If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, mediation may be right for you:
- Are you interested in discussing creative solutions to your problem?
- Do you find the conflict affecting your business relationships?
- Does pursuing this as a matter of “principle” no longer seem worth it?
- Are you frustrated by the time and expense involved to bring a matter to trial?
- Are you worried about the impact a negative judgment might have on your professional reputation?
- Does the case law in this area seem unclear?
- Do you feel like nobody really understands the root of the problem?
- Do you find the conflict taking up space in your personal life?
- Have you wondered what it would feel like to wake up tomorrow without this conflict in your life?
What Does A Mediator Do?
- Brings parties together
- Establishes communication and sets an atmosphere for negotiation
- Helps negotiate agendas and clarify issues to be addressed
- Helps parties obtain data they need to make decisions
- Clarifies interests, priorities and alternatives to an agreement
- Helps parties explore (sometimes in private) ideas for creative solutions
- identifies overlapping interests or areas of potential agreement
- Helps parties agree on criteria to evaluate solutions
- Help parties craft settlements that are effective, comprehensive and durable
Mediation is a viable option when the following factors are important.
- Resource conservation
- Preserving relationships