Mediate to gain clarity and create new opportunities.
Conflict surrounds us daily and in varying levels. Most of it is more annoying than anything else and we quickly return to our customary level of living. In the same way, an unsettled quarrel or dispute can unbalance our condition of normalcy and become emotionally debilitating, destructive and costly. Mediation is a way for parties held in conflict to work through their differences and turn barriers into productive and favorable opportunities.
Welcome. My name is Wayne Kosaka and for over 15 years, I have been assisting parties resolve their issues by restoring broken communication and promoting a climate of positive interaction. You will have a chance to regain your balance and sense of control to make fully informed decisions towards resolving your conflict. Mediation is private and confidential. You will:
+ Have ample time to discuss your issues
+ Have a chance to hear from the other party
+ Be able to clarify your goals, needs and priorities
+ Express how this has affected you
+ Explore new ideas and possible options
+ Formalize the final agreement together
Are there other uses for Mediation? Yes
People often think that the single purpose of mediation is to resolve a conflict. While this is true, mediation serves several other purposes:
Sometimes parties are just not ready to mediate.
But what is really needed is a way to restart communication that has broken down causing the stalemate.
Sometimes it is to get everyone in the same room at the same time.
So everyone can focus on the issues without interruptions.
Sometimes mediation is used to reset parties.
Even if they are already in litigation. For example, one side may simply have a change of heart or see the merits of the case differently and want to resolve matters in a more private setting.
This is your chance to:
+ Better understand the other party
+ Emphasize your role and responsibilities
+ Reestablish consistency and expectations
+ Preserve an important relationship
+ Resolve differences of any magnitude
+ Save time and money
+ Protect your investment, your image and your credibility
+ Move on with your life
It really does work
The American Arbitration Association reports that over 85% of all mediation cases result in settlement. This is an astoundingly high number, showing that months, if not years, of litigation can be prevented if the parties are willing to work out their differences through mediation.
In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the initial preference and comfort level among clients has been to convert in-person to online mediations. It has proven to be a viable option to those who want to pursue resolving their dispute. It is often not realistic to put a dispute on hold until the parties can physically meet again. Although it may feel slightly uncomfortable at the beginning, I will guide the interaction and communication between the parties during the mediation.
Generally the mediation fee is split equally between both parties unless the parties have agreed upon another arrangement. Once both parties have signed an agreement to mediate, the case preparation and 3-hour minimum mediation fees are paid in advance.
• Case preparation fee: $250.00
• 3-hour minimum mediation: $750.00 Additional time, if necessary, billed in 1/2-hour increments
A sliding-scale fee structure is available. Please contact me for more information.