There are a number of significant benefits associated with joining a Collaborative Practice Group. Chief among them are educational opportunities, collaborative discussion of case issues, networking, mentoring opportunities, receiving updates on upcoming collaborative events, developing and implementing joint collaborative marketing programs, enjoying group savings on CLE and participating in professional roundtable discussions.
Most Collaborative Practice Groups offer lectures on relevant collaborative topics every month to keep members up-to-date on the latest practices in collaborative divorce. Members of the group and outside speakers offer a lively and informative range of topics, including legal, financial and mental health related discussions. Also, panel discussions of timely issues add to the interest of these seminars.
Collaborative Discussion of Cases
Have a particularly difficult legal or financial issue in one of your collaborative cases? No problem, raise it at the next collaborative group meeting and collect good ideas from your experienced and creative colleagues. They may have already faced and solved the problem or they may have good ideas about how to deal with the issue. Moreover, raising these issues helps others who may come across them in their own cases at a later date.
If you are a collaborative attorney, it’s important for you to know the skills of your fellow collaborative financial and mental health professionals so that the next time you need to organize a collaborative team you will know which financial and mental health professionals are the best fit for that particular couple. If you are a financial or mental health professional, you will want to share your qualifications with the attorneys who are the gatekeepers for collaborative cases in the area.
Experienced collaborative professionals, whether they are attorneys, financial or mental health professionals need to share their expertise with younger and less experienced members of their group. This is a good way for senior collaborative professionals to give back to their profession and it’s an opportunity for younger members to share in the knowledge of their collaborative community at minimal cost in time and money.
Updates on Collaborative Events
Membership in a collaborative practice group will help you keep up with future collaborative events such as trainings, workshops, conferences and special speakers.
Joint Collaborative Marketing
Participating in a collaborative practice group gives you the opportunity to develop and implement joint marketing programs that are too expensive for an individual firm. For example, in conjunction with Collaborative Divorce Texas, local practice groups can develop and fund local marketing programs that bring the idea of a collaborative divorce to the public.
Group Savings on CLE
Many continuing legal education programs offer group discounts for members of an organization, and being involved in a collaborative practice group will let you enjoy these financial benefits at no extra cost.
Finally, many collaborative practice groups hold timely topical discussions of important issues in collaborative law, such as how to market your practice, the best ways to control difficult clients, dealing with emotional issues, the influence of personality on collaborative negotiations and other important topics of interest to collaborative professionals.