Start Me Up

Start Me Up: Setting up your mediation practice from scratch

Live webinar (two hours) – Date TBA

Whether you are a lawyer or a paralegal, the changes in the way we litigate require a good knowledge of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is quickly becoming the norm in most Superior Court litigation, and increasingly in Small Claims Court and Family Court litigation. Many legal practitioners are now taking formal training in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

So…you’ve taken your training and you’ve caught the bug. You want to be a mediator. This may be a part-time pursuit in addition to your legal practice, or you might want to make this a full-time career. Even retired members of the bench are going this route. But where do you start?

Every start-up business – and yes, being a mediator is a business – has an uphill curve, from making that initial decision to enter the field all the way up to having a busy and established practice. But whether you have only one mediation booked over the next year, or you have five mediations booked each week, you will need to have your practice set up to be efficient and to support your efforts. Websites, online scheduling calendars, offices, equipment, liability insurance, Zoom and teleconference capabilities – all of these are necessary building blocks that allow you to run your practice successfully.

This webinar will show you the steps you need to take to start from scratch, and will show you how to do all, or most of it yourself with a minimum financial burden. Even if you end up seeking professional assistance in setting up your practice, this webinar will help you make good decisions that will minimize your costs and let you focus on mediating.

The program will cover:

  1. Accreditation and membership in professional associations
  2. Choosing a business structure – sole proprietorship or corporation
  3. Choosing a business name and registering it
  4. Banking arrangements
  5. Fee structures and billing systems
  6. Mediation agreements
  7. Required mediation documentation including Mandatory Mediation reports
  8. Office space and/or mailing addresses
  9. Business equipment
  10. Websites – choosing and registering a domain and building your site
  11. Setting up effective email including automated mailings
  12. Electronic document receipt and management including remote signing
  13. Online scheduling calendars
  14. Third-party mediation facilities
  15. Marketing your practice including social media
  16. Booking mediations for your customers/clients
  17. Billing and managing accounts receivable (and payable)

This program contains 2 hours of Professionalism Content.