Successful collaborative attorneys have a strong commitment to professional competence, effective communication skills, are involved in the collaborative community, take a client-centered approach to collaborative divorce, have a strong vision of collaborative practice, are willing to take risks, openly share information, cultivate relationships with their peers, possess emotional intelligence, and can manage conflict constructively.
A Commitment to Competence. Effective collaborative attorneys work hard to master the legal, interpersonal, and professional skills needed to deliver exceptional service to their collaborative clients. They have successfully made the paradigm shift from litigation to the collaborative process and gone the extra mile to become credentialed by Collaborative Divorce Texas, which is the gold standard of competence for collaborative attorneys. As credentialed collaborative divorce attorneys, they signal professional competence and communicate that confidence to their clients.
Effective Communication Skills. Competent collaborative attorneys are able to formulate and deliver a memorable message to their clients in a way that’s interesting, clear, and easily understood. By consistently delivering a clear message about what they do, successful collaborative attorneys let clients know the value and benefits of a collaborative divorce.
Involvement in the Collaborative Community. Giving back to the collaborative community is an essential part of being an effective collaborative attorney. By serving on committees and boards at the state and local level and developing trust among colleagues, the involved collaborative attorney earns referrals. The best way to develop a successful collaborative practice is to advertise, network, and make a significant contribution to the collaborative community.
A Client-centered Approach to Collaborative Practice. Collaborative divorce is a service industry and it’s essential for the successful collaborative attorney to put clients first. This means understanding the goals, interests, and needs of each client and delivering the results they expect. Another good way to grow your collaborative practice is through word-or-mouth marketing from satisfied clients.
A Strong Vision. Effective collaborative attorneys see their practice as a mission and they have a strong commitment to doing their best at all times. To be successful, a collaborative attorney must know what he is trying to achieve, internalize professional values, and take the necessary steps to make his vision happen by being reliable, reasonable, and prepared at all times.
Takes Risks. Effective collaborative attorneys grow professionally by taking risks, learning from their mistakes, and encouraging other team members to try new things, even if they fail. They work to create an atmosphere of trust and safety within the collaborative team, where it’s okay to take risks because team members know they will be supported rather than criticized, no matter the outcome. Without risk taking, there is no innovation, creativity, or growth.
Openly Share Information. Sharing information and being transparent builds trust and encourages collaboration among the team and clients. An effective collaborative attorney shares all relevant information with the team and clients and encourages others to do likewise.
Cultivates Relationships. Collaborative attorneys develop strong personal networks of legal colleagues and related professionals. They use their professional network to build a thriving practice and form effective collaborative teams that make their practice successful. Successful collaborative attorneys encourage individual initiative within the team and don’t micro-manage the process.
Possess Emotional Intelligence. Effective collaborative attorneys are able to function with and appreciate members of different professions. They value the contributions of mental health and financial professionals to the collaborative process. Successful collaborative attorneys are able to empathize with their clients and other professions and appreciate the strength and skills these different professions bring to the collaborative team.
Manage Conflict Constructively. It’s natural during a collaborative divorce for conflict to occur, both between the clients and among the team members. The key to a successful collaborative settlement is to handle these conflicts constructively and help the team and clients through the emotional stress to a satisfactory resolution. To achieve this end, the effective collaborative attorney must understand the issues from all points of view and develop settlement options that meet the needs of both clients. When there is a dispute within the collaborative team, the successful collaborative attorney will take the lead in bringing the issue out in the open and dealing with the dispute constructively while protecting the sensitivities of each team member.
Effective collaborative attorneys constantly strive to master the skills required to provide exceptional client service, develop confidence, and maintain high standards within their profession. They formulate and deliver a clear message to potential clients about the collaborative process and spend time giving back to the collaborative community. Effective collaborative attorneys are client centered and have a strong vision of collaborative divorce. They are secure enough to take risks, make mistakes, and grow as a result. Effective collaborative attorneys are transparent and cultivate relationships within the legal community, appreciate the unique skills of other professions and manage conflicts among clients and team members effectively.