Mediation Before Court (South East)
Disputes doesn't always have to involve the court system, lawyers, officers and judges. In fact, many conflicts are navigated from start to finish behind closed doors while in complete and contractual privacy.
This custom-tailored, creative process can save you and your family thousands of dollars, as well as speedily satiate stressful situations.
About me: I am a certified private mediator with a law degree (J.D.) offering my professional services to individuals, groups and businesses involved in a variety of legal disputes, family disputes, negotiations or discussions.
My role is to guide you through the problem solving process, and to help everyone think "outside of the box" for possible solutions in a neutral and productive setting. I am professionally certified and trained in various modalities of conflict resolution.
Employing a holistic and intuitive approach, my expertise is in working with you through difficult situations. As a trained and gifted facilitator, neutral and effective interpreter, and a non-judgmental and focused evaluator, I can help you resolve conflicts while preserving emotional ties.
Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that seeks to assist in reaching an agreement that can be legally enforceable.
You determine the conditions of any settlements reached rather than accepting something imposed by a third party or a judge. Mediation can also be used as a forum to wrangle difficult decisions between individuals or groups such as homeowner's associations.
Less expensive: The mediation process often takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels.
While a case in the hands of a lawyer may take months or even years to resolve, a case in mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. I can offer a sliding scale fee and payment plans based on the unique financial circumstances of clients.
Confidential: While court hearings of cases happen in public, whatever happens in mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator know what has gone on in the mediation room.
In fact, confidentiality in mediation has such importance that the legal system cannot force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of a mediation. The only exceptions to such strict confidentiality usually involve child abuse.
Flexible: In a case filed in court, you will obtain a resolution, but a resolution thrust upon the parties by the judge or jury. The result will likely leave no one totally satisfied. In mediation, the parties have control over the resolution, and the resolution can be unique to the dispute.
Often, solutions developed by the parties are ones that a judge or jury could not provide. Mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable, and the mediated agreement can be enforceable in a court of law.
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Mediation can be successfully used in cases involving: divorce, separation, child custody, family issues, parenting plans, neighbor disputes, elder care and nursing home disagreements, friendship concerns, personal and business relationship concerns.
It can also be used in cases that includes: landlord and tenant relations, consumer and business disputes, small claims of a civil nature, neighborhood association concerns, lesbian, gay, bi, trans domestic relations concerns (LGBT), partnership commencement or dissolution and prenuptial agreements.
It can also be effectively used in adoption issues, estate problems, will disputes, inheritance disagreements and much more.
In the role of private mediator, I do not offer specific legal advice nor do I engage in the practice of law.
Frank B. Perry
Mediation and Consulting Services, LLC