Seidl & Seidl, P.L.C.
Attorney and Mediator
Comments on Profession
When I first learned of Mediation back in 1986 during the Farm crisis, I was extremely skeptical of its value in resolving conflict. Then I participated in mediations and experienced a complete change of mind. When Difficult issues were discussed with respect, and each party came prepared, decisions, often with very creative solutions, were able to be reached in a timely manner and at a fraction of the cost of going to trial. The biggest benefit of Mediation was the emotional relief which was evident for each of the parties when decisions were reached rather than allowed to drag on. The best solutions are those created by the parties in reliance on the good counsel of their attorneys and aided by a skilled mediator. Build Your House: As a mediator my role is to help You build Your Agreement. You have to own it, live with it, and be satisfied with your results. It’s not MY house – It’s YOUR house!
Bachelor Degree: 1978 Political Science Creighton University J.D.: 1981 Juris Doctorate Creighton University
Areas of Training
Family Mediation Training Certification In Iowa City with Annie Tucker and Steve Sovern in 2004. Aging Issues Certification 2014 through training with Terry Parsons in Grinnell, Iowa as part of the Iowa Association of Mediators Mediation Summer Camp. I also participated as one of the trainers in that training program.
My original mediation training took place in 2004. In 2014 I obtained Certification in Aging Issues Mediation. I am presently a Roster mediator with regard to Divorce, Dissolution, Modifications and Contempts in the Sixth Judicial District. Aside from mediation, I am engaged in the General Practice of law, including Guardianship and Conservatorship Matters, Social Security Disability, Family Law, Juvenile matters, adoptions, terminations and Probate. My past experience includes Trial Practice consisting of personal injury litigation, malpractice, product liability and other matters. For three years during the Farm crisis in Iowa I was a Regional Attorney with the Farm Credit System. I am a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Linn County Bar Association and have served as a member and/or Officer of the Linn County Bar Association Board of Governors since 2013. For several years I have served as Member and Organizer of Marion Metro Kiwanis, Member of the Marion Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as on the advisory boards of The Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids, Marion Senior Living Community and Cedar Rapids Birthright.
Date of Initial Mediation Training
Mediation Training Hours
Dissolutions, Modifications and Contempt Matters: Flat Fee Mediation Session Plus Memorandum of Mediation: Each Party shall pay, in advance, a Flat Fee of $250 (total of $500). This flat fee includes two hours of mediation, and up to one hour of drafting of the Memorandum of Mediation along with e-filing the Certificate of Attendance. Payment. The total amount of the Flat Fee specified above shall be paid one week in advance of the mediation session. Check, cash, and Visa and MasterCard are acceptable. Such fees are generally divided evenly between the parties, unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties. Extending a Mediation Session. In the event the parties and Mediator decide to mediate past the initial two hour session, each party shall pay $100 per hour, in advance, either for the immediate continuation of the Mediation Session, or, for scheduling of the continued Mediation Session. Each party shall be jointly and severally liable for all fees incurred beyond the initial two hour session at the rate of $100 per hour per party. Memorandum of Mediation. In the event the Mediator anticipates the drafting of the Memorandum of Mediation will require significant complexity as to specific terms, timelines, conditions etc. and involve in excess of 1 hour of drafting time, the mediator will inform the parties of this and provide them with both a firm estimate of the time expected, the specific cost; and the option to proceed with a more detailed Memorandum of Mediation. Litigation and Personal Injury; Aging Issues, Elder Abuse and Elder Law Issues Mediation: The parties shall agree to pay $1500 for 1/2 day (3 hours) Session and $2500 for a full day (6 hours) Session which shall include up to 2 hours of preparation time in advance of the Mediation; and, up to 2 hours of drafting with regard to the Memorandum of Mediation. Fees as specified above must be paid at least one week in advance of the Mediation and/or specified and incorporated in a court order authorizing the mediation and approving the Mediation Agreement and payment of all Mediator’s time and expenses. Aging Issues, Elder Abuse and Elder Law Issues Mediation: The parties shall agree to pay $1500 for 1/2 day (3 hours) Session and $2500 for a full day (6 hours) Session which shall include up to 2 hours of preparation time in advance of the Mediation; and, up to 2 hours of drafting with regard to the Memorandum of Mediation. Fees as specified above must be paid at least one week in advance of the Mediation and/or specified and incorporated in a court order authorizing the mediation and approving the Mediation Agreement and payment of all Mediator’s time and expenses.
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