Mediation is a quick, simple and inexpensive method of settling your legal disputes.
Whether it is a commercial, real estate, or domestic problem, our professional mediators
will work with each side, fairly and impartially to help you resolve your legal
dispute. Henry E. Weil, ESQ., is a certified
mediator in Civil Cases. Stuart H. Grozbean, ESQ. is also an experienced law mediator in both civil
and family law.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
Mediation is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which a neutral third person
( a "Mediator") meets with the parties, and assists them in reaching a settlement
of their dispute. A mediator will work with both parties to obtain a global resolution
of all issues. Our mediators are seasoned professionals with have conducted mediations
and participated in mediations to understand all sides of the process.
HOW LONG WILL MEDIATION TAKE?
There is no set time on how long mediation will take. Mediation is task oriented
with a goal of reaching agreement. This agreement may be reached in a very short
time in situations where mediating parties are already at a very high level of agreement
and are able to specifically describe that agreement. In situations where there
are a number of "open issues" (either disputed issues or issues that have not been
well considered), the mediation will take a bit longer. Often mediation is concluded
in a single session. On complex matters it may take multiple sessions
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MEDIATION?
It is the most cost effective method of resolving disputes and the least stressful
comparing to a Court trial. In addition to the financial and emotional savings of
mediation, participants are able to fashion their own agreement which is sensitive
and responsive to perceived equities and desired outcomes. The result is that the
work product of mediation, the Memorandum of Understanding, provides a comprehensive
resolution in terms mediating parties understand and believe in. This results in
a commitment to the agreement which has been shown to enhance future compliance
by providing a cooperative atmosphere for performance of the terms of agreement.
WHAT ARE OUR CHANCES FOR SUCCESS IN MEDIATION?
A significant number of parties reach comprehensive resolution, with the
remaining issues reaching at least some significant substantive resolution
WHAT IF WE DON'T REACH AGREEMENT?
In the event no agreement is reached in mediation, other settlement options can
be explored. Even unsuccessful mediating parties often seem to obtain substantial
benefit from having had the opportunity to fully communicate and by having given
it their best effort prior to recognizing that attorney negotiation or litigation
may be inevitable.
WHO PAYS FOR THE MEDIATION?
Responsibility for the mediation fees needs to be decided between mediation participants.
The key, however, is that the parties themselves agree upon the division of the
fee in whatever way seems fairest and most appropriate.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL MEDIATION?
Perhaps the most important thing any mediating party can do to ensure a satisfying
and successful mediation experience is to prepare for the mediation discussions
by seeking clarity as to individual desired outcomes and perceived standards of
fairness. Being able to listen to the other party's point of view, even when you
don't agree with it, will allow you to develop options that meet both of your needs.
It is in the ability to see the whole picture from both perspectives that a mutually
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