Mediation can help you at any stage of the legal process. Whether you are only thinking about filing a lawsuit, halfway through discovery, or on the verge of trial, mediation provides the following benefits:
Economical: Mediation is much less expensive than going to trial.
Fast: Mediation often takes only a day or less, and settlement takes effect immediately.
Private: Negotiations are confidential and settlement agreements may be, too – unlike the very public nature of court proceedings or arbitration.
Less stressful: Mediation is low-key, respectful, and solution-oriented – a welcome contrast to the adversarial nature of litigation.
Preserves relationships: Mediation can address relationship issues that might be ignored in a traditional court proceeding. This can help preserve ongoing business or personal relationships, or find more amicable ways to terminate them.
Provides “reality checks”: Mediation allows parties to test their litigation positions in a safe and confidential setting, where they and their counsel can reevaluate their case with the help of a neutral mediator who has no authority to decide the case.
Allows for better results: In mediation, the parties maintain control of the process. They do their own problem-solving instead of having to obey a decision by a judge, arbitrator, or jury. This leads to comprehensive settlements instead of narrow legalistic decisions; mutually satisfactory outcomes instead of “winners” and “losers” at trial; and a high degree of long-term success because parties tend to be more satisfied with their own agreements rather than a decision imposed upon them by a third party.