Mediation is an informal process that allows you to retain control over your dispute and design your own solutions. It is voluntary, and parties are not required to reach a resolution, but any agreements will be mutually acceptable and may be more favorable to both parties than a court order.
Working with a mediator to find a path through your dispute can save significant time, money, and future relationships. The Mediator acts as an impartial facilitator to assist the parties to reach agreement in a collaborative, consensual and informed manner. She has no power to decide disputed issues, but instead helps identify underlying concerns and creative solutions.
Few disputes are solely about money. They may have begun with hurt feelings, lack of communication, or with another underlying grievance. A good mediator understands that confidential, open dialogue can allow the parties to better understand the other side, and can ultimately lead to creative ideas for settlement.
Discussions in mediation are confidential and can not be used against either party if the conflict ends up in court. And even if an agreement is not immediately achieved through mediation, the process can help air issues for future settlement opportunities.
Where relationships matter, such as within a family, neighborhood, business, or community, mediation can help resolve disputes quickly while preserving or building trust. And when small claims, property or rental disputes arise, mediation can provide a faster, less expensive path to resolution than the court system.
Whether you are at the beginning of a dispute or have been engaged in a lengthy conflict, if you are interested in exploring a resolution with a trained mediator in a flexible environment, Call us. We can help.