I'M A CERTIFIED MEDIATOR (Certified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association) with experience in mediating the following:
DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, CHILD VISITATION, REAL ESTATE DISPUTES, MEDICAL DISPUTES, BUSINESS DISPUTES, RELATIONSHIP DISPUTES, PARTNERSHIP DISPUTES, CORPORATE DISPUTES, NEIGHBOR DISPUTES, RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE DISPUTES, APARTMENT RENTAL DISPUTES, EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION DISPUTES, IMMIGRATION DISPUTES, HOSPITAL MALPRACTICE DISPUTES, WORKERS' COMPENSATION DISPUTES, ENTERTAINMENT DISPUTES, ATTORNEY-CLIENT DISPUTES, STUDENT LOAN DISPUTES, FAMILY DISPUTES, AND MANY MORE!
MEDIATION IS MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE THAN HIRING A LAWYER!
Mediation is an informal conflict-resolution process brought before an independent, neutral third-party the mediator. Mediation cases give the parties the opportunity to discuss their issues, clear up misunderstandings, and find areas of agreement in a way that would never be possible in a lawsuit. Mediation is often voluntary, and typically the mediator has no authority to make a binding decision unless both parties agree to give the mediator that power.
Consequently, mediation cases have many significant advantages over traditional lawsuits, including the following:
Quicker: Mediation typically only takes days or weeks (or in very complex cases possibly months), whereas lawsuits typically take months or years. When parties want to get on with their lives, mediation allows a more reasonable timetable for resolving a dispute.
LESS EXPENSIVE: Mediation is vastly less expensive than a typical lawsuit. Employing a mediator costs significantly less than employing a lawyer, and combined with the much quicker turnaround, you'll be paying less money over a shorter period of time. In addition, for certain types of disputes, many non-profits offer mediation services for free or at a nominal rate.
Less Formal: The informality of mediation allows the parties to be more engaged than they would be in a court-driven process with an abundance of rules and procedures designed to separate the parties. Accordingly, since the mediator deals directly with the parties, the mediator can focus the attention of the parties upon their needs and interests rather than on their stated positions.