Why is Mediation cheaper?

My fee is shared between the clients. Proportional to income is the most common method. By sharing the costs between all clients, Meditation becomes extremely cost effective. 

For example, to determine each client’s proportion of the fees we calculate their individual proportion of the total income. If person ‘A’ has an income of $40,000 per year and person ‘B’ has an income of $60,000 per year the total income is $100,000.

To calculate what person ‘A’ will be responsible for we do the following: ($40,000 / $100,000) * 100 = 40%

To calculate what person ‘B’ will be responsible for we do the following: ($60,000 / $100,000) * 100 = 60%

Ultimately the clients decide how to share the costs between them.

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What do I do with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)?

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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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.

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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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When can we start mediation?

You can start mediation at any time up to the date of trial (if you are moving in that direction). You can start and end the conflict resolution process with mediation, use mediation to overcome a stalemate during litigation or collaborative law proceedings. If you have left this on the back burner for some time and want to “just work it out and move on,” you can start mediation.

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Do I have to see a Lawyer?

I always recommend everyone seek independent legal advice (ILA) to ensure complete understanding of legal rights and responsibilities before starting mediation. This enables people to negotiate from an informed position. My experience with clients has demonstrated those with ILA usually end up with terms close to what they want (no one gets everything). Given my advice, you can do what you want at the end of the day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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