or possible years
cost in terms of both time and money
preparation expensive, time consuming and costly
be thorough, but is much less time consuming and costly
a Win/Lose situation. Each party's fate is taken out of
their hand and placed into the hands of the judge and
results in a Win/Win outcome with the parties mutually
agreeing to a resolution that each is satisfied with.
The process is risk free. It's completely confidential
and if there is no resolution, the parties still have
every legal remedy available to them.
focus is primarily on the facts and the law.
focus is on the parties' respective positions, issues,
interests and emotions. All points of view are considered.
procedure is highly structured and for most parties, stressful
more informal and relaxed. Less threatening and stressful.
Allows parties the opportunity to freely express themselves.
produces a winner and a loser resulting in at least one
party being dissatisfied and unhappy. However, it is not
uncommon for all parties involved to be less than satisfied
with the outcome.
produces a favorable outcome with a high degree of satisfaction
on the part of all parties with both the process and the
results. Approximately 75% of all cases submitted to mediation
result in an agreement between the parties.