Need Mediation Services in Central California?
Our San Luis Obispo Mediation Attorneys Offer Creative Solutions
At James McKiernan Lawyers, we offer clients a wide range of conflict resolution strategies for solving legal disputes. Mediation has become an increasingly popular alternative to courtroom litigation. It allows parties to analyze their situation and come to a favorable conclusion with the assistance of an unbiased third party. The San Luis Obispo mediation attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers help facilitate mediation sessions across central California.
Mediation is an informal and confidential method for resolving legal disputes. An impartial third party, known as a mediator, is chosen by disputing parties to assist in conflict resolution. The San Luis Obispo mediation attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers can help you select a qualified, certified mediator to oversee your discussions. Unlike a judge, jury or arbitrator, a mediator does not decide the outcome or render a decision. Rather, the mediator facilitates discussions and helps parties reach an amicable solution.
Mediation can be used as an alternative to family court, small claims court, insurance and personal injury litigation, business litigation and various other legal matters that may involve a trial. Your attorney might also recommend arbitration, which is a more formal process in which an arbitrator renders a decision regarding the case’s outcome.
Why Choose Mediation?
Compared to a lawsuit, mediation is quick, private and inexpensive, making it an attractive method of dispute resolution for many people. You may consider mediation if direct negotiations with the opposing party have stalled. Or, if you already have a lawsuit underway, you can leave the court system behind by choosing mediation. Unlike a trial, which is likely to take several days, weeks or even months, and is bound to be scheduled and re-scheduled several times, mediation is generally scheduled within a few weeks. A typical mediation session may last four to nine hours — the session can take place in one day.
During a mediation session, parties can speak for themselves, offering creative and practical solutions to the issue at hand. You may choose to have a lawyer present or you may represent yourself. The mediator helps both parties see and understand the opposing party’s perspective. And agreements reached through mediation are more likely to be carried out than a decision imposed by a judge.
Our San Luis Obispo Mediation Attorneys Are Here for You
Contact us online or at 805.242.5325 to learn more about meditation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Our goal is to make the legal process run as smoothly as possible. Our staff works hard to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.