President’s Update – February 2020

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In January the FACP “held court” at the Florida Bar/AAML Board Certification Review Course in Orlando.  Jennifer Frank chaired the effort that also enlisted Carina Leeson, Jerome Poliacoff and other FACP Board Members and volunteers to share literature and engage in conversations about:

  • upcoming Collaborative training/educational opportunities;
  • the FACP Annual Conference in May 2020 in Orlando;
  • Collaborative Process experiences, impressions, and brainstorming;
  • value in participating in local Collaborative practice groups and professional relationship-building;
  • Low Bono Models;
  • and much, much more!

We engaged with enthusiastic proponents, naysayers and those ‘on the fence;’ those curious how to create their first case Collaborative case, those concerned about the cost, and passionate practitioners.  We had constant opportunities to engage and educate, to share our own experiences, to brainstorm ideas.  We gathered names and contact information of those interested in learning more about Collaborative, about the FACP, and about engaging with their local Collaborative Practice groups. A great conference and a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about Collaborative!  
Our next FACP table will be at the Florida Bar Annual Conference June 19 – 20, 2020 at the Bonnet Creek Hotel in Orlando. Anyone interested in joining us to spread the word about Collaborative Process at the Florida Bar Conference, please contact Jennifer Frank at  
 Karen Middlekauff, Collaborative attorney and Partner at Losey PLLC in Orlando, has taken her show COLLABORATIVE PRE-MARITAL AGREEMENTS on the road. Her presentation educates financial professionals how Pre-Nuptial agreements created with the Collaborative Process offer the gold standard. Collaborative process applied to pre-marital agreements provides financial education, full transparency and a type of premarital counseling that produces a robust agreement while preparing the parties for marriage.  She has presented the course about a dozen times already in the offices of financial advisors and CPAs at institutions including UBS, Raymond James, Duerr & Cullen, and a group of CPAs that meets regularly at their local Denny’s. She brings breakfast or lunch.  The course has been approved for continuing education credit for CFPs, CPAs and CLEs for lawyers. She will also present the course at the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida in the spring. Thanks, Karen, for spreading the word about Collaborative process pre-marital agreements making better marriages. 
8th Annual Conference – Registration Open Soon-Look for the email announcement!
Thanks to all who submitted proposals. We wish we had room for all great proposals.
If you’ve done the work of creating a proposal—(whether or not you are presenting at FACP 2020) think about submitting to present at IACP October 2020 in Toronto
The annual nominating process for new Board members is about to open.  If you are interested in joining the FACP Board, please submit an application, available on the FACP web site or talk to one of the Board members from your local community.
If you don’t yet have an FACP Board member from your practice group, then please apply. Our goal is to diversify our FACP Board. 

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