My rates for 2016 will remain (unless something changes) at my rate for mediation will remain what it's been for the past several years:
$300 per side for 4 hours - 2 people then $600, 3 people then $900, 4 people then $1,200. This is non-negotiable. The more parties -- the more work.
If we go longer than 4 hours then it's $75 per person per hour.
The parties control the process. At the end of 3-1/2 hours if people want to end then I can declare an impasse. If they want to continue, then I expect to be paid for my work.
No personal checks accepted.
I accept cash, debt or credit card or attorney check.
No billing - payment is due at the time the service is performed.
I expect a $150 per side non-refundable deposit per party paid at least 3 hours before the actual mediation.
Due to the no shows for pro se (no attorneys) mediations, I have been forced to require a non-refundable deposit of $300 BEFORE I will even schedule the mediation on my calendar. (Sorry but I've been abused my no shows and I want to know that you are committed to the process.)
I do offer discounts, totally at my discretion.
Example, if a person is disabled military on limited income, on disability with no assets then I have been known to discount my rate. No freebies. I find that people need some "skin" in the game. During the mediation is I determine the person has financial resources then I reserve the right to eliminate my discount or terminate the mediation due to misrepresentation.
I do lots of pro bono through the Dispute Resolution Center, Lone Star Legal, Houston Volunteer Lawyers and South Texas College of Law -- I don't do involuntarily pro bono (free) work. So don't ask.
Based on my level of experience and training my rates are way below market price. I know it. My husband says that I'm worth much more. So do not attempt to negotiate with me. I know the market, I know my competition and I'm really good at what I do. If you want to negotiate or get a freebie, look elsewhere.
I have shown a commitment to keeping my prices affordable to everyone.