CORONAVIRUS & VIDEOCONFERENCING
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, live attendance at mediations has become an issue. If you, your client or the other side have concerns about attending a mediation live or are unable to travel to the mediation, I have the capability to conduct mediations by videoconferencing using SKYPE or ZOOM. (I can also conduct mediation by telephone conference calling.)
SKYPE and ZOOM apps are free to download and are easy to operate, although I prefer ZOOM as I think it is the more stable platform.
Based upon my research, I believe that ZOOM is safe as long as you take common precautions such as email invitations and password protection. The incidences of hacking appear to be where people have placed the invitations on Facebook or Twitter and do not password control the meeting. To my knowledge, no mediator has had a problem with ZOOM.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
- You will need a desk top computer, laptop, iPad or even smart phone, with a built-in camera, microphone and speaker. (Today you will be hard pressed to find a computer that does not have these features.)
- You need to be connected to the internet.
- You need to download the ZOOM app (free download at “zoom.us”).
- If your clients are attending separately, they will need the above also.
If you have any questions about these options, please contact me for more information.
Remember: Absent a court order, you will typically need the agreement of the other side to have someone attend by phone or video as the rules require live attendance. However, in today’s environment, many of my mediations are switching to videoconferencing.