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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a great alternative to litigation. It is a process that allows people that are in a dispute to resolve their conflict without going to court. Mediation sessions are conducted in a flexible, neutral, and confidential environment, where parties in dispute control the outcome. Mediation sessions can be scheduled quickly, which saves time and money on legal expenses. Disputes that end up in litigation often take years to resolve, therefore costing more in legal fees. Court sessions are typically open to the public, where a judge or jury determines the outcome. Mediation allows each person to negotiate privately, as mediation sessions are not open to the public.

What is a Mediator?

A Mediator is a neutral 3rd party that assists in the negotiation process. A Mediator provides a flexible and confidential environment for people in a dispute to discuss their issues in order to come to a mutual agreement. A Mediator listens to each side in a dispute and is trained to ask questions that assist in the negotiation process. Often, emotions lead to misunderstandings between parties. A Mediator provides a negotiation structure to keep both sides informed of the specific process for a successful mediation. A Mediator does not give legal advice, however, a Mediator can provide assistance in seeking any necessary resources.

What types of disputes can be mediated?

Disputes involving Divorce and Child Custody, Contracts, Employment Issues, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, Wills, Estates and Family disputes are common. Mediation is voluntary. Parties that are willing to negotiate have a greater chance of a successful Mediation.


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