What Is Mediation and How Can It Help?
Our San Jose Mediation Attorneys Help Bay Area Clients Settle Disputes
Are you facing a tough legal situation? Litigation is not the only solution to a legal dispute. Mediation is an alternative that often benefits both parties involved. Instead of spending time and money to go to court, you and the other party may be able to reach an amicable resolution to your dispute. Our San Jose mediation attorneys are neutral mediators that can facilitate discussion and negotiation, expediting your case.
Needham Kepner & Fish LLP is a law firm in the Bay Area that provides effective mediation services. Attorney Craig Needham has more than 40 years of legal experience. He serves as a mediator in wrongful death, medical malpractice and business disputes. Attorney Anne J. Kepner also helps many clients resolve conflicts through mediation. Let our firm’s highly rated mediation attorneys assist you with your dispute.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution. It relies on a mediator to oversee the involved parties’ negotiations by acting as a neutral third party. From personal injury claims to business disagreements, mediation is often very effective. The process of mediation can save you from extended time in court and thousands of dollars in legal fees.
A good mediator convinces the parties that through a dispassionate process of give and take, they can arrive at a mutually beneficial settlement. However, the mediator only facilitates the discussion – he or she does not have the power to issue a binding judgment or decision.
How Long Does Mediation Last?
The length of time that mediation may take depends on how complex the situation is and/or the nature of the legal dispute involved. If the dispute is clearly defined, then the mediation will generally last only a few hours. However, if the dispute is complex, then the mediation can take place over several sessions and multiple days.
Still, most personal injury and employment mediations can be held in a full-day or even half-day session. The length of the mediation will also depend on the willingness and understanding of the parties involved.
What Are the Benefits Of Mediation?
If you are involved in a legal dispute, then you should consider speaking to a mediation lawyer. At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we will tell you that meditation has many advantages over litigation. These advantages include:
- Faster: Mediation is much faster than litigation. Mediation often resolves a case in a day or less that would have otherwise taken from six months to a year to litigate.
- Less expensive: Litigation can become incredibly expensive as a case continues over many months. The costs of mediation, on the other hand, are significantly less, especially if mediation is scheduled early in the process. You save money if mediation begins before a significant amount of time and money has been spent on discovery and motion practice.
- Informal: Many people prefer mediation because the sessions take place in an informal setting instead of a courtroom. This is especially popular for personal injury or divorce situations.
Our San Jose Mediation Lawyers Serve Bay Area Clients in San Francisco and Sacramento
At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, we provide experienced mediation and personal injury services to clients throughout the Bay Area. Our San Jose mediation attorneys are available for weekend and evening meetings. To schedule a mediation, call us today at (408) 956-6949 or use our online contact form.