Collaborative Law & Mediation
DON’T LITIGATE. COLLABORATE.
Effective October 1, 2020, North Carolina’s Civil Collaborative Law Act provides an alternate dispute resolution procedure that is private, faster, and far less expensive than litigation in our court systems. Jeffrey Batts is a Founding Member, Director and Vice-President of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association, and with the dozens of North Carolina attorneys trained by NCCCLA, is devoted to educating the public and legal professionals of the advantages to clients available through this process. Collaborative dispute resolution is based on needs and interests of the parties, and working together with collaboratively trained attorneys to solve an issue in face-to-face conferences that are focused on communication, understanding, and problem-solving. Jeffrey was counsel in the first civil collaborative case in North Carolina, which was resolved successfully and to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Importantly, collaborative dispute resolution allows for the preservation of relationships among the parties involved that are jeopardized by traditional litigation, and in disputes involving closely held businesses, as well as estate matters, those are very important and fundamental relationships, between family and very close friends.
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Civil collaborative law is relatively new in North Carolina, and we look forward to the opportunity to talk with you about it and how it offers an opportunity to parties by voluntarily participate in a private, less expensive, and much faster resolution to business, estate and personal issues.
Jeffrey Batts is a North Carolina Superior Court Certified Mediator as well, and is available to you as a neutral to conduct mediations privately, for matters that are pending in Superior Court, or prior to the institution of legal action. He is also available to advise you as your counsel in matters you may wish to submit to mediation prior to institution of litigation. His mediation certification applies to matters before Clerks of Court also, including guardianships and other proceedings.