Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Collaborative Law Resources and Forms

Family Cases – The following agreements are intended for divorce and other family law matters, but they can be adapted for any type of case.

  • Collaborative Law Participation Agreement– this is the form of agreement that the parties and counsel use when we are hired to represent a husband or wife in a collaborative law divorce case. This form can be adapted for use in a non-family case
  • Cooperative Negotiation Agreement – this form is almost identical to the Collaborative Law Process Agreement, except (a) counsel are not disqualified from representing the parties if the negotiations reach an impasse, and (b) neither party can initiate litigation without giving notice, waiting until the end of a defined “cooling off period” (60 days in this particular agreement, but it could be longer or shorter), and participating in mediation.  This process provides a different type of incentive for settlement, as compared with a Collaborative Law Process Agreement (above), and is suitable for situations in which the parties wish to embark on a collaborative negotiation but have concerns about whether the negotiation will be successful and do not want to take the risk of having to hire new counsel.

Business Cases – The following agreements can be used in business, employment, and other non-family cases:

  • Collaborative Law Process Agreement for Business and Employment Cases – in this Agreement, the parties and counsel agree to share information freely, engage in a good faith interest-based negotiation, and consider hiring joint experts if experts are needed.  Counsel agree that they are in the case solely for purposes of negotiation and agree to withdraw if the case proceeds to court.

Other Resources 

Disclaimer – please note: The purpose of providing these forms and other materials is not to provide legal advice.  Please consult with counsel – either at BLC or other counsel – about these forms to see whether they are appropriate for your particular circumstances.