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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 arbi­tra­tion.  Clients expect

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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 of

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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 expen­sive

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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 what?  Then

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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 want to

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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 rights as

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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 they

Posted in Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, In the News