For most types of cases, local courts require mediation. Whether you are involved in a contentious divorce or you locked in battle with a car insurance company seeking reimbursement for your medical bills, mediation is likely a step on the road to trial. Mediation can be time consuming, expensive, and maddening, but the courts typically require it because of one reason – it usually works!
Mediation involves the formal negotiation of a dispute utilizing the services of a trained, third-party neutral party – the mediator. The mediator is often (but not always) an attorney or judge with substantial experience in the area of law relevant to your case. Often, these mediators are just long-time legal experts, they are trained in the art of settling lawsuits. There are courses, schools, and classes dedicated to teaching negotiation tactics that mediators use to help two arguing parties find common ground.
Just because the mediator is experienced does not mean your case will automatically settle. It takes hard work from both the clients and the attorneys to ensure that the case has a fair shot at resolution. Mediation can be madness, and as the title of this article suggests, surviving alternative dispute resolution in your divorce or personal injury case may require a steadfast resolve and a good understanding of the game at play. Here are a few tips to consider when entering your mediation:
Mediation is highly successful, which is why the courts and attorneys alike push to get their cases into dispute resolution processes so quickly. Why fight and spends thousands of dollars (or much more) in court when the parties might be able to reach an amicable resolution to end the stress of litigation forever with substantially less risk.
At the law offices of Magnuson Lowell PS, we strive to ensure our clients move along the most successful path possible. That usually entails formal settlement negotiations. Call today for a free case evaluation.