Mediation is where a neutral third party (the mediator) helps the parties discuss and hopefully resolve the issue(s). Litigation on the other hand is when a lawsuit has been filed against someone and the issue(s) are solved by a Judge.
Yes, mediation can happen voluntarily, meaning you have not been ordered by the court do so or involuntary, meaning litigation is occurring and the parties have been ordered by the court to mediate before trial.
At the end of mediation the attorney will draft a summary of all the terms the parties agreed on. The parties can take this summary to a different law office and have them draft the agreement.
A flat fee is an amount that is charged upfront and does not change based on the work performed. A retainer is an amount that is deposited into a trust account that is billed once per month based on the work performed and the attorney and legal assistant’s hourly rate.
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At the consultation the attorney will listen to the situation you are currently in and look at any documents that have already been filed if you have a pending case. The attorney will tell you if you have an applicable claim and what they can do to help you based on the facts of the case. The attorney will then quote you a retainer or flat fee amount that you are to pay if you wish to hire the attorney to perform the work they spoke about during the consultation.
At the end of a consultation the attorney will quote you either a flat fee or retainer price. This is the price to hire the attorney to do the work they discussed in the consultation. Once the fee is paid the attorney will begin working on your case. The consultation fee is not the flat fee or retainer price to hire the attorney to perform legal work for you.