Real Estate Mediations and Dispute Resolution Services

To schedule a mediation, fill out our on-line intake form, or call or email our office.

What is Mediation? – Read below and review this article (link here) for additional information on mediation and compliance with the The California Association Of Realtors® Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”) requirement for pre-litigation mediation.

Mr. Lucas is a Mediator for voluntary dispute resolution – often required pursuant to purchase and lease agreements prior to filing a lawsuit or arbitration claim.  Mr. Lucas’ extensive legal background including trial experience and active work as a real estate broker provides mediation parties with distinctive insight and a unique ability to work with parties in all forms of discord.  Read Mr. Lucas full bio here.

Two Party Mediations are $975 total (generally split 50/50).  Separate spacious Newport Beach bay-view conference rooms are provided for each party, with complimentary coffee, water and Wi-Fi.  Mediations are three hours, generally mornings (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or afternoons (12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.).  Additional time and/or daily rates available.  See below for full pricing information. 

Mr. Lucas is also on the panel of mediators via the California Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers.  To learn more about the California Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers, or to schedule a mediation directly through that organization, click here.   

What is Mediation:

“Mediation” is a process in which a neutral third-party, i.e. Mr. Lucas, facilitates communication between the disputants to assist them in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.  Mediation is confidential, voluntary and non-binding – informal compared to court proceedings.  If no mutually agreeable resolution is achieved at mediation, the parties are free to pursue their otherwise available remedies, generally a lawsuit, arbitration or administrative action.  Any dispute can be mediated and resolutions are not always monetary.   Review this article (link here) for additional information on mediation and compliance with the The California Association Of Realtors® Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”) requirement for pre-litigation mediation.

Costs:

Two Party Mediations are $975 total (generally split 50/50, though the parties and/or the contract will determine).  Mediations are three hours, plus Mr. Lucas will review any briefs or materials sent in advance. 

There is no upfront fee and no deposit is required to schedule. 

Full payment is due two weeks prior to the mediation (with some exceptions for rush scheduling, etc.).  

Three or more parties requires a four hour mediation to allow sufficient time at $1,300 total.   Additional time (beyond the initial three or four hour allotment) is billed at $325 per hour in the same pro rata share as the initial fee, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.  Full day mediations are available for $2,000 total fee (up to four parties, each additional party is $200), including lunch.

Cancelation and Rescheduling Policy:

Two (2) weeks, or more, prior to the meditation = no cancelation or rescheduling fee.  Between two (2) weeks and four (4) calendar days prior to the meditation = $100 cancelation or rescheduling fee.  Three (3) calendar days, or less, prior to the meditation = $300 cancelation or rescheduling fee. 

Location and Facilities:

Separate spacious Newport Beach bay-view conference rooms are provided, with complimentary coffee, water and Wi-Fi.  

How To Start The Process:

Mediation generally starts with one party sending a “demand for mediation”, which can be a letter simply outlining the parties involved, a brief nature of the dispute, the proposed Mediator(s) and a reasonable deadline to respond.  Then the parties agree on a Mediator, and the Mediator generally sets a schedule.  Review this article (link here) for additional information on mediation and compliance with the The California Association Of Realtors® Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”) requirement for pre-litigation mediation.

Our office can assist with this process and coordinate the mediation.

Fill out our on-line intake form, or call or email our office.

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