ONLINE MEDIATION WITH TOM KING, J.D.

See the following information below on this page:


  1. Mediation Scheduling

  2. Mediation Payment

  3. Mediation Preparation

  4. Mediation Participation

MEDIATION SCHEDULING

Half-Day Mediation Sessions ($300/party)

These 4-hour sessions are weekdays at 9 am, 1 pm and 6 pm at $300 per party. You will receive a calendar invite and confirming email. Payment is due that day; however, only the mediator can reschedule or cancel a session. Sessions cancelled less than 7 days in advance are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. Click here to book now. Follow special preparation instructions below.


Drive-By MSA Sessions ($125/Party)

These 30-minute sessions are weekdays during the 8 am or 5 pm hours at $125 per party. You will receive a calendar invite and confirming email. Payment is due that day; however, only the mediator can reschedule or cancel a session. Sessions cancelled less than 7 days in advance are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. Click here to book now. Follow special preparation instructions below.


Arbitrations of Mediated Settlement Agreements ($175/Party)

These 60-minute sessions are weekdays during the 8 am or 5 pm hours at $175 per party. You will receive a calendar invite and confirming email. Payment is due that day; however, only the mediator can reschedule or cancel a session. Sessions cancelled less than 7 days in advance are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded. Click here to book now. Follow special preparation instructions below.


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.

MEDIATION PAYMENT

METHOD & COST: Payment by each party is due TODAY via Zelle Quickpay, Venmo (TomKingHouston), or Cash App ($TomInTexas). 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. The desire is for the parties themselves to handle payment directly to us. Contact these vendors or search on YouTube for instructions on how to use their service.


  • Half-Day Mediations (9 am, 1 pm or 6 pm for 4 hours): $300 per party

  • Drive-By Mediati8ons (8 am or 5 pm hours for 30-Minutes): $125 per party

  • Arbitration of Mediation (8 am or 5 pm for 60-minutes): $175 per party


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS & CANCELLATIONS: Include the date and time of your mediation in the memo field of your payment. Sessions rescheduled less than 7 days prior are rescheduled within 30 days, but never refunded.

MEDIATION PREPARATION

Mediation Preparation In General:

  1. Be sure all parties have paid TODAY per our updated pricing policies and have proof ready at the start of mediation.

  2. Be sure we have all party, paralegal and attorney email address for the calendar invite for all to accept.

  3. Be sure all participants accept the calendar invite which contains the online video conferencing link for mediation.

  4. Be sure all sides have exchanged mediation-necessary information at least three days prior to mediation.

  5. Be sure all legal professionals download/install our Legal Resources to assist with mediation and practice in general.

  6. Be sure all legal professionals have installed our mobile, browser and watch apps to their mobile devices and browsers.

  7. Be sure all parties have installed our mobile app and reviewed the "Parties" page of family law terminology (if applicable).

  8. Attorneys should submit a Mediation Memorandum per the "Mediation Memorandum Drafting Help Sheet".

  9. Mediation check in online is 15 prior to your scheduled mediation and many of the below items take take 7+ days to obtain.


Mediation Preparation for Cases Involving Children:

  1. Be sure all participants have exchanged the most recent annual income information and estimated child support calculations.

  2. Be sure all participants have exchanged proof for any back-owed child support including an OAG payment history printout.

  3. Be sure all participants have exchange the cost of health insurance for ONLY THE CHILDREN on a parent's policy.

  4. Be sure all participants have exchanged proof for any medical reimbursement claims or issues.

  5. Legal Professionals should also review our Texas Modern Mediation Toolkit for help sheets on related parent-child issues.

  6. OPTIONAL: All sides should consider SplitSmart to streamline preparation of family law cases and this mediation.


Mediation Preparation for Cases Involving Property Division:

  1. Be sure all participants have exchanged the list of all assets including:

      • Marital residence and other real estate

      • Vehicles including year, make, model and VIN

      • Retirement Accounts including monthly statements for the months of marriage and last month

      • Vehicles including the year, make, model, name on the loan and name on the vehicle

      • Personal & Household Belongings (including major furniture, electronics, firearms, etc.)

  2. Be sure all participants have exchanged the monthly statements for the month of marriage and most recent month for all financial, military, 401K, pension and other forms of investment and/or retirement accounts.

  3. Be sure all participants have exchanged the list of all liabilities including the latest monthly statements for all mortgages, loans, debts, credit cards, etc.

  4. If you have plead for a disproportionate share of the estate, exchange and bring to mediation your clear and convincing evidence that justifies your pleading(s).

  5. Legal Professionals should also review our Texas Modern Mediation Toolkit for help sheets on related property issues.

  6. OPTIONAL: All sides should consider SplitSmart to streamline preparation of family law cases and this mediation.


Requirements for Modifications:

  1. All parties should have completed the "Mediation Preparation for Cases Involving Children".

  2. All sides need to be prepared to discuss the "Materials & Substantial Change" requirement for Modifications.

  3. Legal Professionals should also review our Texas Modern Mediation Toolkit for help sheets on Modifications.


Requirements for Drive-By MSA Mediations:

  1. We must receive payment at the time of scheduling.

  2. We must receive the MS Word draft of the Mediated Settlement Agreement, the corresponding Exhibit 1 and MS Word of your Final Order 24 hours prior to mediation.

  3. If you draft your own (rather than using my template), be sure it includes the following standalone paragraph in ALL CAPS (click here for MS Word version):

      • REGARDING THIS MEDIATOR AND MEDIATION: (1) THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THE USE OF ORIGINAL DIGITAL SIGNATURES, COLLECTED BY ALL SIGNEES, OCCURRED CONTEMPORANEOUSLY DURING TODAY'S MEDIATION SESSION; (2) 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; (3) 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” REPRESENTING THEMSELVES, THEY WERE AWARE OF AND DECLINED THEIR OPTION TO HIRE REPRESENTATION TO ASSIST THEM, INSTEAD CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE PRO SE; (4) SHOULD FURTHER MEDIATION BE REQUIRED, THE PARTIES AGREE TO USE MEDIATOR THOMAS A. KING AT $300 PER PARTY PER 4 HOURS OF MEDIATION; (5) SHOULD ARBITRATION OF THIS MEDIATION BE NECESSARY, THE PARTIES AGREE TO USE MEDIATOR THOMAS A. KING IN AN ADDITIONAL 60-MINUTE ARBITRATION SESSION FOR $175 PER PARTY; (6) THE PARTIES AGREE THAT IF ADDITIONAL MEDIATION SESSIONS IN THIS MATTER ARE SCHEDULED, ANY PARTY WHO DOES NOT PAY FOR THEIR COST OF AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN THE SUBSEQUENTLY SCHEDULED MEDIATION ON THE DATE SCHEDULE, THAT PARTY WILL BE LIABLE FOR ALL MEDIATION COSTS OF BOTH PARTIES AND BE LIABLE FOR ALL REASONABLE COSTS TO COLLECT SAID PAYMENT/REIMBURSEMENT; AND (7) THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THEY WILL NOT POST ONLINE, INCLUDING IN ANY FORM OF SOCIAL MEDIATION, ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS MEDIATION OR MEDIATOR.

  4. SIGNATURE BLOCKS: Include the full legal name, cell phone number, email address and living address for all parties' signature blocks. Include the name, phone number, SBT number and email address for the attorneys. Don't include a place for the mediator to sign.

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.