One of the benefits of web-based calendaring is that you can view my calendar together with the party/counsel with whom you are scheduling a mediation, agree on a date and simply e-mail or call in with the desired date for confirmation. I confirm all mediations telephonically and by e-mail to make absolutely certain of the date, time and location.
Rule 1.430, Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators requires that mediations shall be scheduled “… in a manner that provides adequate time for the parties to fully exercise their right of self-determination.” It is, therefore, my policy and practice to schedule mediations for one half day or a full day (or longer if necessary). Half day mediations generally start at 9:00 A.M. or 1:30 P.M, however we will accommodate your schedule as necessary. When scheduling a mediation, please keep in mind that if you reserve a morning for one half day and another mediation is scheduled for that afternoon, the morning mediation will have to conclude in time for the afternoon mediation to begin when scheduled. This may necessitate a continuation or adjournment of the mediation depending on how the parties and counsel wish to handle the situation.
Hourly rates are generally as follows: family law matters $350.00
General Civil (2 party) $375.00
Federal (2 party) $400.00
As is routinely provided for in court ordered mediation, mediation fees are due and payable at the conclusion of the mediation. As a courtesy to counsel, if counsel is advancing the fee, I will invoice counsel following the mediation with the expectation that the fee will be paid within five (5) days of the mediation. If counsel is not advancing the fee, payment is expected at the conclusion of the mediation. In the case of governmental entities, counsel will receive an invoice following the mediation. Please remember that I have no ongoing relationship with mediation parties, therefore it is my expectation that other than with governmental entities, counsel will ultimately be responsible for payment of the mediation fee.
The mediation fee is usually divided evenly between the parties, unless otherwise agreed or ordered by the Court.
My charges are in 1/4 hour increments and I have a three (3) hour minimum charge for half day and a six (6) hour minimum charge for full day mediations held in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. )For areas beyond Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, there is a five (5) hour minimum for 1/2 day mediations and an eight (8) hour minimum for full day mediations.
For your convenience, we now accept credit card payment for mediation fees.
There is no charge for travel time.
I do charge for preparation time, but only if preparation time is expended. Preparation time is typically charged for review of court files and/or pre-mediation submissions and documents, pre-mediation conferences or teleconferences with counsel or unrepresented parties, and preparation of draft mediation agreements. Typically, preparation for half day cases ranges from ½ hour to one hour, and one to two hours for full day cases.
Pre-mediation submissions including factual information about the case, legal issues, previous negotiations if any, the nature of the parties and their relationship with each other, and any information you feel would help me better understand the case to be mediated and the personalities involved, are very helpful.
In the event there is insufficient time to prepare and send a pre-mediation submission, feel free to call me before the mediation with any last minute information. Any such conversations will be kept in strict confidence unless you instruct me otherwise.
Also, please let me know at the earliest possible time of any security or health related concerns so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Pre-mediation submissions can be delivered as follows:
1. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. U.S. Mail or Overnight/Courier: Charles N. Castagna Mediation, Inc., 1275 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, Florida 33755
3. Facsimile: (727) 448-0028
1275 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
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