Sometimes, litigation is necessary. However, frequently some alternative to litigation makes great sense – financially, time-wise and emotionally. Mediation is often the best option to resolve any dispute. Mediation gives all parties to search for the best resolution under difficult circumstances. When acting as a mediator, the attorneys at Smidt Reist & Keleher, P.C. will help all parties realistically evaluate the risks, costs and uncertainties of continued litigation against the benefits of reaching an agreed resolution. The benefits will vary from case to case, but they are likely to include: certainty, reduced expenses, savings on time and resources.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time.” – Abraham Lincoln
Mediation offers a chance at certainty because all parties are able to agree or not agree to any outcome. There is no risk that a judge or jury is going arrive at an unacceptable or potentially irrational result. In mediation, either the parties agree or they do not, but there are no unexpected results in a successful mediation. A successful mediation avoids the continued expenses of an ongoing lawsuit and achieves an immediate result so the parties can move on to more productive endeavors.
Our attorneys are also skilled advocates in mediation. We will help you start the mediation with the information and strategy needed to reach a final and rational conclusion to the dispute.