Scott McMaster is now a Mediator, trained by the state of AZ Attorney General.
What is Mediation?
- Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques.
- All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process.
- Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties.
- The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution.
- A mediator manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication.
What is mediation good for?
In some situations, mediation may be preferable to filing a lawsuit. Mediation provides the following advantages:
There are a few exceptions, but what the parties say during mediation is confidential and not subject to the future use in a lawsuit. Court cases, on the other hand, are matters of public record.
- Costs less than a lawsuit
Mediation cases cost substantially less than court costs and attorney fees.
- Faster resolution than going to court
Lawsuits may take years to result in a court ruling, but mediation can take as little as a few hours or a few sessions.
- The parties decide
The parties in mediation, not a judge or jury, decide on the resolution.
- The parties communicate directly
Rather than communicating through lawyers, the parties speak directly to each other.
Who uses Mediation?
- Mediation is available in most non-criminal matters.
- Child custody issues
- Disputes between:
- Family members
- Business partners
- Landlords and tenants
- Labor and management
Remember Mediate is just one letter away from Meditate… – I don’t know if this particular thing works but I feel like there is some cross thing we can do with it as a lead in to free appointments.