Mediation is a way for people who are having a dispute to talk about their issues and concerns and to make decisions about the dispute with the help of another person (called a mediator). A mediator is not allowed to decide who is right or wrong or to tell you how to resolve your dispute. In mediation, you can try to find solutions that make sense to you and the other person in the dispute to resolve some or all of your concerns.
While the goal is to try to work something out, you may decide it would be better for you not to come to an agreement. Sometimes emotions may be driving the dispute which can make talking to the person or party with whom you are in a dispute difficult. A mediator can assist you in easing the way for communication. The mediator is there as a neutral person to help you focus on solving your dispute; however, the mediator is prohibited from providing therapy, counseling or legal advice.
Think about what you really need to resolve the case or dispute. Set realistic goals to guide you in your decision making, but be flexible because you may get new information at the mediation that could change your mind.
As a neutral mediator I will conference with both parties to help them resolve their dispute. Mediation starts with an introduction to the process, goals of each party and outlines issues. We move onto the offers, means and objectives and then draft your settlement agreement.
We cannot act your lawyer and Mediator. All mediations and consultations are confidential. If you retain as your counsel we will zealously represent you. If you wish to hire me as your Mediator, neutrality will be maintained to provide all parties a fair and neutral process.