People usually have two alternatives for solving their legal problems: They can go to court (litigate), or they can participate in a mediation process. Either option may be the best for you, depending on the characteristics of your problem.
The mediation process offers the following advantages:
- Efficacy: Most cases can be resolved without going to court.
- Economically beneficial: Mediation can be much less expensive than going to court, especially at the present time due to court fees.
- Speed: Mediation can be a short-term process and the result can be obtained more quickly than in a judicial process.
- Confidentiality: The debates and the information provided in them are confidential. The judicial hearings are open to the public.
- Autonomy. You make decisions about your life. If you go to court, the judge will tell you what to do.
- Bridges in relationships. Mediation preserves or even reinforces relationships. If continuing to maintain a permanent relationship with the other party is important to you, mediation represents an excellent way to do so. The confrontations in the courtroom usually mean the way towards the destruction of relations with the other party. For example, raising children is a long-term process. You can choose to make this path of years easier or more difficult by choosing mediation or litigation.
- Freedom in the choice of participation mode. Telephone or e-mail and / or in person. You have a margin to choose. Mediation is a process designed around your needs.
- Flexibility The design of the mediation process is open. For example, you can have the collaboration of experts to determine the value of different properties, houses, cars or I can decide not to do it. On the other hand, you can sign an agreement for a short period of time or set a long-term goal and test options before the decision is final. In addition, depending on your needs, the length of mediation sessions may vary, be long or short, joint or separate, in person or by phone, held in my office or yours.