Frequently Asked Questions

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Why choose mediation?

Mediation has several advantages over litigation: People create an agreement on their own terms instead of a judge dictating terms to them. Mediated agreements allow for creativity and solutions geared to the goals of the parties. Mediated agreements can contain important detail that is difficult to get in a courtroom. Mediation is often much less expensive than the traditional court route. Mediation is confidential and private – a place to discuss compromise without the risk of it being used against the parties later.

What is mediation?

In mediation, a neutral third party (the mediator) works with the parties to help them resolve their issues so that they can avoid going to court.

Is mediation binding?

No, mediation is a non-binding and confidential process.  Helen tries to help the parties resolve their issues.  If no written agreement is reached, neither party is bound by what occurred in mediation.  Also, if no written agreement is reached, the judge cannot receive information about what occurred in mediation.

If the parties request that Helen draft a document that details the results of mediation, it is still not binding until it is signed by both parties.  All parties are entitled to have an attorney review any mediated agreement on their behalf, and receive advice on it, before they sign it.

How do we pay for mediation?

Julie will advise you of Helen’s rate when you contact her and give you an estimate of the overall cost. We require payment of a deposit prior to the session. We accept either Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Amex for this payment. The remaining balance is due at the conclusion of the session. You may pay that by cash, check or credit card.

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