Here’s an astounding statistic: better than 95% of all lawsuits settle before they go to trial. Most people find that hard to believe, but it is true. If this is true and it is likely your case will settle without a trial, wouldn’t it make sense to try and arrive at a settlement sooner than later? In other words, why spend all the time and money litigating an issue with multiple lawyers all charging hourly fees when ultimately you will be asked to compromise and agree on a settlement that may not be exactly what you want but is satisfactory to all parties. Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that utilizes a neutral third party to assist the parties in arriving at a settlement. You are not required to have a lawyer in order to use mediation and the process is voluntary and non-binding, unless you are successful in reaching a settlement at which point a formal written agreement can be drawn up. Mediation can be used in all civil cases, though it is especially useful in family related cases such as divorce, estate disputes and conflict over how best to care for an elderly or disabled family member where you have on-going relationships and a compelling need to keep matters private. So if you find yourself in a situation where a conflict needs to be resolved, whether you are already in litigation or not, call us to discuss whether mediation may be an option for you. You may end up saving yourself a good deal of money, not to mention the peace of mind you will have knowing your matter is resolved and you can move on with your life.