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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process in which the parties agree to appoint a third-party neutral to assist them in attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. The neutral does not make a decision and the parties may terminate the process at any time. It is confidential and without prejudice. The parties are encouraged to seek independent legal advice, and where a voluntary settlement is achieved, it only becomes binding when the parties have concluded a settlement agreement.

Mediation is a process...

Parties in dispute choose a mediator, an impartial person, who helps them reach their mutually-acceptable settlement.

Mediation is an alternative...

It is available to resolve disputes in such diverse areas as family relationships, accidents, banking, finance and commerce, consumer contracts, insurance, leases, real estate and transportation.

Mediation is recommended...

Judges and lawyers suggest mediation as an alternative to litigation. In many cases, through mediation, the parties reach agreement, thus saving themselves emotional and financial costs.

Mediation is a first step...

It is one way of reaching a mutually acceptable settlement. If Agreement cannot be achieved, the parties can still take other action, such as arbitration or legal proceedings.

Mediation is faster...

The process can begin immediately, whereas disputes settled pursuant to court proceedings often take years.

Mediation is private...

You do not have to reveal your personal concerns in an open court of law.

Mediation costs less...

If both parties want to reach a settlement through mediation, the skill of the mediator can help them reach a solution in a short time.

Mediation can create good will...

A mutually acceptable solution to a dispute lets both parties be winners and respect each other.

Med-Arb is available...

Parties can choose Med-Arb if mediation alone will not be satisfactory. Med-Arb is the process of mediating a dispute and if not suitable switching over to Arbitration.

 

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