Fast. The entire process can take as little as an hour and rarely takes more than one day. Complex issues and multiple parties may require more than one session.
Creative. Problem solving allows creativity to come forward. It can even be fun!
Insightful. Even in the small percentage of cases that are not completely resolved in mediation, key issues are identified and some may be resolved. Just seeing the issues clearly helps the parties decide whether to take the dispute to the next step.
Private Meeting. Each party can speak with me privately to discuss their concerns in a confidential session. Nothing said during these private sessions is shared with the others without permission.
Resolution. Next, we develop a list of issues to be discussed. As each issue is resolved, we build an agreement. All this leads to a final agreement, signed by all parties. Everyone must agree on the result. This all takes place in a relaxed, business-like atmosphere that is far less stressful than a courtroom.
Confidentiality. However, if it ends up in court, I cannot be called to testify about anything discussed during the mediation session. Nobody can. Mediation is confidential and private.
Agreements Honored. Over 90% of mediation agreements are honored by both parties.
Trained Facilitator. Once we get together, I use my skills to lead the parties in negotiating a mutually agreeable resolution. That is where my experience and training are invaluable.
Neutral Guide. I act as a neutral guide who knows the law. I do not judge who is right or wrong or decide who is telling the truth. Using my neutrality, I keep the parties focused on the result.
Troubleshooter. I help you find a result you can live with, using “reality testing” to ensure its success. I have seen how small disputes can grow into larger one, so I encourage the parties to cover all the angles. For example, if a payment is to be made, I suggest having the date, time, amount, method of payment, and manner of delivery in the agreement to avoid misunderstanding.