Are you a counsellor?

No. A counsellor is a trained professional who is able to assist you and your family during times of transition involving difficult issues. Often, mental health is lower on the priority list when dealing with conflict. I recommend you review your benefits package and contact a local counsellor to discuss their services. Most Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) or Employee Health Benefit packages have an allocation for counselling and Mental Health. The more resources you have, the better off you will be. Counsellors are able to discuss your situation and provide advice and techniques you and your family can employ to work though your situation.

Life is Messy.

Mediation can Help.

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Do I need a legal agreement?

If you want your terms to be enforceable and legally binding – Yes. I always recommend everyone seek independent legal advice to ensure complete understanding of legal rights and responsibilities before starting mediation. Remember, you can always make changes to an agreement after it is signed. Nothing is carved in stone.

Life is Messy. Mediation can Help.

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Do you write Separation Agreements?

Only lawyers can write legal agreements. As a Mediator, I write a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU for short. The MOU is a written summery of all topics covered during the mediation process. There are two ways to submit the MOU to the courts to make a legally binding agreement:

1. Submit the forms directly to the court by filling out the required court forms yourself; or

2. Request a lawyer to draft and submit the court forms for you (I recommend this option).

NOTE: Fees may apply in both cases.

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We agree on just about everything, can you help us with a few things?

Yes. Mediation can be started at any point during a conflict. If you have worked out the majority of the terms with a couple of outstanding issue I can mediate for you. I always recommend everyone seek independent legal advice to ensure complete understanding of legal rights and responsibilities before starting mediation. This allows people to negotiate from an informed position. Once we know the values of the issues on the table, we can negotiate.

Life is Messy. Mediation can Help.

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Do you write Wills?

I write your terms, which are written into your Will. I recommend you speak with a lawyer to receive independent legal advice about how a Will is executed, what should be contained in your Will, and what your options are for choosing beneficiaries. Stay away from online templates as you often get what you pay for.

My Wills and Estates service is two side:

1. The first side is conflict prevention when updating or writing the terms of you Will. This is often an emotional and difficult conversation. Through an open discussion with you and your Family, the goal is to determine a set of terms which meets both your intentions and the needs of the beneficiaries.

2. The Second side is conflict resolution between the executor(s) and/or the beneficiaries. When there is a difference of opinions or perspectives of how to execute the intention of a Will, Families use mediation as the process to resolve their differences.

Life is Messy. Mediation can Help.

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Are you a counselor?

No. A counsellor is a trained professional who is able to assist you and your family during times of transition involving difficult issues. Often, mental health is lower on the priority list when dealing with conflict. Most Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) or Employee Health Benefit packages have an allocation for counselling and Mental Health.  I recommend you review your benefits package and contact a local counsellor to discuss their services. The more resources you have, the better off you will be. Counsellors are able to discuss your situation and provide advice and techniques you and your family can employ to work though your situation.

Life is Messy. Mediation can Help.

Contact me to discuss your options.

Are you a lawyer?

Mediators are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice.

My role as the mediator is to be neutral and maintain a constructive atmosphere for discussion between the parties to help you resolve the dispute.

My clients are encouraged to contact a lawyer should they have any legal questions about their dispute. Advice from a lawyer outside the mediation process is necessary to ensure all parties know and understand their legal rights and responsibilities. This enables the parties to negotiate from their best position, avoid feeling duped and increases the follow through on the solution reached.

Life is Messy. Mediation can Help.

Contact me to discuss your options.