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What is mediation and how does it work?

Mediation, sometimes called conciliation or mediation in other areas of the legal arena, has had a rather long and rather problematic history in the legal realm. In large part, this increase of interest in this particular process is based on frustration with lengthy litigation, high costs and long-term delays in certain jurisdictions where mediation may be more readily available. In some cases, lawyers and law students have taken it upon themselves to begin to provide training and even certification programs on mediation. As a result, mediation lawyers are cropping up everywhere and they are expected to meet and exceed the needs of all their future clients.

So what is mediation and what can it do for you? If you have a problem that has become too complicated for you to resolve between yourself and your lawyer, then you should consider engaging the services of an experienced mediator who can help you find a common ground to resolve your disputes in a relatively short period of time. Because mediation involves both parties negotiating their differences with the assistance of a third-party facilitator, both sides’ perspectives are considered and both are often improved because the two people involved in the dispute are working together to find a solution that they can live with and be happy with. From a financial standpoint, what is mediation and what can it do for you?

Mediation is a tool that can be utilized in all sorts of civil cases from consumer and landlord to employment and commercial disputes. For example, when a landlord finds that his tenant is being late in rent payment, he may wish to mediate a payment dispute to achieve a speedy resolution and avoid the expense and hassle of going to court. Similarly, when an employee is having trouble with his supervisor and is not getting the support he needs, he can use mediation to resolve any problems without a potentially long and expensive court trial. The key is to locate an attorney that has experience in these types of cases and an understanding of what mediation is and what it can do for you. Regardless of your situation, you should seek representation from an attorney who has experience in handling civil cases that include what is known as a “third-party” dispute resolution.