Ending an intimate relationship is an overwhelming event for most people. It is enormously complicated emotionally, financially, legally, and professionally.
Many people do not know where to begin. Few want to hire lawyers for a battle, but no one wants to feel vulnerable and taken advantage of. Most people just want a fair settlement that gets them what they need.
Many people will need to consult with a lawyer before making any process decisions. They and their counsel may decide to try mediation when they are ready to do so.
Others will decide to try mediation before hiring a lawyer.
Whichever way it is done, mediation provides a fair, safe, balanced, informed and affordable way to resolve difficult problems. Our team of lawyer and social worker mediators is ready to help lawyers and their clients settle the toughest cases in the best possible way.
All new family mediation clients are asked to complete a Confidential Family Mediation Intake form before making their first individual appointment to begin the mediation process. All new civil/estate/general mediation clients are also required to fill in a Confidential intake form which can be found here. This information helps us design a better mediation process; we keep the information provided on these forms confidential. We encourage counsel to review the form with their clients.
All mediations require a signed Agreement to Mediate, family or civil. Clients in family mediation will usually need to complete and swear (under oath, with a lawyer or notary public) financial statements (Form 13.1).
Fees for family and civil mediations are charged on an hourly basis. The hourly rate varies depending on the skill and experience of the mediator. We have flat rates for half and full day mediations. We charge for all of our time working on a file, including document review, preparation, the mediation itself, drafting documents, follow up and communications with parties and counsel.
Retainers are generally not required for family mediations, as long as both parties or counsel pay their share of fees for each meeting at the time of the meeting. Retainers for civil/estates cases and for family arbitrations will depend on the estimated length of the mediation or arbitration and the amount of anticipate preparation.