A trial can be expensive and time-consuming. That is why people often choose to resolve their disputes privately through an informal process known as mediation.
Mediation involves sitting down with the other party and trying to reach an agreement, ideally within a few hours. There is no judge, arbitrator, or jury. You and the other party make all the decisions. After a successful mediation, the participants may choose to sign a written agreement that is legally enforceable. The point of mediation is to avoid a trial, avoid expensive fees, and keep your dispute private instead of making it a public matter.
What you say during mediation is confidential. That means certain statements you make while negotiating cannot be used against you in court. You will meet in an informal setting where you are comfortable and can maximize your productivity. Once mediation begins, you speak for yourself and make your own decisions.
The role of the attorney-mediator is to clarify what legal remedies are available and help both sides understand each other. Paul has mediated disputes where parties save months, perhaps even years, of costly lawsuits by reaching a settlement.
Successful examples include: