What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is conflict resolution in a respectful and mutually agreed-upon process. Rather than turning the decision-making power over to a judge, or other third party such as a mediator, control of the collaborative solution is kept with the people directly involved in the dispute. Working Collaboratively — rather than adversarially — can save time, money, and relationships, while at the same time creating more durable solutions.

In the Collaborative Practice process, each party is represented by a lawyer during negotiations and can call upon experts such as a neutral mental health professional and financial adviser as needed to provide information and help clients explore a variety of solutions. All parties work collaboratively to reach a solution that is best for the entire family. The clients don`t sign an agreement until each of them is comfortable with it.

Collaborative Practice is ideally suited to resolving estate conflicts and disputes, which are areas where families often need inter-disciplinary support to navigate complex legal, financial and inter-personal challenges.

Trusts and Estates Options Presentation

February 2017 Trusts & Estates Options Presentation  (Click Here for Flyer)

Estate, trust and inheritance issues frequently cause significant stress in families, and can be costly in terms of legal fees and damaged relationships. This educational Estate Options presentation, given by an estate attorney, a financial professional, and a counselor, provides an objective overview of various processes available to families interested in preserving family wealth and harmony, including the pros and cons of:

  • Doing it yourself 
  • Getting a lawyer
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Practice

Offered by Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 11th, 10am – 12pm

Chantel Building, 3880 S. Bascom Ave, Second Floor Conference Room, San Jose

There is no charge, but we appreciate RSVP’s to keithbritanymft@gmail.com

Trusts & Estates Options Presentation Saturday 9/10/16

Trusts & Estates Options


  • Have you ever wondered how your heirs will deal with their inheritance after you are gone?
  • Have you spent time developing your Trust & Estate Plan so that you are sure that your wishes are followed?
  • Are you clear about the different ways that you can do this?

Your choices affect your family… now and in the future.

Your presenters are practicing professionals in the fields of Law, Finance, and Mental Health. The presentation is intended to be educational, not a sales pitch, and there is no cost to attend.

Where: 3880 S. Bascom Ave. San Jose, CA, Suite 204 (the Chantel Building)
When: September 10th 2016
Time: 10am – 12pm

If possible. Please RSVP to trustsandsestatesoptions@gmail.com or call Keith Britany, at 831-566-3728

Harvard Law School to Offer Course on Collaborative Law

We are pleased to report that Harvard Law School will be again be offering a fall course on Collaborative Law in 2016. The three-credit course, which focuses on ethics issues, is entitled “Legal Profession: Collaborative Law.” The course will be taught by David A. Hoffman, Esq., Mediator, Arbitrator, Collaborative Lawyer, of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.

If you’re interested in learning more, here’s a link to the course listing: http://hls.harvard.edu/academics/curriculum/catalog/default.aspx?o=70301





TEDx Talk on Lawyers as Peacemakers

David Hoffman, who lectures at Harvard University and is a co-founder of Boston Collaborative Law, presents a powerful and inspiring TEDx talk on Lawyers as Peacemakers at Northern Illinois University in June, 2016. This is well worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch, and presents the big-picture view of the revolution in legal services that Collaborative Law is part of.

View Mr. Hoffman’s bio here at LinkedIn.

Presenter Training for Trusts and Estate Options

Trust and Estates Options is a brand-new public seminar designed to be an informative review of the choices families have in making estate planning decisions and resolving disputes (see previous post). Today marked the public debut of the seminar, at the annual California Collaborative Practice conference held in Redwood City, California. Participating in this ground-breaking rollout (below, from left to right) were our amazing colleagues Kamela Laird, JD; Cathy Daigle, CFP®, CDFA™; Nancy J. Ross, LCSW, BCD; Keith Britany, MFT; and Doug Rosner, JD.