Consulting Attorney

Clients have important questions regarding the construction of their final written agreement.  In mediation, the mediator is a neutral third party and everything discussed in mediation is confidential.  If one party asks a question in a session or email, the mediator will reply to both parties enabling each to have access to the same legal information.  However, one spouse may have questions that they don’t want to ask in front of the other spouse.  In this situation, it is recommended that the spouse seek the advice of a consulting attorney.

A consulting attorney will meet with you on an hourly basis to answer any questions you may have.  At The Mediation Law Offices of Chandra Nelson-Robak, it is always recommended that clients consult with an attorney prior to signing their written agreement.  At any time during the mediation process, clients may ask for a list of consulting attorneys.  This list includes several family law attorneys familiar with the mediation process as well as the Lawyer Referral contact number for your county’s Bar Association.

Ms. Nelson-Robak may insist that parties meet with a consulting attorney prior to signing their written agreement if one party is unfamiliar with the financial picture of the family or has been removed from bill paying and investing for the length of the marriage. This extra step assures the durability of your written agreement and protects all parties to the mediation.

The Mediation Law Offices of Chandra Nelson-Robak is also available to review final agreements and provide feedback.  For some cases, an hour’s time may be all you need to gain a much clearer understanding of where you are and might, or should, be headed; typically expect two. Consults are charged at our hourly rate with a one hour minimum.  You are asked to pay for services when we start.  This avoids retainer fees, and allows you to control and limit your costs in real time.  We can interact in whatever manner you find most convenient, phone, Internet, or in person meetings.  Please contact our office for more information.

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