In a society where one can and does sue another over sometime frivolous matters, one’s budget can be depleted in a matter of minutes, hours or days. The cost of going to court is not only expensive, but time consuming and depressing to say the least. It is because of these reasons that one should consider the hiring of a mediator.
A mediator is a third party who has no vested interest in the final outcome of a particular situation, leaving you with a guarantee that you can lay all your cards on the table and speak freely about the matters at hand without any fear of being judged.
A mediator is always fair, unbiased, cheaper than an attorney and confident when working with a client so as to resolve a dispute quickly and amicably. He or she will guide you into a new way of thinking so that your dispute can be resolved in the best possible manner, and in the least expensive way.
Conflicts or disputes can be very stressful for the persons involved, and it is the task of the mediator to lessen the stress and to be able to work with both parties involved in order to resolve the conflict quickly and to the satisfaction of all. At the end of the mediation process, both clients feel as if the resolution is a win-win to all.
The mediator will ask each party involved in the negotiations to work with them with a set of guidelines, which are usually read and signed before the session begins. Each party involved is allowed to speak uninterrupted by the other, and all concerned are asked to abide by the rules of confidentiality. This is extremely important if the negotiations are going to work.
Mediators are not usually attorneys, but are very much aware of the rules of the law and the legal system, and are bound to these. They are not allowed to give legal advice. Most times mediators will ask that neither party has an attorney present at the negotiations, since this can put undue pressure on the other party, and the issue may not get resolved in the best interest of either.
Not every conflict can be or will be resolved with mediation, but it is one of the best ways to start before an issue gets out of hand and goes to an attorney for ligation, which can and will be extremely expensive. Most of the time, if not all of the time, when an issue goes to litigation, one of the parties always ends up on the losing side, and does not get a fair deal.
Mediation not Litigation