Mediation

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ometimes folks just need some extra help resolving a problem. In the legal field, mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution. Solving conflicts in a calm, measured, and peaceful way is very effective and often leads to satisfactory results for all involved.

Our attorneys at Goldfinch Winslow act as mediators who assist in the negotiation of a settlement or resolution between multiple parties. Disputants often need the help of mediation to resolve a variety of disputes such as those involved in commercial holdings, legal concerns, diplomacy documents, workplace infractions, community property, personal injury questions, and various family matters.

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Conflict Resolution and Mediation efforts have a multitude of benefits that include:

A skilled mediator may also be an experienced attorney; however, the mediation process will usually progress faster than a regular court case could move through the standard legal process. Mediation can achieve a resolution in as little as a matter of hours – whereas a case in a court could take months or years to resolve. Saving time results in saving money and less stress overall.

Results attained by the disputing parties through working together are often better than those achieved through other methods. Mutually agreeable conditions tend to lead towards high compliance rates of the mediated agreement. This means that the results are more agreeable, more affordable, and fully enforceable under the law.

Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but the ultimate control still resides with the judge or the jury. Often, a judge or jury cannot legally provide the same solutions that can emerge during mediation. Resolving conflicts through mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for all parties involved.

Disputant parties involved in mediation are found to be more ready and willing to work toward a mutual resolution. The mere fact that the parties show a willingness to negotiate means that they are ready to be flexible and cooperative. This leads to amenable understanding of the other side’s opinion and the root causes of the dispute. The use of conflict resolution through mediation often acts to preserve the relationship the parties had before the dispute.

Negotiators and mediators are trained to be ready when working with difficult situations and people. The mediator guides the parties throughout the process as a neutral facilitator and helps the parties think of creative and possible solutions to the dispute on their own. This serves to increase the volume of plausible outcomes on the table.

Court hearings are public and can be uncomfortable or embarrassing for some. Mediation occurs out of the public eye and remains strictly confidential. Only the parties to the dispute and the mediator(s) are privy to the situation and the details. Confidentiality in mediation has such importance that in most cases the legal system cannot force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of mediation. Often, mediators will erase their notes taken during mediation once the mediation process has been completed.

The law firm of Goldfinch Winslow, LLC is experienced with conflict resolution and skilled in the mediation of disputes between family, neighbors, business partners, legal issues, employer concerns, diplomatic policies, and those of injured parties. Contact us today.