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BE WARY OF AMERICAN MEDIATION / EZ MEDIATION

Just if anybody was curious, it looks like all the bad press on this site and other sites was getting to Patrick Kienel because he switched company names. He now "does business" as ezMediation. Here are the two websites for your confirmation: www.americanmediation.us www.ez2mediate.com So unless they had the EXACT SAME web designer as each other and did not know it, and unless they have coincidentally "been in business" for the same amount of years, then it is the SAME COMPANY. This is very common with a lot of scam operators. They run one company until enough bad garbage has come out about them, then they bankrupt THAT company and open a nearly identical one under a different name. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE in the websites is that the "Locations" button is missing from the new page.. and upon further investigation, most of the "location offices" are still up and running. So did Patrick abandon all of his other offices to deal with the bad press while he went off to try and re-invent his image? Tough to tell for sure. I CAN say that I was an old customer of theirs and was not happy with their service. Patrick worked my case and every time we talked, he seemed like he had NO IDEA what was going on in my case and offer to call the attorney. I am THINKING that he took my money and never worked my case until I would call to get an update.. every time I called OVER TWO MONTHS. I got a default judgment for not answering the court summons and when I could not pay the arrangement he set up for me, he tried to push me into bankruptcy. The issue finally got worked out, but I have a feeling, if I did my homework BEFORE I called them, I would have been able to avoid A LOT of the headache. I tried to deal with the attorney BEFORE calling American Mediation/ezMediation and they were difficult to work with, but I feel like if I would have hired a CERTIFIED MEDIATOR, I would have been better off. REMEMBER if you do not see a certification number or license number on a letter of somebody offering their services to you, DO NOT GIVE THEM A DIME. Certified mediators can be worth their weight in Gold and save you a lot of cost and headache (I used one for my divorce), but MANY STATES DO NOT REQUIRE a certification to be a mediator!!!! (Something ELSE I did not know before I gave Patrick my money). What that means is that ANYONE can send you a letter that claims to be a mediator and NEVER gone through the certification process! Just like anything folks! Do your homework. I am NOT opposed to people working out of their home to keep their operating costs low but I AM opposed to *** artists posing as people that SHOULD BE LICENSED OR CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS. If he was certified, I could have complained to the Supreme Court or whatever body was responsible for certifying them. Instead, there was nothing I could do but write a complaint on ripoff-report and write a complaint here to hopefully save anybody else from dealing with this man or anybody under the name of AMERICAN MEDIATION or EZ MEDIATION. I do not know if they are scams, but I DO KNOW that they are not recognized by the State Bar, the Supreme Court or any other regulating body that can act as a person of authority over their business practices. I DO KNOW that my money would have been better spent on hiring A REAL MEDIATOR. I DO KNOW that they seem very unorganized and unprofessional. I DO KNOW that my situation was BETTER BEFORE I did business with them. REMEMBER if you get a letter from AMERICAN MEDIATION or if you get a letter from EZ MEDIATION, instead of calling them, find a CERTIFIED MEDIATOR that can help you with your case. You will be glad you did. I hope this helps somebody!!!!
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#1569538

This is to warn you about Patrick Kienel. If you need proof, I have all the documentation for what I am about to tell you and will be glad to send them if you want: mostly they are spreadsheets, with a few pertinent documents and emails.

In December 2009 I began working for him as a contractor collecting data at courthouses around central Florida. For a time they were paid, until about middle 2012. At this point he started telling me about how his business wasn't doing well but he was hoping to get caught up and would pay me then. I continued to collect data for this and his brother's similar business for a long time.

Things never really got better. I would occasionally get some payment but never anywhere near the agreed rate. I began looking for other jobs and couldn't find any, so in my desperation I kept working for them for a while longer. This led me to financial ruin and to me living free of rent but in deplorable conditions in Florida: without air conditioning and with dogs that were not housebroken.

I would sometimes tell Patrick about this, but only got the same story about the business not doing well and he would get caught up one day. At the end of 2014 I stopped working for him altogether, leaving an unpaid balance of over $10,000. I soon after filed suit, Soon after, he changed phone numbers and addresses and dissolved his company. I have reason to believe he may be continuing in the same business under his own name or a new company doing the same thing with a different name.

Was he really a business man persisting for years in a failing business? Is he just a con man who increased his own profits by not paying me?

I only hope to save others from him doing the same sort of thing to them, I ask for nothing at all from you. As I noted, I have the complete documentation of this should you want proof of my story.

#548062

Thank you for the comment, i was just about to call this individual and i notice on his letter he does not show a any kind of certification, thank you for the valuable info.

#462547

I do not know anything about the Washington office. Maybe it is a different company.

If they do not have some sort of license or certification number by their name though, I would ALWAYS be wary to give them my money. ANYONE can call themselves a mediator due to the loose regulations but every state has some sort of certification program to seperate the professionals from the *** artists just trying to make a buck off you

#462081

I have been approached by this (?) company (under the name of "ez2mediate" Dealing with a bank situation. The office is in Washington and the ma's name is Greg Schauer.

We have mot met, only talked by phone so far. Do I need to get out of this and seek my own mediator and avoid this guy or what?

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