Welcome! Let me take this opportunity to give you a little background on myself. I began practicing law in 1975. My goal was to win every case and to be the aggressive lawyer that many clients wanted. After litigating cases for over 20 years, I got tired of beating up on people or getting beat upon, and I thought there must be a better way for people to resolve disputes. I learned about mediation, which has the following advantages:
You have been heard by the other party and have input and control over the result.
Quicker, and the financial and emotional costs are typically less than the traditional legal process.
You are not prejudiced by discussions with the mediator because the process is usually confidential. Typically the mediator can neither be a witness nor talk to anyone about the case.
Courts may be limited by law as a result. Parties to a mediated dispute have much more flexibility in creating solutions.
Mediation is also highly flexible in both time and location. The process is designed to be responsive to both parties. You will not have to wait for the court's docket call.