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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What is Mediation and Is It Right for You?

Too often, I meet people who are all in on getting their case before a jury, without considering other alternative dispute resolution tools. Often times, alternative dispute resolution can result in achieving a resolution that you can live with, while avoiding the costly attorney fees that can accrue by taking a case all the way to a jury trial. One of those tools is mediation.

Mediation is a process in which a neutral person (the “mediator”) attempts to assist the parties in reaching a compromise on the issues. The mediator cannot render a decision in your case. Any agreement must be between the parties. The mediator does not advocate for either you or the other party.  The mediator merely acts as a neutral party who will listen to both sides and give you feedback on your positions. This will allow you to see both strengths and weaknesses in your case that you may not have explored.

You should consider the following factors when determining if mediation is right for your case. First, you must realize that by attending mediation, you will not receive everything you believe you may be entitled to. In order to make it work, both sides must be honest and willing to make concessions to achieve a result that they can live with. Second, you need to make sure that you have a good grasp of your case and evidence sufficient to make a convincing presentation to the mediator and the other party. If you look prepared, organized, and ready for a trial, you may get more concessions from the other side.

Hiring an attorney to assist you in preparing a case for mediation could help you achieve optimal results. If you need legal assistance with your case, contact Brandon Palmer today at bpalmer@smithwelchlaw.com or call (770)957-3937.

Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC., is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia with expertise in this area of law. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and community. Our team of experts routinely handle a wide range of legal matters and will be happy to provide outstanding service for you, your family, or your business.

 

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