If you have a legal dispute, you may think that your only recourse is the courtroom. When a matter is particularly contested, you could – rightfully – assume that you are in for a protracted legal battle that drags on for months (or even years).
While it is true that some cases do end up in litigation, that isn’t always the best option for everyone. Litigated cases run up costs for attorneys and court fees, and those expenses compound the longer it takes to reach a resolution. Litigation is also public in nature, and matters in the court record are easily discoverable.
A better option for many disputes, including estate matters, denied insurance claims, bad faith allegations, personal injury cases, and more, could be mediation.
Benefits of mediation
Mediation has many advantages over traditional courtroom litigation. Perhaps chief among those is the cost savings. Mediation doesn’t come with the hefty price tag that most court cases do. It only usually involves paying for one attorney and the services of the mediator. These costs are much, much lower than protracted legal wrangling in a courtroom with a team of lawyers, expert witnesses and pricey exhibits.
Another key benefit of mediation is privacy. Unlike court appearances, mediation sessions are not part of the public record. This allows for confidentiality and privacy throughout the process. Important financial disclosures, names, addresses and other key details are kept away from prying eyes during mediation.
Yet another benefit of pursuing mediation over traditional litigation is speed. Mediation sessions typically yield a settlement in a fraction of the time it would take to reach resolution in a courtroom. The sooner a settlement is reached, the sooner you can get on with your life and put the matter behind you.
If you are interested in pursuing mediation as a means to settle your legal matter, work with your attorney to find a local mediator with experience handling your particular type of case.