Created to resolve the most challenging and emotionally driven family law disputes, the collaborative law process has a proven track record of success and has been adapted to general civil disputes where its efficiency and effectiveness is clear. It is a passion of mine because it frees parties to resolve their disputes in a private and proactive manner with counsel trained to achieve resolution, not conflict. The Collaborative Law Process is ideal for conflicts that require a timely and cost-effective resolution, especially those where a client's reputation and ongoing success are important.
I am a founding and current member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association. In addition, I was a course planner and presenter at the inaugural Civil Collaborative lawyer training sessions at the North Carolina Bar Association including trainings related to Construction Law and Employment Law and continue to provide training and informational sessions on civil collaborative practice and procedure to attorneys and industry groups. I was also a co-founder of the Collaborative for Construction Core Group, an early statewide initiative created to formulate and adapt the collaborative practice to construction related disputes and am the Inaugural Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Construction Section Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
The North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association is a non-proﬁt organization I joined in creating as a resource for information about the ﬁeld of civil collaborative law. It's aim is to educate both the public and attorneys about the Collaborative Law Process and its many advantages in resolving certain civil disputes in the commercial arena. The NCCCLA defines uniform standards and best practices for civil collaborative professionals and provides connections and resources for both practitioners and clients.
Joining a growing list states, on July 1, 2020, North Carolina expanded its prior Collaborate Law Act by adopting the Uniform Collaborative Law Act ("UCLA") that codifies the process of collaborative dispute resolution as a means of civil dispute resolution. NCGS Article 53 Section 1-641 et. seq.
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The efficient use of experts such as contractors, engineers and architects, the ability to rapidly get to the key issues and the inherent flexibility of the Collaborative Law Process make it a great fit for many disputes that arise out of the development or construction projects.
The confidential nature of the Collaborative Law Process and the fact that the parties, not the Court, dictate the schedule make it a natural fit for the resolution of a wide ranging list of commercial and business disputes.
The pragmatic use of shared experts such as an accountant and an a appraiser in a streamlined joint process coupled with the inherent confidentiality of the Collaborative Law Process make it ideal for the stressful and, at times, emotionally charged, breakup of a business or thought resolution of succession planning for closely held businesses.
Covenants not to compete, non solicitation agreements, extended benefits and a host of other complexities can make employment issues challenging. The Collaborative Law Process addresses the issues in a proactive, efficient and enforceable manner.
The very nature of the Real Estate business is that every home, building or project is unique. However, time pressure, construction costs , emotional investment and other factors may not only lead to disputes, but can also intensify them. Fortunately, the Collaborative Law Process, with its adaptability and immediate focus on the parties fundamental needs and interests, make it a smart choice when disputes arise.
Privacy, protection and promptness all help in the emotionally laden area of Trust and Estate disputes. Collaborative Law attorneys trained to focus on resolution not conflict are just one of the aspects of why the Collaborative Law Process is increasingly used in addressing Trust and Estate disputes.