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Mediation: Who Pays?

Posted by Anthony Serra | Sep 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Save your money - mediate instead of litigate

Mediation: Who Pays?

One of the nice things about meditation is that it costs incredibly less than litigation. One reason for that is because in mediation, there is only one professional getting paid (the mediator). And the cost of the mediator is typically shared by all parties to the mediation. So for instance, if three siblings are in dispute over how their father's estate should be settled, each sibling would pay one-third (1/3) of the mediator's fee. If the hourly fee is $300, then each sibling pays $100. This, of course, is much different than each party paying 100% of their own lawyer's hourly fee.

And unlike most lawyers, mediators typically do not ask for a retainer up front. Rather, they bill for their time at the conclusion of each mediation session. As such, fees are generated in a manner that is fair, equitable and transparent.

If you find yourself in any type of civil dispute, consider mediation as an initial approach to resolving things. You may be surprised and pleased by the experience.

For those interested in mediation, the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ is now open and accepting new cases. The Center will focus exclusively on non-adversarial approaches to conflict resolution, principally through mediation and private arbitration. The Center is located at 3594 U.S. Highway 22 W. in Branchburg, NJ, just east of the Ryland Inn. For more information about our services please call us at (908) 691-2707 or visit us at

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Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  


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