Mediation is an attempt to settle the issues in your case outside of the courtroom. In most circumstances you attend mediation with your attorney and the other party attends with their attorney. There is a fifth person, called the Mediator, who goes back and forth between to two of you to try and negotiate a settlement.

For the mediation process to be successful, there must be give and take. Most people who walk out of mediation with an agreement are not ecstatic about the results, but they can live with them.

The main benefit of mediation is that both parties are in control of the outcome. Once a case goes to court, all decisions are made by a judge.

Michelle E. Smith has participated in numerous mediations in some of the most contested cases. We can guide you in the process and help to determine whether or not mediation is worth exploring in your case.

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