Meetings often occur over a cup of coffee, when it's convenient and in a location where people can relax and focus. Have meetings all day and only have time for a working lunch? Not a problem. Need an evening appointment? Not a problem. I help clients by making this process easier, so having rigid office hours or being inflexible is not a business model I find helpful. And since mediation often involves only a couple of meetings, with the rest of the work done over email, my method is designed to be flexible and user friendly. I like helping people, and I like what I do. So, I only work a couple days a week, and the rest of the week I am in my garden, or walking my dogs. I know what quality of life looks like, and I want all my clients to move quickly and efficiently on to their quality life.
People are busy, and need flexibility. Some clients need only one or two meetings, and can do all their own paperwork. Other clients may need more meetings, and prefer my office to prepare all the paperwork and perform all the interactions with the court clerk that may be required to complete the process. Whatever your time needs are, I will respect them and work with them.
Whether clients have significant financial resources, or very modest ones, I will work in the budget identified by the clients. Mediation is a very cost effective model, and very flexible, so clients have control over expenses. Unlike litigation expenses, that can quickly spiral out of control between attorneys, hearings, custody experts and forensic accountants, mediation allows clients to budget and control their resources to maximum advantage.
Mediation time is charged at $325 per hour. Document preparation is charged at $95 per hour. A sliding fee schedule is available for qualifying clients.
Occasionally an expert is required to assist the parties, such as a CPA, or an actuarial. Those fees are discussed with and approved by the parties in advance of retention.
Court fees will depend on the type of filing: