Some legal disputes cannot be resolved without contentious and costly litigation. Many legal matters, however, can reach a mutually agreeable resolution through mediation without the need for protracted litigation. At Brown & Charbonneau, LLP, we understand that the legal system can be intimidating. Through mediation, our goal is to offer you a cost-effective and efficient alternative to traditional litigation.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a popular form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR refers to methods by which legal disputes are settled without the need for traditional litigation. Mediation involves the use of a neutral third party, a Brown & Charbonneau, LLP “mediator”. In family law matters, the Mediator may work with self-represented parties to try and reach a mutually agreeable settlement or with their respective attorneys and clients. In business disputes, the parties and their respective attorneys meet with the Mediator and try to resolve all or as many of the issues as possible without litigation.
In either setting, the Mediator does not provide legal advice or advocate for either side. Instead, the Mediator facilitates communication and attempts to find areas of agreement that can be harnessed to reach an out of court settlement. If the parties agree to try mediation, they are not required to reach a resolution; however, if they do agree to settle the dispute, that agreement can be legally enforced after it is accepted by the court. Furthermore, mediation is confidential, meaning anything discussed during mediation cannot later be introduced at a trial if the mediation is not successful. Mediation can be a less costly option to litigation in family law matters and business disputes.
The attorneys at Brown & Charbonneau, LLP understand that traditional litigation is not the best route for every legal dispute which is why we offer mediation as an alternative option for resolving your case. Contact the team today by calling 714-505-3000 or completing our online contact form.