Texas Online Mediator Tom King, J.D.

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 4.0 hour sessions are weekdays at 9 am, 1 pm and 6 pm. The cost of $250 per party is due the day of booking (see below). Saturdays at 9 am 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 for when parties have a lawyer involved who can submit both the uncontested (but unsigned) final order and a MSA which matches the proposed final order per the below instructions. These 30 minute online sessions are are weekdays at 8 am or 5 pm. The cost of $125 per party (see below). 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.

MEDIATION PAYMENT

METHOD: Payment by each party is due TODAY via Zelle Quickpay, Venmo (TomKingHouston), Cash App ($TomInTexas) or Google Pay. 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.

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.

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.