- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
For mediations or family law matters, my fees are hourly and the total fee charged will vary depending upon the issues that need to be resolved and the willingness of the parties to reach a resolution. For Probate/estate matters, fees are set by the Court. For preparation of Wills and Trusts, there is a flat fee that depends on the assets and holdings of the client.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
For medications, I speak with the parties on the phone to explain the mediation process. Then we all get together so I can put the parties at ease and begin the process of working out their differences. If it is a matter requiring individual representation (or preparation of documents), I speak with the potential client and make sure that I will be the right one to handle their matter.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law. I have been practicing law for over 35 years and have been mediating disputes for over 25 years . . .since way before it became the "fashion". I have also been handling Probate/Estate matters and preparing Wills and Trusts for over 35 years. In law school, I received the American Jurisprudence Award for Wills and Trusts. I received my mediation training at the New West Counseling Center which covered the psychology of mediating disputes and getting parties to work together. I also volunteer in the Los Angeles Superior Courts as a mediator (currently in Van Nuys and Chatsworth and formerly in Burbank and San Fernando. I am also on the Los Angeles County Bar Association's attorney fee dispute resolution panel as a mediator and arbitrator. I am the president of the Board of Directors of a Homeowners' Association which gives me broad experience in dealing with many different disputes.