By choosing mediation to settle a dispute, both parties obtain a CONFIDENTIAL settlement that they can comfortably live with. With a mediator present, both parties control the negotiations directly with each other rather than relying on an attorney's interpretation or communication. The mediator acts as neutral third party to facilitate conversation between the parties if conflict arises while working toward an agreement. Clients engage in a joint, cooperative problem-solving process at their own pace. Mediation takes LESS TIME to complete and is generally FAR LESS EXPENSIVE than other dispute resolution options as clients will share in the cost of one mediator. An ageement will be put in writing, then notorized and sent to the court when required.
Mediation is based on the principle of self-determination . . . a belief that YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU! As the process unfolds, the mediator helps you gain the information you need to make good, informed choices; helps you weigh your options and explore resources to assist you in making decisions. The mediation process offers freedom of choice and creativity, as the agreements are determined by the parties, based on their needs, not the imposition of someone else's values. The process and the agreement are kept private unlike being resolved in a public courtroom setting. The mediator has a network of other professionals to help with legal questions, real estate, financial, tax and even emotional support decisions.