Mediator Disciplinary Actions

first_imgMediator Disciplinary Actions Prepared by the Florida Dispute Resolution Center _________________________________________________________ The Mediator Qualifications Board — a committee under authority of and appointed by the Florida Supreme Court — recently disciplined one certified mediator. Darlene J. Brower, 8282 Sycamore Drive, New Port Richey. Certification: 19564CF. (Case Number: MQB 2013-015) Case Type: Family. Summary: Sanctioned by Order Accepting Admission to Formal Charges and Imposing Sanctions entered on October 29, 2015. Browner admitted the allegations and agreed to be decertified as a Supreme Court certified family mediator and not ever apply for any certification as a Florida Supreme Court mediator. Findings: In a dissolution of marriage case, Browner, who owns and operates a document preparation and mediation business, made changes requested by the wife to the parties’ marital settlement agreement after the mediation and before the parties signed the agreement without consulting the husband; prepared numerous legal documents not directly related to the mediation for the parties and notarized the parties’ signatures; had signed a cease and desist order in 2012 in an unlicensed practice of law case with The Florida Bar indicating she understood what a non-lawyer can and cannot do relating to document preparation and qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO); and made decisions for the parties without their input, prepared documents that were beyond her skill level and experience, failed to respect the roles of other professional disciplines, and engaged in the practice of law by preparing the QDRO and identifying herself as a paralegal when she is not. Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators violated: 10.220, Mediator’s Role; 10.330, Impartiality; 10.340, Conflicts of Interest; 10.370, Advice, Opinions, or Information; 10.410, Balanced Process; 10.520, Compliance with Authority; 10.620, Integrity and Impartiality; 10.640, Skill and Experience; 10.670, Relationships with Other Professionals. Mediator Disciplinary Actions March 1, 2016 Regular Newslast_img read more

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