What Is Mediation?
When two parties are in the middle of a dispute, a productive way to solve the issue without going to court is mediation. During mediation, an impartial third-party, the mediator, will assist the disputing parties in reaching a resolution to their issue. Mediation happens outside of court, which can be less stressful and more cost effective. Having your attorney present during mediation is not mandatory, however it is recommended.
Benefits of Having Your Attorney Present
A contractor attorney in Tampa can be a significant help before and during mediation. Consulting with your lawyer prior to mediation will help settle any questions you may have, prepare you for how the mediation proceedings will occur, and assist in choosing a mediator. If your dispute involves any property or legal rights, for example, consulting with your lawyer beforehand can make you aware of any legal consequences of the settlement terms. They will guide you in defining your interests, go over different settlement options, and help to express your thoughts during the mediation. Your Tampa contractor lawyer can also review the settlement agreements before you sign them ensuring your best interest are met.
An experienced contractor lawyer in Tampa, who has participated in many mediations will provide you with important insights during the process. Should a settlement not be reached, your lawyer can also provide counsel on other methods of solving disputes, like arbitration and litigation. Having a Tampa contractor attorney that knows you and your company will give you more insight on all possible outcomes involving disputes.
At Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, we have years of experience working in construction law, and understand the importance of a solid and trustworthy relationship with each and every one of our clients.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.