Family lawyers on the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Listserv (a discussion group) have been discussing mediation this past week. Some lawyers think it's unfair to be billed by a mediator when a mediation is cancelled or rescheduled. Others think it's not fair to be billed for "administrative tasks." I admit that I objected when a GAL agreed upon by the parties billed $150/hour for sending a form letter to the parties. I'd feel the same way if I were billed $150/hour for the sending of a mediator's notice of mediation.
James J. Harrington III of Novi, www.jjharringtonlaw.com, an outstanding Michigan family lawyer, had some valuable thoughts that he agreed to let me share with you. I concur with his analysis.