December 2012 Blog Articles (3)

Can lawyer-mediator’s write up legal documents?

In 2012, the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee issued Advisory Opinion #2223, concluding that lawyers acting as a mediator may not ethically write up a Property Settlement Agreement, Order of Child Support, or Parenting Plan for unrepresented parties. The Opinion does not address a mediator's Memorandum of Understanding. 



The full opinion is below and here is a direct link to the opinion on the…

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Added by Mark Baumann on December 19, 2012 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Early Stage Mediation - There is no Down Side.

     Late mediation has been around for decades.  While late stage mediation (close to a trial date) may avoid trials, clients today are interested in further reducing expenses, keeping the emotional toll of litigation in check and maintaining relationships. 

     Late stage mediation results in destroyed relationships.  As the…

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Added by Sherman L. Knight on December 12, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

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