Mediation Can Be a Smart Solution for Florida Businesses and Individuals
If you are involved in business, probate, or securities dispute or litigation matter, negotiation and mediation may be a practical means to achieve resolution. While litigation is necessary in some cases, mediation often proves to be a cost effective and swift alternative to resolve disputes. Mediation may also help to protect important business relationships, because the focus is on achieving a win-win agreement rather than pitting opposing parties against each other, as is often the case with litigation. The lawyers at Mathews Wallace LLP can help resolve many cases through mediation. We closely analyze the unique facts of each case, draw upon our experience, and counsel our clients on the merits of their case before engaging in negotiation and mediation. Armed with knowledge, we are effective in reaching appealing results for our clients and resolving legal disputes.
Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Providing Mediation Services as an Alternative to Litigation
In an effort to reduce the number of cases entering the court docket, the state of Florida requires mediation before a civil lawsuit may proceed to trial. Mediation is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method in which two or more parties involved in a dispute meet with a trained neutral third party, known as a mediator, to negotiate a mutually beneficial resolution to their dispute. It generally requires less time and is less expensive than litigation. Additionally, mediation allows disputing parties to participate more fully in the final resolution rather than leaving the outcome of their case up to a judge or jury.
Florida Mediation vs. Arbitration
Mediation differs from arbitration in several ways. Arbitration is generally binding, meaning the parties cannot appeal the arbitrator’s decision or take the case to court; however, agreements achieved through mediation are non-binding. If either party is unsatisfied with the outcome of mediation, they have the option to move forward with litigation. In addition, the role of mediators is to facilitate discussions between disputing parties to attain a mutually agreeable settlement, while the primary function of arbitrators is to make a ruling or decision regarding the case, as a judge or jury would in litigation.
Fort Lauderdale Litigator and Certified Civil Circuit Mediator
If you are involved in any type of civil dispute, including business and probate disputes, it is advisable to contact a qualified Florida attorney to represent your best interests. Mathews Wallace LLP attorney Patricia Wallace is an experienced litigator who is also a Certified Civil Circuit Mediator.
Early mediation to Resolve Disputes Quickly
Sometimes, early mediation is the key to quick resolution. The mediation attorneys at Mathews Wallace LLP can review your case and help you determine whether early mediation is appropriate. Based in Fort Lauderdale, our firm is conveniently located to serve individuals and businesses in Broward, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach Counties. We also serve clients throughout Florida and the United States in addition to international clients. To speak with one of our Fort Lauderdale mediation lawyers, contact us at 954-463-1929, toll free 877-956-1933, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.