Mediation is dispute resolutions using a mediator. A mediator is a person who is trained to resolve a conflict or dispute. The mediator helps both parties work out an agreement. Often times mediation is preferred instead of having to deal with court costs and extra time. In a successful mediation, both parties involved will come to an agreement or resolution of the particular legal dispute. Using these following 7 tips, you can hopefully come to a peaceful agreement.
Active Participation: Whether you are representing yourself or you have hired a lawyer, it is vital that you or your representative are present at all meetings. This promises that there is less of a chance of miscommunication or any misunderstandings.
Proper Documentation: For whatever kind of you dispute you are trying to work out, it is important to have all of the proper documents present. It would be best if you made multiple copies in case you need to share with your lawyer or the other party. If you do not come prepared with the proper documents, it can delay the process as well as make you look like you are not able to represent your interests.
Be Able to Resolve: Now obviously the point of the mediation is to resolve the dispute, but this might mean being able to sacrifice so that both parties can come to a peaceful resolution. Even if you believe that you are right and the opposition is wrong, be able to come to a middle ground so that you can have a resolution.
Remain Professional and Respectful: This step is very important. It might be hard to remain cool and professional during a mediation as you are trying to prove that you are right and the other party is wrong. But it will not help your case at all if you represent yourself as short tempered or immature. Take a few deep breaths and remember that the end goal is to resolve the dispute not just argue back and forth.
Know your Argument: It might be helpful to brainstorm and make a list beforehand. Clearly identify what your interests are and what you want to walk away with. Let your lawyer know what your bottom line is. Communicate clearly with your lawyer so you are both on the same side and can represent what you want from the mediation. Offer options or solutions when it comes to a specific interest that both parties are having a hard time agreeing on.
Focus on Specific Interests-For BOTH Parties: Remember that you can’t always get everything you want. Discuss with your lawyer what possible interests your opposition is going to bring to the table so you can be prepared with an educated argument or a solution. Remember, the point is to come to a resolution.
Be Patient- This process will only be made more difficult if you lose your patience. Trust that your lawyer has your best interests in mind. If you need a trustworthy and capable lawyer on your side for a mediation, contact the Law Office of Richard N. Grey today at (818) 345-9780