Mediation allows you to resolve conflicts without filing a lawsuit, but this generally does not mean you do not need your lawyer during the process. Indeed, working with an attorney can help you ensure better outcomes from mediation in several ways.
Your lawyer can advise you on whether mediation is suitable for your conflict or if you should consider alternatives. If you are not on communicating terms with the other parties in the dispute, your lawyer may also be the one to reach out and propose mediation to them.
Finding a mediator
An attorney can help you find a suitable mediator with knowledge and experience in handling disputes like yours.
Preparing for mediation
Mediation is typically straightforward, but it might be nerve-wracking, especially if it is your first time. Your lawyer can help you prepare by explaining the process and guiding you on what information you can and should not share.
Depending on the nature of the dispute, you may have to write statements, prepare documentation or sign forms. Your attorney can explain these documents and help compile those the mediator requires.
Some settlements may look good enough at first glance. Your lawyer can advise whether these are reasonable and fair and if you can secure better outcomes by pursuing other forums.
Making agreements binding
After mediation, your attorney can draft a binding agreement that all parties need to sign. This usually ensures that the agreements discussed during mediation are legally enforceable.
Having a lawyer can be beneficial even during mediation. They can help you get the most out of mediation and protect your rights and interests throughout the process.