About Mediation

Mediation gives you control by allowing you to take charge of the outcome of your dispute.

Why mediate?

Why Mediate?

Living and working in a community is about relationships--between individuals, neighbors, contractors, landlords and tenants, small businesses and academic institutions.  Litigation is adversarial, unpleasant, time-consuming and costly.  Disputes are often the result of misunderstandings and miscommunications. Contested issues can almost always be worked out by sitting down face-to-face with the other party, acknowledging what went wrong, and trying to fix it.  There is no doubt that sometimes a judge or jury is necessary to resolve a dispute.  However, we need each other to create a thriving and positive community, and mediation is one way to achieve that harmony.


Some of the Benefits of Mediation:

  • Mediation works. It is an effective means of resolving conflict in a positive, collaborative environment. A skilled mediator can help even the most adversarial parties find common ground.

  • Mediation is faster and less expensive than going to court.

  • You don’t need to hire an attorney to participate in mediation, although you are welcome to bring one.

  • Both parties decide the outcome of the dispute, not a judge or a jury.

  • The focus is on the needs and interests of the parties, not the law, allowing for more creative solutions.

  • Mediation can preserve relationships damaged by misunderstandings and miscommunications.

  • Mediation is a private, confidential process, unlike most court cases for which there are public records.

  • Mediation is a voluntary process, so any party can decide to end mediation at any time.

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