Mediation

Plam Beach County, More on Mediation

Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE MEDIATION PROGRAM
SUITE 304 EAST
1601 BELVEDERE ROAD
WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33406
(877) 822-4084
www.palmbeachbar.org
PATIENCE A. BURNS, CAE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MEREDITH TRIM
DIRECTOR OF MEDIATION
REPLY TO:
MICHAEL J. NAPOLEONE
PRESIDENT
JOHN M. HOWE
PRESIDENT ELECT
C. WADE BOWDEN
ROBIN I. BRESKY
JASON J. GUARI
THEODORE S. KYPREOS
JAMES G. PRESSLY III
ADAM T. RABIN
JILL G. WEISS
JOHN R. WHITTLES
DIRECTORS
ALLISON L. KAPNER
YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION PRESIDENT
EDWARD D. REAGAN
NORTH COUNTY SECTION PRESIDENT
MICHELLE R. SUSKAUER
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
GREGORY W. COLEMAN
DAVID C. PRATHER
LISA S. SMALL
MICHELLE R. SUSKAUER
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS – FL BAR BOARD OF
GOVERNORS MEMBERS
THEODORE L. DISALVO
EX OFFICIO MEMBER – SOUTH COUNTY
BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT
RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PROGRAM – 15TH CIRCUIT
The Palm Beach County Bar Association has been appointed Program Manager to administer the
Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. The RMFM office is located at 1601
Belvedere Road, Suite 304 (on the same floor but a different office from the Bar office), West
Palm Beach, FL 33406. Mediations will be held at this location.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Please do not call the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Operational now: email to the Director of Managed Mediation, Meredith Trim, at
mtrim@palmbeachbar.org.
Operational on July 8, 2010: (561) 598-6259 - Attorneys and Mediators
Web-enabled IT platform that will be used to manage this program (see below)
Operational on July 12, 2010:
RMFM website – accessible through a link on the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s
website, www.palmbeachbar.org
Instructions for logging on the web-enabled IT Platform:
Authorization: Each user of this system will need to be authorized before being given access to
the system. Go to www.rmfmp.com or www.palmbeachbar.org (and follow the links). There
will be a Main Menu to the left hand side, with a pulldown bar that lists Palm Beach County.
Click on the login in the upper right corner of the site. When the login screen comes up, click on
“register” and complete the information. (Note: your user name must be alphanumeric characters, with no
spaces. Your password must be at least 7 characters long with at least one non-alphanumeric character.) The
completed registration information will start the authorization process. Once authorized (which
may take up to 24 hours), cases can be entered into the system and managed.
DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
As part of the authorization process, you need to send a pdf of your Notice of Appearance in
each case, by email, to mtrim@palmbeachbar.org, so that you can be authorized.
MEDIATORS
Mediators cannot access the web-enabled IT platform at this time.
The requirements to serve as a mediator in the Fifteenth Circuit are as follows:
1. Mediators must be trained in RMFM in a training program meeting the requirements of
the Administrative Order and approved by the Chief Judge.
2. Mediators must be certified by the Florida Supreme Court as Civil Circuit Mediators;
3. Mediators must reside in Palm Beach County or have their principal place of business in
Palm Beach County.
Training Programs approved by the Chief Judge for the Fifteenth Circuit (as of June 29, 2010):
Christopher M. Shulman, P.A. Alternative Dispute Resolution Services and University of South
Florida’s Conflict Resolution Collaborative
If you are interested in serving as a mediator, please send an email to mtrim@palmbeachbar.org,
with a pdf of your certificates for the RMFM training and Florida Supreme Court certification as
a mediator (or your Florida Supreme Court mediator number) and your contact information. We
will be assembling a list of approved mediators shortly.
PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS
We appreciate your cooperation in this Program by working with the IT Platform and providing
us with as much contact information for the borrowers as you can provide.
If you plan to file 5 or more cases, please send the names and contact information of your
liaisons to us, so that we can work with you to make this transition a smooth one.
Form A and the borrower’s contact information should be entered electronically through this
platform. Fee payment should be made though ACH electronic check on the website (may not
be operational on July 12, but will be shortly thereafter).
Our system will accommodate bulk-uploading of cases (5 or more cases at a time). The cases
will need to be entered into an Excel spreadsheet in a specified format and the initial upload will
be screened by our software provider. For more information, please email support@rmfmp.com
or contact Rick Whitcher directly at 904-378-4449.
How to file Form A and input borrower’s contact information onto the IT Platform for a
new case
After logging on, the second box on the top left-hand corner is “Forms”. Click on “Forms” and
go to “New Case Wizard.” Input information; if there is an “OK” button at the bottom of the
screen then click it, press the floppy disc icon to save, and the green arrow to go to the next
screen. Continue adding information, saving, and going forward.
After inputting the Plaintiff and the law firm information one time, you can search for that
information again and the software will input it automatically for the new case.
If there are multiple Plaintiffs, Plaintiff lawyers, or Defendants, each one should be added using
the “+” sign.
At the end of inputting new case information, the software will generate a Form A for this case
that can be filed with the Court.


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