If I, as mediator, give my opinion in a dispute, doesn’t that mean I am biased?

  If I, as mediator, give my opinion in a dispute, doesn’t that mean I am biased? Absolutely not!  I as mediator form opinions on many issues for many reasons. One of the primary things I do as mediator is to help you to evaluate the pros and cons of your position in a dispute… Continue reading If I, as mediator, give my opinion in a dispute, doesn’t that mean I am biased?

I want to resolve the dispute, but the other party’s demands are unreasonable. What should I do?

I want to resolve the dispute, but the other party’s demands are unreasonable. What should I do? I want to resolve the dispute, but the other party’s demands are unreasonable. What should I do?  Don’t let yourself get stuck refusing to make what you believe is a reasonable settlement offer or demand based on your… Continue reading I want to resolve the dispute, but the other party’s demands are unreasonable. What should I do?

I’ve been in mediation and there was so much conflict that nothing got done. Wouldn’t I be better off just going to court?

I’ve been in mediation and there was so much conflict that nothing got done. Wouldn’t I be better off just going to court? This is an option, but you may not resolve your dispute. Mediation is not about coming to the table as friends to avoid conflict and confrontation, as many professionals would have you… Continue reading I’ve been in mediation and there was so much conflict that nothing got done. Wouldn’t I be better off just going to court?

What do I do in a mediation?

As your mediator, I am neither your friend nor foe.   All too many come into the mediation anticipating that they will “win over” me or that I will advocate on their behalf. Often when this fails to happen, and it should fail to happen, they treat the mediator as an adversary. This does not help… Continue reading What do I do in a mediation?

FAQ: What is the Comprehensive Mediation Agreement?

FAQ: What is the Comprehensive Mediation  Agreement? In order to ensure all parties understand the status and implications involved, a comprehensive Mediation Agreement dealing with issues such as confidentiality, admissibility and privilege in relation to documentation and information exchanged must be agreed in advance. The Mediation Agreement will also deal with the costs of the… Continue reading FAQ: What is the Comprehensive Mediation Agreement?