Scheduling and Fees

Standard Mediation Session or Arbitration Hearing

MEDIATION

Mediation session time is scheduled either as a ½ day (4 hours) or a full day (7-8 hours). The standard fee for a four hour mediation session is $995.00 per party. Each additional hour of service will be billed at $225.00 per hour for each party. Such additional charges include any necessary review of documents and/or continuation of negotiations outside of the actual mediation session. If requesting a full day (7-8 hours) mediation, the fee will be $1,795.00 per party. All fees are payable in advance of the scheduled mediation session. Please contact our office for fee schedules regarding out-of-state, multi-day, multi-party, or complex mediation matters. Accommodations for weekend sessions are available.

ARBITRATION

The standard fee for an arbitration hearing of up to two hours is $595.00 per party. If more time than two hours is required for an arbitration hearing, each additional hour of service will be billed $225.00 per hour for each party. Such additional charges include any necessary review of documents and joint conferencing. If requesting a full day arbitration (7-8 hours), the fee will be $1,795.00 per party. All fees are payable in advance of the scheduled arbitration hearing. Accommodations for weekend sessions are available.

Three Member Panel Arbitration Hearing

If the parties choose to have their dispute heard by a panel of three arbitrators, the fee for said arbitration hearing of up to two hours is $995.00 per party. If more time than two hours is required, each additional hour of service will be billed at $495.00 per hour for each party. Such additional charges include any necessary review of documents by the neutral(s). All fees are payable in advance of the scheduled arbitration hearing. In addition, a $295.00 administrative fee will be added.

Evaluation Analysis Scheduling

A party may desire to have their case evaluated. This is an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses, and ranges of potential settlement of an individual case. This evaluation fee is $695.00 for a two-hour minimum, with each additional hour of service to be billed at $295.00 per hour.

Travel

Travel time for sessions held outside of the Metro Boston and South Shore area will be billed at $225.00 per hour. Travel fees may be equitably apportioned between the parties per agreement.

Payment Policy

Each party’s fee is due ten business days before the first session. Checks are made payable to: Northeast Mediation & Arbitration, LLC (Federal ID: 51-0612252). VISA payments made by credit card, with applicable fees, are also available. Unless otherwise instructed in advance, all billing will be directed to counsel. Counsel and parties are jointly responsible for payment of all fees.

Cancellation and Postponement Fees

Cancellation and postponement fees are applicable beginning when a matter has been confirmed to the parties for session, in writing, via email, facsimile, and/or regular mail. Standard sessions postponed within ten business days from the scheduled session are billed at $297.50, and postponements more than ten business days from the scheduled session are billed at $100.00. All postponement fees are billed to the party requesting postponement.

In the event that a session is cancelled and not rescheduled within ten business days of the scheduled session, the full standard hearing fee of $595.00 for an arbitration and $995.00 for a four hour mediation and is payable by each party. Cancellations more than ten business days from the scheduled session are billed at 50% of the standard hearing fee, payable by each party. This applies to both settled and unsettled cases.

In the event that a full day session is cancelled within ten business days, the full fee of $1,795.00 per scheduled session day is payable by each party. Cancellations more than ten business days and less than twenty business days are billed at $897.50 per party, and cancellations more than twenty business days are billed at $595.00 per party.

Fees are subject to change.

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