated case?
- Are you a member of the NYACP as well as the IACP?
- Have you worked with my spouse’s lawyer in a Collaborative case before? What is your experience with him or her?
- How many team cases have you been involved with? What team professionals were involved in those cases?
- In your opinion, who are the best Collaborative professionals in this area, and why?
- In your opinion, what are the main reasons that some cases don’t settle through the Collaborative process?
- What are your hourly rates?
- Will you provide me with an itemized monthly bill?
- How do you calculate your billable hours?
- 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 do I need to produce?