Mediation is an effective tool for settling a variety of legal disputes. It avoids the expense and time-consuming nature of litigation, and it preserves mutually beneficial relationships. Though mediation requires everyone involved be willing to negotiate a settlement, a skilled mediator can bring parties together to discuss an issue and examine all possible solutions.
California mediation provides a number of benefits for everyone involved. In addition to saving time and money, mediation offers a flexible alternative to settling a dispute in a courtroom. Solutions that might not be an option when a judge or jury is presiding over an issue are possible when mediation is used. Mediation is also less formal than litigation. Parties can speak their minds and share their feelings without following courtroom protocol, as long as they are respectful during mediation sessions.
Finally, mediation puts control of the outcome in the hands of those most affected – the disputing parties. In litigation, a judge or jury determines the resolution and barring an appeal, that decision is final. In mediation, disputing parties remain in complete control of the process and the final resolution. They determine the details of the settlement, and they control whether or not a settlement is even possible. And unlike litigation, the details of mediation remain completely confidential. Even if a resolution is not reached, nothing discussed during mediation can be used against either party if the dispute moves to the courtroom.
If you believe mediation might be an option to help you settle a dispute, contact Mary Heare Amodio at 707.263.5759.