Mediations arranged through this office are typically either half-day sessions (four hours), six-hour sessions or full-day sessions (eight hours). If the matter involves a complex divorce without attorneys, Ms. Grimes may suggest a series of two-hour or four-hour sessions rather than one extended session. Morning mediations are scheduled from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Six-hour mediations are scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Afternoon mediations are scheduled from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Full-day mediations are scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Half-day session—$525 per participant or party
Six-hour session—$700 per participant or party
Full-day session—$850 per participant or party
Additional cost per hour if extension of a mediation session is agreed upon by all participants—$130 per participant or party, due the day of mediation.
Please call or email regarding rates for mediations exceeding three parties, as rates may be negotiable depending upon the nature and complexity of the matter involved.
When mediation is scheduled, a $75 nonrefundable fee is due from each participant or party upon receipt of invoice. This fee applies toward the total mediation fee. The balance of the total fee is due one week prior to the date of mediation. If mediation is canceled or rescheduled three or four business days prior to the mediation date, a $200 late cancellation fee will be due from the party or parties canceling or rescheduling the mediation. If mediation is canceled or rescheduled two business days prior to the mediation date, a $400 late cancellation fee will be due from the party or parties canceling or rescheduling the mediation. If mediation is canceled the day before or on the actual mediation date, the full mediation fee (for both parties) is due from the party or parties canceling or rescheduling the mediation.
Accepted methods of payment are through Zelle® (payee: [email protected]) or CashApp (user: $melanieegrimes), or via law firm check, cashier’s check, money order, or cash. Zelle allows you to send money to people or businesses through your banking app – or the Zelle app if your bank doesn’t currently offer Zelle. For a list of banks that offer Zelle through their banking apps, click here. If you don’t see your bank or credit union listed, you may download the Zelle app.
A “party” could include more than one person if participants share the same attorney.
If you are seeking less than a half-day session (limited to extremely straightforward cases [e.g., a simple personal injury case where liability is not in dispute]), the hourly rate would be $175 per participant or party.