Why Mediation is Important and How to Choose a Good Mediator.
Mediation is the process of resolving conflicts through a neutral party.
In most courts, the judges require that the parties attend mediation. The goal is to give them an opportunity to resolve their issues outside of the courtroom.
The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement.
Benefits of Mediation
It saves money in legal fees.
Let’s be honest: legal fees can racked up pretty fast. It is important to seize the moment – when you have it – to save more. Spend less.
When you choose a good mediator or attorney mediator, you have a higher chance of reaching an agreement.
How to Choose a Good Mediator
So, how do you know which mediator is best for your case? You don’t, except if you have used a particular mediator before.
However, here are few tips for choosing a good mediator.
- Look at the reviews. From the mediator’s reviews, you can generally tell how other people felt about working with that person.
- Next, when you speak to the mediator, check their experience. It is not about how many cases they have mediated; it is about how many cases they have mediated WELL.
- All mediators in Texas have certification in General mediation. For family matters, certification in family mediation and family violence are required.
- Last but not least, talk to the mediator or the staff during your inquiry. Make sure you are comfortable speaking with someone in the office. Sometimes, all it takes is listening to your guts or observing red flags. If the mediator is hostile or unfriendly, you may need to look somewhere else.
- Knowledge of the law is a plus. A mediator who knows what the judge is likely to rule or knows the law for your case can use such knowledge in encouraging negotiation. Remember, a mediator does not represent either party; they are neutral. However, knowing that what one party is adamantly demanding can be helpful both parties reach a compromise.
- A good mediator is careful with his words. If you get a chance to speak with the mediator before scheduling mediation for your case, note the tone and choice of words of your mediator. Effective communication is key in mediation, especially if both parties will be separated into different rooms.
- The office or mediation place matter. The last thing you want is to be stressed about parking or finding your way to the place. Find a good location, and make sure the environment is clean and neat. Good ambiance is a plus.
If you need to set an appointment for mediation, you may call our office. One of our staff can assist you and answer your questions. (832) 529-1255.