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Unmarried Couples Mediation involves a natural segment of our population and a very important segment of our society. People are living together longer, developing close relationships, accumulating assets, and sometimes having families. Read more about Unmarried Couples Mediation
If you are a veteran of the United States Military, our veteran mediation program has been designed to suit your needs. Many veterans face specific challenges upon leaving the service. Many of their lives have been enriched but also impacted harshly by their service to our country. Read more about Veterans Mediation
The Best Ideas Win is a very practical approach to resolving conflicts. It involves exploratory, interactive and participatory discussion, combined with a detailed analysis of the facts and legal issues surrounding the case at hand to help determine a fair and just resolution for you.
In the first stage of our process, we explore the fundamental reasons underlying the conflict. We will explore all of the dimensions of the conflict: the facts, the issues, the rationales, the goals and the interests.
Next our program specifically addresses the parties on interpersonal level, as we engage the parties privately to confidentially, to address any sensitive matters. Lastly we analyze all of the important legal issues and interpretations of the law that may affect the outcome, if the matter goes to trial.
Unlike some mediators, we are not passive actors in this process. When engaged, we actively help develop the best ideas in order for both sides pursue the goal of a fair and just resolution to all of their difficult issues and concerns. Read more about Best Ideas Win
Mediation is an often an art as much as a science. No two mediators are the same, just as no two people are. Mediators come from different backgrounds, different geographies, different educational backgrounds, different ethnic influences and so on. And all that makes a big difference in their approach to mediation. Some are direct and more “solution developers,” while others are more listeners, are laid back and “solution enablers.” Some have the ability to be both, usually the more experienced mediators, depending on the situation or the type of dispute. Usually like any profession, the best ones have been specifically trained in educated in the field of mediation or alternative law. Read more about Mediators Enable Individuals To Become Problem Solvers too.
If you are going through a divorce, or seriously considering one, then you need the best people on your side. By best, I don’t mean the ones that will FIGHT it out on your behalf. You need people that are understanding of your specific situation. They must take step by step measures and develop specific plans for you that result in your peace of mind – soon. You might be talking to an attorney already and it’s the first step that many take. However, there are few things you should keep in mind even before picking an attorney. Read more about Divorce Mediation Can Help You Find Peace.
Divorce is stressful; there is almost no way around that. But in some extreme cases, it gets so stressful that incidents of long-term trauma, irreparable relationships, family turmoil or even hospitalization, long-term depression, substance abuse, etc. are not uncommon. When such as serious incident arises, you would hope that there are resources available to make the process easier. Unfortunately, most couples think the only step after the first decision for divorce is to call an attorney and get a court date. That is the farthest thing from the truth. Even when you have made up your mind to separate, there are ways to make the process smoother a, less destructive and even meaningful so it feels like the right thing to do and not an unpleasant shock that many divorces end up as. Even a good divorce attorney usually tries to get other kinds of help before resorting to the often times arbitrary decisions of a court. Read more about Divorce Mediation: Simple Step Process for a Less Stressful Divorce
Sexual discrimination cases by far, are the most prominent employment-related disputes that make it to court. In particular, sexual harassment enjoys a fair bit of publicity and limelight, especially due to the fact that many of these cases become news stories that the general media excite the general media. Let’s take a minute to do a quick mental exercise. Think about the last three employment related issues that you remember hearing about in the Media that do NOT related to sex in any way. Now think of three that do. For most people that I’ve asked this question, they are able to immediately recollect cases related to sexual discrimination, harassment or just improper conduct a lot more easily than the others. Hey, we all know and have talked about Senator Weiner and the sexual atrocities of the Gadhafi troops, the French Diplomat who was the former President of the IMF, and the like. Read more about Sexual Harassment Mediation: Does Mediation Fit The Bill?
Class action mediation cases hold a certain degree of difficulty because of the nature, geography and length of the cases, the multiple parties, and interests involved. We handle all types of class action cases. They can involve complex discovery disputes, claims process, settlement administration, fee disputes, objectors, class proceedings and the Class Action Fairness Act. Read more about Class Action Mediation for Consumers
What does it cost?
Call for a free quote, 1.800.529.1516. Cost is a critical component in any professional service. People often chose mediation because they receive excellent service and only have to pay one mediator or one firm to settle their dispute, versus paying twice as much to other professionals. Our rates range from $50 per hour, per party, to $245 per hour, per party depending upon the type and complexity of the dispute, and the qualifications and experience of the mediator. We also offer a sliding scale for non-profits, certain small businesses, veterans, and those of limited means.
How long will it take?
Each dispute and case is unique in its own ways,and requires different needs and resources, as a result no estimate of time can be precise. However, we have a range for Divorce cases which average 7-10 sessions and commercial cases require a minimum of 4 hours. If you are eligible, our complimentary introductory mediation sessions are scheduled for one half hour.