First coaches for lawyers, now coaches for the clients of the lawyers

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First coaches for lawyers, now coaches for the clients of the lawyers is the title of a post from Idealawg.
"Most of us are familiar with the idea of lawyers hiring coaches to help them with goals in business development or time management or career navigation. But how about clients hiring coaches to help them through the legal process? Clients are hiring coaches in Memphis: Attorneys refer clients to divorce coaches for guidance on smooth ending to marriage (subscription may be required)."
"[A] new trend in divorce law borrows from the emerging practice of executive coaching to help guide both parties through the process, if not more amicably, then more efficiently."
"For four years, family lawyer Miles Mason of Crone & Mason has recommended coaches to his clients. Divorce coaches are typically mental health professionals but they do not act as therapists nor, of course, do they give legal advice."
"The word coach (is used), in terms of going to a professional that has expertise in a particular area of life, is a trend," Mason says. "These days people have more money, they recognize weakness more, value good advice and are generally more self-aware. People understand if you pay a little more for some good advice, you can avoid some common pitfalls."
Locally we use often use coaches in interdisciplinary collaborative divorce practice. It will be interesting to see if the practice takes hold in litigated cases. Mental health professionals can serve a valuable role in keeping the client's actions consistent with his or her goals in litigation, and clients may get better value for their dollars having a mental health pro doing the hand-holding through the process.

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