Arbitration and Mediation
Arbitration and mediation are generally non-judicial procedures to resolve disputes between parties. Advantages to arbitration and mediation, as compared with court, are relative quickness to get a resolution and the lower costs. Gregory L. Davies has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1987. If you would like to discuss either setting up an arbitration or mediation with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755 or email us.
Mediations are a process in which a mediator assists parties in reaching an agreement to resolve their disputes. Arbitration is a process in which an arbitrator conducts a "trial like" proceeding, taking testimony and receiving documentary evidence, and making a decision based upon the evidence presented. Either procedure is an alternative to using the courts with the goal of resolving disputes quickly and inexpensively. Mr. Davies has arbitrated family law matters, to include dissolution of marriage, custody, visitation, child support, property and debt division and maintenance of spouse issues. Mr. Davies has also arbitrated personal injury, construction and business matters. Mr. Davies' mediations have primarily involved family law matters. Our office currently charges an hourly rate of $250.00 and requires a $1,000.00 retainer or deposit of 4 hours of time pre-paid for arbitrations or mediations. The actual time needed to complete any individual matter will vary depending upon the specific facts of any given case.
As of September 1, 2009, the Snohomish County Superior Court requires that before a family law case can proceed to trial the parties must mediate their case before a neutral third party mediator. Mediators generally charge an average of $250.00 per hour and some require a retainer of between $1,500 to $2,500 before mediation can take place. In any event, payment to the mediator will be expected at the end of the mediation at the latest. Therefore, you will be expected to deposit your share of the mediator's fees before mediation takes place. If you are unable to pay your share then mediation will not take place and your trial date will be stricken by the Court. Mediation and trial will have to be rescheduled.