What is mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third person helps the parties reach a voluntary resolution of a dispute. Mediation is an informal, confidential, and flexible process in which the mediator helps the parties to understand the interests of everyone involved, and their practical and legal choices. Court mediation programs have been shown to save the parties time and money, improve satisfaction with the court’s services and reduce future disputes and offenses.
Who can benefit from mediation?
Every civil dispute can benefit from mediation before any party files paperwork with the courts. Of particular note, people who are involved with contested probate cases, landlord/tenant disputes, or civil lawsuits of $25,000 or less could benefit from mediation because it is informal, confidential, saves time and money, and mediated agreements do not have to conform to judicial requirements.
Why should i mediate my dispute?
There are many reasons why you may want to consider mediating your case. Mediation does not prevent you from seeing the judge and having your matter heard at trial, it is a pre-trial opportunity that may result in a settlement.
As mentioned above, court mediation programs have been shown to save the parties time and money, improve satisfaction with the court’s services and reduce future disputes and offenses.
i am here to help you
I am here to assist you with your legal issues, which includes mediation services. While in law school, I took a mediation course at the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management (MGC). This course gave me the tools necessary to conduct mediations. I also volunteered for the MGC at the Monterey County Courthouses in Marina and Monterey. I conducted over 150 in-court mediations with a success rate of 88%. That does not mean that your dispute will conclude in a manner that is beneficial to you and the other party, but even if your dispute does not end with a mediated agreement and has to go to court, you will have a better understanding for the case and the other party’s perspective.