If you get into a dispute with another party, litigation is not your only option. In fact, depending on the situation, you may be encouraged to engage in the mediation process first.
Mediation involves working with a neutral, third-party mediator to come to an agreement with the opposing side. Here are a few things you should know about the mediation process:
- It’s voluntary — Mediation is a voluntary process, so you and the other party involved must agree to participate. If the other party does not agree to engage in mediation, you have other legal options.
- It’s non-binding — During the mediation process, you and the opposing party work on coming to an agreement. But this does not necessarily mean you are required to reach a decision. The mediator also does not have the authority to impose a decision.
- Proceedings are confidential — Mediation proceedings are usually confidential. As a result, what is said and discussed during mediation sessions cannot be used as evidence in court, it if gets to that point.
- Mediation can save time — Compared with courtroom proceedings, mediation is typically less formal. As a result, you have more control over the process and can shape it to meet your needs and priorities, allowing you to save time.
If you have any questions about mediation and what it involves, we would be happy to help. Contact us at King Mountain Law today.