Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which uses a neutral third-party mediator to facilitate problem-solving between people who have reached a deadlock and are unable to compromise on their own. Mediation is often a way to find a unique solution to your problems. These solutions are often those that would not be typically implemented by judges.
Lee’s Summit attorney Michael Swisher has over 30 years of successful legal experience, including mediation. He can help you understand why your issue might benefit from mediation as opposed to pursuing the case in court. Attorney Swisher takes a “whole person, whole issue” approach to resolving conflict. Mediation can be a more holistic option for some people and some issues.
There are many advantages to choosing an alternative to court such as mediation as a way to resolve an issue. Here are some of the common benefits:
Mediation is generally a less expensive way to reach a nonbinding agreement in which both parties are usually satisfied with the end result because they had a hand in creating the final agreement.
Mediation is flexible and informal. Participants decide when to meet.
Because both parties participate in creating a solution, mediation tends to be far less acrimonious than a court case, and parties can often preserve their relationship.
The process is private, unlike a court case or trial.
A key feature of mediation is that it is easily integrated into other areas of law practice. Mediation can be used to solve a wide range of disputes from family disagreements and divorce settlement, to corporate issues, small-business legal matters, common civil disputes (noncriminal) and many others. If you are looking for something more formal, you may consider using arbitration.
Mediation is an excellent choice for some people and some issues. If you want to find out more about this process and if it is a viable path to resolve your issue, call or email attorney Michael Swisher today. Call or email the firm using this contact form to schedule a consultation. Initial consultations are free because we believe in investing in every client we serve.