|Washington Governor Jay Inslee signs the Uniform Collaborative Law Act into law on May 3, 2013.|
- Defines Collaborative Law as requiring a Participation Agreement, in which each party is represented by a lawyer who is hired exclusively to help parties reach agreement. Lawyers are disqualified from representing parties in any disputed matter. The statutory definition helps ensure that those who choose Collaborative Law will actually get the benefits of the process.
- Provides for testimonial privileges and confidentiality, to ensure that proceedings are properly protected.
- If a court proceeding has been filed, mandates a stay if a notice is provided to the court.
- Imposes various requirements on Collaborative Lawyers to ensure the appropriateness of the process for clients.