The Uniform Collaborative Law Act’s Contribution to Informed Client Decision Making in Choosing a Dispute Resolution Process
The Uniform Collaborative Law Act
(“UCLA” or “the Act”) provides a useful framework of issues for parties to consider when making decisions about the use of Collaborative Practice (“CP”) procedures. Section 14 of the Act requires lawyers to obtain parties’ informed consent before parties begin a CP process.
Specifically, lawyers must provide the prospective parties with information that the lawyers reasonably believe is sufficient for the parties to make an informed decision about the material benefits and risks of a collaborative law process as compared to the material benefits and risks of other reasonably available alternatives for resolving the proposed collaborative matter.