Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps two parties who disagree. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties or tell them what the solution is. Instead, the mediator provides a structure that reduces the conflict, encouraging them to explore areas of common ground and work towards finding a mutually agreeable solution.

The goal of mediation is resolving disputes to the satisfaction of all parties.

Benefits of Mediation:

  • Mediation is cost effective and time efficient
  • An agreement can be reached that encourages cooperation instead of adversity
  • The dispute remains private and confidential
  • Participants have control of the agenda and outcome of the mediation
  • Settlement options are developed that meet everyone’s goals fairly

Mediation processes are confidential, to encourage the parties to make full disclosure to each other. Anything said in the process of mediation cannot be used later in court. The mediation process is more flexible and less formal than arbitration.

Both parties can bring their lawyers to the mediation session. Then when a final agreement is reached, the agreement can be written out either by the mediator or by the parties’ lawyers. If either party attends the mediation without representation by a lawyer, that party will be advised to obtain legal advice before executing any agreement.

Heritage Law provides mediation services:

  • Business disputes
  • Pre-marriage, divorce and separation issues
  • Estate planning and estate administration disputes