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What is Mediation? What Can I Expect?

What is Mediation? How do I know what to expect in mediation.                              While mediation is becoming more common, most people who have not actually participated in a mediation still have no idea what it is.  Mediation is often confused with

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Workplace Conflict and Mediation

Mediation is an extremely good option to consider for workplace conflict and related issues.  Workplace conflict can devastate a work environment, resulting in employee dissatisfaction and absenteeism, unhappy customers and decreased sales and income, or, for service organizations, ineffective provision

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DOMA Overturned. Should You Get Married Now?

The big news of last week was the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor which essentially overturned DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act).  Same sex couples throughout the nation have been celebrating the news.  But what does it

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Is Mediation Less Expensive Than Going To Court?

Is mediation less expensive than going to court?  Yes and No.  And should cost be the determining factor in deciding whether or not to use mediation?  Again, Yes and No. Is Mediation Always Less Expensive? While mediation is often less

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I Need A Mediator: How to Choose A Good Mediator

You and your spouse are getting divorced.  You both agree that you want it to be as amicable as possible or you go to a lawyer who says that you should try to work things out in mediation.   So now

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Probate Mediation, Estate Planning and Elder Issues

Mediation may be particularly attractive for Probate, Estate Planning and Elder issues.  Factors that are usually present in these matters that can be addressed more adequately in mediation are: Parties have a need to maintain an ongoing familial relationship Parties

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Do It Yourself Divorce–Is Self Help For Me?

More and more people are opting for the DIY approach or Self Help Divorce in order to avoid both conflict and the huge expense of attorneys.  However, there are some things that you need to keep in mind if you

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Lax Gun Laws are Killing Women

As the national spotlight has turned to gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. massacre, in Congress, there has been some discussion of how gun reform can help domestically abused women. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) —

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Same Sex Couples, Inheritance and the Need to Dissolve a Domestic Partnership

Did You Know? If you entered into a registered same sex Domestic Partnership in Oregon you have the same rights of inheritance to obtain your partner’s estate as a married person does. Oregon’s Domestic Partnership law gives registered DP’s the same

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The Violence Against Women Act

Today, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Thanks to the bipartisan agreement, thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources

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