Attorney Assisted Mediation

Attorney Assisted Mediation

Clients often ask if their attorney will be part of the mediation process. Will you need attorney assisted mediation? The simple answer is “it depends’. You do not need to have an attorney when entering mediation. A good mediator will always encourage you to seek independent legal advice during the process.  Mediators do not represent any party to a case, that would be the role of your own attorney. Mediators help other people find creative solutions to solve their problems; those may well be different than the result that might occur in a court setting. Clients are often more creative in designing plans than the results found in legal proceedings.

If you have an attorney you will be discussing your case with them, before and between mediation sessions.  In some situations, you may have your attorney with you during attorney assisted mediation sessions. This happens less often in family mediation. However, in many civil cases, and even in some family cases, attorneys will be present for mediation meetings. In these cases, the role of the attorney is to be your guide and counselor, not necessarily a pure advocate. 

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Our mediation team provides guidance through conflict by helping you explore a variety of potential solutions for your unique situation. With years of experience, our team is dedicated to helping you realize your mediation goals. The mediation team at Dispute Resolution Center have several lifetimes of combined experience to aid our clients. There’s not much we haven’t seen, heard about, or helped people resolve. Having handled thousands of cases, we understand what matters to people and how to assist you in the best likelihood of reaching resolution.

Rarely can a client not get ahold of a mediator in our office if they need one. If your mediator is not available, our staff or another mediator can almost always get you an answer if you have a question. If you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment please contact the Dispute Resolution Center at 913.490.3689.