Mediation is a voluntary form of conflict resolution that brings parties together with a neutral mediator who helps them work through conflict to find mutually beneficial solutions. The mediator will not make a decision for the parties – the parties retain control of their own resolution.
Yes. Mediators will not reveal the names of parties involved in mediations or details about the situation unless someone threatens physical harm to themselves or someone else during the mediation. Most mediators ask parties to sign a waiver, stating that they will not subpoena the mediator or any written work [Read More]
Ms. Pollack’s hourly rate is $475 except where otherwise noted.
Mediation can occur at almost any time, even after a lawsuit has been filed. In most cases, it is best to mediate as early as possible so that the parties can avoid spending more time, energy and money on the conflict.
If you do not reach an agreement, you have the same options that you had before mediation. Mediation does not remove your right to go to trial or to proceed to arbitration.
Typically, yes. If the parties reach an agreement in mediation, it is normally put in writing and signed by the participants. That signed agreement can affect the legal rights of the parties going forward.
Mediation isn't about changing your mind – it is about giving you the opportunity to take control of your conflict. The mediation process offers parties an opportunity to express themselves and to find unique, creative solutions that aren't offered by traditional litigation.
Lawyers are welcome, but not necessary. Attorneys can provide legal advice regarding your options and the effects of a signed agreement on your rights moving forward. However, some parties choose to check in with lawyers by phone or feel comfortable moving forward on their own.