Mediation

Hands-Help

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:

  • Confidentiality
    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.
  • Divorce
  • Child custody issues
  • Disputes between:
    • Family members
    • Neighbors
    • 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.