Mediation is an informal dispute settlement process run by a trained third party known as the mediator. Mediation is intended to bring two parties together to clear up misunderstandings and potentially reach a resolution of their disagreement. The process may be voluntary or court ordered.
During the mediation each side will present its view of the issue(s) in dispute, and the mediator will work with each side in an attempt to work out a settlement. The mediator will attempt to bring the parties together to reach a mutually agreeable position. The mediation process is non-binding; that is, the mediator does not impose a decision on the parties, but attempts to present a solution that is acceptable to both parties. The active participation of the mediator in the process identifies points of agreement and assists those in conflict in agreeing on a result.
Benefits to mediating a case
include (1) less cost to the parties than going to court, (2) earlier settlement of the case and (3) an end to anxiety.
- Current rate $235/hour (2 hour minimum mediation); $200/hour travel time; Administration fee $235;
- Cancellation policy: If mediation cancels 2 weeks or more in advance a charge of $240 will apply as well as the administration fee. If the mediation slot can be filled, no charge will apply. If mediation canceled within 14 days or less a charge of $325 will apply as well as the administration fee.
- I will plan two mediations in one day if less than 60 minutes driving time between the two mediations.