Understanding The Mediation Process
At the Law Offices of Denise Eaton May, we believe that one of the greatest benefits of mediation is the fact that it allows for increased flexibility. It can be adjusted to fit the unique needs of the parties involved. For this reason, it does not always follow a set timeline or adhere to a certain structure.
In many cases, however, the mediation process in California looks something like this:
- The mediator explains the rules to which both parties are expected to adhere.
- Each party is provided a chance to tell his or her side of the story.
- The mediator will facilitate a discussion between the parties. This can be done either by having everyone converse together in one room or by having the mediator travel back and forth between the parties in separate rooms.
- After all the issues have been heard and solutions have been negotiated, the mediator will put the final agreement in writing.
- If mediation is not successful for some reason, the mediator will advise both parties of their options. Unlike arbitration, mediation allows for the possibility of future litigation.
The Time It Takes Will Depend On The Issues And The Mediator’s Skill
Resolving a dispute through mediation may take one session or several, depending on the particular issues involved. The speed at which a dispute can be resolved also depends in part of the skill of the mediator. He or she must have the in-depth experience and the innate ability to read between the lines and assess the true problem.
With decades of legal experience, attorney Denise Eaton May is well-equipped to mediate disputes between employers and employees, business owners and vendors, landlords and tenants, trustees and beneficiaries, and other parties.