Top Ten Reasons to Mediate
Mediation is a process in which a trained professional helps two or more people reach a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute. In today’s legal environment, mediation is a must. It is also the most efficient and effective way to resolve conflict at any stage of the legal process.
1) Courts Require It. All courts in Florida and in most other states now REQUIRE that legal disputes be mediated at some stage of the process.
2) YOU are the decision maker. You decide how to best resolve your dispute. Unlike in a courtroom or jury trial, no one judges your problem and tells you what to do. You get to reach an agreement that you can live with.
3) It works. Thousands of cases have been successfully mediated to the satisfaction of all parties. In court, someone wins, someone loses. The goal of mediation is to have all parties arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement.
4) It’s affordable, quick, and convenient. Mediation service is far less expensive and less time consuming than other legal avenues. In addition, when parties agree to try mediation, most disputes can be resolved within a matter of weeks! A typical mediation session lasts only three to four hours, but no time limits are imposed.
5) It’s effective. A large majority of all mediations end in agreement. People are generally more satisfied with mediation than with taking their dispute to court.
6) Your legal remedies are protected. If mediation doesn’t result in an agreement, you can still go to court.
7) It’s private. Everything said or used for purposes of reaching a settlement remains confidential and cannot be used in later proceedings.
8) It avoids going to court. Mediation is not combative or adversarial like court can be; it helps protect and enhance relationships between people by providing a comfortable and safe setting for discussion.
9) Mediation can help reduce the likelihood that the problem will occur again. In fact, you can even agree that if a problem occurs again, everyone will go back to mediation.
10) It maintains relationships. A successful mediation avoids forcing parties into antagonistic positions, and allows existing relationships to be re-established.