HOW AIKINS LAW MEDIATION SERVICES WORKS:

Booking via the appropriate Intake Form is highly recommended. Click the button above for Intake Forms.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND MEDIATION

Dr. Aikins considers it a waste of the parties' time and resources unless the decision makers are present or immediately available by telephone irrespective of various time zone differences. It is strongly recommended that all decision makers be present or immediately available.

WHAT THE PARTIES SHOULD SUBMIT BEFORE MEDIATON

  • Submit briefs of 5 page maximum 10 business days before mediation date.
  • Dr. Aikins strongly request that the parties share their mediation briefs. Matters deemed confidential should be submitted separately to the Mediator and to avoid any possibility of comprising the confidentiality of the request, a separate e-mail string should be used to submit all confidential comments and exhibits. This will avoid mistakenly pinging, which could result in comprising confidentialty.
Briefs should include:
  • The Facts: No more than one page.
  • Legal claims and basis therefor: No more than two pages, please.
  • Argument: No more than 2 pages, focused on responding to Mediator’s questions.
  • A copy of the operative complaint (if in litigation),
  • Settlement  demands and offers, if any.
  • The Mediation Fee to the Mediator at least 21 days prior to date of Mediation or upon scheduling the Mediation if the Mediation is scheduled fewer than 21 days in advance.
See fee schedule and cancellations here:
  • The Mediation Fee is refundable if the mediation is cancelled prior to 14 days of the Hearing Date.
  • If a cancelled Mediation date is rescheduled, there will be no additional fee.

TIME AVAILABLE

Dr. Aikins requests that each party give one date and time (and one alternate date and time) for him to call each side 5 days before the date of the Mediation Hearing.

NOTE: CONFIDENTIALITY OF MEDIATION:

The Mediation is Confidential and all matters discussed with the Mediator and at the Mediation are by law strictly Confidential, see California Evidence Code, §§1115-1128 here.