Lexington Mediation Lawyer
Disputes are a part of life. Sometimes, though, disputes extend beyond just disagreements to controversies that have serious repercussions for the affected parties. When a dispute involves a legal issue, the problem can be even more complicated. While there are many different dispute resolutions tactics, including litigation, mediation can be one of the most effective. To schedule a mediation with one of our Lexington mediation lawyers, please reach out to us directly today.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation refers to a private process of resolving a civil dispute. During a mediated session, each party to a dispute will have the opportunity to present their side of an argument to one another, as well as to a neutral, third-party mediator. The role of the mediator is not to make a decision regarding the outcome of the civil matter, but to facilitate the conversation and help both parties to feel as though they are being heard.
There are a few different ways that mediation can work, but usually, mediation starts with a joint session. Sometimes, the mediator will work with parties one-on-one as well, acting as a liaison and messenger between the parties.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
When parties communicate through mediation, they are often able to express their desires and concerns more effectively. Because positive communication is encouraged, and because the goal of mediation is to reach a resolution, mediation can be very effective in resolving disputes and reaching a compromise that both parties can live with. In addition to this, some of the other benefits of mediation include:
- Mediation is more cost-effective than other dispute resolution methods;
- Mediation is empowering;
- Mediation is private, not public;
- Mediation gives each party more control – rather than having a court make a decision, parties can decide the terms of an agreement; and
- Mediation can help to preserve relationships, which may be important in the future.
Mediation can be especially valuable in cases where minimizing conflict is important. For example, in child custody cases, mediation is usually ordered by the court.
What Types of Cases Can Be Resolved Using Mediation?
Mediation is used in civil cases, such as personal injury claims and settlements, estate-related disputes, business disputes, and family law cases.
If mediation is not successful, and parties to a dispute cannot reach an agreement through mediation, then alternative plans must be pursued. Parties may choose arbitration or litigation if mediation fails.
Choose Our Lexington Mediation Lawyers
When you are involved in a legal dispute, reaching a resolution as quickly as possible is within your best interests – doing so can save time and money. At the offices of The Stanley Law Group, our Lexington mediation lawyers believe that mediation can be an effective tool, and one that you can use to achieve a favorable agreement.
To learn more about mediation and working with our mediators, please call us today or send us a message to request more information or a consultation. In addition to mediation, we also practice personal injury and estate administration law.