Mediation FAQs

If you are involved in a serious legal dispute, it might seem like the only solution can come through aggressive courtroom litigation. However mediation can provide favorable resolution to all types of legal disputes in a more efficient, less stressful manner.

At PGP Mediation in Los Angeles, California, firm president Phyllis Pollack handles mediation in a wide variety of legal disputes. She has mediated more than 1,400 mediations and has nearly 500 hours of mediation training.

To learn more about mediation, please review the following pages: Common Misconceptions About Mediation and Mediation Tips For Attorneys

Mediation FAQs

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.

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.

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.