Longabaugh Law Offices

Mediation

Services

Each of the services listed below usually results in signed documents that can be incorporated into final court pleadings. For an additional charge, we can prepare these pleadings for you if both parties are unrepresented.

Getting Started

  1. Call us at 967-6800 to arrange a free consultation, or arrange one online.
  2. If you decide to retain us, you will be given paperwork to fill out in preparation for your Mediation session.
  3. Fill out the paperwork and return it to us along with your payment at least 3 business days prior to your session.
  4. Attend your Mediation session.
  5. You will receive forms that outline the resolved issues and any issues that remain.
  6. If all issues have been resolved, you will be given the oppurtunity to have us draft your final court pleadings.
  7. If you haven't resolved everything, you can choose to have the mediator decide those remaining issues.

Why Mediate?

  1. Mediation is cheaper than litigation.
  2. Because you know better than any judge what's best for you and your family.
  3. Mediated divorces usually end in a matter of days, not months.
  4. A quicker divorce is usually less expensive than a long, drawn out divorce.
  5. Studies show that parties who mediate rather than litigate generally get along better post-divorce.
  6. By the way, have we mentioned that mediation is cheaper and faster?

Top Ten Reasons to Mediate

  1. You Can Take a Test Drive
    Trusting your mediation matter to an unknown individual is stressful. However, we make it just a little bit easier on you by offering you the unique oppurtunity to visit with us before you decide to hire us. All you need to do is call our office and arrange an initial consultation. We give you our pitch, and you can take as long as you'd like to decide whether or not to hire us. All at no charge to you.

  2. You Can Mediate Even if You are in the Middle of Litigation
    One of the most convenient aspects of mediation is that you can choose to undergo mediation at any point in your case - the beginning, the middle or even right before the end. So, don't be afraid to take charge of your runaway case - call us!

  3. Our Mediators are Impartial and Non-Judgmental
    In sensitive cases, emotions run high and attorneys are paid to represent their client's interests vigorously. The mediator works with both parties in an effort to create a solution to your issue. The mediator does not judge or favor one party over the other. We provide a safe and neutralizing environment so as to best facilitate a resolution to your problems.

  4. You Can Tell Your Story - Uninterrupted
    In mediation, you have uninterrupted time to tell your story - to share your reasons for the resolution you seek. If you are in litigation, your story's weight is dependent on evidence, case law, court rules and procedures. Mediation is your chance to bring to light what you believe is important - and you are not bound by the rules of the court.

  5. Our Mediators Want You to Resolve Your Matter
    Our mediators will guide and focus your issues, talk you through different approaches and concepts, and offer you innovative solutions to often complex emotional issues. We just want you to come one step closer to living your real life - and to not suffer any more in the life of angst and uncertainty of litigation.

  6. Our Mediators are Lawyers
    Our mediators are licensed to practice law in Nevada, and are highly trained in the area of mediation practice. We have handled mediation matters involving divorce, child custody and relocation. By hiring a mediator who is also a lawyer, you get the benefit of years of training and experience with the laws of Nevada.

  7. Even Though We're Lawyers, We Speak Your Language
    Mediators will listen to your concerns and give answers to your questions in a language you will understand. We can't expect you to know legal terms relating to your matter, just as a doctor can't expect you to know the technical terminology relating to healthcare. And if there's anything you just don't understand - we have plenty of time to get on the same page.

  8. Mediation Can Resolve Matters that Courts Often Won't
    Mediators can hear all sides of an issue - at one time. Courts are often limited to the issues brought before them by a motion. Mediators can help you decide such matters as what religion your children will be brought up in, what schools your child should be enrolled in, which extended relatives your children should be allowed to see, etc. Courts don't often make these rulings because they are decisions to be made by parents. Mediators can step into these areas because you want them to be decided.

  9. One Stop Shopping
    In addition to mediating your dispute, we also offer another service - we can draft all the legal paperwork necessary to make your agreement legally binding. This avoids you having to take the essence of your agreement to another attorney - and potentially re-opening your matter if the new attorney doesn't understand key aspects of your agreement.

  10. What do you have to Lose?
    Mediation is just another tool you can use to settle your dispute. If you come to the table and the result is an agreement, you win (and certainly save yourself plenty of money in legal fees). If you come to the table and leave just as frustrated, you also win, mainly because now you are armed with knowledge and understanding of just how far you have left to go before you can resolve your matter. At the end of the day, you always leave with more than you came in with.

Two "beautiful minds" can get to YES

What do Harvard Law School and Hollywood have to do with your dispute? The explanation is a little dry, but here goes:

Important Note - there's an old saying that you will be far happier eating a sausage if you don't know anything about how it's made. If you'd rather not know where our mediation techniques originated, simply move on to the other parts of this brochure.

Mediation and Arbitration services are based on influences from both the Harvard Negotiation Project and the game-theory principles developed by mathematician John Nash, whose life was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, "A Beautiful Mind".

Techniques presented at the Harvard Mediation and Negotiation workshops are substantially based on "Getting to YES", a reference book written by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton dealing with win-win negotiation.

In areas of family law mediation and arbitration where parties must cooperate to achieve optimal resolutions, the "Getting to YES" principles help Longabaugh Law Offices ("LLO") steer the parties past positional bargaining and toward a focus on the parties' interests, not their initial bargaining positions. Further, the LLO staff emphasizes creating options for mutual gain - in other words, making the family "pie" larger. Issues regarding child custody and visitation, for example, offer many opportunities for expanding the pie.

Traditional negotiation theory emphasized the concept that if each party sought to maximize their own result, the optimum result for both parties would be reached. John Nash, in his doctoral thesis, suggested that the optimum result could only be reached if the two parties worked to maximize their combined result.

The Nash Equilibrium, as it became known, is applicable to family law cases where there are only two parties. Those cases, however, are the exception. Virtually every family law dispute involves multiple parties such as children, grandparents, schools, churches, real estate agents, and creditors. At LLO, we work with the two primary parties, i.e., the two "Beautiful Minds", to maximize the overall solution for everyone while insuring that the parties balance their own needs with that of the third parties.

It sounds more complicated than it is. Rest assured, most of the techniques we employ will be transparent to you as you settle your dispute. For nearly all LLO clients, it's less important to know how the "sausage is made" than it is for the "sausage to taste good" in the end.

Contact us to set up your free consultation!