International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Country: USA
  • City: Phoenix
  • Type of organization: Non-profit Organization
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Probate/Trust and Estates; Healthcare; Employment; Construction Disputes

[edit] Overview

IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

[edit] Mission

IACP serves members, influences the collaborative community, and benefits the public. IACP is committed to fostering professional excellence in conflict resolution through Collaborative Practice. IACP does this by protecting the essentials of Collaborative Practice, expanding Collaborative Practice worldwide, and providing a central resource for education, networking and standards of practice.

[edit] Vision

Transform how conflict is resolved worldwide through Collaborative Practice.

[edit] Values

  • Integrity: congruence between values, action and highest standards
  • Human relationships and connections are foremost in our work at all times
  • Trust: we trust and value the professions equally and respect the skills they each bring to clients' needs

[edit] About Collaborative Practice

  • Discover the benefits of collaborative solutions for marriage dissolution, child custody and co-parenting issues, division of assets, and more.
  • Learn how Collaborative Divorce/Collaborative Practice offers guidance, information, and respectful problem solving.
  • Understand how to better manage the effects of divorce on your children.
  • Locate collaborative legal, financial, and emotional support resources for family and civil disputes.

[edit] What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice, including Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, is a new way for you to resolve disputes respectfully -- without going to court -- while working with trained professionals who are important to all areas of your life. The term incorporates all of the models developed since IACP's Minnesota lawyer Stu Webb created Collaborative Law ideas in the 1980s.

The heart of Collaborative Practice or Collaborative Divorce (also called “no-court divorce,” “divorce with dignity,” “peaceful divorce”) is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on your team.

In Collaborative Practice, core elements form your contractual commitments, which are to:

  • Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.
  • Maintain open communication and information sharing.
  • Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.

[edit] Civil Collaborative Practice

[edit] Civil Collaborative Practice at a Glance

  • Reduces financial, time, and emotional costs
  • Avoids going to court
  • Helps maintain important relationships
  • Protects confidentiality and avoids publicity
  • Keeps the parties in control of the process
  • Encourages mutual respect
  • Provides open communication
  • Uses a problem-solving approach
  • Identifies and addresses all parties' interests and concerns

[edit] A Solution-oriented Approach to Civil Law

Civil Collaborative Practice begins with something both sides can agree on: settlement by design.

Disputes affecting business, partnerships, employment issues, medical malpractice, and probate and estate matters are financially and emotionally disruptive for everyone involved. Litigation often adds to the problems by creating entrenched positions, damaging or severing relationships, and imposing ineffective, unresponsive solutions.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process developed by a family lawyer disenchanted with traditional litigation. His goal was to preserve the integrity and dignity of families in conflict-and his process translates to civil and commercial law as well:

  • Probate/Trust and Estates
  • Healthcare
  • Employment
  • Construction

Civil Collaborative Practice is a reasoned approach to dispute resolution based on:

  • A commitment by the parties and their attorneys to resolve their dispute outside the court system
  • A process intentionally geared toward settlement from the outset
  • An open, honest, yet confidential exchange of information by the parties
  • An approach focused on the parties' interests

[edit] The goals of Civil Collaborative Practice

A Pledge to Collaborate:

  • Solve problems mutually and privately
  • Preserve key relationships
  • Prevent draining, costly court battles

The important difference between Collaborative Practice and conventional litigation is the commitment to reach an agreement without going to court. The parties maintain control of the process and the decisions instead of relinquishing them to a judge or jury. To reach this goal, the parties agree not to seek court intervention by committing to stay in the negotiation process and focus on settlement by design from the outset.

[edit] Open Communication

Even in the best circumstances, a dispute can strain communication between parties; keeping the lines of communication open is essential for agreement. Civil Collaborative Practice provides for face-to-face meetings among parties with their respective lawyers, other advisors, and neutral experts as needed. Sessions are designed to produce honest, open exchanges and the expression of priorities and expectations through good faith negotiations.

[edit] When issues are discussed openly, problem solving is direct and solution-oriented

Achieving a High Quality Agreement: Resolution is the focus of Civil Collaborative Practice. Collaborative process emphasizes identification of suitable solutions. Instead of airing grievances and polarizing parties, Civil Collaborative Practice creates a vehicle and an environment that helps parties reach a superior settlement by building on areas of mutual agreement.

[edit] Teamwork = Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution involves considerations such as financial issues, public image, and future relationships, and managing dispute resolution is challenging and time consuming. One of Civil Collaborative Practice's attractive options is its team approach. You and your lawyer work together with other professionals, including financial consultants, coaches and other specialists as needed. Scheduling is on the parties' terms. Your team works together to streamline the process, control costs, and craft constructive solutions for your dispute's range of issues.

[edit] Focus on the Future

Disputes can be resolved without burning bridges or severing key relationships-especially important when long-term responsibilities and connections remain after the dispute is resolved. Civil Collaborative Practice preserves the health and continuity of important relationships by preserving respect, encouraging cooperation, and creating options and workable solutions.

[edit] Contact

11811 N. Tatum Blvd #3031 Phoenix, AZ 85028 - USA

Tel: 602-953-7881


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