Sonoma County Mediator Paul Zamarian
Mediation as explained by the State Court:
There are many way to resolve a legal dispute. One of these approaches is trying mediation. In mediation, an impartial person (the mediator) helps people reach an agreement they can both accept. The mediator helps people talk the issues through in a way that often makes it easier for the couple to settle the dispute themselves. Mediators do not make decisions. Agreements can only be reached if everyone agrees. The mediator will not force you to agree to anything. Even if you do not think you will be able to agree to everything, mediation can help you resolve some issues, so that you can concentrate on the issues you have not resolved and have a judge make the decision on those. Also, by preparing for mediation, you will prepare yourself for trial in case you do not reach an agreement. Learn more here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1226.htm
As a mediator, I attempt to bring parties into agreement concerning their disputed issues as compared to arbitration, where an arbitrator makes a decision on the disputed matter. Mediation should be the first choice of disputant parties in all matters to contain costs even if they have retained attorneys. In exceptional situations, mediation is especially effective with parties who desire a future relationship with the other disputant(s).
For two parties: $350 per hour and $300 for reviewing each party’s summary or meeting with them initially.
Three parties: $400 per hour.
Four parties: $450 per hour.
Over four parties, the hourly fee to be determined as to the issues and complexities.
For more than two parties, reviewing each party’s summary or meeting with all parties initially will cost more than $300 depending on the number of parties and the complexity of the issues involved.
Place of Mediation
Mediation may take place via video conferencing.
If the mediation or initial meeting is done in person, the cost of the meeting facility may be charged to the parties.
Summary and/or Initial Meeting
Reviewing an initial summary and/or an initial meeting of all parties before the mediation commences usually takes an hour of my time.
All parties will receive a mediation agreement to be signed by them and by the parties and the mediator when the actual mediation begins.
A final agreement of the mediation’s resolution that is signed by all parties is usually enforceable in court. If I actually attempt the mediation or complete the mediation to a resolution, I am not allowed to represent any of the parties who participated in the mediation on any issue that is connected to the subject matter of the mediation.
Estimated Mediation Time
For any two-party mediation, the estimated maximum time will be two to three 1.5 to 2-hour sessions. For more than two parties an estimate may be given at the first 1.5 to 2 hr. mediation session.
Family Law Mediation
In addition to mediation, services available are for all paperwork, service of respondent, filing with court, marital settlement agreement and QUADRO (pension division) if needed. There is a cost for each of these additional services.
In dispute’s such as real estate, intellectual property and insurance claims, my mediation services focus on resolving the dispute(s) and the signing of a written agreement by all parties. These mediations may involve two or more parties.