- A non-adversarial way of resolving conflicts and reaching agreements. It is an active process in which a trained, impartial professional helps you analyze your situation, define the issues, explore your options, clarify your goals and negotiate an agreement which all parties feel is mutually satisfactory, fair and realistic.
- Ideally suited for assisting families in transition to negotiate agreements which respect and protect the needs of all family members.
- An effective tool for business, professional, employment, governmental and community dispute resolution.
- Cost- and time-effective. A cooperative approach requires less professional time than an adversarial one and clients proceed according to their own timetables.
- Voluntary, private and confidential and provides a combat-free setting where cooperative and collaborative resolutions are promoted.
- Preventative in nature. When used at the onset of a business, contractual, family or other relationship, it can minimize future misunderstanding, improve communication, and provide for future review and modification.
- Conducted by an attorney/mediator. It is not therapy, although emotional as well as practical issues may be clarified. The mediator may draw upon a select field of technical and professional consultants, tax experts, family therapists, health practitioners, financial planners, appraisers, etc., to develop thorough, clear solutions to complex issues.