Eldercare PicOne of the questions I get asked by those interested in starting a career as a mediator is, “What does it pay?”

The answer is not as easy as they suspect. Different niches not only pay different amounts but also pay differently. For example, EEO cases I’ve done for federal agencies expect a flat fee, typically a day rate. On the other hand, my divorcing clients expect to pay an hourly rate.

Next, it depends upon the type of case you mediate. Two party/single issue cases are typically the easiest and therefore pay the least. Magistrate court would be an example of these cases. A two party/multiple issues case is often harder, resulting in higher fees. Divorce is a typical example.

Elder-care mediation can represent some of the harder cases, ranging from being a multi-party/single issue case, to a multi-party/multiple issues case. There can be a lot going on in elder-care cases, not the least of which is the history of the family dynamics played out right before your eyes as age-old scars and rivalries dance around the question: “What should we do about Mom (or Dad)?”

On my next “Talk with an Expert” webinar, I will talk with expert Elder Law attorney Debra Robinson. I will ask her about the difference between a revocable living trust and an irrevocable trust. We will cover the topics of advance directive for health care, living will and durable power of attorney for health care. In addition, we will go over the critical issues of paying for long term care: what are the standard options families discuss? And, find out what is better for managing bank accounts: joint owner or for accommodation only?

While mediators are not subject matter experts, nor can they give advice or solve problems for the parties, they need to have enough information to understand the issues and industry “jargon” to, at least, be able to ask relevant questions. If nothing else, a good mediator should be able to recognize when to end a session to have parties acquire accurate information necessary to negotiate on their own behalf and make informed decisions around their best interests.

Join us on our next “Talk with an Expert” webinar. What you learn just might improve your listening skills at the mediation table.

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30 mins CE — GODR

Author: Dr. Rick Voyles

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