To Mediate or Not to Mediate
Have you ever wanted an alternative way to deal with a dispute outside of the courtroom that leaves you in charge of the negotiations instead of a judge?
Would you like to have certainty with the outcome of your case instead of the unknowns involved with juries?
Then mediation may be the answer for you. Mediation allows the parties to meet in confidence and work together to form a mutually beneficial solution to their issues. The issues can range from simple to complex and when an agreement is reached it is binding on the parties. This means that once you sign the Mediated Settlement Agreement you cannot turn around and change your mind. Another additional benefit is that no one is there to force an agreement. If the parties do not agree then the traditional courtroom is an option to resolve the conflict. The mediator is there to help the two parties reach an agreement. That is also the advantage as that it leaves all the power in your hands to reach an agreement instead of taking it out of your hands and putting it into a third party's, ie the Judge or Jury. Mediation is typically faster and cheaper than court procedures. Mediation can be used for anything you can think of from child custody, visitation and other family law issues to other civil matters such as landlord and tenant cases, breach of contract disputes, and injury cases. Basically, if you have two parties that are struggling to come to an agreement, then mediation may be the best route to go. Do you have any questions about mediation and types of situations that it could be helpful for? Please leave general questions in the comments.
If you have more specific questions about your situation, just give us a call and we will be happy to help you with the answer.