When a dispute arises, the knee jerk reaction is to take the matter to court, but the choice to pursue a trial can be a lengthy investment.
Court proceedings are costly, especially if self-representation is not an option and you have to pay an attorney. If there is a problem that needs resolution, mediation may be your best option for resolving the issue with an outcome that benefits both parties involved.
Of winners and losers…
In a typical court trial, the outcome often times leaves one party at a loss. Mediation allows the parties to sit down and work together in order to find an outcome that will be mutually appealing.
This helps to relieve the resentment that often looms after a judge decides on the conflicts resolution.
A mediator is a non-biased go between
Mediators do not take sides. Mediators realise that there are two sides to every story, and are not judgmental. The mediator will sit down with those involved and will question everyone to get to the root of what is important to each.
After each person’s side of the story is determined, the mediator will work in order to find a resolution that will uphold what each person feels strongly about in the given situation.
Courts are costly and don‘t always work with your schedule
If a trial is scheduled it will probably mean that you will need to take time off work in order to attend. Then there is the real chance that the case could be rescheduled and that would lead to more time off.
On the other hand, if you are working with a mediator you decide on the time and place of the meeting. This allows you to work around your schedule and avoid the loss of income that could result from leave.
What kind of issues can be resolved through mediation?
Mediation can be used in any instance where a resolution is sought. This includes any conflict with an insurer or employer.
Mediation is very versatile in that it can be employed in any situation.
The other party does not want mediation…now what?
If you are in favor of mediation and the other party opposes it, they need to realize that it is the better choice for conflict resolution.
If an issue proceeds to trial, it is a very real possibility that the costs of the trial may be deferred to the party opposing mediation at the discretion of the judge.
In order to save, time, money and get a quick resolution to the matter at hand considering mediation is a good decision.
The best part is most mediation firms have websites that make finding a mediator as easy as tapping a “click here” button. You get to choose the mediator and both parties get to decide on a course of action that pleases them.
In other words, everyone comes out a winner.
This is a guest post by Dan McCarthy. a freelance writer and occasional guest-blogger. Dan is currently blogging on behalf of Mayo Wynne Baxter. You can find out more about their services by clicking here.