How to Prepare for a Mediation in AZ

The Boy Scout’s motto - Be Prepared – applies to mediation in Phoenix AZ.   Below are four ideas of how you can prepare yourself for a successful mediation. 1.     Understand what is not worth fighting about. Before refusing to bend on an issue, ask yourself:  Is this an issue really worth fighting about, or is it something I am willing to concede to get some other benefit?  Some people spend thousands of dollars fighting over an issue worth fifty dollars.  If the issue is not worth thousands … [Read more...]

Should I use a Paralegal Instead of an Attorney for an Arizona Legal Action?

As a Family Law Attorney in Arizona, I am not a fan of people using paralegals in lieu of attorneys in most situations.  Paralegals are not allowed to give legal advice, so you may end up with forms that are procedurally correct, but inappropriate for your situation.  I have had to correct mistakes caused by using a paralegal on a number of occasions. People tend to use paralegals because they cannot afford attorneys.  First, if you just need forms, they are offered for free at the Maricopa … [Read more...]

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating your Arizona Divorce and You Believe That Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets?

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating Your Arizona Divorce , But You Think That Your Spouse May Have  Hidden Assets? Some parties to a divorce think that the other party has hidden assets.  It is true that people can, and undoubtedly have, successfully hidden assets before, whether involved in a litigated or mediated case.  Mediation can address complex issues, like hidden assets. At times, it is just a lack of information about the family finances that renders parties suspicious.  An open … [Read more...]

Are There Different Types of Mediations? – Phoenix Arizona

Generally there are  three types of mediation.  These would include Evaluative, Facilitative and Transformative Mediation. What is Evaluative Mediation? Evaluative mediation is a process that is based on using settlement conferences that are run by judges.  Attorneys will normally work with the court to select the mediator and are active participants in the mediation process.  Typically the parties are most often present at the mediation however the mediator may meet with the attorneys alone … [Read more...]

Arizona Mediation Resume – Alona M. Gottfried

Alona M. Gottfried Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC a Professional Limited Liability Company 8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Telephone (480) 998-1500   Facsimile (480) 998-6074 Alona@SGLawAZ.com AREAS OF PRACTICE Alternative Dispute Resolution:  Mediation, facilitation, collaborative divorce law, training, and employment investigations Law:  Family, employment and contract law EDUCATION Arizona State University College of Law Juris Doctorate, May, 1995  … [Read more...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
8160 E Butherus Dr, Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 776-8271