A collaborative and cost-effective practice, mediation is an excellent alternative to formal litigation.
It occurs when two or more conflicting parties are interested in resolving their dispute away from the court and in the presence of a qualified and neutral third party. Once the parties have decided upon mediation, participants contact a certified mediator to provide impartial guidance and assist them in reaching a settlement. The mediator’s role is to help the parties identify their needs, express their interests, and explain their feelings. Ultimately, the goal of mediation is to arrive at an acceptable solution for all parties involved. The solutions, or agreements, are then drafted into a Mediated Agreement, which is a legally binding contract.
Pax Law founder, Samin Mortazavi, is an accredited family law mediator. He offers mediation to resolve disputes over contracts, landlords & tenants matters, real estate & property, family business, neighbourhood issues, professional services agreements, trades (automotive purchase/repair), and family matters.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I mediate? There are no distinct rules for what can and cannot be mediated, but some situations are more amenable to mediation than others. Mediation is most successful when all parties are willing to meet, the parties involved would prefer a flexible and informal process, and the power differential between the parties is not too great.
How do I prepare for mediation? It is best to reflect beforehand on what you are looking to achieve through mediation. What is the outcome you are hoping for? What are your concerns? What do you think the opposing party’s concerns are? It is also helpful to gather documents that may expedite the process, including statements, invoices, records, and photos.