Mediation Services in Lincoln City
Seeking Amicable Ends to Legal Conflicts
Taking any legal dispute to the courtroom is rarely ideal. Going to court
slows things down, costs money paid straight to the court, and takes control
of the case out of your hands. If you have a sensitive legal matter between
yourself and a third party that you want resolved amicably, then you should
think about using mediation instead of litigation.
At Andrews Ersoff & Zantello LLC in Lincoln City, we can help you end
legal conflicts through mediation.
Attorney David Cramer is an experienced mediator, who can help with both civil and family law
cases, and has conducted many mediation settlement conferences as a judge
in a wide variety of legal matters. With his guidance and legal knowledge,
you and the opposing party can bring your conflict to an end without losing
any more hair or sleep because of it.
Call (514) 902-3044 to arrange a free initial consultation
about mediation today.
How Does Mediation Work?
First and foremost, both opposing parties in a legal conflict must agree
to mediation. However, in some cases, a court may order mediation to be
attempted before litigation can begin.
During mediation, both parties meet in a private setting – usually
the mediator’s law office – to discuss the conflict with the
mediator present. They must make a genuine effort to cooperate and compromise,
or else mediation will likely fail. The mediator must act as a purely
neutral and unbiased third party, taking no sides and not making any decisions
for either party.
During mediation, the mediator – Attorney Cramer at our law firm
– will be tasked with:
- Helping each party identify their needs going forward and consider alternatives
- Keeping mediation on track
- Encouraging cooperation between parties
Once again, the mediator cannot try to sway the decisions of either party
or make choices for them. Being neutral means being a source of legal
knowledge and direction during mediation. If either party refuses to compromise
or cooperate, the mediation will fail, and the case will likely need to
go to court. The mediator cannot act as legal counsel for either party
in any subsequent legal actions.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Whether you are trying to address a
contract breach with a business partner, secure fair compensation in a
personal injury claim, or resolve arguments in a family law case, mediation can be used. The
main purpose of mediation is sidestepping the majority of litigation through
alternative dispute resolution, sometimes called ADR. If you have any
hesitance to take your legal matter to court, then you should be considering
how mediation can help.
Benefits of using mediation to resole a legal conflict include:
Saving time: Waiting for a court date to open up that works for you and all other parties
involved can take weeks or longer. If you have to go to court several
times for the same conflict, you may be waiting weeks before each court
date. Mediation dates are set by you and the opposing party, so you can
often get things rolling much sooner.
Reducing costs: Paying the court for its time can be costly, especially if you have to
go to court again and again. The costs to secure a mediator for a few
hours and doing all you can to reach a conclusion in one mediation session
can save you and your opposing party
Increasing control: Allowing a judge to preside over your legal case and make final decisions
can be stressful. Even with the best case built by your attorney, the
judge could still see things differently and rule against you. Through
mediation, both parties keep equal control of the process and can make
decisions a court might never have considered.
Lessening stress: Perhaps best of all, mediation tends to greatly reduce the stress of a
legal conflict. All parties involved have more room to think and breathe.
By the end of mediation, it is entirely possible that you and your opposing
party will still be amicable, happy partners or friends. This is ideal
if you’re going through a family law dispute, for example.
Let’s talk mediation today. Call our Lincoln City mediator at (541)