“Mediation” is a voluntary, confidential process in which we help the parties to identify and discuss issues of mutual concern, explore various solutions and develop a settlement that is mutually acceptable to the parties.This process can occur with the parties alone or with the parties and their lawyers, present and participating. When counsel does not participate directly in mediation we strongly encourage the parties to have lawyers with whom they consult before we begin substantive work together, between sessions, in financial disclosure and in connection with agreement drafting.
We will mediate to achieve divorce agreements, custody agreements, pre-marital agreements, marital (post-nuptial) agreements, ultimate settlements, interim or “temporary order” stipulations, discovery disputes and the like, all in the context of family law, probate law, elder, small business and other matters.
If the parties reach an agreement, we will either write a “memorandum of understanding”, which is an outline of points to which the parties agree, or a formal agreement, which is the full embodiment of the parties’ settlement. If the parties wish, we will assist their they or their lawyers in finalizing their agreement and/or help unrepresented parties to prepare pleadings and related for presentation of their agreement to the court.
By contract, we will commit to hourly cost, confidentiality, and the timing of the process.