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Our attorneys are ready to represent you in your mediation as your attorney or are also able to serve as your mediator, either individually, or as co-mediators. Both of our attorneys have successfully completed a 40 hour SCAO General Civil Mediation training.
Depending on the complexity of the issues involved and the willingness of the parties to communicate regarding the issues, a mediation can be completed in as little as a few hours or it could last several days.
Unlike arbitration where the arbitrator decides which side wins and which side loses, mediation explores solutions that are mutually beneficial to both parties. In mediation, the two or more parties that are involved in a dispute work with a mediator, who is an impartial party, to foster communication and explore potential solutions that benefit all parties.
The mediation process can be broken down into 6 basic components:
1. Introduction: This is where the mediator introduces themselves to the parties, discusses the basics of the process, including the
voluntary nature of mediation, and the parties sign an agreement to mediate.
2. Party Stories: Each party to the mediation is given an uninterrupted opportunity to talk about what brought them to mediation.
3. Agenda: The mediator works with the parties to create a list of agenda topics to be discussed further.
4. Joint Session: The mediator works with the parties to foster communication and discussion of the agenda topics.
5. Caucus: The mediator meets separately with each party to discuss privately what was said in joint session.
6. Closing: If the mediation results in an agreement, the mediator will assist the parties in reducing it to writing.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to a variety of processes that help parties resolve disputes without a trial. Typical ADR processes include mediation, arbitration, and negotiation. These processes are generally confidential, less formal, and less stressful than traditional court proceedings.
ADR often saves money and speeds settlement. In ADR processes such as mediation, parties play an important role in resolving their own disputes. This often results in creative solutions, longer-lasting outcomes, greater satisfaction, and improved relationships.