What Are the First Steps?
Set up an appointment! The only agreement you must make in advance is that you will try to mediate for at least one session (typically a 2-hour meeting).
Gather Documentation: You will need to communicate openly and fully disclose all relevant data to the other person. This includes information about your assets, debts, income, and expenses.
Consider Experts: As you mediate, you may decide if and when to also hire your own consulting attorney, an accountant, an appraiser, an actuary, or any other expert.
Rely on Mediator: An attorney/mediator does not represent either one of you. The mediator must be unbiased. It is the mediator's duty to facilitate agreements, to provide legal input and ensure you make informed decisions, and to offer creative solutions that meet your goals.
Try It, You'll Like It: You are under no obligation to continue mediation if you feel it does not work for you. Call Teresa A. Stanley, (916) 353-0112, to schedule your first mediation session. Or e-mail