Texas Online Mediation Services

MEDIATION SERVICES

Attorney Tom King is Texas' pioneer of online mediation services for family, CPS, civil, elder, employment and small claims disputes. Email this page to all mediation parties, attorneys and paralegals to review the below information:


    1. Mediation Scheduling

    2. Mediation Payment

    3. Mediation Preparation

    4. Mediation Participation

    5. Mediation After-Action

MEDIATION SCHEDULING


Half-Day Mediation Sessions ($250/party)

Mediator Tom King offers statewide online mediation of family, CPS, elder and civil mediation matters. These 4 hour sessions are weekdays at 9 am, 1 pm and 6 pm at $250 per party and payment is due immediately. Weekends are available by special appointment at $500 per party. You will receive a calendar invite and confirming email. Payment is due that day; however, only the mediator cancel a session. Sessions cancelled less than 7 days in advance are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. Click here to book now.


Drive-By MSA Sessions ($125/Party)

Mediator Tom King offers Drive-By MSA Sessions when parties have at least one lawyer involved to submit both the agreed (but unsigned) order and an agreed MSA outlining said order. These 30 minute online sessions are weekdays at 8 am or 5 pm at $125 per party. You will receive a calendar invite and confirming email. Payment is due that day; however, only the mediator cancel a session. Sessions cancelled less than 7 days in advance are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. Click here to book now.


No-Shows & Agreed Orders to Mediate

The parties agree that if on the day of mediation Party X has not paid for mediation, Party Y will be responsible at that time for Party X's cost of mediation and Party X on final orders will be responsible to fully reimburse Party Y for the cost of both Party X and Y's mediation fee, plus Party Y's reasonable attorneys fees. Parties are encouraged to use and file our "Agreed Order to Mediate" in either Microsoft Word format or PDF format which includes this language.


Using Our Mediation Apps

If you use our mediation mobile app or mediation watch app, have the judge PUT THE MEDIATION SPECIFICS IN THE ORDER (i.e., "... with Mediator Tom King (tomking.com) on [insert date & time]" or use our above "Agreed Order to Mediate" form. That way parties (a) are less likely to cancel mediation date since they would be violating an order; (b) parties will have access to all the mediation preparation instructions; and (c) you can file for enforcement of the Judge's order and pursue legal fees and sanction for the violating party.

MEDIATION PAYMENT

METHOD: Payment by each party is due TODAY via Zelle Quickpay, Venmo (TomKingHouston), or Cash App ($TomInTexas). Contact these vendors directly for instructions on how to use their service. You can look up Attorney & Mediator Tom King in these payment systems via his cell phone number of "7134492000" or his email address of tom@tomking.com. Again, the desire is for the parties (not the attorneys/law firms) to handle payment directly to us.

COST: Half-Day mediations weekdays at 9 am, 1 pm or 6 pm are $250 per party. Drive-By MSAs weekdays during the 8 am or 5 pm hours are $125 per party and require at least one attorneys involvement. Important: Be sure to include the date and time of your mediation in the memo field of your payment.

CANCELLATIONS: Sessions rescheduled less than 7 days prior are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. No exceptions.

MEDIATION PREPARATION

Everyone should complete the mediation preparation requirements in "Tom King Mediation" mobile app or below 3+ days prior to your mediation. Also, attorneys and paralegals should install our mobile app, download our Resources and sign up for our free CLE events.


Requirements for Parent-Child Cases:

1. Parties should install the "Tom King Mediation" mobile app and review the simplified, related legal terminology prior to mediation.

2. Exchange your most recent tax return and either (a) your most recent paycheck stub (if you are employed) or (b) your previously 12 monthly statements for your financial accounts (if you are self employed).

3. Exchange proof of health coverage on the children and the costs associated with covering just the children (not you and the children). Also, advise if a child's change of last name or paternity is at issue.

4. Exchange your estimated child support obligation if you become the non-custodial parent. See the Texas OAG Child Support Calculator and Guidelines.

5. OPTIONAL: Consider using SplitSmart.com for simplified parenting plans, schedules and low-to-no conflict approaches to child support.


Requirements for Property Cases:

1. Parties should install the "Tom King Mediation" mobile app and review the simplified, related legal terminology prior to mediation.

2. Exchange statements for all financial accounts for the first and most recent month of the marriage. This includes all banking, savings, pension, retirement, military and debt accounts.

3. Exchange a list of all property and debts, indicating the party name associated with the obligation. This includes all property, vehicle and student loan debt.

4. Confirm if there will be a name change requested by a party.

5. OPTIONAL: Consider using SplitSmart.com to streamline financial disclosures and organization of assets and debts for efficient and transparent property division negotiations and settlements.


Requirements for Drive-By MSA Mediations:

Mediator Tom King must receive in advance in Microsoft Word format both your proposed final order and your Mediated Settlement Agreement (MSA) that summaries this order with the following included in your MSA.

1. DIGITAL SIGNATURES: The parties agree that the use of original digital signatures, collected by all signees, occurred contemporaneously during today's mediation session. Further, the parties agree that the use of such signatures shall not be used as a basis to invalidate this Mediated Settlement Agreement, its exhibits if such exist, the resulting order or any aspects regarding the validity of the settlement of this matter.

2. NO LEGAL ADVICE FROM MEDIATOR: The parties agree that at no time did mediator Thomas A. King provide any legal advice to any of the participants and that if any of the parties appeared Pro Se (without representation), they were aware of their option to hire representation to assist them, but instead chose to participate Pro Se.

3. MEDIATION: Should further mediation be required, the parties agree to use mediator Thomas A. King at $250 per party per 4 hours of mediation.

4. ARBITRATION: Should arbitration of this mediation be necessary, the parties agree to use mediator Thomas A. King in an additional 30-minute mediation session for $125 per party.

5. MEDIATOR SIGNATURE BLOCK: Mediator Thomas A. King, SBN 00784398, 713-449-2000, tom@tomking.com.

MEDIATION PARTICIPATION

1. Accept the calendar invite with the online video conferencing information. This will also be sent out 6 hours prior to the mediation.

2. Have proof of your mediation payment method and date ready.

3. Each person will need access to their own email via phone, tablet or PC to electronically sign the agreement.

MEDIATION AFTER-ACTION

The party responsible for all post-mediation responsibilities will be the Petitioner -- unless the Respondent is the only party represented by an attorney, in which case the Respondent will handle these post-mediation responsibilities. These responsibilities include all efiling (should Mediator Tom King's efiling during mediation get rejected), drafting, proving up and collecting of signatures.

MEDIATION APPS

Lawyers, paralegals and parties can also use our technology apps for smart phones, tablets, watches and desktop browsers on your PC to streamline completion of the above steps. For more information, visit our Mediation Apps page.