Sherry R. Abney



As the Family Collaborative Law (‘FCL’) movement spread across the United States, family and civil lawyers began to entertain the idea of using the collaborative process in other areas of civil law. Probate attorneys were interested in collaborative law since will contests involve families and the need to preserve ongoing relationships. However, families are not the only entities that need to preserve relationships. Business owners have suppliers, partners, employees and customers. Doctors have hospitals and patients. In fact, most businesses and professionals have important relationships that need to be preserved whenever possible. The ability to control scheduling and the transparent method of gathering information in the collaborative process is attractive to developers and contractors who work on rigid timelines.