Disputes often need a mediator in order to resolve issues. Our firm's attorney, Neda Nozari, is a trained and certified mediator.
What is mediation?
When a neutral third party intervenes in a legal dispute and tries for a settlement by either reaching a compromise or promoting reconciliation, the process is known as mediation. A mediation between the two conflicting parties is the most sought-after resolution in all civil disputes.
Mediation works as a method to provide the conflicting parties with a chance to identify and resolve their interpersonal issues. These issues may or may not be a part of the original dispute. Mediation is usually sought after in the following cases:
- Divorce settlements
- Agreements related to child custody
- Agreements involving child support
- Support agreements/ alimony related paperwork for the spouse
- Contractual disputes
- Disputes between the landlord and tenant
- Conflicts among the employee and employers
Is mediation better than litigation?
A court trial is most often a more time consuming and expensive approach as compared to mediation. The former requires a lengthy process to be followed. This includes discovery and collection of evidence, finding witnesses, along with numerous court sessions to come to a conclusion. On the other hand, mediation usually requires only a few sessions to reach a settlement.
Mediation also involves the two disputing parties rather than a judge to reach a resolution. Hence, it is able to reach decisions that a court may be unable to make. A notable aspect about mediation is that unlike a court trial, it isn't open to public and doesn't need to have everything transcribed. It can remain as confidential as the parties want.
A good mediator knows when a dispute can result in an amicable settlement or when one could inevitably end up in court as litigation. Attorney, Neda Nozari, is very well experienced in that.
What are the benefits of mediation?
- Private & confidential
- Faster than litigation and more efficient
- Cheaper than litigation or arbitration
- Forward-looking & preserves relationships
- Satisfying & flexible
- Avoids court room stresses
- Empowering to both parties
- Agreements are more likely to be honored
- More likely to produce a sense of justice
Types of mediation
- Employer / employee
- Homeowners / condominium associations
- Family disputes / parental time / custody / visitation / terms of dissolution
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Neighbor disputes
- Contract negotiation
There are times when a party will want to know their legal rights even within the context of a mediation and therefore have an attorney present with them during the mediation process. This is absolutely acceptable and sometimes encouraged. Neda Nozari, while a mediation attorney herself, cannot represent the interests of either party during the mediation or offer any legal advise. During the mediation, she is a neutral third party.