Mediation is generally much less expensive than having attorneys negotiate a settlement, or litigate the case in court. However, cost alone is not the reason to use mediation. An adversarial system, such as litigation, or even negotiation, can often lead to animosity, can make a difficult situation more painful, harder to resolve, and detrimental to ongoing relationships and emotional well-being. This is true in the business and commercial contexts as well as in the personal and family realms. Mediation avoids many of these pitfalls and puts the parties in the best position to resolve matters.
Mediation is usually more rapid than going to court. However, I do not rush the parties. The process moves at a comfortable, relaxed and respectful pace. Going slowly, thoughtfully, and deliberately often, paradoxically, yields results quickly.
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