Mediation Defined
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MEDIATION DEFINED

A neutral third party acts as a facilitator to settle the dispute through compromise by both parties. No evidence or testimony is required. The mediator has no power to impose a decision on the parties. However, if the parties settlement their dispute and sign an agreement, the settlement is enforceable in court.

Q:  What are the steps in the mediation process?

A:  The process is fairly simple and starts with a written request to the other parties that they agree to mediate the dispute.

Submit request for mediation
Appoint a mediator
Submit mediation brief
Attend Mediation
Conclusion

Q:  Who pays for the mediator?
A:  The cost of the mediation is equally divided between the parties unless the parties agree otherwise.

Q:  How long does mediation take?
A:  Typically cases are resolved after a half day or, at most, a full day of mediation.

Q:  Do I need a lawyer?
A:  Because the parties are trying to work out their differences without incurring significant legal expenses, many choose not to involve lawyers. However, all parties are welcomed to bring their lawyers into the mediation process if they choose to.

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