Become a Member of KCCL

How do I join King County Collaborative Law?

Review this page to learn about becoming a member in KCCL. Please be sure that you have satisfied KCCL’s training requirements to practice as a Collaborative Law professional. Then simply click the link below to start your application process on-line.

If you don’t yet meet our requirements, there’s still a way you can join the KCCL Collaborative community – be a Friend of KCCL. Click here to read more about becoming a Friend of KCCL.

Yet if you do meet the requirements, you’ll want to get all the benefits and join as a full member. As part of the on-line application process for membership you will pay for your first year’s dues. So please review our membership requirements before starting your application. Ready to join as a full member now? Click here to join as a full member now.

What are the benefits of becoming a full member?

There are many benefits to joining KCCL as a full member. Here are just some of them:

  • Membership in KCCL announces your commitment to Collaborative Law Practice.
  • Market yourself and describe your practice in our searchable online directory of Collaborative Professionals
  • Get a discount on your IACP membership
  • Use IACP’s brochures to explain Collaborative Law to your clients and market your practice
  • Receive discount rates for continuing education programs sponsored by KCCL
  • Use the King County Collaborative Law logo in your marketing materials: on your professional stationery and business cards, email messages and website (see License Agreement)
  • Vote in KCCL elections, chair committees and serve as a Board member or officer
  • Join KCCL groups in business networking sites like www.LinkedIn.com and www.biznik.com
  • Participate in the development and growth of Collaborative Law in your community
  • Network with other Collaborative Law professionals.

What are the requirements?

Click on the membership type to see its requirements.

New Members

Memberships – Join IACP

Standards – Comply with the IACP minimum standards and ethical standards for Collaborative Practitioners (includes 14 hours of initial Collaborative training, 30 hours of facilitative conflict resolution training, and 15 hours of advanced training)

Voluntary Practice Group – Join a voluntary practice group and attend at least 2 meetings

Insurance – Carry professional liability insurance

Fees – Pay KCCL Dues

Committee Work – Join an active Collaborative Law committee

Renewing Members

Memberships – Join IACP

Standards – Comply with the IACP minimum standards and ethical standards for Collaborative Practitioners

Voluntary Practice Group – Attend 6 meetings per year in a voluntary practice group

Insurance – Carry professional liability insurance

Fees – Pay KCCL Dues

Committee Work – Participate on an active Collaborative Law committee

Education – Complete 6 hours of continuing education, every 2 years.*

Cross-Discipline Training – Complete 3 hours cross-discipline training every 3 years.**

* May include training in any form of alternate dispute resolution or peacemaking.  Members are encouraged to dedicate 2 of those hours to the topic of domestic violence.

** Cross-Discipline may be in any relevant area outside your expertise. REMEMBER- every member must keep records of compliance and produce those records upon request by KCCL.

Mentors

Memberships – Join IACP

Standards – Comply with the IACP minimum standards and ethical standards for Collaborative Practitioners

Voluntary Practice Group – Attend 6 meetings per year in a voluntary practice group

Insurance – Carry professional liability insurance

Fees – Pay KCCL Dues

Committee Work – Committee service waived

Education – Complete 6 hours of continuing education, every 2 years.*

Cross-Discipline Training – Complete 3 hours cross-discipline training every 3 years.**

Experience – Meet the IACP “Experienced Collaborative Professional” standard

Minimum Years of Practice – Minimum of 5 years practice with significant number of cases in your discipline area

Commitment to serve as mentor in lieu of committee work – Serve as a mentor to another professional

* May include training in any form of alternate dispute resolution or peacemaking.  Members are encouraged to dedicate 2 of those hours to the topic of domestic violence.

** Cross-Discipline may be in any relevant area outside your expertise. REMEMBER- every member must keep records of compliance and produce those records upon request by KCCL.

Friends of KCCL

Fees – Pay KCCL Dues

These training requirements are very specific. Not all courses will meet these requirements. They were developed from the IACP’s Minimum Standards for Collaborative Practitioners and Minimum Standards for Collaborative Basic Training.

Please see our Training Calendar to find out what trainings are available locally. See the IACP’s Training & Events Calendar for trainings outside our area.

If you have any questions about whether a particular training meets these requirements, please contact our Membership Coordinator. We’re happy to discuss with you whether trainings you’ve taken meet the requirements or help you choose a training that will.

We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about Collaborative Law training or our requirements before applying for membership. If the courses you submit in your application do not meet the requirements, approval of your application will be delayed.

What if I don’t meet the membership requirements?

If you haven’t yet completed the training requirements yet, you can still connect with the KCCL community. Become a Friend of KCCL. This is a great way for students and other interested professionals to learn about Collaborative Practice. You may also want to become a Friend of KCCL if you don’t expect to become a Collaborative Practice professional yet you would like to connect with the Collaborative Practice community and support the growth of Collaborative practice.

What if my application is not approved?

If you apply for membership, but the training you’ve taken does not meet our requirements, we would like to work with you to find trainings you can take that will. We can either hold your application open or we can refund your dues payment. You can still become a Friend of KCCL right away and connect with the KCCL community while you work to meet the requirements for full membership.

Then, after you’ve taken the training, submit your application again. Stay in touch with the Membership Coordinator to find your best option.

How much are membership dues?

Membership dues are $150.00 per year. You may choose to take an optional reduction to $130 if you are also a member of the King County Bar Association’s Collaborative Law Section.

How can I pay my KCCL dues?

KCCL accepts payments through PayPal or by written check. If you use PayPal, you can use any credit card PayPal will accept or use a PayPal e-Check. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to use PayPal. If you pay using a credit card, your payment is registered immediately. If you pay by e-check, it will take 3-4 days. If you pay by written check, your application process will take 10-14 days longer.

Why does KCCL require membership in IACP?

By requiring all KCCL members also to be members of IACP, all KCCL members get a discount on their IACP dues.

KCCL is committed to expanding the practice of Collaborative Law in King County as a local practice group. The IACP is committed to fostering Collaborative Law practice internationally. The IACP has the strength of thousands of members across the U.S. and around the globe. Together KCCL and IACP present a consistent, coherent picture of quality Collaborative Law practice.

Why does KCCL provide a discount for KCBA Collaborative Law Section members?

KCCL offers the optional dues discount to encourage its members to also be members of the King County Bar Association’s Collaborative Law Section. The two organizations – KCCL and KCBA – have different strengths and emphases, but both are committed to improving the quality and expanding the practice of Collaborative Law in King County. Together they can do more than either could do alone.

The KCBA Collaborative Law Section is open to members of all professions, not just attorneys. Visit the KCBA Collaborative Law Section webpage for more information.

How will I know when it’s time to renew my KCCL membership?

You will receive several email notices before your membership expires. The first one will come several weeks before your expiration date.

Please be sure the email address in your membership profile is always correct.

If you have spam filters or junk mail folders, you may have to work with your information system administrator to make sure you always receive your KCCL email messages – have them change your settings to accept all messages from the kingcountycollab.org domain.

How do I renew my membership in KCCL?

You may renew your KCCL membership online on your Membership Information page at any time.

You may pay your dues using PayPal or by mailing in a written check. If you choose to pay by check, your renewal must be processed manually and will be delayed 10-14 days – be sure to send in your check well before your membership expires. If you pay using PayPal e-Check, it will be delayed 3-4 days. If you pay using PayPal and a credit card your membership will be renewed automatically as soon as your payment is made.

Please renew your membership on-line each year. We do not have the ability to make automatic recurring payments. You will receive one last notice if your membership expires.

Want more information about KCCL membership?

Please contact Sara Wahl, Membership Chair, 206-753-7390, membership@kingcountycollab.org.

Ready to start your application? Join now.