Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group

If you are involved in a civil, business, bankruptcy, or personal injury suit, litigation is not your only option. While mediation is a common dispute resolution option, it’s often misunderstood. Many of the common myths surrounding mediation mean that people who could benefit from the opportunity.

A mediator does not always have to be an attorney, but many mediators are also practicing attorneys. This gives these attorneys insight into how alternative dispute resolution can often provide a more efficient and less expensive option for those who want to end their conflicts. Even when a mediator is also an attorney, though, he or she will not advise you like a lawyer would.

In mediation, you’ll meet with a neutral third party mediator, whose main job is to help guide your conversations. Through mediation, each party will have the opportunity to share his or her side of the story. Through your mediation sessions, you might meet in the same room as the opposing party, or you might be located in separate rooms from which the mediator will shuttle back and forth.

The mediator’s role is to gain an understanding of the concerns on both sides and then work through remaining issues. Since mediation can be schedule much more easily, many people find that their disputes are resolved more quickly than if they had pursued mediation. The mediator’s role is focused more on guidance. In mediation, you’ll also be more involved in the dispute resolution process. Some people find the flexible nature of mediation far more advantageous, putting them in the driver’s seat for their future.

Mediation also lays the groundwork for a civil opportunity to work out your disputes. This is especially helpful when you don’t want to aggravate the argument any further or when you will maintain some kind of relationship with the other party after the dispute has been resolved. To learn more about whether mediation can help your case, contact the attorneys at Higgins Benjamin today.