Mediation Fees

Fees are generally as follows (exceptions can be considered if the situation calls for it):

Hourly Rate:

$150.00 per party, per hour, with two parties

$120.00 per party, per hour, with three parties

$100.00 per party, per hour, with four parties

With five or more parties, $475.00 per hour divided equally by the number of parties

A “party” is defined as one or more persons or entities who have a common interest and who are represented by a single attorney or firm (or lead counsel and local counsel, or insurance defense counsel and independent counsel). If a mediation commences with three or more parties and, before it is concluded, one or more parties leave (because they settle out, reach an impasse, or because the mediation is continued as to them), all parties shall be billed at the applicable multi-party rate indicated above through the time the one or more parties leave and, thereafter, the remaining parties shall be billed at the applicable rate based upon the number of parties then remaining who proceed with the mediation process that day.

Scheduling Cases:

Half Day Mediations – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Complex or multiparty cases may require a whole day. Unless expressly stated when the Mediation is scheduled, it is presumed that all mediations commencing before noon are for a whole day.

Cancellation Fees:

If scheduled for a half day, a cancellation fee of two hours time will be charged if cancelled less than seven full calendar days before the scheduled Mediation date. If scheduled for a whole day, a cancellation fee of four hours time will be charged if cancelled less than seven full calendar days before the scheduled Mediation date. For example, to avoid a cancellation fee, a mediation scheduled on a Monday (regardless of the start time) must be cancelled by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the prior Monday, a mediation scheduled on a Tuesday (regardless of start time) must be cancelled by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the prior Tuesday, etc. Cancellation fees will be billed to the party or parties requesting the cancellation. Cancellation fees will NOT apply if we are able to schedule another mediation or arbitration in place of the cancelled mediation.

Minimum Fees:

The minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a half day in Broward or Palm Beach County is two hours time, and for a half day scheduled in other counties is three hours. The minimum fee for a mediation scheduled for a whole day in Broward or Palm Beach County is four hours time, and for a whole day scheduled in other counties is five hours. Time is billed in quarter hour increments.

Preparation & Mediation Time:

Full hourly rate.

Travel Time & Expenses:

NO CHARGE for travel time or mileage for Mediations conducted within Broward and Palm Beach Counties. For Mediations conducted outside these two counties, there will be a charge for travel time at one-half the applicable hourly rate. If an overnight stay is necessary, lodging and food will be billed at their actual cost.

Bills:

BILLS ARE DUE AND PAYABLE UPON RECEIPT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEDIATION

Parenting Coordinator Fees

Mr. Kasky’s Parenting Coordinator fee for scheduled meetings is $175.00 per hour. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing and signed by both Parents and the Parenting Coordinator, each Parent is responsible for 50% of the Parenting Coordinator’s fee, unless otherwise stated in the Court’s Order of Appointment.

The Parenting Coordinator’s fee for review of information and/or communication with anyone other than the Parents in accordance with the Agreement shall be $175.00 per hour.

There is a $75.00 administrative fee for initiation of the file.

In addition to the above-listed meeting fee, Parents will be individually responsible for fees they initiate separately for time spent by the Parenting Coordinator on telephone calls, faxes, e-mails and other communication with the mediator. Such time will be billed at increments of one tenth of an hour at the rate of $175.00 per hour.

The Parenting Coordinator has comfortable and convenient conference locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, and other locations throughout South Florida, and does not charge a travel time charge for Broward County or Palm Beach County sessions. Travel to sessions outside of Broward County or Palm Beach County is billed at 50% of the Parenting Coordinator’s $175.00 per hour fee.

The Parenting Coordinator requires a refundable retainer in the amount of $1,750.00, to be split evenly between the Parents (unless otherwise ordered by the Court).

In some circuits, Parenting Coordinator cases must be initiated by Court Order, while it can be done by agreement in others.  Check with your attorney for details.

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