Hello Edward,My name isXXXXX a licensed attorney and former certified mediator (both general civil and family law). Glad to try and help out.Sure sorry for the circumstances, truly. My heart goes out to you.Accordingly, I'm pleased to share the following good news with you. Yes, I would encourage you to be absolutely forthcoming with your attorney and to present your argument in the mediation session. Here's why I say so. In terms of your legal counsel, your attorney is under a number of important duties toward you in terms of communication. These come down (mainly) to obligations to keep you informed along the way of representation and to explain things to you as they arise in the case. Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4. If he or she isn't privy to the full and complete details, however, it wold be analogous to seeing a physician, expecting an accurate diagnosis, yet withholding a few crucial symptoms. In other words, the only way you can get your money's worth from your lawyer is to be absolutely upfront and practice full disclosure. Also, remember you're protected by the incredibly powerful attorney-client privilege and ethical duty of confidentiality. Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6. Finally, and here's probably the best part, you get a "clean slate" should things break down in the mediation session. In other words, the mediator is only permitted to report back to the Court whether or not an agreement was reached. He or she is prohibited from sharing the details of what took place during the mediation session with anyone, even including the Court. Ohio Revised Code § 2710.07. I can tell you from first-hand family law and civil litigation mediation experience that this is taken very seriously. So, having said all of that, here's the botXXXXX XXXXXne. The final call is entirely yours to make, but the wisest approach would be to practice complete transparency with your attorney and to also take full advantage of the mediation as a golden opportunity to put forward your very best foot, so to speak.
If you have a follow-up question or need clarification, please just say the word by using "reply" to reach me. You're obviously an accomplished articulate person who has endured more than enough throughout this ordeal. You deserve to be treated properly, and I truly hope all works out for you.Take care,Ben, J.D.
My reaching out was prompted by my attorney's not responding to questions I have asked him to respond to over the past month about preparations prior to this mediation that the court has reset two times already. But, I have provided him with complete case research and documentations that I feel certain he has never received from a client and is so confident that he may feel no additional effort will be or is required.
But, you have provided me with the confidence I needed in a very simple rule I have always followed in my passed professional Jet Pilot career. Allways error on the side of being honest and you will always win in the long run. FYI: Ben, there is a publishing company and writer that is negotiating my life story with me now. It should be in press in the near future. I am now sending this information to my lawyer. Thanks again Ben for your professional knowledge and you may now close our case. ED
Hello again Edward,
Thanks for writing back..great to hear from you!
You are most welcome..my pleasure entirely!
It makes my day to know that my answers have been helpful to you. I do thank you so much for taking the time to express your appreciation with such kind words.
Hang in there, and I'll hold a good thought for brighter days ahead!
Hi Ben, I forwarded our question and answer to my Attorney and still have not heard from my attorney. Hope hear Monday before our Mediation Tuesday at 1;00 PM. I hope the mediator will allow me to request the police department have someone who knows CPR standy by during the mediation, as I am so traumatized by this evil woman, I do not want to suffer a heart attack during the mediation.
Thank you so much for the kindness of your favorable rating!
I shall hold a good thought that all goes smoothly.
Hang in there...I'm sure sorry for this incredible stress!
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