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FAQ: Are You Licensed in States Beyond New York?

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No. Although I did my first year of law school at the University of Pittsburgh, sued a prior employer in Texas, and have supported my given and chosen family members through legal matters in Kentucky, I chose to focus on New York law, when I graduated from the State University of New York University at Buffalo…

201705.12
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FAQ: What Goals Can Be Achieved Through Mediation?

There are a number of goals that can be achieved through mediation. Yet some of the most common ones that parties have when they seek mediation to resolve their disputes are: Facilitated discussion that leads to more complete understanding of the true issues Avoidance of stalemates or other losses of working relationships Avoidance of litigation and…

201705.05
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FAQ: How Do I Conquer My Money Fears?

I have been there, and I revisit these fears on occasion–probably even more often than I care to admit. I still have student loan debt that I hope to pay off before I retire. I haven’t found health insurance that is worth the exorbitant costs, and I only recently paid off an emergency room bill from when I had catastrophic…

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FAQ: What Do You Say to People Who Dismiss Holistic, Integrative Law As Weird?

I get variations on this question a lot. Sometimes, I say something to the effect of, “Some people, who haven’t tried and benefited from Integrative Law, might have a difficult time imagining that it works. I invite them to try it, as there is very little risk, especially when considering the alternatives (e.g., continued litigation,…

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FAQ: What Does It Mean to Be a “Neutral”?

Neutrals are third-parties. They aren’t part of the dispute to be arbitrated or mediated, and they aren’t likely to be significantly impacted by any resolution the primary parties create. Unlike your mom, who benefited from a quiet home when you and your sibling stopped fighting, the neutral typically receives no direct benefit from the resolution…

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FAQ: Can I Choose a Mediator with Industry Experience?

Of Course! Mediation is all about the parties having a choice and the power they need to create their own resolutions. There are some disputes that involve complex issues, such as patents or engineering, and you might have greater confidence in a mediator who knows the lingo. In ethnic or religious conflicts, the parties might…