Cancellations or Continuances
Scheduling is important to the effective management of our practice and enables us to provide timely mediation services to others. Consequently, we ask that you advise us promptly of any developments that may result in the cancellation or continuance of your matter, as well as developments that may result in less time being needed for a session than reserved (e.g., a party settling out). This helps us schedule matters efficiently, and avoid having to charge for cancellations or rescheduling except in limited circumstances.
By retaining our services, parties and their counsel hereby agree to the following:
- Cancellations or continuances occurring ten (10) days or more before a mediation is scheduled to begin are without charge of any kind.
- Cancellations or continuances occurring less than ten (10) days, and more than seventy-two (72) hours, before a mediation is scheduled to begin, will result in a nominal charge equivalent to two hours at our hourly rate to cover the cost of preparation by the mediator and any miscellaneous expenses, plus any time spent in connection with discovery or other pre-mediation meetings or issues (if any).
- Short-notice cancellations or continuances, occurring seventy-two (72) hours or less before a mediation is scheduled to begin, will result in a charge equivalent to the entire amount of time reserved for the session, plus any time spent in connection with discovery or other pre-mediation meetings or issues (if any).
- At our discretion, we also reserve the right to establish other requirements regarding cancellations or continuances in appropriate circumstances. This typically applies to complex, multi-party, or multi-day mediations. Parties and their counsel will be advised of any such requirements in advance.
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By retaining our services, parties and their counsel also hereby agree to the following:
- Litigation Solutions Law Group and the mediator act solely for the purpose of mediating a dispute by facilitating settlement discussions and negotiations between the parties, and assisting them in reaching a voluntary and timely resolution.
- Throughout the mediation process the mediator acts only as a guide and not a judge, and does not decide the case or dictate a particular resolution. The parties decide whether to resolve their dispute and how best to do that.
- Under no circumstance does Litigation Solutions Law Group or the mediator act as lawyers for, or representatives of, any party during the course of mediation, and do not provide legal or any other advice, in any form, to any party or party representative. In the event any party or party representative desires legal or any other form of advice they must consult with lawyers and other persons of their own choosing, and not Litigation Solutions Law Group or the mediator.
- Litigation Solutions Law Group and the mediator also reserve the right to adjust their fees and other practices without notice. Any such adjustments are at their sole discretion.