What is mediation?
Mediation is an informal, private process that uses a neutral third party (mediator) to resolve disputes. The process can be used to avoid the time and expense of ending up in a court room.
Is mediation better than going to court?
Settling disputes can save money and time. Because it is private, you, the participants, decide what happens, not a judge. This means you can explore more creative solutions that work for you. Mediation can also be a less stressful way to resolve conflicts. Mediators strive to help find solutions acceptable to both parties.
Is mediation confidential?
Yes, mediation is a confidential procedure. The mediator will not discuss your situation with anyone not approved by both parties.
Is mediation legally binding?
Mediation it self is non-binding in that no decision can be imposed on the parties. The parties must voluntarily agree to any decision. If the parties chose to sign a contract or memorandum of understanding, those documents would have some legal implications.
How does it work?
Both parties meet with the mediator. The mediator is not a judge and will not make decisions or take sides. Instead, the mediator will help the parties communicate, understand, and engage with each other to find their own solution.
How much do we get started?
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How much does it cost?
Each situation is different. The total cost will be determined by the complexity of the issue and the willingness of the parties to reach agreement. In addition to communication sessions, there may be costs of drafting contracts or other documents to formalize the resolution. We can start with an initial consultation so you can get a good idea of how much the process might cost.
What happens if we can't reach a resolution?
In the rare case that you can't reach agreement, we can discuss the available next steps.