Negotiation Checklist: 7 Basic Rules of Negotiation

We do a lot of our negotiation without much thought.  But getting good results takes forethought, preparation, discipline, organization, and knowledge.  To help prepare you for success, here are seven basic rules of negotiation: Rule #1: Always prepare for a negotiation Preparation and planning are critical for success in any important negotiation. You need to …

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Conciliatory Policy. What is a Conciliatory Approach?

More businesses, schools, and governments have begun to adopt a conciliatory policy when evaluating and creating their conflict resolution processes.  Yet many people that follow and interact with these processes do not fully understand the term conciliatory and how it affects the dispute resolution process.  For some people, a conciliatory process may feel fresh and …

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Texas Arbitration Act

The Texas Arbitration Act is the governing law over arbitrations occurring in Texas.  The Act covers most aspects of the arbitration procedure and aims to ensure that arbitrations are conducted fairly within the state.  While it has existed in some form for quite some time, it has been shifted and amended to fit the demands …

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Custody Papers: Filing for Custody

Almost 45% of US divorces involve children.  Child custody and visitation are highly emotional issues that will deeply affect the family, including its physical, mental, and emotional well-being and the strength of its relationships. Despite the importance of the questions decided in family court, seventy to seventy-five percent of California cases involve parties without lawyers. …

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Can Text Messages be Used in Court?

Admission of text messages as evidence in court: The same old thing in electronic form. The proliferation of electronic devices capable of producing documents More documents are created by electronic means than in any other fashion.  Electronic devices are everywhere. Office computers, personal computers, laptops, tablets, phones, personal electronic assistants, video doorbells, and even some …

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What is Collaborative Law in Dispute Resolution?

Using collaborative law in dispute resolution, especially in family law, helps parties find solutions that meet their needs and the needs of the other parties.  Collaborative law, also known as collaborative practice, is a practice of law that shifts from an adversarial mindset to a collaborative mindset.  It is most commonly practiced in family law …

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High Conflict Personality

If you have ever been in a conflict with a person who seems keener on continuing and escalating the conflict than resolving it, you may be dealing with a high conflict personality. High conflict people and personalities are not the easiest personalities to have conversations or conflict with, especially if you need to resolve the …

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