Mediation is the use of a third party neutral to help the parties come to mutual agreement.
The attorneys at the Levitt Law Group have been specially trained in mediation. We work with the parties to help them make choices and decisions regarding the outcome of their case. In mediation as in collaborative law, the parties have more control over the process and the outcome than they usually do in litigation.
The Mediation Process
- Parties can come to mediation with or without an attorney
- Mediation is usually done in an informal setting
- Mediation encourages a cooperative and open approach to conflict resolution
- The mediator cannot give legal advice. Her job is to facilitate discussion and provides information necessary for the parties to make decisions and negotiate a fair and reasonable resolution of their differences.
- Parties are encouraged throughout the mediation process to work with a lawyer will advise them about the law. A lawyer can also give them information about the legal process, especially in those cases where the agreement reached by the parties may have to be filed with the Court
Both mediation and collaborative law provide clients with the ability to maintain certain relationships they may need to continue even after their legal dispute is resolved. This permits the parties to focus on their own special needs and interests, and helps to empower clients with regards to problem solving and finding creative ways to resolve their disputes.
Additional benefits of mediation can be:
- Client driven outcome
- Less time and cost
- Privacy and confidentiality by statute
- Settlement by choice
- Mutual exploration of options and solutions