Prior to the Mediation
When a mediator has been selected and hired, the mediator will send out a letter to the parties describing what is required for the mediation. Typically, the mediator wants to get a Mediation Statement from the parties prior to the mediation. The Mediation Statement explains each party’s view of the facts, applicable law, and damages.
At the Mediation
The next step of the mediation occurs when the mediator separates the parties into different rooms. The mediator will meet with each set of parties and their attorneys privately to allow for confidential conversations. Throughout the mediation hearing, the mediator will go back and forth between the parties to try to persuade the parties to come to a resolution about the issues involved in the dispute.
If the parties do not settle their case, sometimes the mediator will agree to continue to work with the parties after they leave the mediation to try to settle the dispute. If the parties are able to resolve their disagreement, the mediator will have the parties enter into a written agreement that specifically states the terms and conditions of the settlement. The agreement is enforceable in court, if necessary.
Attorney Representation is Essential for a Successful Mediation
Attorney representation at the mediation helps to protect your rights during the process and gives you the best chance for successfully and creatively solving your dispute. An attorney understands mediation and the legal process, your legal issues, and can advise you about the most effective way to present your position and work toward solving your legal problems. Lisa Wills, of the Law Offices of Lisa Wills, is highly skilled at fashioning creative resolutions for your legal issues. She is able to advise you about the consequences of potential settlement terms and help you make good decisions at the mediation. Lisa Wills is uniquely able to help clients with their real estate disputes, business disagreements and construction problems. Ms. Wills helps clients negotiate advantageous terms of a written settlement agreement made at the mediation .
Lisa Wills of the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills works with clients to solve problems and protect their rights. She is an experienced attorney in the areas of business, real estate and construction transactions and disputes in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore and Danville, California. For assistance in putting an end to your disagreement, contact Lisa Wills at the Law Offices of Lisa D. Wills by email or call (925) 463-9000.