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Mediation is another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that allows you and the other party to resolve your issues outside of the courtroom. In this process, both sides agree to meet with a mediator, a neutral third-party, who will discuss the problem with you and facilitate a resolution on which both sides can agree. There are no winners and “losers” in mediation—it’s beneficial for all stakeholders.
How does mediation work?
Because a mediator doesn’t represent either party and cannot give legal advice to either side, each party may decide to have their attorneys present during the mediation or available for consultation. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares a settlement agreement or a memorandum of understanding for the parties to give to their attorneys to formalize in a written agreement. It’s important to note that you should always consult with an attorney before finalizing any agreement reached through mediation. Mediation is available to resolve your dispute any time before a court issues a decision. It may be your first step to resolve your problem, or it may be the last attempt to reach a resolution before trial. If mediation isn’t successful, you can still seek a litigated resolution for your dispute from the court.
If you’re looking to come to an amicable agreement, the mediation attorneys at Andalman & Flynn can help. We are mediators and also represent clients through the mediation process. Rely on us to protect your best interests. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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