Fee Schedule

FEE SCHEDULE (Mediation or Arbitration)

Standard Fees

Parties may select between two standard fee options: A “full day” or a “half day” fee.

The “full day” fee is for up to eight hours in session. The “half day” fee is for up to four hours in session.

Rates will be quoted during initial discussions and confirmed in writing.

Additional time will be charged at an hourly rate per party which will vary depending on the number of parties.

Other fee arrangements can be negotiated as desired.

“Party” defined

For fee purposes the term “party” includes one or more parties that are represented by the same attorney.

Multiple parties that are represented by different attorneys are treated as separate “parties” for fee purposes, even if they share a common legal position in the dispute.

A single party represented by more than one attorney is treated as a one “party” for fee purposes.

Form of payment

Checks should be made payable to Delaney Mediation, Inc. A taxpayer ID will be provided on request.

Payment due

Fees are due and payable not later than the conclusion of a session. When mailing a check please DO NOT use Certified Mail. It often results in a trip to the post office because no one was present when the letter carrier attempted the certified delivery. Delivery will be confirmed on request.

Related services

There are no charges for services outside of the actual sessions, such as phone calls, e-mails, faxes, copying, correspondence, case study, legal research,  drafting of settlement agreements (or award letters), and reports to courts.

Travel and facility expenses

Unless otherwise agreed there are no charges for expenses incurred for travel, lodging, parking, and the like.

When agreed in advance there may be an additional charge to reimburse the mediator for the cost of a mediation facility.

CANCELLATION FEES

Explanation

Your mediator does not maintain a traditional law practice. He is a retired district court judge who, in addition to serving as a “visiting judge,” is permitted by rules of judicial ethics to serve as a mediator (and arbitrator), but not to practice law generally.

Your mediator will become committed to your scheduled session once it has been agreed upon. He will decline other engagements that would conflict.

When a session is cancelled near the scheduled date, for whatever reason, it normally results in a loss to the mediator. It is usually impossible to schedule another mediation.  There is no other income-generating activity that can fill the vacant time slot, unlike in a normal law practice.

Consequently, it is reasonable for the mediator to be compensated, at least in part, for the time lost due to late cancellations.

“Cancellation” defined

A “cancellation” means permanent cancellation, whether due to settlement or other reasons. It does not normally include rescheduling.

Late cancellation defined

A “late cancellation” is one that the mediator is notified of during 3 calendar days immediately before the session date.

Fee amount

A “late cancellation” of a session shall entitle the mediator to be paid ½ the basic fee (whether “full day” or “half day”) for all parties.