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Frequently Asked Questions

I Welcome Your Questions

What is mediation?
Mediation is a confidential, voluntary dispute resolution process. The mediator, who is neutral, guides the parties toward their own solution. The mediator helps everyone define the issues clearly, understand the other’s position, and brainstorm possibilities for resolution.
Where do you hold in-person mediations?
I mediate at the Texas Justice Center, 4900 Fournace Place, Suite 200 in Bellaire, Texas 77401. I am happy to travel to an agreed upon location to host the mediation. Interested in online mediation? Let’s talk about it.
What is online mediation?
Online mediation allows the participants to mediate from any location where they have access to the internet and a computer, tablet, or smart phone. The online videoconferencing platform allows for the parties to be in private rooms with their attorneys, attend joint sessions as well as private sessions, and allows the parties to share their screens and collaborate on documents. For more information, see my blog post on online mediation.
What types of cases do you mediate?
I mediate non-family, civil matters. These matters are typically pending in state or federal court, although I also mediate pre-litigation disputes.
When do you mediate?
I offer full and half-day mediations; typically, these are scheduled Monday through Friday. A morning mediation begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.; the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. If you require a weekend or evening session, please contact me at 713.435.9258 or by email at heather@mcfarlanemediations.com.
Do you provide meals?
Mediation should be as comfortable as possible. I provide snacks and drinks for all in-person mediations and lunch for full-day in-person mediations.
How much do you charge?
The cost of mediation depends on the complexity of the issues and the amount in controversy. My rate includes pre-mediation preparation and meeting, and it also includes follow-up if the parties do not settle the day of our mediation. Please contact me to discuss the cost of mediation.