Northwest Justice Project: Foreclosure Mediation in Washington State

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Northwest Justice Project: Foreclosure Mediation in Washington State


A basic introduction to Washington’s new mediation process for homeowners facing foreclosure. Current as of December 2011. You can help us make NJP’s videos better! Please let us know what you thought about the video by answering this brief survey:

Welcome to the Northwest Justice Project’s webcast about Foreclosure Mediation in Washington State.

The foreclosure process can be a long and bumpy road… but some people facing foreclosure in Washington now have another path to stay in their home: Mediation.

Your bank or mortgage company now must tell you about your new options before foreclosure. After you miss a few payments, you should receive a written “Notice of Pre-Foreclosure Options.”

You then have thirty days to ask for a meeting with your bank to talk about alternatives to foreclosure. This first meeting is not mediation, but if you and the bank don’t agree on a plan, an attorney or housing counselor can help you take the next step: asking for mediation.

You have to have a referral from an attorney or counselor to get to go to mediation. If you haven’t talked to a housing counselor or attorney about your options, do it right now. He or she can discuss whether you qualify and then send a mediation request form to the state’s Department of Commerce.

Find more information on housing counselors from the Homeownership Resource Center at 1-877-894-HOME. You may also get a referral or qualify for free legal help from the Northwest Justice Project. Call 1-800-606-4819.

After the request is sent, watch your mailbox. You should get some important instructions, and a list of documents you’ll need to bring to the upcoming mediation. Try to hustle and gather the paperwork together. Your attorney or housing counselor can help you. You must send copies of your documents to the bank and mediator at least 10 days before the mediation day.

You and the mortgage company will split the cost of the 0 mediation fee.
To avoid foreclosure, you’ll have to do some more homework. Mediation is your chance to show why you should stay in your home. You’ll get to explain why you fell behind. And you’ll also have to show a detailed financial plan showing how you’ll keep up with payments in the future. Talk to an attorney or housing counselor for help on writing up your proposal.

It’s important to have a realistic proposal; you probably won’t be able to stay in your house If you don’t have enough income to pay even a reduced loan payment.

On the day of your mediation, show up early. Bring all your documents and extra copies. So, who’s going to be in the mediation room? The bank’s attorney will be there… and another person from the bank (probably on a speaker phone). Your attorney or housing counselor might be there, or you can bring a friend or family member for support. And of course you’ll be there.

And then the mediator— the mediator is kind of like a judge. She won’t take sides between you and the bank. But unlike a judge, she can’t order you or the bank to do something. It’s okay to ask the mediator questions about the process or the bank’s documents if you don’t understand.

When the mediation starts, you will have time to show your documents and explain your proposal to pay. Be completely honest if you get asked any questions.

Then someone from the bank will tell the bank’s side of the story. The bank will have math calculations to show how much it would cost the bank to foreclose compared with allowing you to stay but with a reduced loan payment.

If you don’t make a new payment agreement, be prepared to discuss your other options such as a later move-out date or short-sale. You should talk about these options with your housing counselor or attorney before the mediation so you’re ready.

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If you and the bank agree on a new plan, make sure you understand exactly what you’ll owe, and when. You can ask the mediator to help put it in writing, and have everybody sign it for proof. Your new payment plan may include a trial period to make sure you can really make the reduced payments. These are the most important payments you will make, because if you miss one, you won’t get a full loan modification and the bank may start foreclosure again.

Stick to the plan, though, and you may be able to stay in your home.

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This video was produced in December 2011. The laws may have changed since that time. This video provides general information only. Your situation may be very different than those shown in this video. This video is not a substitute for talking to a lawyer about your unique situation. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. It cannot predict or guarantee an outcome in any proceedings related to foreclosure mediation.

How California Divorce Mediation Works

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How California Divorce Mediation Works


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The Conflict Process (Part 1 of 3) on “Conflict, Mediation and You”

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The Conflict Process (Part 1 of 3) on “Conflict, Mediation and You”


http://www.BizLynks.TV The Conflict Process (Part 1 of 3)

How many does it take to have a conflict? Today we look at the beginning of the conflict process. When we recognize the conflict process we will find greater opportunities to reach resolutions.

“Conflict, Mediation and You” with co-hosts Dr. Rick Voyles and Mr. Robert Carey is designed to equip mediators and conflict managers with tools to succeed, to grow the mediation industry and create quality controls while making justice accessible to all through the mediation community. (www.centerfordisputesolutions.com)

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Dispute Resolution: Mediation Update

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Dispute Resolution: Mediation Update


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Using totally original content, our videos cover ten specialist practice areas: Family, Practice Management & Compliance, Local Government, Dispute Resolution, Private Client, Property, Employment, Corporate & Commercial, Personal Injury and Crime.

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Synopsis
Mediation has a number of advantages over the court process, for example, it can be significantly cheaper and result in settlement terms outside those that a court could order. There has been an increased emphasis on the use of mediation, not only since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules, but also from the courts. Since the Court of Appeal decision in Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust (2004) it has been accepted that an unreasonable refusal to participate in mediation is a form of unreasonable conduct of litigation to which the court may properly respond by imposing costs sanctions.

This programme looks at:

• Unreasonable refusal to mediate including the principles and guidance from Halsey
• Application of Halsey guidelines in recent case law
• Encouragement of mediation

Contributors:
Beverley Vara, Maitland Chambers.
John Dagnall, Maitland Chambers.

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Mediator Skills and Techniques: Triange of Influence by Miryana Nesic and Laurence Boulle

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Mediator Skills and Techniques: Triange of Influence by Miryana Nesic and Laurence Boulle


BOOK REVIEW

MEDIATOR SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES: TRIANGLE OF INFLUENCE

By Miryana Nesic and Laurence Boulle

ISBN: 978-1-84766-144-9

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LEGAL DISPUTES: CAN THEY REALLY BE RESOLVED WITHOUT RESORTING TO LITIGATION?

WELL, SOMETIMES AND WE ARE STILL WORKING ON MEDIATION AS THE FIRST RESORT!

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

In the not too distant past, the only civil and satisfactory way to resolve a dispute was to resort to litigation with the expense and time which necessarily follows all aspects of formal court work.

In recent years, however, notably in the first decade of the twenty-first century, the current orthodox thinking of the judiciary is that the first stage in any contentious matter should be mediation, sometimes referred to by the phrase Alternative Dispute Resolution in its various forms and with all that entails. The aim has always been simple: cheaper, quick and informal. Well, we will see if that is the case or not here!

The problem is that the nomenclature of ADR can, somewhat unfortunately, generates confusion… and it does when you try to supply such information to the client! This is why Miryana Nesic and Laurence Boulle, the authors of this excellent guide, have wisely made clear at the beginning that mediation is a process in which someone external to the conflict assists the decision making of the parties in various ways, but cannot make binding decisions for them.

Of course, the approach is in contrast to processes in which the external person is, in fact, officially the formal decision maker for the disputatious parties. These processes include the functions of arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and court proceedings, but not, please note, mediation.

The authors confine themselves exclusively to mediation, and explore this rapidly developing field both extensively and intensively with a text rich in detail throughout. The result is a working skills book which focuses on mediation as what they call a distinct analytical model.

Most advisers in this field would agree with Nesic & Boulle that mediation skills can be applied in numerous situations which we would not formally recognize as mediation. Examples include parents, managers, teachers, police officers, receptionists, politicians and many other skilled helpers can all at times be seen as informal mediators of disputes.

Amen to that! And, all the more power to this thorough and comprehensive guide aimed at all mediators, including those members of the Bar and other advocates who are accredited mediators following the advice of recent Lord Chief Justices.

Encompassing, in over 800 pages, examples, case studies, exercises, precedents, guidance notes and other resources within the 13 chapters and 13 appendices, the book provides a guide to the skills, techniques and standards of practice of mediators and discusses the needs, role and function of clients, advisors and other support people in mediation.

The guide covers the following topics:

•establishing the foundation for effective mediation
•maintaining a favourable climate
•diagnosing, defining, designing
•managing the mediation process
•assisting communications
•facilitating the negotiations and encouraging settlement
•variations in the mediation process
•special issues in mediation
•avoiding mediator traps
•developing a mediation practice
•EU mediation developments

As explained in the preface, the Triangle of Influence from the title of the work highlights the fact that effective mediation by its nature must always involve three aspects:

•fair process;

•understanding of the people, the issues and the conflict; and

•the legal and regulatory landscape

Depending on the nature of a dispute, litigation is certainly no longer necessarily the first resort in the process of resolving it. Provided the parties are reasonable and acting in good faith, mediation, if sensibly and sensitively handled, can be an effective means of dispute resolution.

We found the section on avoiding mediator traps to be found in chapter 11, with its sub title forewarned is forearmed, is particularly helpful for practitioners at any level. With its eminent common sense approach, this chapter has a useful summary for advisors, and a recommended reading list at the end as do all chapters of the book with the practical tasks for beginner mediators as hands-on exercises.

So, this new skills guide is to be welcomed for the wealth of advice it offers on the most effective mediation skills and techniques when resolving legal disputes without litigation and we are still working on it as the most suitable first resort!

ISBN: 978-1-84766-144-9

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Mediation Frequently asked questions answered

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Mediation Frequently asked questions answered


Mediator explains mediation fan’s mediation frequently asked questions to demystify the whole process of mediation

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Download The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict PDF

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Download The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict PDF


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Difference Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina

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Difference Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce in North Carolina


Difference between mediation and the collaborative divorce?
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Well, mediation is a chance for attorneys to be retained, in still an adversarial system, to help you resolve your case with the help of a neutral third party, that being the mediator. Collaborative law is a chance to resolve the issues without that third party, that mediator. In mediation, it’s important to note that it’s still an adversarial system. You still have one attorney against another attorney. You still have fighting over documents. You still have arguing positions.

In collaboration, the attorneys work together to try to resolve your issues in the best interests of your family. There’s not that fighting, because there’s no incentive to do it. Everybody’s working for you. In mediation, if you don’t resolve your case, then you don’t have to. You go to court. Your attorney that you’ve retained and you’ve kept will go to court for you. In collaboration, if you don’t resolve the case, your attorney has to withdraw. There’s not the incentive to go to court or to draw things out or to run up attorney’s fees. The incentive is to resolve the case for your family best benefit.

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How Mediation Saves Money

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How Mediation Saves Money


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“How Mediation Saves Money” talks about how mediation can save couples thousands of dollars vs. traditional divorce which also requires appearances in court, causes more strain (and rarely a true settling of differences) and usually takes longer to be accepted by the courts.

A Fair Way Mediation Center is located in Downtown San Diego, California. Richard Gordon, B.A., M.A. & J.D., Principal Mediator, has been helping San Diego couples through divorce for more than 15 years, avoiding large legal fees and complex courtroom procedures via mediation. If you are considering a divorce, legal separation, have child custody or property disputes, A Fair Way Mediation Center of San Diego offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere allowing fast and workable settlements.

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How do I start the mediation process?

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How do I start the mediation process?


How do I start the mediation process? | All Family Law Group, P.A. | Attorneys and Counselors at Law | Your Tampa Bay Law Firm Since 1997 | Working Hard for You! | Contact Us | 813-605-1337 | http://www.familymaritallaw.com/

If you would like to get a mediation before even file your case, then you can see if the opposing party would be willing to do that. Once you file your case, then the court would have jurisdiction over it and you can motion the court to order you for a mediation, or again, you can see if the other party is willing to just attend that mediation with you, absent a court order.

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Who is involved in the mediation process?

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Who is involved in the mediation process?


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Mediation would either be first, court-ordered by the judge, or the parties can agree to go to a mediation outside of a court order. When you go to a mediation, then the parties would be present, the mediator would be present, and if their party is represented by an attorney, they would also be present.

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