Dispute resolution through mediation is often the preferred method of coming to reasonable solution for the parties involved. Typically overseen by an impartial third party, mediation offers conflict negotiations to be conducted until a mutually acceptable agreement has been achieved. The ability to avoid the trial process is the most attractive feature of going the mediation route. Not only will this save the parties involved a tremendous amount of money, but it also lays the foundation for a more amicable exchange amongst the participants.
Understanding the basic ins and outs of a mediation is important for all parties. While preparation can be overwhelming for some, keep the following tips in mind as you prepare to be involved in a mediation in the future:
- Make sure you can be present on the scheduled mediation date
- Maintain a thorough understanding of the issue(s) at hand
- Do not be surprised if unexpected issues are raised
- Be truthful in all responses
- Be sure to truly listen to all parties present
- Keep your focus on a resolution to the problem, not the people involved
- Be prepared to think outside of the box to come to a resolution
- Approach the mediation with a team mindset
- Be ready to be fully involved in the process
The overall goal of mediation is to come to a happy agreement between the parties. It is important to remember that you may not get everything you want, but the main objective is that both parties walk away feeling like a fair resolution was reached. If you find yourself in a dispute and would like to try alternative avenues to filing a lawsuit, please contact the Law Office of Brenda Murzyn, P.C. for advice on proceeding with mediation. Our experienced legal staff is ready to speak with you at your earliest convenience!